This is like a Weber history lesson, some much has changed over the years.
Yah, I learn something new about Weber grills every day due to this forum.
Great class. Did I tell you that frame makes me jealous. Are you going to put a shelf in where the burner used to be? Oh, and what is Ipe?
If you don't mind, can you let us know how much you have into that grill when it is completed? I am curious to what such an extensive restore would cost when all is said and done.
Oh, also, what do you have in mind for the handle?
Gerry, while your prices are up there close to what a new Genesis would cost, you, IMO, have a much better grill that will probably still be around and in great shape when this century is half over. I would consider adding a rotisserie to at least one of those babies. The Onegrill brand has that nice shiny stainless motor one that would go good with the frame.
Simply awesome job. That frame is nice. The would is beautiful and the workmanship is great. There is only one thing I would change and that is to put locking caster wheels on the left side. I know the older Genesis 1, 2, 3, etc... didn't come with them, but it makes the portability and maneauverability really good. Of course, those could be added at any time as well. Just shorten the legs and add the wheels with inserts.
I can't help thinking all that beautiful shiny stainless would looks great against a Blue hood too. But all in all, that is a thing of beauty as it sits.