I had the car almost a year now...
I just can't imagine not having a wheel off in a year. I'm picky, I pull the wheels off and inspect the brakes, boots, etc when I buy a car. Glad you got them off though. I had an 85 Pontiac 6000 when I was 16, took it in for new tires and an alignment and the morons used an impact on the lock nuts (after I specifically told them to hand torque the nuts, I HATE impact tools on wheels) and they broke the key. Had to take it to a welding shop for them to weld it back together, so I could get the lock off, and made the tire shop pay that bill, and give me a new set of lugnuts for the hassle.
To this day, I generally take my wheels off the car and take them in myself to get new tires mounted, and get alignments done at a good shop I know that does very good work.
97 Thunderbird LX (The GT Bird)
PI Swapped NPI motor with some port work on the heads, PI cams, 80mm MAF, CAI that feeds from fenderwell. Jmod, 3.73:1 TL in Mark VIII carrier, Mark VIII aluminum LCAs, 93 Mark VIII driveshaft, PBR brakes (soon to be Cobras), 18x9 wheels, 255/40/ZR18 Tires, Front and Rear strut/shock bracing, GR-2 shocks, Eibach 1.5" springs, 1989 SC front and rear sway bars.