Originally Posted by Ribwizzard
I'll bet your loving the way those hinges look on there, LOL
Yea so custom I took hem to the scrap for someone else to enjoy.. lol
Originally Posted by KC5TPY
Hello Top Shot. I built a few smokers back in my welding days ( now the eyes aren't so good ). Isn't it amazing some of the things you see. Seems folks don't value craftsmanship. Just SLAP any ole cr** on; it'll do. Looking at some of those old welds, I've seen mud daubers do a better job. You are a braver man than me. I agree with Ribwizzard; scrap it and start from scratch. I know, he's the customer. I don't think I would have taken on the rebuild. Most times that is harder than building from scratch. The other thing I found was that folks thought you lost your mind when you quoted a price to build a pit. "HOW MUCH??" Like steel was cheap as newspaper and you should work for less than minimum wage. They tend to forget a custom built pit properly cared for will last a life time. Good luck.
Oh believe me I don't work for "beer money" like some of the guys out there that get a welder and think they are gods gift to the fabrication world and don't carry insurance, licences.. bla bla the list goes on.
The main reason i took it on it I knew it would break down pretty easy and a plasma torch makes sort work of anything stubborn. He is coming in under what a new build would cost just because his axle, tires and springs are in pretty good shape. I mostly have time in it and little material. I have a reputation locally around to be able to fix or undo someones mess... but it cost and they know it will be done right.
My truck is set up as a mobile welding rig and we do onsite smoker repair and resto all over Mid Tenn for units to big to move and be cost effective.
this afternoon I got everything patched up and its ready to start putting back together so from this point forward its a new build. I'm 5 man hours in so sitting pretty good for the rest of the build. I'll get some picks up in the morning sometime or after church.