How I make white sidewall tires

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Project by ous posted 03-24-2011 02:27 AM 2712 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This posting is more about a method of making white sidewall tire using only a drill press. First I use a piece of cardboard to lay the veneer or thin piece of white wood on. I use Tide-bond 2 mostly. I put a small amount of glue on a different piece of card board and roll it unto a 6 inch paint roller and roll a even application on both the sub structure of Black Walnut and any white wood veneer and then clamp or press. Now here is a cue on what to do with the roller. I roll it tightly in a plastic grocery bag and it keeps until the next application. If the application is small there is general enough glue in the roller for an addition spread with out adding more glue. I can keep the same roller into use for a month. When it starts to not want to turn I put it in a milk jug full of water for a couple weeks, hose it off and let it dry until I need it again. Two rollers will last me a couple of years. The rest is pretty much self explanatory. I do force a dowel slightly oversize onto the wheel , insert it into the drill press and sand the corners. On my toys I use a single axle for both tires. The toy is a combination of a 1963 12 cylinder Jag and a 1935 Cord and for a Great-Grand-Son who is visiting. Please ask questions if I have failed to make this understandable. I want to thank all of you out there for offering your knowledge and skills. What better can we give to another person.

-- Roy Montana

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 02:40 AM

Very nice. I’m sure your Great-Grand-Son will enjoy the heck out of it.
I do the same thing with glue rollers. I use the foam trim rollers. They give you a more evenly distributed glue spread.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 07:24 AM

Kool kar :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 08:17 AM

Great idea. I wonder how the Jeep I want to build would look with white walls? (grin)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 11:06 AM

Interesting, thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 03:29 PM

Very good way to make white sidewall tires that were used on those older cars. Using a roller to spread
the glue is an idea I am going to have to remember for laminations. By combining the rear wheel drive
Jaguar with the Front wheel drive Cord, you should have four wheel drive, which should come in handy
for your great-grandson if he like most boys. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 06:53 PM

Thank you for the Kool Kar name. That is what we will call it.

-- Roy Montana

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 07:13 PM

Gus Thanks for you input. He is pushing it around making funny purring noises. So you remember the old Cord. Years ago when I was on the Oregon State Police we picked up a stolen 1935 Cord at Coquille Ore. The people in Calif. offered it to any one for $5000. I could barely buy gas for my 1930 Model A.

-- Roy Montana

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#8 posted 03-24-2011 07:22 PM

Tiny, That jeep would look great with white side walls. I was a pilot in the airforce ( B-25’s). Like Lumberjocks, we had a wonderful diversity of skills, knowledge and mischief in our group and I am sure there was a plane or jeep somewhere with white side walls.

-- Roy Montana

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 03:27 PM

The Cord has been a favorite for a long time, in 1956 (if I remember correctly) Hot Rod magazine drag raced a 1937 Cord against a 1956 Ford and it was a tie. A gentleman here in Missoula has a maroonish Cord that
he still drives around on nice shiny days, never have found out who he is, nor really tried to find out, he
might want to sell it and I would never be able to buy it. Thanks for bringing up fond memories.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 09:12 PM

WOW! Thanks for this super great idea! I love white side walls! You have motivated me to make my grandkids a few little cars … and yes, with white side walls!
Nice idea!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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