The original four inch wide wheels on the Volvo limit us to six inch wide tires (165-80-15s) and really leave a lot to be desired . Anything over sixty MPH will induce major pucker factor that requires more adrenaline to drive than I can handle at this point in life . To remedy this requires wider tires but the old PV is limited by how much inset or offset you can have before you need to start modifying fenders for things to fit without interference .
A couple years after dad passed I found an old set of Ranger wheels behind his barn , and I ran them for a short spell before the tires were to old and rotted to trust . Having been rescued from the Allen Range road junkyard , the wheels were in rough shape with some serious rust along the bead and valve stem hole so they leaked air badly .
Some were better than others , but before mounting new tires they required refinishing . I inquired about having them sandblasted and refinished but the price quotes I got were about six hundred and fifty dollars . About half of the price of the Minilites . And the shop looked to be run by a bunch of sketchy looking meth junkies . So that left only one option .
One I put off for a long time as the last time I used this combo I got bit badly .
Used an assortment of carbide abrasive and wire wheels on an extension inside a half inch diameter aluminum tube allowing me to hold the extension and control the wire wheel better .
Got them as clean as I could with the exception of that narrow joint where the inner part meets the actual rim .
Then coated them with some rust converter
Let them dry overnight .
And the results were pleasing enough .
And while not the Minilites I'd like , they will have to do for my pedestrian budget and the new tires make for a much better ride and do allow me to reach seventy miles an hour on the highway without having to change my shorts .