Ok, I got the drum painted (semi-gloss black - going simple on my first build,) the hardware and valve installed, and tried out a grill and the lid from my old Weber OTS. It fits great!
I think I messed up in spraying the Pam into the drum before I got it painted. I did cover the holes in the sides for the hardware, but it seeped under the tape in a couple of places. I also think that next time I'll use shortening instead of Pam. It's a bit neater to apply. Spraying the inside of the drum was just a mess.
I went with SS acorn nuts on the outside of the drum for a neater appearance and to keep me from snagging myself on the end of the bolt. If there's a way I can cut myself, I'll find it. Covering the end of the bolt eliminates one such possibility.
Now I just need to get hold of a piece of expanded steel (scrap metal dealer,) an ash pan (water heater pan or el cheapo 18" BBQ from the convenience store) a turkey fryer thermometer (and the fittings to mount it,) and we're ready to rock.
My lesson learned? Rub the inside of the drum down with Crisco and season it like I do cast iron cookware. Spraying the inside of a drum with Pam while I'm half-way in the danged thing is just a big mess.
OTS - UDS - Don't have a UDS? Well why not?