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I'm going to have a set of 19" wheels built.
Any opinions on which tyre is better or are they both very similar before I put hand in pocket!
Not done a back to back comparison but I've got Longstones and am very pleased with them - and free fitting at VSCC meetings saves a load of hassle
I believe that the Blockley 350X19 tyres are cheaper than the Longstones at £35-00 as against £48-00.
Not sure if VAT is included or to be added.
Blockley also recommend the use of specific rim bands and inner tubes.
I bought a set of the 350 x19 Longstone tyres for my Austin Ulster having previously bought the Blockleys from Julian Majzub for my two seater tourer. I would have to say the balanace of good looks is between the two compounds. However I favour the Blockleys which have now replaced Chris Hudson's variety on the Ulster.
Four Longstones available with 400 yards on each tyre.
I have yet to try Longstone 3 Stud though have had Blockleys fitted to the Ulster since using the experimental set. I have found them to be a super tyre which transformed the Ulster and RK saloons handling. I do find that for hill climb use they grip very well, if too well for my liking!!
Longstones every time. Super tyres, super people and they don't have 'Longstone' in large letters on the side.
Longstones are my vote, superb tyre that transformd raod handling and looks fantastic, worth every penny!
Do Longstone do a 17" tyre ? I thought i`de heard they were going to have one produced for the ruby.
Or have I dreamed that up
Many thanks for the advise, Longstone it is!
I have fiddled around with both Blockleys and Longstone tyres recently. The best solution seems to be Blockleys on the the front and Longstones on the back of the Ulster. Looking at photos of the car from Brooklands, Phoenix Park and Ards in 1930/31/32 this is the best solution by far.
Thanks for the info' Simon. Why does that combination work, is the tread width or rolling radius of the Blockley different to that of the Longstone?
The Blockleys have a slightly narrower radius. I think having looked a both on the front of the car the Blockley looks less like a trials tyre (with apologies to my friends at Longstone).
It's a trap for pedants.
On the basis I've just done the pricing up bit, like for like, I thought I would give some feedback.
Both tyres have good reviews, with perhaps the Blockleys winning on the looks front with the pedants.
On that basis I cared not a jot which ones I bought, but I would be choosing the cheapest.
So with that background, there should be a pair of Blockleys coming my way.
The price for a pair all in, including delivery was £20 less.
Location: Currently Salop
You makes your choices and you pays your price...
Location: Currently Salop
If you take in to account the longstone with almost 10 mm depth of tread to blockleys ,from memory less than 6 mm,longstones are better value.Both look good on the car,better than avons.Longstones have very stiff sidewalls,so much so that having a puncture on the front I only knew from understeer into a corner!
Don't confuse the issue with facts Dave, we are talking money here!!
£25.00 each sprint/hillclimb/road
They are listed by Longstone at £48 seems to include VAT
I have Blockleys on the front and some Avon sidecars on the rear. If Longstone realy do them for £25 then I would be keen to replace the Avons which I have never liked. Could you confirm if this is the normal price or a special discount?
I bought a set of Longstones this week -£334.88 for 5 including tubes -and supposedly including discount, but it can't be more that a couple of pounds.Delivery was free, however -hopefully they will arrive today.
Location: Long Melford
Priced on Tuesday 2 of each with VAT, delivery etc were:
Longstones - £126 plus some loose change.
Blockleys - £106 plus some loose change.
Both were cheaper than Avon sidecar tyres.
There must be some mark up on the Longstones if someone can get them for £25 a pop!.
I did have a look round some cars this summer, both do look good on a car, the Longstones looked to me a bit too much like trials tyres, a little chunky. I admit I prefer the look of the Blokleys, but if the Longstones would have been cheaper I would have had them.
As for tread depth, sadly I have yet to 'wear out' any tyres. Perhaps one day my car will get enough use to do so........
I take, given the obvious bias that the '7 Workshop' sell Longstones?
Location: Currently Salop
indeed...along with other makes and the various other traders. Although why the Seven Workshop would be "biased" towards one make over another I do not know?
No one has mentioned place of manufacture whe considering their tyres.
Personally tyres manufactured on these fair isles gets my vote, the Waymaster are manufactured in some far east cheap labour country, bit of an insult to the Seven to put some wayward foreign produced tyres.
I think Blockley are UK manufactured and when they do a 17" tyre I will be buying!
Location: Saltdean, Brighton - still hot and sunny!
Steve I bought my tyres over 3 years ago ,no tubes,fitting,but I did pay VAT on top. I recall the tubes cost £10 a corner plus VAT and a charge from Black Rock Tyres, Brighton.. for fitting.
PS I like your FILMS
Seen as my Avon sidecars are not even close to wearing out I think I will stick with them!
Regarding discount when I bought the Avons I was aware that they were reasonably expensive at around 50-55 pounds each plus some vat.
I went to my prefered local supplier in Cornwall through loyalty and after sucking through his teeth he proclaimed that they were 55+vat and that was his best price.
I was then made aware that the local branch of pro tyre in Plymouth were Avon dealers. I dont normally like to spend my money in Devon, prefering to support Cornish traders but just went along to see what price they could do out of interest? I asked for the tyres and made no request for discount, the reply was prompt after a check on the computer that they would be available on a couple of days order and were 34 pounds each +vat!!! Quite a significant saving so I ordered them there and then and paid quick before they changed their mind.
Just worth bearing in mind that if you find a motorcycle dealer for Avon they may give you a fair price as they are just old fashioned tyres to them wereas a car specialist may whack a bit on due to the "specialist" nature of them as is often done.
p.s my Blockleys were £35 ea after seeing the advert in the association mag ages ago.
Longstones 1off 3.50X19:- £48 + £14 Delivery(UK) +VAT@£10.85
Grand Total £72.85. Just looked on their website.
With a view to buying some new tyres can anyone supply precise sizes of Blockley or Longstone 3 stud tyres?
Fully inflated, circumference or diameter, overall wall width and tread width.
Is there anyone else producing 3 stud tyres?
I can give some dimensions measrued off my Blockley 3.50 x 19's.
Diameter - approx 25 3/4 inches or 65 CM (to the edge of the tread, but across the wheel). The tread is slightly higher in the middle, but this is horizontal so no accounting for wight distortion.
Sidewall width - 93mm
Tread width - 71mm
rim to tread at eadge (sidewall) - 67mm
Tread depth - 5mm
Circumference - about 205 cm. This was a bit tricky and involved bits of string and tape measures - varied between 202 and 207, but I had 205 3 times!
I replaced Avon sidecar tyres and these were a bit smaller radius - helped me with a 4.9 diff and at the time a standard ish engine. Still good with a better engine.
I think I paid about £200 for 5 with tubes. There was a 4 for £100 offer to VSCC a while ago - this was + VAT and + tubes.
Very pleased with them!
Location: Eastern Front (POLAND)