Firestone Tire Testing

Let's Talk Rusty Iron: Former workers recall the excitement of early Firestone tire testing operation.

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The International Metro test truck, hooked to an unstyled John Deere Model A tractor in about 1941. The high fence in the background was built by Harvey Firestone to keep out the traffic noise from busy Ohio Route 14, which is just beyond the fence. The John Deere tractor is equipped with unusual dual rear tires that were probably 6- or 7-inch-by-38-inch. (Image courtesy of Herman Miller of Marshallville, Ohio, who was a Firestone engineer at the time.)