Addertooth's post suggested use of this thread for others planning to restore a Kamado cooker. I don't know that I can add any restore information beyond what's already covered here, but I'll post some pictures of what I'm starting with and share my progress as I restore the cooker. It might be a little slow, as I'm also remodeling a bathroom, and my wife's priorities would lean in that direction.
Anyway, a friend of mine saw a ceramic cooker on the side of the road with a free sign, so he loaded it up (with a little help) and took it home. He grilled on it a few times, but didn't really need this beast for grilling (he has a Weber kettle). He knows I love to BBQ, so he offered it to give it to me (and deliver). It needs some repairs, but I figured it's something I could handle. Here are some pictures of what I'm starting with. The biggest issue is the damaged top. I have the chunks that broke away, so I should be able to repair it. I'll be contacting Galaxy Outdoor soon to order a new spider kit. I'm not sure about cracks yet, but I'll get it cleaned up soon to see what it looks like.