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Refurbing the smoker: Day 1

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Im on vacation this week so I started the refurb on the beast. I work harder on vacation than I do at work. I'm going to document the entire refurb day by day.

Heres what she looks like now.

Heres the inside of it.

Heres the bottom of the tank, theres another hole just out of view of the camera.

Heres those rods. I think Capt Dan was right about using them for hanging sausage.

Here I am cutting the grate in half so I could get to the bottom of the tank.

Heres another view, dont look at my butt. PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif

Here I am again, just a little dirtier.

This thing is gonna be a chore. I have been scraping and grinding all day long. I have the holes grinded down to bare metal now. I will start welding plates on it tomorrow. A lot more pictures to come. Time to go take a shower!!
post #2 of 35
Cant wait to see your progress.. good luck.
post #3 of 35
looking good low.......that maverick looks in good shape also..........wink.gif
post #4 of 35
Exciting project...Can't wait to check in on the day to day progress...Good luck!
post #5 of 35
Gotta give ya credit, your gettin it done, down and dirty for sure. Lookin forward to your vacation pics!icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 35
Looks Great. Won't be long before you will get it fired up.
Sometime I get busy grinding and don't realize I'm to close to the truck or garage door and later the sparks become rust marks.

post #7 of 35
I was gonna say something about the Maverick as well.. but walking dude beat me to it.!

Have a great vacation.
post #8 of 35
Thread Starter 
The Maverick looks good on that side, but you havent seen the other side of it. A little sad, but kinda funny story behind that maverick. It belonged to my wifes grandmother who is 97 years old. She bought it new in 1973. Its been garage kept its whole life. She drove it to church and to the store only. It has 60,000 original miles on it.
Well, one day there was a house on fire on her street. The fire dept went out there and put the fire out. Before the fire dept left, granny rammed smack into the back of the fire truck. Then she proceeded to back up and ran smack into the fire hydrant. Tore the heck out of the front quarter panel, and the rear end is ripped to shreds from the hydrant. Granny cant see too well these days and the city made her turn over her drivers license.
My wife has always loved that car and granny promised her she would have it one day. Well, we have it now but its a little tore up.
It still runs like a top, the engine still looks like new, just the body looks like hell.
Thats my next project.
post #9 of 35
seen better looken butts betten yor left handed cant wait to see more pics smoken better for the thing your worken on than you experiance talken
post #10 of 35
Hell of a project you have there. Good luck with it.

Ain't it the truth about working vacations biggrin.gif
post #11 of 35

Looking good!

Looks like a fun project---Your gonna have a real nice smoker when you're done:-)
post #12 of 35
Looks like one heck of a project you have there..................Will be great once you get it smoking..............
post #13 of 35
Does this smoker make my butt look big?biggrin.gif Be sure and post pictures of your progress. Good luck.
post #14 of 35
You gotta love it when a fella looks that bad and still seems to be having fun. Keep up the good work and looking forward to seeing it finished. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #15 of 35
If you have the Beast tore apart, won't you get hungry? We don't want you to starve from lack of smoke.
post #16 of 35
Thread Starter 

Finally done!!

I finished the smoker today. It was more of a chore than I first anticipated. But I finally got 'er dun. Let me know whatcha think.

Heres the holes in the bottom before any work was done.

Heres the hole on the bottom of the smoke box.

Heres the same hole patched up. Im not very good at welding but I got it patched pretty good I think.

Heres a view from inside the firebox looking at the same hole. I patched the bottom hole from inside the firebox and reinforced the sides too.

Heres the final product. I think she looks pretty good. I made the handles out of some oak firewood. Turned them on my lathe, then stained them.

Now I just have to wipe it down inside the smoke box with some vegetable oil. Then I'll get a roaring fire going to season it up. Then I think I'll finally be able to use it.

Heres the break down of the total cost.
Smoker - $500.00
7 wire wheels @ $4.00ea - $28.00
1 gallon of high temp paint (will withstand temps of 1000 degrees) - $52.00
All the metal I used was from what the guy gave me and from what I found just laying around the house.
TOTAL - $580.00, but I still have to buy some trailer lights.
post #17 of 35
Looks awsome!!! Man you came along way with it....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #18 of 35
great job l&s, GREAT job.........points for you
post #19 of 35


Nice job! Looks brand new. What brand of paint did you use? looks like a better sheen than the typical flat black most big box stores sell. Did you spray it in a spray booth or roll it on?

Again, looks great, can't wait till you fire her up:-)

post #20 of 35
what a friggin bargin!! Thats a 1200+$ pit!!!!!! Lookin for some qview from that dog soon!!!!!!!!!
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