Sounds like the parts you have will work for you with a couple of adapters. That will make it easier on the wallet. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Alc always has good advice!
That's for sure. I got more accomplished on the handle mechanism today now that I know I can find fittings. I had some 3/4" angle and used that for this. Drilled some holes and aligned things before welding them on.
What I did was drill 5/16" holes through the plate and 'spot' welded the angles in place. Therefore, no welds show on top.
First time bolting the valve to the plate. Got things aligned well enough.
Attached the links I made up for this. I'll weld the spacer tubes to those links later.
And a view from the top side. This is where the 5/16" rod will attach. Thinking I will step the rods down from the far side (inside) so I can tell which handle I have without looking.