So, My tire went flat last week. I didn't know why. I found out why when I took it apart though! No mystery here... The Previous owner must have used a pitch fork and a hammer to install this tire. The bead is shredded and the metal bead wire has rusted and broken.
This would usually spell Death for a tire, but I'm way too cheap to let this one go to the bone yard without at least a good effort to save it.
Starting repair with Galvanized Steel wire.
Wired and ready to be gooped up.
Another pic of the stitch job.
Ooops! There's a hole down at the opposite side that I didn't even notice!
And finally ready for the super secret tire repair goop lol.
I used vulcanizing tire repair cement for a first layer, then built it up with a thicker layer of Shoe Goo!
I hope this repair holds the bead together well enough to prevent further damage to the tire and not let the bead wire puncture the tube again. I do plan on layering the Shoe Goo up until the repair is nice and smooth. I'll report back on the performance of the repair in a couple weeks.