Finished all the hard work tonight.
Installed my new plywood top for the lid.
Installed the spray painted factory seal, with the plastic factory clips to the collar.
Installed hinges to the collar and freezer using new bolts to hopefully strengthen it up a bit...seems very solid.
And the lid opens!!
Threw on some foil tape to clean up the edges of the insulation.
And here it sits, waiting for my taps to arrive tomorrow!