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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2015/12/29 17:53:50 (permalink)
Must be my birthday !!   ...   oh yeah, it is.  duh
 
My buddy came through with the plywood for my floor base.
So I can getting cutting and priming very soon.
 
AND ....
I had posted the old appliances online for sale.
The griddle, the deep fryer, and the 2 burner stovetop.
Figured someone could make use of them.
 
A guy showed up yesterday, and said he wanted them.  Didn't even squawk about the price.
So we are shooting the poop a bit.
He is braggin about how he recently got a call to pull out some restaurant equipment.
Seems a place was getting a reno in a mall, and the new owners had all thier own equipment and wanted the old stuff gone.
He got everything for free, he just had to get rid of it himself and take it all.
He got everything, hoods, fridges, mixers, fire suppression....and a sandwich prep table.  free
 
So I says. .....hey  .... I want a prep table, you got it for free, and you want my stuff....so lets trade.
He's good with that.
No money outa his pocket.
 
Sposta be a 5 foot unit, all refrigerated below.
Can't see it till next week.  Can't wait !!  Woo Hoo !
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/03 18:30:37 (permalink)

 
Yeah woo hoo !  Right?
Sure to you it's just a piece of plywood.
Actually it's just a little more than half a piece of plywood.
58 inches to be exact.
 
But you need to read between the grains, to understand that although it's just a simple piece of plywood....  It is so much more.

It's the 2nd half.
The first half is laying on the floor of the food truck.  This was the the piece that I cut to butt up to the first piece that makes up the main walkway in the food truck.
This is the section that will get all of the walking back an forth on.
This section will take the brunt of the abuse.
 
Yeah? So?  It's still just TWO pieces of wood...
 
But to ME, this is the first THING that has been done in the RIGHT direction.
This is the first thing to back IN the truck, instead of being ripped OUT of the truck.
 
EVERYTHING up to this point has been getting junk out of the truck, and waiting and waiting, and looking for answers and waiting for this that and everything else.
Heck I even had to wait a couple of weeks for the plywood, because I made a deal with a buddy on it.
Then I had it in the garage for a few days, but it was Christmas, then my B-day, then New Years, and busy busy busy.
 
Even once I was ready to start working, I had to wait.
 
My dad picked up a new table saw, ( that I wanted to use it for cutting the plywood ) for me because he has somehow managed to destroy, not one but TWO of my saws over the last couple of years.
We trade tools back and forth all the time, but he seems to destroy things fairly regularly.
Sanders, Jigsaws, etc.  don't know how, but he does it.
Anyway, now we are on table saw number THREE.
He got a xmas sale on a nice little Ridgid model.
And it seems like a nice saw.


But what we didn't realize when he bought it, was that it has NO stand.
He thought it had one of those nifty fold down stands.
It has wheels, and a pull out handle, but that's it. No stand.

We only realized this once we pulled it out of the box yesterday.
A quick website check revealed that the one with the nifty fold down stand was $150 more.
AND that they don't even make a stand for this unit.
 
Well, we have TWO stands from the previous table saws. ( dad never throws out anything )
So I figured I could just morph the two units together.     that was fun....  not
I managed to make it work. ( didn't even have to pull out the welder )  but it took half the day to make it happen.
 
It has 4 little cleats on the bottom of the unit for setting on a bench.
Even holes to drive some screws in there and hold it.
I was able to remove those cleats and spin them around backwards so the mounting holes were on the inside.  With that done, they actually sat really nice on the stand.
Just took some trial and error.

Drilled a couple of holes in the stand. Nut n bolts n lock washers, and bob's yer uncle.
It wasn't until after spending half the day getting this all done, I realized I am not going to cut a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood on the table saw..... I need it for cutting the smaller stuff.
 
Which I can't even do until I find out if I do actually get the sandwich prep table and figure out how big it is and where and how I am putting it in the truck.
 
So now I'm waiting for THAT.
 
But at least I pulled out my skill saw and cut my plywood. Forward momentum from here on in......after I wait on the prep table.....   :)
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/03 19:19:13 (permalink)
I hope that plywood for the floor is pressure treated , marine grade is even better. Your build looks good so far , good luck with it.  
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/03 22:47:33 (permalink)
I'm sure that nobody will agree with me... but nope..  just regular plywood.
If you had read the rest of the stuff I had posted, you would know that ....
Cost savings is a major priority ... due to lack of budget mostly,
but more than that...
due to our laws and rules...
The fact that no matter how much money I put into the truck, it is totally worthless as a food truck to someone if I ever sell it.  
So other than a handful of equipment that I might be able to sell for a couple of bucks...
The thing's only worth is as scrap metal.
 
