In recent decades, the quality of tires has improved so much that flats are not nearly as commonplace as they were when I was a youngster. I’ve mentioned it before, but my old high school friend Herbert McFarland and I once went from my house to Brock in his Model-A Ford and had to repair three flat tires before we got home. Fortunately we had all the tools and patches we needed. I have had only one major flat on my pickup in 25 years – a road hazard puncture of the sidewall. Ten-ply steel belted light truck tires are pretty durable compared to Model-A tires.
I was looking at a box of tire repair supplies in my shop recently. I have quite an assortment. I found hot patches made by Camel and Knicks, cold patches by Victor and Monkey Grip and a bicycle repair kit by Western Flyer. There was also an assortment of repair strings and several tubes of dried up rubber cement. These supplies are now mostly monuments to a time passed.
As for my tractor tire, I handled that one pretty well. I called Randy Sanders, who operates Randy’s Tire Service, and he showed up the next morning. It’s amazing how having the right equipment and the knowledge to use them can make even the toughest challenge look easy.
Meanwhile, while we’re on the subject of flat tires, does anyone know what happened to the pink air that was supposedly “coming” to Fina service stations back in the 1960s? I never got mine.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.