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cbpeck

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My "K" Redhead Restoration
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:15:00 AM »
I picked up this "K" (1988) redhead in Port Orchard, WA a few weeks ago. It was in pretty good shape, but Port Orchard is a rough climate, so it did need some work. I thought you might like to see how it turned out. All said & done, I'm into this thing about $135. Is it worth it? Depends on who you ask. I'm pleased with the results. Not bad for a 25 year old grill. Here is what I did:

- Complete disassembly.
- Polished the kettle, legs & hardware with 0000 steel wool & Barkeepers Friend.
- Refinished the original handles by sanding & applying three coats of 2-in-1 polyurethane & stain.
- Replaced food grate, charcoal grate, one touch ash sweeper, hub caps & front leg cap.
- Replaced the original ash pan by retrofitting a modern ash catcher assembly.

Here she is:


With her top off:


Top vent:


Refinished lid handle:


New ash catcher:


Ash catcher installation (screws into the legs, no damage to the bowl):


Here she is all fired up:



What do you think?
« Last Edit: June 10, 2013, 11:17:07 AM by cbpeck »

G$

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 11:45:29 AM »
What an absolute thing of beauty.  I am jealous of both the Kettle and the lawn.

Also, my simple mind never considered your ash can retrofit tactic. I liek it quite a bit. The hosel clamps are very effective yet ever so unsightly.  I think I would be willing to drill in to legs as you have done.  Let us know how that works in practice.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2013, 11:47:04 AM by G$ »

dazzo

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 11:53:05 AM »

Amazing! Beautiful!

And I like it too    ;D

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mike.stavlund

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 11:54:03 AM »
Incredible, cb!  What a beautiful specimen.  The handles look wonderful, and I wish my red K was as clean and shiny as yours.  Brilliant adaptation of the ash pan, too.  Love it. 

...though I certainly don't need to heap up the praise-- your reward is right there in your back yard.  Congrats. 
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LightningBoldtz

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 11:55:09 AM »
very nice restoration.  I am doing a mid 60's restoration at present.
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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 12:01:46 PM »
Looks new, except you can't buy a new one that looks like it. And with your ash catcher mod retrofit, better than the hose clamp method.
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cbpeck

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 12:02:17 PM »
What an absolute thing of beauty.  I am jealous of both the Kettle and the lawn.

Also, my simple mind never considered your ash can retrofit tactic. I liek it quite a bit. The hose clamps are very effective yet ever so unsightly.  I think I would be willing to drill in to legs as you have done.  Let us know how that works in practice.

Thank you for your kind words. I can't take credit for the lawn, as the photos were taken on a property owned by our family business.

I am very confident in the ash catcher retrofit. Stout SS screws into properly sized holes, and I can't imagine it going anywhere. It might actually make the leg assembly more stable. I added that photo because I do think it is a good way to go, and I hadn't seen anybody suggest it yet.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2013, 12:10:08 PM by cbpeck »

Chasing_smoke

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My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2013, 12:13:53 PM »
Total beauty there! That cleaned up very nicely!


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1911Ron

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2013, 12:44:33 PM »
That looks brand new!  I also like the retrofit of the OTG ash catcher. 8)
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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 12:52:06 PM »
You forgot to mention that you painted it .... Just kidding, of course!  ;) ;)

Looks fresh out of the box. Nice restoration, indeed!  :D
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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2013, 01:07:40 PM »
You can't buy a new grill from Weber that's as pretty as that Red you have so yes, you really have a bargain!

cbpeck

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2013, 01:24:38 PM »
You forgot to mention that you painted it .... Just kidding, of course!  ;) ;)

Looks fresh out of the box. Nice restoration, indeed!  :D

It does have a few small chips that I had intended to paint, but I decided to leave them as they were. A few beauty marks, so to speak.  :D
« Last Edit: June 10, 2013, 01:49:47 PM by cbpeck »

Golly

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013, 03:48:56 PM »
Love it

It's so beautiful

Love the pic with her top off :P
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bryanw21157

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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 05:12:10 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: My "K" Redhead Restoration
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2013, 02:56:28 AM »
Even as a noob I can appropriate this piece and the work put into it.  A real looker.  Ingenious way to get the contemporary ash pan attached.