... No way you can stretch the tire to fit, you have to push that bead down into the rim's valley. Use your hip.
Reading about the wood blocks and hockey pucks, made me think about this comment above about
: "use your hip".
Yeah, I guess I do something like that, maybe some "body english". I'm sure I did that before I started holding the rim down with the HF tire changer.
The trick to doing it without blocks or pucs holding the tire down in the wheel wheel is to keep constant tension with tire irons. (Nothing wrong with the wood blocks of hockey pucs method, what ever works, but I seem to have developed a method where that isn't needed.
Kind of like this sequence: pull the bead with two tire irons, let go of one tire iron and wack the opposite side of the tire with a mallet while continuing to pull with the one tire iron. Then use two tire irons to pull again, then again let go of one tire iron and whack the opposite side of the tire to coax more of the tire into the rim well.
In this sequence it goes like this: repeatedly, a little more of the bead gets pulled over the rim, and a little more of the opposite bead gets pulled into the well. With plenty of lube, it goes pretty quickly.
With all these suggestions, joeyboltz should have his tires mounted by now, no?