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Nigel

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Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« on: June 22, 2017, 02:07:34 PM »
I wish to install the correct tires on the original steel wheels on my 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350 which I understand are F70 x 14 Firestone Wide Oval Redline tires, however I have been told that the old style bias ply type constructed tire will track quite badly when driving along and not handle very well if I intend using the car for any reasonable length journey. Instead I have been told to install BF Goodrich Silvertown Redline radial tires.

Please can you confirm if this information is correct?

I am also trying to find out the correct width tire which came on the car and if all tires were the same width or if the rear tires were wider.

I would be grateful for your help so I can ensure I buy the correct tires.

Many thanks, Nigel

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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2017, 03:21:34 PM »
Hi Nigel - my opinion of the BF Goodrich redlines is positive, for ride comfort. I have them on my 69 and it rides great. However I don't think they appear as authentic in styling to the Firestone wide ovals, particularly the sidewall.

On the coker website, you can compare the different styes https://www.cokertire.com/tires/styles/redline-tires.html

And here's a cool article, make sure you watch the firestone commercial...groovy!

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2016/11/03/as-the-firestone-super-sports-wide-oval-tire-turns-50-a-new-radial-version-arrives/

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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2017, 03:24:33 PM »
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Nigel

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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2017, 11:59:30 AM »
Hi Abiddle

Thanks so much for the post. I was not aware that Firestone had brought out a Wide Oval Redline Radial however I think these will be the best ones for my car as it came with Firestone Wide Oval Redline tires from the factory. I presume the FR70 X 14 are the correct replacements?

Thanks also for sending through the article. The video was great. They just don't make car adverts like that anymore!

Thanks again, Nigel

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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2017, 01:21:25 PM »
Hi Nigel - for a 69 I can answer definitively based on the Sales Album. I don't know for certain the available tires of a 68 SS.

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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2017, 02:00:07 PM »
I don't know the "kind" of tires a 68 SS got but the size is F70-14 4ply according to the Service Manual.  I'll bet a search on here for correct tires might have an answer for what kind came on the car from the factory.  If you're wanting assembly line correct for show, then you would go with whatever kind it is in a bias ply.  If you are looking for correct looking but functional, then I'd go with radials.
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Re: Correct tires for a 1968 Camaro RS / SS 350
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2017, 12:11:46 PM »
Thanks you both for the information, it has been really helpful. Kind regards, Nigel