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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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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/30 00:58:24 (permalink)
Just had to say...
WOO HOO!
Up and running.
Today was day 2.
Did about 75 orders in under 2 hours.
Not bad for a newbie.
 
Things to note on the build.
Generator are working great.
Paralleled 3 together.
They just purrr.
 
When 1 is running, the heat is not bad, but all three...  Too much heat.
Had to add some powerful fans to the top of the box.
Temp dropped by 60 degrees.
I used something like these:

500 cfm.
Low power draw.
 
Also had to change out my exhaust extention.
Got rid of the venturi thing...wasn't working.
It did help o cool the exhaust enough to allow me to use abs pipe....
But there was still a lot of exhaust smell.
Changed to a big flex pipe I had.
Works great.
 
Booked sat & Sun this weekend already.
 
Gonna be a busy summer.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/30 01:47:41 (permalink)
Congrats. Looks like you're hitting the ground running. Truck looks great.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/30 13:36:52 (permalink)
Fantastic! I never doubted you. Go get 'em
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/06/30 16:49:38 (permalink)
That's Great!
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/02 00:52:15 (permalink)
Thanks guys.
 
Been up and running for 4 whole days now.
2 downtown lunch days.
2 different farmers markets.
Seems grilled cheese sells like hotcakes.
3 hour service, non stop !!
60 to 70 tickets per day.
Average 5 min per order. ( we clocked it )
Not bad for a newbie.
Fricken TIRED.
 
Changed my menu a bit each day.
Raised my prices by day 4.
So glad I was not one of these people who had it printed on side.
 
This is NOT like a hotdog cart where you can have 2 dozen on the grill ready to go at all times.
The way I THOUGHT I would work...is not same as I ACTUALLY work.
Had to swap around my entire cook side on the first day because it did not work.
Luckily I am all electric, so I just had to move equipment on my table.
 
I am not doing french fries, so YES all electric IS possible.
Running 3 predator 3500's paralelled together. So it CAN be done.
How long will they last? who knows? Only time will tell.
 
Having a well insulated truck and an air conditioner is NICE....REALLY NICE!!
 
Already have a bunch more changes to make.
 
The hardest part is running out every day and having to go shopping....EVERY DAY.
And doing dishes at the end of the day.
I over did it the first day SO BAD :)
 
I am learning a lot and getting better each day.
 
Have only been sleeping 4 or 5 hours a day.
But its gettin easier.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/03 10:08:53 (permalink)
Once you get in your routine you'll be on autopilot. Before you know it you will have those customer wait times down to less than 3 minutes.  Then you can serve more, then shop more, then wash more.  Sleep less.
 
Shopping every day means you're serving fresh every day.  Your customers will appreciate that.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/03 22:48:04 (permalink)
You so got this. Dont overthink it
 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/03 23:54:47 (permalink)
hpx
You so got this. Dont overthink it
 


Thats what my brother keeps telling me :)
 
But I spent my day off totally re configuring my workflow.
Pulled out my serving window and swapped it work from left to right instead.
Now the order taker can take orders and payments and serve with out us being back to back.
Worked SO much better today.
 
 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/04 10:10:34 (permalink)
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hpx
You so got this. Dont overthink it
 


Thats what my brother keeps telling me :)
 
But I spent my day off totally re configuring my workflow.
Pulled out my serving window and swapped it work from left to right instead.
Now the order taker can take orders and payments and serve with out us being back to back.
Worked SO much better today.
 
 


HAHAHAHA I told you to be prepared to be prepared to completely change everything! Even something as crazy as reversing the direction of your serving window. When it is finally right you will be soooooooo much happier. Keep sluggin at it
 
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/05 00:13:58 (permalink)
Even today.
Now that the window works out better.
I reconfigured my workflow again.
Swapped out my griddles to test the George foreman grills.
Yup you heard right, George foremans.
Why??
Because I don't know if I want a flat top or a clam-shell.
After 2 days the foremans are winning
It can handle up to 4 sandwiches at a time.
Done in just over 3 minutes.
Can't complain about that.
 
Here is a shot of my layout.  ( before the mess )
Trying to get it like a production line as much as possible.

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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/07 19:25:59 (permalink)
I have been following along with your build since you just started.
Awesome to see you being in business and seemingly busy!
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/19 20:20:23 (permalink)
So were are into week 3 now.
Have not had to do too many changes.
It all flows pretty good now.
And better configured for doing events and adding more staff.
Things are getting easier.
Learning little bits each day.
 
I wasn't even sure about doing the downtown lunch crowd thing.
It's expense, and a hard grind each day.
But many of the other tuckers here said that this is how you get known.
This is what leads to the private gigs.
Already been approached by a few people about doing late lunch at a wedding.
 
Spent both of my days off fixing broken stuff on the truck.
 
Figured out that even the blower fans on the generators are not enough in this high heat and humidity.
Have to keep the top of the box open as well.  Seems good now.
 
You CAN parallel 3 predators together.
 
Not getting much sleep.
Everything aches.
Sales are more than expected, and pretty consistent.
 
Got a few events booked.
 
Overall..... pleased.
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Re: Master Plan, Part Deux .... 2018/07/20 18:37:46 (permalink)
"Not getting much sleep.
Everything aches.
Sales are more than expected, and pretty consistent.
 
Got a few events booked.
 
Overall..... pleased."
 
EXCELLENT!
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