I've had a look at my old spare but I'm still not sure what to make of these codes.
It reads: DOT FTJ5 A6F X 322. Could this mean the tire was made in the 32nd week of 1982?
Then theres this one: E2 0177523. Could this mean it was made in 1977 or something?
I'm guessing the first one is the one I'm looking for and that it was made in '82. Either way, the tire is older than I am.
Also today I painted the last wheel. Here's the after photos.
I polished the bolts with a rotary polishy buffy thing. They came up pretty well. Not perfect, but way better than before.
Close-up of the finished wheel with a few bolts sitting in there for an impression:
The wheel all done, before I put it back onto the car:
And here's the final result with the before shot below it for a comparison:
I'm pretty pleased with the end result. The centre caps were a bit tricky because the paint was reacting with the surface a bit. I removed the caps and painted them separately which is something I'd strongly recommend doing if you're considering this. I primed the centre caps with a light coat of primer before spraying them with the silver. Most of them came up ok in the end.
Somehow when I take photos of the car I keep lucking out with the lighting which shines on it in a way that hides the dent in the front-left fender.