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Early Christmas present.

Post by Allan » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:42 am

I recently picked up this set of 5 Olympic 30 x 3.5" clincher tyres. One is brand new, the other 4 still showing moulding marks. Now Henrietta has her 5 original rims fitted, all with matching tubber. These are the ones which are really hard to wear out.[attachment=0]20190414_112014.jpg[/attachment
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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Ruxstel24 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46 am

I'm looking at a set of takeoffs Tuesday, I hope they look as good as those Allan !! :)

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Post by George N Lake Ozark » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:01 pm

Good on ya Mate !!


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Post by Allan » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:10 pm

Dave, half worn Olympics like these will outlast anything you can buy today. Best of luck to you. Lucas ended up with the molds from Olympic. In the USA, I have seen this tread on tyres branded Lucas and with no brand in the usual spot on the side wall. I do not know how well these variants perform, but it couldn't be any worse than rubbish foisted on us today.

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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Original Smith » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:48 am

Are Olympics still being made? I had some years ago, but wore them out.


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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Allan » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:36 pm

Olympic tyres of any description have not been made for many years now. We still have them in use on much of our farm equipment, but the company has gone. Bridgestone were the last tyre manufacturer to have a plant in Australia, and that closed 10 years or so ago.



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Post by Dan McEachern » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:00 pm

Too bad- Olympic tires were great and looked good also. I have a 40 year old set of 20" on our speedster and they are finally worn to the point where they are getting replaced. I would buy a new set if they were available.

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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by RustyFords » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:13 pm

Nice score.

I'll be in the market for completely new rubber for my 24 Touring soon.
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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Allan » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:13 am

Dan , Olympic gave the old car movement advice that they were ceasing production of clinchers in the early 1970's . Anyone with a few dollars to spare salted some away for later use. That makes these around 45 years old. I took them off the plated rims and mounted them on the original rims on Henrietta. It was almost pleasurable to work with properly made, supple rubber tyres and tubes.
The company was eventually submerged in the Dunlop conglomerate in 1980. Sir Frank Beaurepaire, founder of the company, was an Olympic champion swimmer, hence the brand name. Can't see that happening today!!!! Ironically, he founded his very successful tyre and cable making business to break the monopoly Dunlop-Barnet Glass tyre makers had in Australia.

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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Rob Patterson » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:28 am

Hi Allan,
I attended a Southern Motoring Assoc. meeting the other day, where I learned that NSW's RMS consider any tyre (on any vehicle, vintage cars, vintage tractors, M/C's anything) that's more than 7 years old, illegal.
So much for the 27 year old Firestones on my '21 that still have their moulding marks.
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Re: Early Christmas present.

Post by Allan » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:19 am

Rob, exceeding the speed limit is illegal too! Just don't get caught. If tyres are not fit for service after 7 years, perhaps we should apply the same rules to bureaucrats too.
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