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Old 04-17-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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My brothers are in the Mustang restoration business. I was up at their place today walking around the back lot and came across an interesting kettle.

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It is a cast aluminum kettle. About 3/8" thick aluminum. Dampers on top center and bottom. Ken said he pick this up from someones trash and liked the way it looked '70s.

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The original color is almost a dead ringer to his Grabber Orange Mach1. It is all there. It still even has the sunburst grate. He loaded it up and took it to his house from the shop and said he would redo it.

I spent about 20 minutes with Google and found a little about it. Found several news paper ads and a Popular Science product announcement on a gas version. The ads I found place it '70 - '74 vintage.

Ad from Cape Girardeau, MO:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=4410,1932159

Ad from St. Petersburg:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=3413,2243327

* Note in the St. Pete ad there is a rotisserie like one we have seen here on BBQB.

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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That's just cool as chit.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:55 AM   #3
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Sure is, but the prices on other items sure are depressing when you look at what we are paying now for the same chit.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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Sure is, but the prices on other items sure are depressing when you look at what we are paying now for the same chit.
Kind of my thought, as well. Though if you consider the rise in median income in the interim, it doesn't hurt so bad. My dad made about $14,000 per year in 1970 or so, which is doing pretty well for a middle class family. Our 7 (yes, SEVEN, though one was used as my dad's "shop" and the other as his "office") BR house bought in 1969 cost $54,000.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:01 AM   #5
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That is cool as chit.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:51 AM   #6
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thats a keeper
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:38 PM   #7
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yep haul that closer to the work place chop shop and fire it up!
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:54 PM   #8
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Looks cool!
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #9
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Has anyone else run across one of these? I have one that I inherited from my father-in-law . It cooks like nobodys business! And I'd love to find one like it for my son , but they seem to be almost non existent.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Has anyone else run across one of these? I have one that I inherited from my father-in-law . It cooks like nobodys business! And I'd love to find one like it for my son , but they seem to be almost non existent.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #11
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Awesome!
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:16 AM   #12
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love it when folks find/rescue stuff like that. awesome find.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:36 AM   #13
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:51 AM   #14
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If you would like a original 1972 users review, I will submit the following. I bought one of these from the Shaw Air Force Base, SC base exchange in 1972 during the Vietnam era. I don't remember the cost but it must have been very reasonable for my military pay to afford. I used the grill for many, many years. I would guess about 15-20 basically grilling hamburgers and steaks, nothing fancy. I sat outside in the rain all this time. It did a good job for my cooking and I had some good times with it. The dampers, both inlet and outlet, were very effective and the air flow control on the Buddy-L was superior to all others I found. That was the primary reason I selected it. The cast aluminum was avacado in color but the paint weathered and eventually began to flake off after a few years of hot cooks and weathering. I used lighter fluid back then and I did not hesitate to pour it on for a quick light up. At some point I bent the top half so that the sealing surface was no longer a circle and did not mate properly with the bottom half. Air leaked in, or out, and control was a problem. Sadly it went to the trash and I replaced it with a Weber Kettle. As I remember it the Buddy-L lid never sealed as tightly as the Weber. The Buddy-L had a nice lid retaining bail that allowed the lid to tilt back and store beside the bowl. Each side of the bail inserted into matching holes cast into the lid. These holes wore into an oval shape over the years such that the bail would pop out and the lid would fall to the ground. I attempted to remedy this by springing the bail into a tighter pinch on the lid but all I accomplished is to squeeze the lid out of shape so that it did not seal with the bowl. I remember it fondly and would buy another if it was available. I have gone thru three or four Webers since the Buddy-L died and I have found them to be totally satisfactory. I now have a Weber Performer which, in my opinion, is just about a perfect design. I use a Cajun Bandit Extension Ring, and somethimes the rotisserie ring and smoke some great butts and ribs along with grilling steaks and chickens. My brethren can rest assured that I no longer use lighter fluid.
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:45 PM   #15
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that is a neat looking kettle.
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