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Old 07-12-2018, 10:58 AM
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Original Tires 1956 F series??







The spare tire on my 1956 F100 is a Firestone Deluxe Champion, 6.70 X 15. It also has "Tubeless" and "Gum Dipped" on it. I know that 6.70 X 15 was the original size, but was Firestone the original maker for that year? I have attached a photo of the tread pattern. Possibly the original spare tire? I bought the truck 7 years ago from the neighbor of the original owner. The truck had 31K original, documented miles on it when I bought it. (33K now). One respray in Meadow Mist Green about 30 or so years ago. Otherwise, completely original, un-hit body and original interior, (I added the seatbelts).
 
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Being a truck with that low mileage, it's entirely possible it's the original spare. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone were good friends, and Firestone supplied tires to Ford for many, many years.
 
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I agree with 52 Merc.

But wow! what a truck. Your interior is awesome, original seat material, your floor mat looks good. Can you show us more pics of your truck?
 
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I will get more pics and share them with you. It's quite an original truck. The engine compartment seems very original too. The pictures may be helpful to anyone who may be restoring a 56 back to stock.
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Being a truck with that low mileage, it's entirely possible it's the original spare. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone were good friends, and Firestone supplied tires to Ford for many, many years.
The Fords and Firestones have family connections too. I think William Clay Ford Jr, is both Henry Ford's and Harvey Firestone's great-grandson. If I have the family tree correct anyway.
 
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I'd say that is the original tire . For some back up evidence see below.

Firestone was major supplier to Ford but Royal, Goodyear, and Dominion (In Canada) all supplied truck tires in this era.

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Thanks for the info. Very helpful. I always get a kick out of originality. The truck was, and still is, pretty well preserved.
 
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