Wheelie clean!

I scored this wheel like 10 years ago and have never really had a use for it. It had 5/8" axle bearings and it was a rusty/crusty mess. Well I now need something like this, so I pull it down and have a look. I quickly found the proper bearings to run a 3/4" axle and made a new spacer and then I had to deal with the rust and grime. 

At first it was all like...


Then it was like

After a few hours of scrubbing its looking pretty sweet. The rim cleaned up awesome. Most of the spokes polished right up. The nipples still need some more lovin'
It ain't perfect but it's gonna work great for me.