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76 T/A tires
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:14:21 AM »
What would be the most "correct" tire for a '76 with honeycombs? (size and brand)
Interested mostly in the correct look and handling tire. (not necessarily in that order)
What brands and sizes came from the factory?

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 11:05:52 AM »
A well-known Trans Am expert and one of the members here Rocky Rotella compiled a list of specifications for the 1976 Trans Am.  This is what he had listed for tires:

Tires: -GM tread design with the "Steel Belted Radial" styling. Standard equipment were option code QBX GR70x15 black-wall radial tires. Option code QCY GR70xI5 white lettered tires available in Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal or Firestone brand names were a $38.40 option.

The PHS invoice for my old '76 LE says "GR70x15 WL" tires - The WL is "white lettered" and it was associated with a cost of $38.40 and option code QCY.

Hope that helps.
Steve D
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'02 WS6 T/A convertible

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 11:58:49 AM »
Thank you. Going for the radial T/A's. Guess I need to pick up the brillo pads to keep the letters white. :(

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 04:01:58 PM »
Thank you. Going for the radial T/A's. Guess I need to pick up the brillo pads to keep the letters white. :(

Stock will be 225/70-15

Many people go for 255/60-15.  This tire might look a little “ballooned” on your honeycomb though.
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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 04:13:43 PM »
Of course, looking back at origin tyres, they handled terribly compared to more recent types. Assume once you use an original size you just want a decent tyre that doesnt look out of place.

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2018, 05:12:26 PM »
Thank you. Going for the radial T/A's. Guess I need to pick up the brillo pads to keep the letters white. :(

My Radial TA's white letters clean up good with Black Magic Bleche-Wite Whitewall cleaner (formerly Westleys) and a brush and water.
Steve F.

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 08:50:00 AM »
Thanks. I saw your other posts about that as well. Good information.

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 12:58:52 PM »
I have 225/70 on my 71 with honeycombs, see pic in sig.




Regards, Jack

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 02:00:57 PM »
Universal Vintage Tire sells replicas of original 1976 tires ..check out their web-site

https://www.universaltire.com/goodyear/performance-series/225-70r15-goodyear-polysteel-radial-large-rwl.html

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 02:09:35 PM »
Good to know. But at 2.5 times the cost of the T/As, I think I will pass. Not to mention the ride improvement.
Never found those on google though. Thanks for the link.

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Re: 76 T/A tires
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 04:36:35 PM »
Yes, silly pricing aimed at cars never driven. The high price ensures sales remain limited and that keeps the high price to cover costs.

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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 04:36:35 PM »
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