Got this Hawthorne recently from Caber Klunk!.http://thecabe.com/forum/posts/548223/ Started the clean up process. Got it tore down. The wheels gave me hell. Ended up breaking a few spokes because of stuck nipples.
Got the hubs cleaned up, came out pretty nice. Also soaked the wheels and fenders in OA. First time using it so I checked it like every hour. Probably could have went longer but it was getting dark and I didn't want to leave it overnight. Didn't want them to come out too clean anyway.
Laced up my wheels today. Had to buy new spokes, a bunch of the originals were too rusted or broke when I I took the wheel apart. Scuffed them up and soaked em in vinegar and salt overnight. Couldn't have bright shiny new spokes.
Definitely a vice. Had to take them off, put them in a vice with an old skinny front axle in the brace's groove. Tweaking them with pliers, a hammer and a lot of patience. Put them on the wire wheel and cleaned them afterwards with wd40.