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Winz

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History of the 18.5
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:10:28 AM »
Do we have the timeline of the 18.5 documented here?  What was the first year of production, etc.

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Craig

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2014, 03:53:58 PM »
Unknown for sure when they were first made. SPECULATION points to 1956 when the 22 kettle was redesigned to its more familiar dome lid shape.

Winz

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 08:29:09 PM »
Thanks for the reply Craig. 

Were the 18.5s always like the 22.5s for each year (e.g. same colors, same handle, ash ring, wheels, etc) or are there specific models of the 18.5 that are unique?

Weber dropped the 18.5 OTG at some point, while the 22.5 OTG is still available.  I am interested to know if there are other deviations from the 22.5 lineup and when they occurred - this would be good information to archive.

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1911Ron

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2014, 08:03:26 AM »
Another question, have the 18.5 OTG come with one bowl handle or have they always had two?
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Craig

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2014, 01:38:43 PM »
The Goldie's (18 & 22) should have 2 bowl handles. The 22 MTs and 26"er golds... 1 bowl handle. I want to say the 18 golds came out in 2000-01 and disco'd at the end of '11..

MaxBobcat

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2014, 01:39:51 PM »
The Goldie's (18 & 22) should have 2 bowl handles. The 22 MTs and 26"er golds... 1 bowl handle. I want to say the 18 golds came out in 2000-01 and disco'd at the end of '11..

We've GOT to make a wiki for this type of stuff.

Craig

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History of the 18.5
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2014, 01:40:52 PM »
Another note of interest, 18's were available in dark green for 1978-1979 then they were gone in 1980 but came back off and on in the '90s and '00s....

Englaender

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Re: History of the 18.5
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2014, 03:53:47 AM »
Another note of interest, 18's were available in dark green for 1978-1979 then they were gone in 1980 but came back off and on in the '90s and '00s....

My 18.5 is a C-Code, so built in 1981.