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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/07 23:18:56 (permalink)
Got all the generators mounted again.
Cut holes in the platform for the oil drain lines.
Here is  shot from under the platform.

 
Also snugged up all the exhaust pipes much better.
 
Here is a shot from below of the 4 into 1, into the flex pipe and to the muffler.

 
 
 
 
post edited by Blakkmoon - 2018/06/07 23:30:48
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/07 23:25:37 (permalink)
Then I moved on to making the genturi.
Had too much trouble trying to find a 90 degree pipe with a nice tight bend.
They were all a nice sweeping curve.
Not what I wanted, so I made my own out of a straight pipe I had.

 Cut, then weld.

 
Welded some tabs to it.
Attach to the exhaust pipe with a clamp.
Added some abs pipe,and away we go.
 

 

Can hardly see it.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/16 10:47:51 (permalink)
Wow
For anyone wanting to do their own graphics
Just know that like everything else .... it is not as easy as you first think
Perfection...  not an option :)
It takes longer than it should
Making changes on the fly....  kinda delays the process a bit :)

 

 
Overall satisfied with the results
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/16 14:59:02 (permalink)
Looks great. Easy to read at a glance, which is where a lot of food trucks make a mistake.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/16 15:41:22 (permalink)
Nice graphics. You have inspired me to do my own.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/16 20:00:38 (permalink)
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Nice graphics. You have inspired me to do my own.


If you are doing your own..

I got the 50 yard rolls of vinyl. 
Get 1 roll for each color. Especially if you are doing double layers. (most of mine is double layers)


For rivets...  poke around it with a pin, then apply a small amount of heat (heat gun) wait a sec or 3 brush with a rivet brush.    I used a hand/nail brush...be gentle.
 
If you have bolts or large screws. Try to remove them 1st. Then re install after the graphic is on.
I JUST realized this on the last few.   duh
 
Don't be afraid to cut larger graphics in half before you apply.
WAY easier to handle.  No one will know but you.
Slice / cut to go around sharp bends.
 
Don't cut all your vinyl 1st.
Cut only what you can do in a day.
Because things LOOK different on the truck, then they do on photoshop or mockup.
Thought I had my sizes all worked out.
But I was off on a lot of it.
 
Dealing with the rivets takes 10 times longer than a smooth surface.
The "sweet dreams", and associated text was probably done in 30 min.  No rivets.
The sandwich beside it had tons of rivets. Probably took over 2 hours.
 
The little extruded beam that runs down the entire side of the truck is a total nightmare.
Avoid it if you can.
It is basically a c channel with rivets every couple of inches.
 
Other than that, it was a total joy to do.
 
But considering that around here, they charge $500 just to do some lettering on the back window of your car....
 
 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/16 22:02:19 (permalink)
Did you get a graphics shop to cut out your design or did you do the cutting yourself?  If you did it yourself, how?  Patterns and an exacto knife?  These may be dumb questions but I know absolutely nothing about this part of the build.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/17 00:01:43 (permalink)
I did everything myself.
Did the design work in photoshop.
Ordered vinyl cutter and vinyl off ebay.
Only used 2 colors to keep it simple.

 
Ordered THIS model. The 34 in version.
 
Watched a ton of YouTube videos on how to use it.
There is tons of video on how to use both the machine and software.  
You will want a couple of xacto knives as well.
I have lost 2 so far.
And burned out a heat gun.
But they are cheap at Harbor Fright.
While there, these scissors are great and cheep.

 
 
A  few of these squegeez off ebay are good to have.
 
If you search vinyl wrap squeegee on ebay, they even have complete tool kits for doing this.
Couple of rolls of painters tape.
 
My own personal trick that I did not see on any video....
When you are ready to put the transfer paper on the vinyl...
Instead of trying to fight with the 100 yard roll of sticky paper...
(most of these guys seem to do it on the floor)
 
Put the vinyl on a table.
Put the machine behind it.
Put the huge roll of sticky paper on the rollers of the machine where the vinyl was.
Use it like a big tape dispenser.
Also, only roll out enough to cover half the graphic.
Cut the paper.
Spin the graphic around, and cover the other half.
Way easier to work with.
or have someone else there to help you.
 
 
 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/17 01:52:19 (permalink)
Thank you so much for the info.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/17 10:10:54 (permalink)
And WASTE!!
You will produce 3 times more garbage than graphics.
The vinyl from the weeding process.
The transfer paper.
The backing paper.
All get tossed.
 
oo oo oo !
Almost forgot.
During the weeding process.
Use the xacto knife and make cuts in between ( on the negative parts - the parts that are getting removed )
Do it in manageable sections.
It's hard to explain here, but as you are weeding out the negative sections, the mass of vinyl can become unruly pretty fast.
You will understand the first time you do it.   Practice on some small stuff first.
I made a bunch of decals for friends.
 
Anyway, don't let vinyl stick to vinyl.
It will happen a few times.
You will curse the vinyl gods!!
You may even have to toss a few.
 
The software that comes with the machine has an auto weed option, but I don't like the results.
I would rather do it myself, where I want.
 
Another thing I figured out.
Before it cures on the truck.
It's not easy, but also not too difficult to remove.
I changed my mind on a few things  once I saw it on the truck.
 
If it is lettering over a large section of vinyl, applying a tiny amount of heat, allows you to take off the lettering pretty easy without affecting the 1st layer of vinyl.
I thought that was pretty cool. 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/18 00:07:50 (permalink)
Finished the last of the graphics today.
It is now complete.
 

 

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