So glad it made it safe and sound. What are your plans for restore?
Congratulations on the custom! I love those more each time I see them! Will this be a cooker or a looker Jim? It looks to be in fairly good shape.
I am going to cook on it a bit before any restoration. I don't want to dismantle it and not have it finished it in time for the June WKC picnic. I have too many kettles dismantled now that I need to finish restorations on. Because the prime rib smell is so overwhelming, I am cleaning the inside of the lid and bowl today. Lid vent spins freely, bowl vents are frozen but l expect will turn with minimal work. The legs are rusted into the leg sockets. The wheels spin but are rusted onto the axle and will not come off. Had to ship the kettle whole because of that. The ash pan is missing one twist on hook, one came off in shipping, leaving only one attached. The triangle is rusty, with a couple of pin holes through the metal. The biggest issue I expect will be on the front leg where the screw for the triangle goes through the leg. There is substantial metal degradation around the screw/bolt head. Anyone have suggestions on how to deal with this area?
I don't think it's '58. 56 or 57 most likely. In 58 it would be a Weber Stephen Woodale, not Weber Brothers Chicago.
Very well could be. This is my first kettle older than early 70's.
Fantastic save. How do you arrive at the 1958 date? I see Weber Bros on the vent lid.
Customkettle had posted pictures of the kettle on the FB site Weber Kettle Fans, listing it as a 56-57. Harris commented on the FB thread, identifying it as a Generation 2, 1958. Any help in identifying the year would be appreciated ( @harris92