Marine grade plywood is over $100 a sheet here.
The stuff I got cost me $0.
 
Plus I will be sealing and water proofing the plywood before I install it, and then coating it with deck restore then coating that with many coats of epoxy.
 
So it should be pretty darn sealed and water proof.
 
And all for about the cost of one sheet of marine grade plywood.
 
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/15 21:20:15 (permalink)
Well it may not look like much to you....   But me ... I'm pretty impressed.
My sub floor is in.

 
I spent the last few days cutting the plywood to size, and getting it ready to go in.
I wanted to use some fireproofing paint on it. But I can only get it in the USA.
Then last week I am in my local Habitat Re-Store and what do I come across...


This stuff  ....  just what the doctor ordered.

 
 
Same kind of stuff I was after.
2 packs per gallon gives it a class A fire rating.
So I put in my primer / sealer and gave the wood a few coats.  Voila ...Fire Proof.
 
Best of all, I got it for $1 per pack.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/15 21:36:02 (permalink)
It has been -30 lately. Bitterly cold. And only getting better.

And NOW is when I get to work on the truck.  Figures :)
Insulated tarp on top, and my 5000 watt construction heater, and it's actually fairly toasty in there.

post edited by Blakkmoon - 2016/01/15 21:52:18
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/31 23:10:52 (permalink)
So 3 weeks ago it was -30.
Now it's the end of January and its been above 0.
I have been able to work OUTSIDE the truck. Its been fantastic.
 
I needed to work on the windows.
 
The windows were interesting.
On normal construction, like a house…. You would build your frames the match your window size and then slide your windows INTO the frames and screw them in.
 
In the truck, I had already ripped out the old frames, and the windows were still there.
They were held in with some screws, some pop rivets, even some brad nails.
 
I wanted to avoid wood and was going to use metal studs.
But I couldn’t find any that the proper size.
They needed to be ACTUAL 2 inches. A FULL 2 inches.
But all the metal studs are built just like the 2×4’s.

They may be called 2×4’s, but they are actually PHYSICALLY 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
And so are the metal studs.
So I had a bunch of pressure treated lumber lying around.
I ripped it down to the proper size and gave it a couple of coats of my fireproof paint.
Plus it’s going to be sheeted over with cement board, then aluminum panels.

 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/31 23:13:29 (permalink)
I even got some of the electrical started.
Stupid me, I put up the cement boards, THEN realized I need to have the outlets right THERE.
So pull it all off then mount outlets… duh
 

 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/01/31 23:17:59 (permalink)
Now that I some outlets in, and some wire strung I finally got the lower portion of the walls and insulation up.
The thing I am wondering now is …. should I have a vapor barrier up?
I read a bunch, but can’t find a real answer.
 
I wanted to make sure that no water comes in through the seams of the back door.
So I tried to fill all the gaps with sealing foam, then that super sticky red tape.
Then I put vapor barrier over the entire back wall.
 
Those strips you see are cement board.  The center section (doorway) needed to be built up 1/2 an inch, otherwise the back wall would have been bowed in the center.
And I did not want to use wood.
And no... cement board is not that heavy, its only a 1/4 inch thick.
 

 

 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/02 20:58:34 (permalink)
Had the old propane equipment supposedly sold weeks ago.
Been waiting and waiting and waiting for the guy to come and pick it up.
This happened, that happened, something broke, someone died, got snowed in.
But its done, the stuff if gone.... finally.
It's not like I got a ton of money for the stuff, but more that I got a whole ton of room in shed now !  WOO HOO!
 

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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/04 16:15:00 (permalink)
Dumb question.. but.. Is the cement board the same as sheetrock?
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/04 22:51:30 (permalink)
So after all this time, trying to avoid the whole commercial fan and hood thing...
There I am browsing Kijiji for a totally different reason than anything food truck related...
 
And what do I come across, but a Captive Aire hood and  3000 CFM COOK upblast fan.
And at a good price.

I HAD to email the guy.  .... A little back and forth, and I went for a drive.
Got him down from $1000 to $600 AND he threw in what appears to be MOST of a fire suppression system.
 
