After yesterday's round of Michigan Monsoons, it was almost refreshing to see patches of sun today, despite high winds and temps in the 30s, so I decided to tackle a few items on Blue Jean's 'To Do' list! First up was a trip to the parts store for a new radiator cap (the old one took some effort to remove!). Once home, the coolant was checked and topped off and the new cap popped into place as it should. I also applied some killer Rat Fink stickers I scored at Autorama this past weekend! So much for the EASY part! Next came the primary order of business...getting those old black wheels and dangerously deteriorated bias ply tires off there and replaced with something a wee bit nicer, and safer! Back in the 70s sometime, I built a model of a 56 Chevy that sported what we always called "Daisy wheels" (now called 200S wheels by American Racing), and thought they were the coolest looking wheels for Tri-5 Chevys. In 2009, however, they aren't the easiest things to come by! American technically still offers them, but when I inquired about them at a few tire and wheel shops that specialize in aftermarket wheels and tires, I was informed that they are special order only and that it takes 8 to 10 weeks to get a set. Also, the smallest size they offered was 15" x 7". I was ready to go with Cragar S/S wheels in 14" x 6" when a dude I found a set of 14" x 7" 'Daisies' with nice Michelin tires on them very close to home! They only had about 100 miles on them, and they looked incredible, so I happily bought them for a really great price then loaded them into my daily heap and raced home! I was STOKED to actually have a set of real, live DAISY WHEELS to bolt onto Blue Jean...I could hardly wait to see how they'd look! No drama with the front wheels...off with the old and on with the new, but it was a REAL trick to get the old tire off and even harder to get the new tire onto the driver's side rear for some reason. It ended up taking two people, and I had to let all the air out of the tire and pull the wheel well lip out the best I could while my dad squeezed the new wheel and tire in there. Once it popped in, it bolted up easily and just clears the lip with the car back on the ground. Moving onto the other side, I found that one much easier, the old tire nearly fell outta there once the lugs were off, and the new one slipped in there easily enough....COOL! I picked up a set of new wheel locks today and installed those to help keep the new skins where they belong, then stepped back to admire the view! With decent tires under the car, I was able to drive it up to the gas station (no idea how much gas was in there when I bought it, or how old it was!) and dumped a few gallons of mid-grade into the tank. After talking to an old high school car buddy I ran into at the gas station, I headed off to cruise my new ride around the neighborhood a bit! The car drove pretty good, but it still needs some attention. Sounds like at least one wheel bearing needs to be replaced and I still gotta wire the lights, but it goes, steers and stops just like a car oughtta do! Dig the view from behind that massive steering wheel... "Free and Easy down the road I go!" Oh yeah...you don't roll your stop signs with this car...not even a little bit! That car needs to be at a complete stop before you try to get it back into low gear, but that cool whine it makes as you roll away from the stop before shifting up to Second is pretty neat...sounds like an old delivery tuck or something! So...there's much left to do, but at least a little progress was made today! I couldn't be happier with the car, or the way them Dasies gleem in the sun! Oh yeah...Long Live the 70s, Man!!!