A beautiful winter afternoon in January, with clear skies and relatively warm temp’s. The 150K has been safely tied down in the shade hangar with cabin cover in anticipation of next weeks strong cold front and strong winds that are expected. Installing the wheel pants, without a doubt, completely change the look of the airplane. Although you lose 18 pounds of useful load (and weight is always a concern with small planes), and optimistically gain only 2 knots in airspeed…many pilots opt to not utilize them. Wheel pants also add to the difficulty in checking tires, air pressure, and brakes during preflight. However the 1970 model have a higher “rise” where the bottom of the pant is near the axle. Later model style pants where much lower, and those had little doors on the side to access the valve stem.