How could I say no?
 
It's only a couple hundred more than I would have spent on a basic old residential fan.
And now I'm fully covered on the off chance that some inspector has an issue with the way I was gonna do it.
And its WAAAYYY better than the 5 grand I would have to spend on a new hood and fan.
Not to mention the few grand more for the fire suppression stuff.
 
So the cash I got for selling the equipment the other day.... plus I got my cash back cheque from my Costco card, and I got my hood and fan and still a couple hundred bucks ahead.
 
All in all, a good day.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/04 23:09:37 (permalink)
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Dumb question.. but.. Is the cement board the same as sheetrock?




NO NO not at all.
Sheet rock is just drywall.
Gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper
 
Cement board is a combination of cement and reinforcing fibers.
 
The HardieBacker EZ-Grid fiber cement panel is made of 90% premium portland cement and sand. HardieBacker best resists underlayment damage from moisture and mold behind walls ans is the only backerboard to obtain a perfect score on both ASTM G21 and D3273 tests for mold resistance.
 
HardieBacker® 1/4" Cement Board is deemed noncombustible when tested to ASTM E 136.
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/09 01:42:34 (permalink)
So this is just too funny.
Not more than 2 days before, when I sold off my propane equipment that I wasn't going to need....  I let go with it as part of the deal, The Ansul box that I had.
Why not, I wasn't going to need the fire suppression anyway.  And it was just the empty box. Nothing inside but the switch.
I would have to still buy the other stuff to in it, if I were to use it.
So now I pick up this fan and hood, and the guy throws in the same darn Ansul box I just got rid of.
When I pop the box open,  this one has the canister AND the Co2 cartridge in it.
I even have the plumbing in the hood to go with it.

Heck, way back when I was talking to the guy about the fire suppression stuff months ago.... It was going to cost me in the $300 - $500 range just for these containers, PLUS I would still have to have them charged up with the Ansul liquid and Co2.
So definitely a good deal overall.
I will hang on to them for now.
Who knows, maybe I can sell them for a few bucks.
I will have to check with the fire suppression guy to see I he knows if anyone is in the market.
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/09 01:53:59 (permalink)
The fan seem to function.
Seemed a little out of balance..
But the belt was completely shot.
Replacement was easy.

 
Can see the nuts at the bottom of the picture, Just about dead center??
That's as tight as they were !
Those are the nuts that mount the motor.
There was a screwdriver jammed in between the motor and the mounting bracket to give it some tension.
There are also no washers or lock washers on those bolts.
Am I the only one who thinks that an industrial size fan that moves at nearly 2000 rpm and probably runs 12 to 18 hours a day should have some lock washers on it??
I'm going to dig some up and add them just to be safe.
I am going to have to do some serious mods to that roof curb as well.  I think its about 18 inches high.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/09 02:25:28 (permalink)
Got the hood into the garage.
WOWzers it's huge.
48 wide, 23 high, and 40 deep.

And it's not the kind that's meant for a truck. It's just a big square box.
But I didn't pay much for it. And I think I can modify it.

Here is a shot of what it is, what I plan to do, and kinda what I am hoping it will turn out like.

 
Cutting it will be easy.
I have those nice new metal shears, or my die grinder with cut off wheels.
It might be a little tricky, because it looks like the sidewalls are double layers.
 
I figure that I can just trim the edges with something like this..
https://www.homedepot.ca/...j-trim.1000677159.html
That way I don't have to weld them.
 
The fun part is going to be doing the front lip.
I want it to only be about 2 inches.
And It will have to be at least tack welded pretty good.
 
I have been do some reading, and found out it can use my mig welder, and stainless wire.
And I should probably get the proper gas.
So far my experiments on scrap have been fairly successful, even just using the gas I have.
I'm going to practice a lot more before I actually do it.
 
Lucky for me, I don't NEED this fan and hood.
Because I'm going electric, and no deep frying or grease vapors, I don't have to have it.
 
Here, it's not the health department that requires the hood and fan, it's the fire commissioner.
And it is split up between the electrical inspector to inspect the electrical,
and the gas inspector, who takes care of the gas and ventilation.
 
