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Title: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 04:52:51 AM
 Saw this generic titled listing for a "black charcoal grill" on FBmarketplace yesterday that had been listed for over one month with a $50 price tag. To me it looked like a MBH 22" but then I counted the triangle bars and saw it had four like seen on the 26ers.  Then those waffle tread wheel pattern stuck out. Could this be a Pat. Pending Fleetwood I asked myself.
Made the call and just had to go take a look for myself.
I'm new but learning the Weber lingo. So I also noticed the classic caddywompas...
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Mr.CPHo on April 14, 2017, 04:57:24 AM
Good eye.  I hope you picked it up. 


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: brewtownbeatdown on April 14, 2017, 05:05:16 AM
🤞Hope you can snag it🤞

It's was listed last year too. Seller is a scrapper & wasn't the easiest to communicate with. Asked repeatedly for pics of the grates & got a "their there".


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 05:35:42 AM
Sorry I messed up the title. Should read "Fleetwood"

Missing the ash pan, one leg socket is no longer attached and was screwed in place. Dent on lid.
It was little rough but I decided to grab this 26er for $35 since I've never owned one before. Looking forward to repairing this grill and cooking on it.
  Not sure what year this is. Looks like a mid 70's as its not the earlier Pat. Pending but does have the plastic wheel seen on the early 70's models.
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  Maybe a good candidate for a mini Ranch Kettle conversion.



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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 05:38:58 AM
I noticed it has a flat area on the center of lid and bowl. What style kettle is this called?


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Neil_VT00 on April 14, 2017, 05:47:14 AM
Congrats on grabbing that Fleetwood.  Should be a fun project and a great cooker!

As for the style, these are generally referred to as Flat-top 26er's.
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: WNC on April 14, 2017, 05:50:52 AM
Nice find!
Congratulations, you'll love smoking on these. 26er three wheelers make great smoking machines


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: JEBIV on April 14, 2017, 05:55:40 AM
Nice find!
Congratulations, you'll love smoking on these. 26er three wheelers make great smoking machines


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I concur !! Grate find
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 06:00:12 AM
Thanks. I've been wanting a new 26" but this older model will do.
 Rusted leg sockets but bottom of bowl is solid. I'll read up on how to repair these.
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Travis on April 14, 2017, 06:39:27 AM
I have the same Fleetwood. You'll love cooking one it. They have so much room.
When you heat it up, spray a little Pam on it and that will give it a nice black sheen.
Congrats!


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Kneab on April 14, 2017, 07:15:04 AM
Nice pickup.👍
You are gonna love it.
So much space.
I need to find some wheels like those.
Anyone know of a good source for them?
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: greenweb on April 14, 2017, 08:40:34 AM
Congrats! Nice find!
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: brewtownbeatdown on April 14, 2017, 08:44:23 AM
$35 well spent!!!  The wheels, in that good of condition, alone are worth $35.


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 09:22:18 AM
Yeah that's what I was thinking. These wheels are the only best part on this 26er. The caddywumpus didn't even cause any uneven wear on the tread.lol

 These early 70's Wheels are too clean to have been on this faded black kettle all its life. Maybe they've been replaced. IDK


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Spen1818 on April 14, 2017, 09:40:39 AM
Definite score for a 26'r flatty for $35. Congrats! 


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: RottiGuy on April 14, 2017, 10:39:04 AM
Wow, great score!!!
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: pbe gummi bear on April 14, 2017, 12:55:09 PM
Nice find. I havent noticed a 26'r with that shape and spin markings  before.
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 01:35:22 PM
I did notice the circumferential spin marks/ripples on both lid and bowl. Once I get it cleaned up I'll post better pictures.
  Any idea what year this one is?


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Travis on April 14, 2017, 01:58:19 PM
Around a 73 or 4.


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 14, 2017, 02:31:20 PM
Travis, I think I'll call it a 1974 as it the same year I was born. Thanks


  I found this photo of another spun 26" lid that is similar to mine. This one is a 1974 Aritrocrat
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: charred on April 14, 2017, 04:29:29 PM
Steal of a deal for $35, imo!
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: LiquidOcelot on April 14, 2017, 04:39:27 PM
if your in cali and ever wanna move it along down the line I'll be more than happy to give it a home
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Darko on April 14, 2017, 07:37:43 PM
That is sweet! Congrats.
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Craig on April 14, 2017, 07:44:13 PM
Awesome Fleetwood!
Title: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 15, 2017, 12:05:09 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I didn't know these MBH Fleetwood 26ers were sought after. This one isn't in pristine condition but should clean up good and will make a good cooker with little effort "as is".
Today I've decided to take it a step further and attempt my first Weber Kettle refurbish/restoration on this 26er. 

