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If you tell us what's specifically wrong with the original 9 speed wheel, then that might open up some solutions.
E.g. if your 32-hole original DA/600 hub has a bad freehub body, you could swap it most likely with the replacement freehub body on the 36-hole wheel hub of the same class, and you'd probably need just a 10mm allen wrench in addition to standard cone/crescent wrenches for axle work.
Similarly, you could also swap cones or swap axles, etc.
If you're rim is gone on the 32H original wheel, then you might think about just getting a new rim and re-lacing it. If you're saving up for a Dura Ace or 600Ultegra hub, you might spend around $25 and get a Tiagra or 2200/2300 freehub that works for you as a stop-gap. They make decent hub, that's if you don't mind the mis-match.
But maybe I misunderstood your post.