Balado Tire

The other day Val posted about Sierra Auto Service. I was reminded of it today, as I got the tires of my cacharro rotated and balanced at Balado Tire at 67th Avenue and 8th Street.

The cacharro I’m referring to is my 1966 Dodge Polara. I bought this car for $900 in 2004.


Of course, I’ve put a hell of a lot more into it since then. One of the first things I did when I bought the car was get the set of whitewall tires you see in the picture. I got them at the aforementioned Balado Tire. I’m a big fan of mom and pop businesses, especially if they are owned by cubiches. And Balado is great operation with fast service, great prices and a personal touch. Jose, the older gentleman that runs the place, is a great guy and so are the installers.

If you’ve got a flat or a leak don’t waste your time at El Mago del Ponche. That joint is always crazy busy. Balado will have you on your way in a jif. And they have great performance tires too. I got a set of Cooper tires for my Cadillac CTS when the factory Goodyears wore out and saved a bundle. So stop by and tell them the guy with the light blue cacharro sent you.

10 thoughts on “Balado Tire”

  1. my friend orlando has worked their since he graduated from high school (columbus ’84). i used to buy my tires there when i lived in miami. great place.

  2. Your car sooooo reminds me of my dad, and the “trasatlantico” that he used to drive when I was a kid. It was a humongous old black Pontiac “de uso por supuesto.”

    Enjoy your cruise.

  3. Henry,

    What engine you have in the Polara, slant six 225 cubic inches or V-8 318 cubic inches?

  4. The car came standard with a V8 384 C.I.D.

    Mine is the “economy” model with the V8 318 C.I.D. Poly. I have a 2bbl carb but have a 4bbl intake manifold that I am going to install along with the appropriate carburetor.

    Although it was the “economy” model, mine came with factory air conditioning. Works like a charm.

  5. Henry,

    The reason I asked you because many moons ago I used to own a beautiful Cuda 440 six-pack.

    It used to haul ass….

    I wish I still had it today.

  6. Never heard of 384 C.I.D. I guess you meant 383 C.I.D., Right?

    The 383 is a scaled down version of the 440.

    Trust me, I know my Chryslers inside out.

    A piece of advice, if you’re installing a 4 barrel carburetor on that 318 you might want to put a bigger camshaft to work better with the added fuel intake.

    There lost of places on the net that would help you with your choices, specially the following:

    It’ll get expensive once you start going that route of adding more performance parts to the engine but those cars are picking-up more value as collector items as time goes on.

  7. Yes, 383. I misspoke. I never had to worry about the exact size of the other motor because I have the poly. It’ll be long time before I recover what I’ve invested in that car.

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