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    Looks like I'll need to get a new set of boots for my recently acquired traction. So looking for recommendations for purchase.

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    It is possible to order a new set of Michelin 165x400 X tyres from Longstone tyres in the UK for less than you will pay for them here. Any other tyre than Michelin X just looks and feels plain wrong!

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    I got some throught ccocca and I believe stucky tyres in melbourne stock them from time to time.

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    Don't CCOCA have some supply arrangement with Longstone? It would be worth asking whether they are also currently benefiting from the subsidised freight offered by Longstone.

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    The connection with Longstone was established by Ted Cross (CCOCA President)at '75 years of Traction' rally at Arras in 2009.They were there selling and fitting tyres with their mobile workshop.
    He ordered tyres which they delivered with out a freight charge( I for one did not think it would happen !!).They offered to then supply tyres but only wanted to deal with one identity so the supply line was organised through the club. The club charged the members the price Longstone charged them.
    In more recent times Longstone have changed their procedures and are happy to deal with individuals and are " free shipping for Michelin and Pirelli tyres only to most parts of the world" as stated on their website
    CCOCA has never benefited from the supply of tyre to members.
    How Longstone do this is still a mystery but take advantage while you can
    Everybody who has put new Michelin tyres on their car from Longstone owes Ted Cross a very big thank you
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    Thanks for the replies, has anyone been busted by customs when getting a set of tyres from Longstones?
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    I note my family 9 is running 165 tyres, the Longstones website states 185 tyres for big 15's. So what size should they be?
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    I can be corrected but all small motor Light/Big fifteens/family 9 and their french equivalents were 165 /400 as far as I remember. Gerry will know.
    I have brought lots of parts wheels etc in from the uk for other cars. Keeping invoices/each shipment below $1000 should do the trick.
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    Longstone are aware of the need to keep shipments under $1000 to avoid Australian customs /duty/GST charges. So will ship tyres often in 2 lots a few days apart. Their service and communications are brilliant ,delivery is within a week if they have stock if not they will inform you of expected availibilty
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    Longstone's service has been excellent in my experience.

    Re the Family 9, I though the Slough Big 15 had 185's like the Six, but that Six H, Commerciale and Family 9 models ended up with 165's. Does it have 165 or 185 rims? The widths are different.

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    Plenty have bought direct from Longstone with no additional charges by Customs. "Busted" is an inappropriate term. There is nothing illegal about buying tyres from overseas. You buy too many at once and you may be subject to pay duties.
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    It's more that under $1,000 it comes in via the normal mail system and they don't assess GST or duty on it. The GST adds a bit of cost, but you don't want a package like that to end up in the hands of a freight forwarder for clearance and charging you an additional fee for the pleasure as opposed to it just going straight through AusPost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Longstone's service has been excellent in my experience.

    Re the Family 9, I though the Slough Big 15 had 185's like the Six, but that Six H, Commerciale and Family 9 models ended up with 165's. Does it have 165 or 185 rims? The widths are different.
    It currently has 165 tyres. What are the respective rim widths?

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    according to the Cats website ,www.cats-citroen.net , the familiale introduced in 1953 had 185 x 400 wheels same as on the 15 Six.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsie View Post
    according to the Cats website ,www.cats-citroen.net , the familiale introduced in 1953 had 185 x 400 wheels same as on the 15 Six.
    Very true but the ones sold here were fitted with 165x400. The Family 9s and the one Commercial came from Slough and were all fitted with these tyres. Slough cars did not follow the continent strictly regarding tyre size. I remember seeing them on the Commonwealth Motors Stand at the 1956 Melbourne Motor Show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    Very true but the ones sold here were fitted with 165x400. The Family 9s and the one Commercial came from Slough and were all fitted with these tyres. Slough cars did not follow the continent strictly regarding tyre size. I remember seeing them on the Commonwealth Motors Stand at the 1956 Melbourne Motor Show.
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    Hello Aussie frogs, from Longstone Tyres

    Bad news I'm afraid. for some time now we have been offering you what we thought was an incredible deal, which i am pleased to say a lot of you have taken advantage of. However only today my account manager from our carrier comapany has been to see me because they have just noticed what an enormous loss they have been making on our Astralian shipping. I offered him a shoulder to cry on. but no matter how sympathetic i was to his cause i could not stop him from multiplying my shipping costs to Australia.

    My negotiations have meant that we can keep our offer going for the next couple of days then we will have to start to charge. so if you are thinking of buying some tyres i suggest doing it in the next couple of days. we will be putting out price up at Lunch time 28th March 2013. (UK time).

    Our prices are being put up very dramatically so in the near future i think we will be comparably expensive. however we will be looking into another solution and when we come up with one i will be back in touch to let you know.

    In the mean time thank you for your business. we will be back if we can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnSafari View Post
    It currently has 165 tyres. What are the respective rim widths?

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    Every Big 15 and 11 Normale that I have come across in Australia has been fitted with 165x400 tyres. Rim width is 140mm.
    Big 6 and some (not all) English home market Big15's were supplied with 185x400 tyres. I believe that the rim width is 160mm. Maybe Traction fan can measure a rim and confirm this. The Family 9s from Slough that I have had experience with all had 165x400 tyres. The 185x400 rims were all of the Michelin manufactured BM type, and used the steel lug nuts with the oval base. The other Slough cars had wheels sourced from English manufacturers including Rubery Owens and all used Brass lug nuts. These cars also had hub caps with three point snap on fixing from 1949 on, whereas the 6 was always a centre fixing screw.
    My family has owned two Big 15s and a Normale and I have owned a Big 6H.
    Slough Big 6H s were supplied with 185x400 tyres. However some continental 6Hs were fitted with 165x400.
    Cheers Gerry

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