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Mr.CPHo

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Landing a Vintage Mothership
« on: May 19, 2020, 06:39:35 AM »
This acquisition was orchestrated by The Godfather himself, JEBIV, and secured by a grate Grillfella, Jon Tofte. 

I love kettle road trips and was undaunted by the 10 hour drive down to South Florida to pick up the Ranch from Jon.  After being stuck in the house for so long, it was really nice to get out and stretch our legs.  1400 easy miles there and back with the wife and dog, a cooler full of drinks and snacks, cheap gas, and beautiful weather, it was a great trip.

Upon closer inspection, the Ranch is in really good shape.  Some cancerous rot on the back handle, but otherwise intact and solid.  I fixed the caddywhompus legs immediately, and straightened out the triangle spokes and axle while disassembled.  I also had to pound out a mildly indented leg socket to level out the gangster lean. 

I am sorry for the terrible pictures, itís been gloomy weather here lately.  But you know as soon as the weather cooperates, Iíll be dragging out all my ďlittleĒ Webers to take better photos with this vintage mothership.   

Big thank you to both Joe and Jon.  The mothership is absolutely stunning and Iím so grateful to both of you. 

bamakettles

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 06:43:59 AM »
Wow!  That's a big ole girl there... Is the flip up grate original?  Didn't know they made those.  Very cool find and nice write-up.  Your first cook should be one hot dog on the edge for a funny scale shot.  (Borrowed from BBM on YouTube)

WeberKell11

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 06:50:50 AM »
Awesome to see you got down there to pick her up!

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crowderjd

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 06:54:04 AM »
Wow!  Congratulations!  Looks fantastic, and I'm glad you got a road trip out of it...I've been searching so much for a nice grill to justify a road trip to get out of the house.  Love the patina on that Ranch.
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michaelmilitello

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 07:09:41 AM »
Awesome story.  I also love a good kettle road trip.  I love cooking on my ranch.  I am impressed the slide aside lid holder and Iíll hold up the lid!   


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JEBIV

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2020, 07:15:12 AM »
Awesome, so happy she is in her rightful home. Glad to be a "small" part of the whole deal
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Tbagley

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2020, 08:11:00 AM »
Don't know where some of you find these things, that is a really nice find.

brewtownbeatdown

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 08:30:35 AM »
There really is something special about a MBH mothership Ranch.  So special that a fella who moved outta FL, rode tripped back to FL for one[emoji23].  Congrats Charlie!!!  Canít wait to see more pics. 


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Obviously looking for a Glen Blue (who isnít?😂).

Looking for anything Happy Cooker, including any re-branded as Montgomery Ward.  Iíve amassed a nice collection, but Iím missing a few still.  Let me know if you can help a fella out🤞

JEBIV

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 08:39:55 AM »
There really is something special about a MBH mothership Ranch.  So special that a fella who moved outta FL, rode tripped back to FL for one[emoji23].  Congrats Charlie!!!  Canít wait to see more pics. 


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True !! and he is going to catch it from me for not stopping in Doraville, he knows where I live
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Mr.CPHo

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2020, 08:53:57 AM »

There really is something special about a MBH mothership Ranch.  So special that a fella who moved outta FL, rode tripped back to FL for one[emoji23].  Congrats Charlie!!!  Canít wait to see more pics. 


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True !! and he is going to catch it from me for not stopping in Doraville, he knows where I live
Really sorry, Joe, but ATL wasnít on the way.  We went down 95 not 75. 

An ATL trip is coming.  Soon. 

JEBIV

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2020, 08:58:55 AM »

There really is something special about a MBH mothership Ranch.  So special that a fella who moved outta FL, rode tripped back to FL for one[emoji23].  Congrats Charlie!!!  Canít wait to see more pics. 


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True !! and he is going to catch it from me for not stopping in Doraville, he knows where I live
Really sorry, Joe, but ATL wasnít on the way.  We went down 95 not 75. 

An ATL trip is coming.  Soon.
Ok so your off the hook LOL
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LiquidOcelot

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2020, 09:51:59 AM »
Soo bad ass

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Dave in KC

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2020, 09:59:23 AM »
Big thank you to both Joe and Jon.

You couldn't pick 2 better guys to help you out. 

Cellar2ful

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2020, 10:19:48 AM »


Ahhhhhhh!  "The Mothership" has landed. Congratulations Charlie.  Looking forward to seeing photos of your first cook on it. 
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WNC

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Re: Landing a Vintage Mothership
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2020, 10:24:35 AM »
Amazing!
Canít wait to see it in action!


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