I hope this rebuild log helps someone with their rebuild or at least gives them an idea what to expect with a used Weber from Craigslist.
I had been searching on Craigslist for a while for a Weber Kettle of some sort. I actually gave up and bought a OTG from HD. When I got home, I sat down and thought I'd look on CL one last time. I stumbled across an ad for a "Weber Grill - $25". I quickly emailed them and asked for pictures.
Photo from the CL ad:
Needless to say, I had the grill at my house within an hour. I had just bought myself a 2009 Weber Performer with Touch-N-Go Gas Assist! Ok, so the handle on the lid was pushed in, it had no front casters and no bottom rack. But it was cheap.
Time to evaluate what I actually bought.
The cooking grate has to go, but the charcoal grate is fine.
The center of the lid is pushed in.
What looks like peeling paint underneath the lid, isn't. It cleans off.
Top view of the Performer.
The ash catcher had rock hard ash that was stuck to the metal.
The "Gas Assist" burner was actually in good shape.