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2016/03/28 10:14:22 (permalink)

Hello to all, new to forum

I have lurked around for some on/off reading and seeing what other members are building. This is my first post here.
Currently we are build a food truck (1985 military surplus P20 Chevy). It passed through several owners before landing at
my auto repair shop, on the back of a wrecker... I am going to try and be brief about it. It was found and purchased off craiglist as a food truck, but was far from being anything but a broken down, non running truck (diesel 6.2) with NO brakes....
TIP: If you can swing it money wise, always buy a running truck that's had a reasonable maint history.
The truck came with a flat top grill set up for propane, a 100 lb bottle & regulator, a random box of electrical stuff and many bottles of "add" fluids for the sick diesel engine. Oh and he "installed" an old used kitchen vent hood with 2 x 4's and long wood screws. (I now have a random hole to patch)
I ended up replacing the ruined diesel engine with a good running 5.7 TBI engine, the trans turned out good, and the brakes now work!
The body is beat up some, but we are working that out. We stripped the inside bare, and the crappy old insulation went to the trash. Currently we are installing a concession window 64 x 40, and getting ready to paint a base color. Plans are for painted graffics. We scored a good used refridge. some used NSF tables and racks, and 6 sheets of new stainless steel for the walls.
The wood floor was brand new and well done, and the divider in the truck was in good condition also. A good friend and in the brick & morter secter has offered his help and advise. He has a stainless steel supply and builder making a custom three bay sink for us, and helped us buy the sheet steel at a good price. Overall we are progressing on the build, but I have say it was way more work than I thought, due to the poor mechnical condition of the truck. I hope to finish it, and get it inspected this spring and have it on the curb serving the goods. I'm sure my story is not unique here, we always find out there is a lot more to building a truck than one ever anticipates! It has been a steep learning curve for us, and I hope we can be a help to anyone wanting to enter the fray and survive.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/28 11:02:29 (permalink)
Welcome!!
I've made it a point recently not to reply to 1st time posters, but you seems "real", with a lot to add to discussions. Thanks for becoming more than a "lurker"!
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/28 12:19:43 (permalink)
If I could only tell you the headaches, and toil that we have imparted into this truck... This adventure is not for everyone, and I can see why you would not reply to just anyone. I have seen here the opinion that unless one has something to contribute, keep quiet, and let the ones doing the "real" work talk and listen up....at some point I'll figure out how to post pics of the progress.
post edited by NOSHp20 - 2016/03/28 12:20:52
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/28 13:45:32 (permalink)
Hello and Welcome!
 
I make it a point to say Whut's Up to first time posters... when I catch it. I know how it feels to post something have 32 people "view" it and say absolutely nothing.
post edited by Magus - 2016/03/28 13:54:40
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/28 14:28:09 (permalink)
 Hopefully you can see this thing...nope didn't post, need help with photos. Thanks


post edited by NOSHp20 - 2016/03/28 14:36:23
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/28 22:53:11 (permalink)
NOSHp20
 Hopefully you can see this thing...nope didn't post, need help with photos. Thanks

You need to post for a while before the system will let you post links, pictures etc.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/03/29 08:41:29 (permalink)
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 Hopefully you can see this thing...nope didn't post, need help with photos. Thanks

You need to post for a while before the system will let you post links, pictures etc.


So this guy, who seems to be a valuable member has to wait while the jerk who posted spam on about 20 threads earlier this morning gets to go about his evil business. There are no right answers, and all in all this forum runs very well. 
 
Hopefully things settle out, and we get to see your pix!!
 
As far as king123 goes, I didn't even bother to open his junk to call it spam. His headline alone says "stay away". LOL
post edited by tmiles - 2016/03/29 08:44:01
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/03 19:26:06 (permalink)
Ok concession window framed and installed. On to the next task! One these days I'll post up pics of the project.
post edited by NOSHp20 - 2016/04/03 19:27:53
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/03 19:34:23 (permalink)
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Ok concession window framed and installed. On to the next task! One these days I'll post up pics of the project.

Welcome to Roadfood NOSH. I believe tmiles is correct about needing to have a certain number of posts before being able to post photos or links. Hang in there and you'll get there.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/03 21:35:47 (permalink)
Welcome
WOW your truck sounds rougher than mine :)  
http://forums.roadfood.co...-re-build-m823585.aspx
As is your level of insanity :)
 
There are lots of free online photo storage places.
https://www.google.com/#q=free+online+photo+storage
 
You can then just add a link.
post edited by Blakkmoon - 2016/08/28 10:23:58
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/04 10:28:32 (permalink)
Thanks Blakkmoon... when allowed I will post up progress pics. Concerning rough trucks, we looked at and rejected several. Getting a good base to work with is so important, otherwise the budget goes out the window repairing the truck before you ever start converting it. I have learned this lesson well!
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/14 17:03:52 (permalink)
The grind continues on! almost ready to basecoat color coat the body and then off to the graphic artist for a graffiti job in our logo and what ever else he dreams up... that is her department, I build things and stuff and make it go. I'm very sold on using rockwool and cement board in the truck after reviewing what has been said here, and reading the test results online. The interior design is done, and all equipment has been mocked up installed. One thing I didn't forsee is how far the concession window sticks out inside. Going to have to figure out how to trim around it in stainless??
 