And I won't be getting a gas inspection.
At least that is the way I understand the system so far.
HOPEFULLY nobody looks at the hood too close.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/15 21:42:03 (permalink)
I got the massive roof curb trimmed down.  Might still have to do more yet.
I don't have a tig welder, so I am practicing with my mig and some stainless wire.
It's coming out pretty good so far.
Some more tests and I think it will work out.
 
But got sidetracked a bit.
I have an old Chevy 3/4 ton with a lift gate that I use for .... well a lot of stuff.  But I got it for moving vending machines.
Been using it no problem all winter....but now that I NEED to move some machines around....the dang hydraulic pump implodes on me.
 
And of course I know absolutely NOTHING about hydraulics.
 
Luckily I was able to get a hold of a really nice set up at my local Princess Auto.
(That's the Canadian version of Northern Tools, or Harbor Freight.)
 
For some strange reason they had this thing already built, and configured and in the enclosure.
They said it was a one off that was a custom order for a customer but he never picked it up.
I added up all the parts that you have to buy separately, and it came to around $1400.00
But the price tag was only $299.  DING DING DING   Winner winner chicken dinner !!
 
It was a multi use unit.
Meaning that it was configured for a unit like a back hoe that can go up, down, left and right.
 
My lift gate is what is called a single action unit.
It really just goes up.  The down button releases the pressure, and gate comes down.
 
The guy at the store was able to reconfigure it to work for me.
I need to buy this guy lunch for his help.
 
What a great little unit!
 

 
 
Heck the box alone in the store was $199, and the controller was $99.
So great deal.
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/02/22 01:03:16 (permalink)
Well I got nothing done on the truck STILL ....   or again...  another week.
 
Now that my lift gate truck is functioning, I started moving vending machines around.
One of my clients wanted me to take out the ones that were there and put in ones that were not so big...
They did some renovations, and wanted the machines in a particular spot, but did not think ahead enough for the space requirements of the machines.
Whatever... gotta make em happy.
 
Located some "smaller" ( slightly ) machines and started the transition.
The stupid (smaller) drink machine was being a PITA.
It was intermittently cutting in and out.
After 4 or 5 days of tinkering on and off.
- In between trying to work my regular vending work...
- And trying to put all the pieces in place to find and rent a new space for my wife's store
- And fix the broken toilet at the current store...
- Then the kitchen taps at the store had to be replaced....
 
Oh yeah,,  I figured it out.  Buggered wiring harness.

So quick transplant from an old parts machine, and boom, bob's yer uncle.
 
ANY WAY
On one of trips to my favorite store Princess Auto, I saw these great tail lights on sale.
Currently, the food truck has old trailer lights on it. They work.  But they are so ugly!!
Should I really care what my tail lights look like??  Probably not.
But they were almost half price!!  And they are gonna look COOL!

They are like 20 inches tall!
Nice chrome bezel....  LED
And now instead of some old trashy trailer lights hanging way down around my bumper
( and in different positions )  I can mounts them at reasonably close to eye level ...
So it's a ........safety thing .... yeah    ....     safety, that's it.....
 
And they even had the nice penny lights on sale too.
So I can rid of the "other" kind of trailer lights that are currently on there.
The marker lights around the roofline.
They are not even LED's
And they are SOOOO  UGLY.  And they don't even match.
Most of them look like this, but not all.

The new ones are nice and  small and sleek.
I HAD to have them.
They are only 3/4 inch, and are set into the truck body by the rubber grommet, instead of those 4 x 2 inch monsters that stick out 3/4 of an inch.
Don't worry, I can re- use the ugly ones on one of my trailers.

 
So there, I DID do some food truck related stuff after all.
 
Now I just have to move 3 more vending machines.  Oh my does the fun never end....
 
There's nothing quite like trying to take a 6 foot tall, 400 pound steel box, that is 33 inches wide ( on the narrowest side ), and trying to squeeze it through a doorway that is 34 inches wide ( no joke ).  
And doing it by yourself.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/03/14 13:55:29 (permalink)
So like I said in my thread, lots of internet time on my hands lately.  Just read both pages of this, boy, you are one patient SOB!  Ive done well mentally, esp for me, in getting our trailer sorted out, but you have me beat.  I never would have guessed that Canada would be so strict in their regs.  I thought we had it bad.  It seems foolish that they cant re-permit an existing truck, that was up and functional, but working for the state government here makes me know what kind of foolishness goes on.
 
