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TwoWalnuts517    Posted 02-20-2018 at 20:53:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • FNG here. What is the standard size for the front tires of a 53 NAA/Golden Jubilee? Id walk out to the barn and figure it out, however the barn is 85 miles away. The tractor I bought last spring had been modified with tires that appear to have come from a gravity wagon.

    Im considering putting the original style tires back on the tractor and want to search for the proper size.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    36 coupe    Posted 03-01-2018 at 05:41:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • My 640 has a new 650 16 tri rib on it.Cost 89.00.Saw a fellow in tractor supply with 2 650 16s in his cart.Tag said 149.00 each.I told him where I got one for 89.00.Guess he had money to blow, saw him go thru the check out.Always call around when buying tires....

    Gaspump    Posted 02-21-2018 at 10:24:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • 5:50 X 16".

    BlasterStumps    Posted 02-21-2018 at 09:51:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • As you probably are aware, the smoother the tread style the easier they turn (steer) when the tractor has a loader on it. I think that is why so many tractors have had the front tires changed to the 5-rib trailer tires or car/pickup style tread. My NAA needs the 3-rib. If I pickup a disc or marker, etc., I can touch a brake and swing the front around almost too easy.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-21-2018 at 05:36:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • The original Ford Model NAA Owner's/Operator's Manual lists the 4.00 x19; 4-ply as standard OEM issue, and the 5.50 x 16 was the optional (at extra cost) style. Firestone was the major supplier with their new 'Guide Grip' style. Here are some photos of my 8N with 6.00 x 16 Firestone tires. Note the 16" wheels have four extra mounting holes for the two-piece wheel weights.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-21-2018 at 06:40:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • I should also mention that the 16" front wheels and tires were optional equipment for the 8N, recommended to use when adding a FEL for better front end stability. Sizes available were 5.50 x 16; 6.00 x 16; and 6.5 x 16. It wasn't until the Hundred Series Models were released that the 16" fronts were OEM standard, listed as 5.50 x 16 for the 600; and 6.00 x 16 for the 800 models. I'd caution about clearances between the front tire and the radius rods and drag links. I don't know about the NAA or Hundred Series models, but on my 8N with the 6.00 x 16 Guide Grips, when steering is fully turned to one side, I have maybe a 1/2" clearance before it hits the drag links. Many fellas put old car or truck tires on their fronts, could be why we see some drag links and radius rods bent up. Just something to think about...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    G    Posted 02-21-2018 at 15:49:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • Well then if you had done just a tad more researching you would have also listed that commencing with the 1952 8N the 5:50X16" became standard equipment on Ford tractors.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-22-2018 at 06:59:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • Show me the data John. Like I said, I quoted directly from the original MPC's and Owner's Manuals. If you have more confirmation other than verbal to back up your statements, fine.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Gaspump    Posted 02-22-2018 at 12:18:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • Easy, quick way is to simply check the technical bulletins, they too are the most reliable source of change by model, date and S/N. Look for the beginning of the 1952 production run and you will see it. The change was also covered in other internal notices. This issue has come up more than once before, facts were shown but folks some folks refuse to or just do not get it.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 02-22-2018 at 14:21:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Yep
  • Gaspump    Posted 02-21-2018 at 10:21:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • Tim, that info is not correct, 4X19" were never on the Jubes unless added later. In fact all 8N's commencing with 1952 production came standard with 5:50X16" front tires and rims. Believe me, it took months or even more for literature to become updated. Even the original Jube brochures were incorrect on the tire issue.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-21-2018 at 15:19:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Additionally...Options & Clearances
  • That is why I stated that's what is listed in the original NAA Owner's Manual, even the September, 1952 8N MPC lists the 6.00 and 6.50 as options.


    Kirk-NJ    Posted 02-21-2018 at 04:47:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • You might want to consider checking to see what you have first before buying any tires. It's possible that the rims might have been changed out and even the hub's could have been changed. I've seen old Fords with 15" five lug hub's on them.
    If it's a worker why spend money on something that ain't broke.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 02-20-2018 at 21:17:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Front tire size for a 53 GJ
  • The fronts were 5.50-16" but if someone put wider tires on it, there is no guarantee the rims are original. Two of the tractors I bought had 15" car rims welded to tractor centers. When shopping for wider tires, there are many more options available to fit wider 15" car rims.

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