Sunday, July 24, 2011

Flint Artifacts: AC Liquid Tire Chain

Remember this stuff? Check out the warning label! Not exactly environmentally friendly. How did this toxic concoction work? Thanks for Michael Griffin for this artifact.

Update: Of course there's a video online of someone using a similar product.


  1. My Grandfather retired from AC in 1968, and he and Grandma lived on the 1400 block of Indiana Avenue. I remember seeing this stuff in his garage, and eventually we ended up getting a can. We used it one winter and I don't remember this product working very well, UNLESS we were not using it correctly...

    Thank you for the sharing the memories, Professor. Semper Fi!

  2. Just updated this post with a video of someone putting liquid chain into action...and getting close enough when applying it to his tires to get a few lung fulls of the toxic vapor.


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