Generally wheels in need of complete rebuilding can be estimated fairly close, but sometimes wheels in need of a few repairs need to be disassembled before an accurate estimate can be arrived at. There are spoke tendons into the hubs and felloes than can not be inspected until disassembly takes place, and the condition of the felloes under the tires can not be viewed until the tires have been removed. For overview purposes, you can refer to the ‘Wheels’ section of this site to estimate costs. By measuring spoke sizes, as measured in line with the hub length, and felloe size, as measured by width of tire and diameter of wheel, and adding either tire size resetting or retiring, you can estimate expenses involved in fixing wheels.
For example: Say you have a set of wagon wheels that have set in one place for quite a while and the felloes are deteriorated, along with the spokes that were on the bottom side of the wheel. For illustration purposes, we’ll say these are 2” tires, 42” front wheels and 50” rear wheels, and they have 2 1/4” spokes, of which 3 are bad on each wheel. If we refer back to the wheels section, we will see 2 1/4” spokes cost $18.00 each, new 2” felloes (bent) cost $85.00 for the fronts and $88.00 for the rear and setting tires costs $60.00 each. So we would have expenses in the front of $199.00 ($54.00 for spokes, $85.00 for felloes, $60.00 for tires), and $202.00 for the rear ($54.00 for spokes, $88.00 for felloes, $60.00 for tires). Total repairs, in this scenario, would be $802.00. This same procedure works for buggy wheels as well.
(Or you can call and I’ll help you figure it out.)