I recently acquired a 2 stainless steel tank grill that was built by Tallahassee Tool & Die (out of biz now). It was owned and used by a previous Clerk of Court/Commissioner here on the Space Coast some 10-15 years back at parties he threw prior to election time.
Anyway, the tanks are side by side and cut in half. Originally the lids were part of a crank up system that used pulleys and cables to lift the top halves of the tanks independently of each other. Somewhere along the way that was removed and some half-ass car-jack lifting rig was put in its place. I want that incredibly dangerous part GONE and would love to either restore the crank up system or hinge the lids and/or maybe place the tanks end to end and re-trailer them eventually making one of them a wood burning smoker while leaving the other a bbq grill using charcoal.
(These pics are hosted on my own photobucket account, I was not sure how or if I could upload them to this forum)
The rods at the center of the end of the tanks are original and guide for the lids as they raised up. At bottom center of each tank below the fire door is the hand crank on a steel pole that runs the length of the tank that was used to crank each lid up and down. There is NO sign of how the cables were attached to the crank or how the cable ran up to whatever pulley system was used. I have looked around the internet for both the company that built it and pics of their grills as well as any pics uploaded of the grill in action at the election parties but I have had no luck.
I am looking for any suggestions or ideas.
Edited by Bob Isbell - 9/29/13 at 3:22pm