    clean & degrease kettle
    sand, stain and varnish wooden handle
    sand & polish aluminum legs
    find a correct ash pan
    metal work
      - pop dents out
      - reshape lid and bowl edge
      - rust repair
    paint chip touch up


 I'm not a welder but have always wanted to learn the trade. Last year my Wife gave me a very nice portable mig welder as a gift. She knew that my project vehicle that Ive had for the past 10 years needs a lot of patch work.  I hired out the major structural weld repairs and that been taken care of. This new Miller welder is  capable of doing more than I'll ever be able to handle. I'm still learning and have been practicing on thin 18 gauge metal.  I haven't tackled any repairs on my old truck yet but I will in the next few weeks. Been waiting for warmer weather and it's finally arrived.
I'll soon find out what gauge metal this Fleetwood bowl was made out of. I'll post progress pics of this kettle. Wish me luck!
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 15, 2017, 03:08:59 PM
 I'm surprised the original wooden handle isn't cracked beyond repair. The two rivets had loosened away and the upper and lower wooden pieces were being held by electrical tape.
  I began sanding the weathered and stained wooden handle starting with 150 grit, 180, 220, 320, 400 and stopped at 600 grit.
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: captjoe06 on April 16, 2017, 01:50:46 AM
$35 all day long! What are you going to use on the handles?


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 16, 2017, 03:45:01 AM
 I had some Minwax Classic Oak stain and used this fast drying clear satin finish.

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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: captjoe06 on April 16, 2017, 07:03:58 AM
Nice, good stuff!

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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Lemans on April 24, 2017, 03:12:41 AM
What is the flat spot on the bottom of the bowl???


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: AZ Monsoon on April 24, 2017, 06:49:09 AM
Really cool. Someone is producing the old ash pans on here. I don't remember if they made any 26" though. I believe the thread is in the Member Sales section. Otherwise, finding a pan will probably be a challenge.

Really cool grill. The old 26ers never come up here. Congrats!
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 24, 2017, 07:04:11 AM
 I reinstalled the handle using the factory aluminum semi-tubular rivets.

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Title: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 24, 2017, 07:07:17 AM
I don't know much about these older 26ers. This one has a flat bottom matching the flat top. I was told these were spun lids and obviously you can see that this bowl was also spun as it has the spun swirls.
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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Cellar2ful on April 24, 2017, 07:14:39 AM
What is the flat spot on the bottom of the bowl???
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Both my 26"ers, Misty and the ZZ Top that I passed onto Vwbuggin64, have that flat spot on the bottom.  Agree with Smokin Performer that it probably has something to do with the manufacturing process of the flat tops being spun.
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 26, 2017, 05:25:12 PM
Wow,,,,, another fantastic day with another  $35 26er and this one is a Brownie.
Includes the grates and ash pan that are inside grill.
  My nephew was an hour away and grabbed this for me. I won't be able to pick it up from him for a couple weeks. I'm excited...

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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 26, 2017, 06:17:57 PM
Just got these sneak peak photos. I told him not to lay the lid on the asphalt again. lol

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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Mr.CPHo on April 26, 2017, 06:19:39 PM
Holy shit, man!  Congrats! 


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: HoosierKettle on April 26, 2017, 06:36:18 PM
Spectacular all around.


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: crowderjd on April 26, 2017, 06:46:25 PM
Congrats!!
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Cellar2ful on April 26, 2017, 09:28:20 PM


Epic.  Scoring two flat tops in one week, both for $35.  And the Chief is a 69-70 Pat Pending. That has got to be one for the record books.
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: WNC on April 27, 2017, 02:27:36 AM
Awesome chief!
Once I found mine, I've hardly used my WSM. They make great smoking machines!


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: JEBIV on April 27, 2017, 02:30:22 AM
Awesome chief!
Once I found mine, I've hardly used my WSM. They make great smoking machines!


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@WNC I agree those old 3 wheel 26ers are awesome smoking grills
Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: Travis on April 27, 2017, 05:25:08 AM
 Go buy a lottery ticket right now! You're on a streak!


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Title: Re: Fleeteood Good Friday
Post by: UserGone on April 27, 2017, 08:10:30 AM
I need to build a shelf in my garage before a start searching for kettles again. I'm out of floor space. I better not find a Ranch near me or I'll be in trouble.
  I'm switching over to SJ's for a while.
Found this mid 70's faded black SJ for $10 two days ago. It's a disease..lol

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And that's how I picked it up.... Already Clean


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