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/04/22 11:07:21 (permalink)
May I ask where did you purchase your concession window?  Also, how did you measure to ensure proper fitting?    Thanks.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/05/02 10:37:53 (permalink)
I noticed you said in your last post your from Oklahoma. Are you originally from Oklahoma?
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/05/12 08:19:13 (permalink)
I purchased my window from a company out of Georgia (call Chuck 706-829-9914) give them the dimensions 
and what type of window you want. Standard is center opens with screen. I ordered mine with the ends both opening and center fixed. It comes complete ready to install with locking awning. They also build folding shelves that go below the window.
 
post edited by NOSHp20 - 2016/05/22 10:09:45
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/05/22 10:19:00 (permalink)
Wrapped up body work, (patched the random hole left by the p.o.). Now off to the graphic artist for logo...
Also prepared the cab and inside parts for paint.  New tires going on this week, and the rotten window rubber gets replaced. On the return the floor, insulation and backer board go in, then the stainless. Still much to do, must keep at it!
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/18 08:28:09 (permalink)
Nosh - Any new progress to share? I'm also hoping to see pics. I am about to start a project myself, and need to gain a few posts so i can post pics. (Kind of a silly rule, what's the minimum on posts before one can post photos?)
 
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/18 18:20:51 (permalink)
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Nosh - Any new progress to share? I'm also hoping to see pics. I am about to start a project myself, and need to gain a few posts so i can post pics. (Kind of a silly rule, what's the minimum on posts before one can post photos?)
 
Cheers



Over the past two weeks the interior cab, ceiling and those parts, that are not being covered by stainless were lovingly painted gloss white by my wife. What a difference! Today I prepared the outside roof for white wash enamel paint. There was much flakey old paint, and many small pin to pencil rust holes to fill and seal. I also re-sealed ALL roof seems, and removed  the light bar mounts and sealed the holes and wiring hole. (formerly an Air Force security police van). Still planning to have a gaffitti artist paint the truck up with our logo's and what ever she wants from there. Much to do, much to install. Don't know the number of posts for pics, somebody chime in here?? Curt
 




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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/18 20:18:15 (permalink)
I believe its either 25 or 30 posts
 
 
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/19 11:06:52 (permalink)
My "TIP" to any first time food truck builder (like me). Buy an aluminum body truck with a reasonable maint. history that runs and drives. I have spent too much time and budget repairing, restoring, just to get to a point were we can put a kitchen in this truck.... As I said in my prev post, I had prepared the roof for a white wash of paint so the truck would stay cooler in the hot Oklahoma summers. In doing so I discovered way more rust holes and problems than I had anticipated. Now three more days of slugging it out with this steel body monster, so I don't have to be concerned with water leaking in and causing mold in my new walls.....Just a rant and to build up posts for pictures! Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/19 18:52:39 (permalink)
NOSH - Thanks for updates and tips. My project will be based in an Airstream. I figured if my pickup truck breaks down I can rent another, if a food truck breaks down then there's no business until it's fixed. Sounds like you have a sound truck now that you've made the mechanical repairs. No matter what, I'm certain I'm on my way to making my share of mistakes.
 
The white roof is a good idea in OK. I'm in NM and right now it's HOT.
 
Cheers.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/06/19 21:17:40 (permalink)
Hot here in OK also. Sorry about the rant.... I would say there are way more food trailers than trucks here. We never considered a trailer, but my truck should be good for the log haul now. I can't wait to get after the interior and sheet metal. That means the end is not too far! Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/07/03 17:35:13 (permalink)
Update...Work has kept us from doing much with truck since I finished the roof. But a new twist in my flooring system arrived this past week. Three sheets of alum. diamond plate. I used the original floor that came with the truck as templates to mark and cut the plate. WOW!! what a difference this made in the look and safety of the floor.
I'm sure the HD will be pleased more so than wood finished the way we were going to. I'm very pleased with it and can't wait to get the stainless up on the walls! Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/07/31 13:57:19 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Chef Anjana 2017/06/05 08:11:58
Electrical system is currently going into the walls finally! I'm still waiting on the painter to get free and get busiy on it.
In the mean time there are some things getting done. Anyone building a truck knows that there is always items to do and tweaks to be made. Since we are first time builders,  there have been many "tweaks" along the path.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/08/27 19:50:32 (permalink)
Walls finally going up, hardie board on. Now the stainless sheets, and figuring out how to trim the top plate where the walls meet the original ceiling panels. There is a tricky offset I'm sure the HD will want covered and closed up for ease of cleaning. Very happy with how the rest of the build is coming along....Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/09/01 19:12:25 (permalink)
What are most of you doing for splash strips where the wall stainless meet the floor? I have considered buying pre-bent stainless strip that has a rounded bend, instead of the usual 90 bend. I have heard the HD's really dont care for any tight folds or places for funk to hide. All I can say not looking fwd to the cutting and drilling to install them.....Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/09/12 22:05:42 (permalink)
Well it looks like I'm talking to myself on the posts here... Got the truck painted this past weekend... Turned out awsome! Now back to work on the walls and then on to plumbing both water and propane.
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/09/13 15:30:53 (permalink)
6 months in, how much longer before you're selling food to the public?
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/09/13 19:06:54 (permalink)
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6 months in, how much longer before you're selling food to the public?


Actually we bought this truck last year in Feb. off craiges list. I futzed around with it for a good 3-6 months because of the dead diesel engine. (I knew were a good TBI 350 4bolt truck engine was sitting the whole time) Things really got going the end of last summer with all the main mechanical repairs wrapped up, including a diesel to gas engine swap. To answer your question I hope 2 more months, and ready for HD inspection. Maybe too unrealistic, but have to hope for something and plan around that if it takes longer....Curt
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Re: Hello to all, new to forum 2016/10/01 21:35:55 (permalink)
Got a lot work done today...generator hook up and water tank point fill installed. Trial fit of rear platform, and the generator, wall outlets boxed and ready for stainless sheet. Installed 110v conduit under the truck for the inverter converter. All in all a good day of progress! I'd post pictures of the whole project, but still restricted from that.
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