In reply to # 13748 by PDMS In response to your questions, I live 15 miles west of Philadelphia. The car has never been wet, either from rain or washing, and obviously isn't driven in the wet. I most enjoy driving the country roads in/around Chester County, PA, at all times of the year - provided it's dry. Purely pleasure trips, for example, to places like The Whip Tavern in Coatesville for a British Sunday lunch, or dressed as Santa Clause with Reindeer antlers, red nose, and Xmas present on the car, delivering to my grandchildren in Bryn Mawr, PA (Photo Attached)
I know the area well. 20 years ago, we would trailer the Morgan down to Milford, PA in the early spring and skirt west of Philadelphia on back roads all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. VERY pretty and cute picture of your Mog. My mate, Ed Hermen, who passed recently, used to do the same Santa thing. Pic below.
I found three tires I know or know of that I can recommend.. (with my long distance mogging and my taste in rubber, I would be changing tires (aka tyres) once a year on at least one of my mogs cars). Today's tires are a compromise of too many things...local weather, longevity, traction, driving style, seasons. The truth is that the less you compromise, the happier you will find the ride. The very best tires are made for a certain style of driving, specific seasons and common road conditions. And they don't last long. But I have no budget for my hobby.
1. as you are not a long distance mogger, why worry about longevity? You will have to toss them before their tread is gone anyway. I understand you won't want 3000 mile rubber (Morgan once fit that to the Lemans 62s) But a perfect 12-15,000 mile tire should last you until the best before date.
2. You are in amazing luck. The top tire for your car today is still pretty much what you have, BUT YOUNGER https://bit.ly/2AJXneZ It is a bit overpriced considering what else you could swap in..but with Continental ExtremeContact, you effectively have a 20% discount to my mind. You see I was a Concours Chairman for a few years (it got me out of washing my car as I ruled that Concours Chairmen could not enter their car in the Concours) One of the points of Concours is matching tires, spare included. So I never advise anyone to buy less than 5 matching tires. But I would let you pass if you used one of the younger Continentals you have now as the spare. It is not strictly perfect, but it is close enough for me. Just give it a good spray with some shiny silicone tire spray before attaching it to the car. The saving it provides covers more than the difference between this tire and its worthy competitors. AND we will have a reported perspective between new and old rubber.
3. It is a maximum summer performance tire. It comes in a "W" rating which is very lovely. (I do not recommend tires under a "V" rating for the more powerful Morgans and yes, it does make a difference.) I certainly learned my lesson on that. Morgans are the most sensitive cars to tire choices. You will notice that as you drive out of the tire shop's parking lot. Honestly.
Make sure they know how to balance and fit tires to wire wheels. Read up on wire wheels http://www.gomog.com/allmorgan/wheelsindex.htm Essentially, though they might not know it, any tire shop with TWO balancing machines can do it if they use the cones on BOTH sides of the wire wheels. Do not let them pressure the tires to more than 22-23 psi. That might require a wrestle on their garage floor with the installer so eat your Wheaties.
N.B. Your wire wheels might be out of whack by now...but the mileage is still low. You will find out at installation. If the installer reaches for more than 4 ounces a side...consider having the wheels trued. Unless there is rust, you don't need to consider new wheels. In my early Morgan years, I merely found a Harley guy who would true all my wire wheels for 70 dollars. Then I learned myself. You need a spoke wrench and a tuning fork (and a television/video to keep from getting bored). Make sure he uses the worst wheel as the spare.
Have your steering aligned while you're at it. Your Manual will give the correct specs. or check here. Page 2 at http://www.gomog.com/allmorgan/4.0Plus8OwnerHandbook.pdf
Please, if you go ahead, report to us if you notice the difference!!! Good drivers unknowingly adjust to bad rubber (and almost everything else!). That is a good thing with most cars, but it narrows your arena for fun. This is your hobby. Though you might not notice much of a difference in your driving right away, you will soon. As my wife says, taking a country road corner in a Plus 8 is like being on rails. She might fall out of the car at the turn, but car will track perfectly, holding the road like glue.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019-01-14 02:35 PM by GoMoG.