So I'm trying to determine the best strategy to replace this terrible aging double gate (See photo below). While the total gate structure measures 17+ feet, the actual fence "gap" I am dealing with is 16 feet. While I consider myself "handy" and have done a little bit of framing and trim work, I'm basically a beginner with regard to carpentry.
My best idea is to simplify things by converting to a simple hinge gate system. The posts are in surprisingly good shape, but I have a significant "elevation problem.
* Should I convert to hinges, or try to reuse the existing rolling gate system?
* Should I utilize one of the many gate "kits", or spend the money on items like the pocket screw jig etc and build it the old fashioned way (plenty of youtube videos)
* How do I deal with the elevation change? I found the pic below, where the "upper" gate sits a few inches higher than the "lower" gate, and the fence boards disguise the misalignment. Any better ideas?
* Any other thoughts or input on this project?