Is there an 18 inch tire with a 1 inch whitewall out there anywhere? I went to the tire shop today and the guy there couldnt tell me if 18 inch wheels will fit my 62. Does anyone here have stock 18 inch rims (not custom made) on there 62. Can anyone tell me if they will fit
It would require a custom made tire. One inch wide white walls were out of fashion by the Disco era.
I wouldn't trust any New Old Stock (which would be for a 15 inch wheel any way) as even wrapped in paper sitting on a shelf, the tire carcass rots with time. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, tires are made of tree sap from the rubber plant and they will rot just like everything else out there.
What I am referring to is tires, like any other style item in the market, are associated with a given fashion trend (such as everyone's current fascination with Lo-Riders). Red walls, gold or blue stripes, raised white lettered tires, and white walls from three inched wide down to a half inch tall have been fashionable at one time or another. I remember jacking up the front of the car only trends, I remember jacking up the back of the car with air shocks and extended spring shackles that rendered the car impractical to operate but fashion dictated it. Today I see complaints from people who ask why am I dragging my headers just because I have lowered my car four inches as if the engineers who designed these cars should have anticipated what todays car fashion is.
As far as tires go you can not easily even find a 13 inch tire except for a trailer tire which is annoying if you owned a Corvair or a Ford Falcon from the early sixties as that was your wheel size. Most Chevrolets used a 14 inch tire though today your choice of styles is limited from picking three to five tires from all know manufactures that sell on the internet. This is because the manufactures went to 15 inch tires in the mid seventies to provide room for disc brakes. By the mid nineties the factories had already moved through 16 inch wheels to seventeen inch wheels on cars and 18 to 20 inch wheels on light trucks is the norm with sidewalls limited to four inches or less.
Why would it be hard to find a one inch white wall? Because all of the major manufactures (Goodyear, Firestone, Continental, Michelin, BF Goodrich, etc.) don't make them any more. There are a few off brand tire companies that are trying to fill a niche market but your choices are still limited.