I'm about to begin restoring the wire wheels I picked up a couple of years ago.
After removing the old rotten tires, is there a check list for checking the wheels for usability before going through the blasting, painting, etc.?
Is there a way to determine if the wheels are sturdy enough for a 30 - 35 MPH speedster or touring?
The pictures are of the same wheel. Other than appearance, is there a way to determine with calipers if enough steel is still there to be safe?
Is there a tool to determine if the bearing cavities are round?
Is there a particular grade of blasting sand or glass bead that will work best for this?
You can't tell a lot until they are sandblasted
Bill. Stay away from industrial blasters. They tend to think it is a ship or girter and take too much metal off. If you can find a bead blast cabinet blaster; you would be better off. I agree with Les; you can not tell until they have been blasted. After blasting look at the lug hole thickness and the valve stem hole. Pitting in the bottom of the rim is understandable and if there is enough metal can be smoothed.