To say this wheel presented some unique challenges is a bit of an understatement. But its inherent beauty and craftsmanship was still apparent and there was a great foundation to build upon. Over the years, moisture had invaded and rust had bulged and cracked the surface. Luckily, this was superficial oxidation and the tubular rim still had great integrity--allowing us to properly rebuild and replicate large sections of the exterior surface, exactly matching the original.
And check out that cool locking knob!
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(Sorry for the flecks of shipping dust on the finished product--a fresh wheel has some static electricity!)