      This truck is coming along great, especially looking at the money you are saving by doing some DIY.  I guess you guys haven't had the mild winter we lucked out with down here in Maine, we only burned 350 gallons of oil this year, vs. 600 or so normal.  Ill be checking back on this to se how its going, once my back heals up a little more, I hope to have some progress to share on my trailer, Im going nuts not being able to lift a bag of charcoal!
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/03/16 22:44:02 (permalink)
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once my back heals up a little more



I know your pain...   Had a bad back for ever.  
My newest friend is tennis balls.  They seem help me a lot more than any chiropractor ever did.
 
And as much as I may bitch about the government standards, I can see their point.
They might be taking it a little too far, but all I can do is play the game.
Besides, I am happier knowing that I am not driving a rolling fire trap.
 
And yeah, SOB  ....   I'll take that 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/04/14 16:50:29 (permalink)
In Oklahoma you download the states health dept guideline manual on line. They follow national fire codes common sense rules, and electrical goes according to local city codes. Propane.... I am using the advise and guidelines provided by a local propane supply company. Otherwise there are no guides or rule books about mobile kitchens (food trucks or trailers) here, other than what the health dept publishes. For the most part common sense, and thankfully this forum!! I did visit with fire codes inspector, and he advised that some new guides or rules would be forthcoming due to the popularity of food trucks and trailers.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/04/15 03:51:37 (permalink)
Blakkmoon
 
Here is a shot of what it is, what I plan to do, and kinda what I am hoping it will turn out like.

 

I'd recommend you leave some of the front top of the vent in place to help keep exhaust from rolling out the top, like the lip on the end result pic in the front.  You are showing remove all up to the top in front.  Hope that's clear.
Good luck seems like your making progress in spite of the weather!
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/04/17 01:13:00 (permalink)
Thanks
Yeah thats kinda what I had planned to do
I was going to try to section it out of the front piece that gets cut off
And re weld it back onto the rear piece
 
So far the welding has not gone as planned
I am pretty good at MIG, but TIG is a whole other animal
I have not had a chance to get back to it
 
Been going night and day for weeks now renovating the wife's new store
 
I will try to get back to it in the next couple of weeks
But the store has to get finished
 
On the upside, if I can't get the TIG figured out
I have found a guy who can possibly do it for me
In the end that may be the best thing for me to do
 
But I really wanna figure it out
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/04/17 02:08:31 (permalink)
Oh hey, I just remembered ... 
 
Up here, during our 4.5 months of "warmer" weather....
The place to be for food trucks has always been our downtown Broadway street for lunch
No the money is not always great
And the competition is high
 
But if you want the exposure  ( which should hopefully lead to private jobs )
This is where you want to be seen
 
So last year, ( 2015 ) our wonderful city decided that all food trucks should start to pay a fee to allow us all to park downtown.  Just a measly 4 grand or so.
On the upside, this does cover your parking.
But it a fee for only 6 months of the year.
It is not pro rated if you start late.
It is not transferable or refundable.
It does not guarantee you a spot, just allows you to park.
 
WHERE you park.... is kinda a free for all.
If you get there first, the spot is yours.
Most of the trucks are pretty good about it.
And everybody seems to have an "understanding" about who goes where, ( within reason )
 
So THIS year (2016)
The geniuses - being the city department in charge ( which is now the parking authority ) along with the "food truck association"  have gotten together and decided that we should have a "lottery" to see who gets what spots.
 
What a joke this turned out to be.
 
As your number got drawn, you got to choose what spot you wanted.
So only the the first 5 or 6 "winners" matter
After that, with the "best" spots gone, nobody really cared.
 
After all, the spots are not "assigned"or reserved
You still have to fight the public for a parking spot
If some other food truck takes your spot, too bad
Nobody will enforce the space you got
And you still have to pay your 4 grand
 
And the "loudmouth" who is the leader of the "food truck association"
Ends up with the worst spot there was
 
A few days later, rumor has is, the rules have changed again....  go figure
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/06/03 09:08:29 (permalink)
Been so busy, have not even had time to LOOK at what I have posted lately.

You would THINK that I had been so busy....out there sellin food.....  ya know ..... since it is now JUNE.
Sadly no.
 
It all came to a screeching halt when I FINALLY found a new location for my wife's store.
Spent March doing the majority of the renovations and moving in, to be open for April 1.
Then April and May was all about setting up, more renos and the grand opening sale.
 
While I wish I had been working on the truck, I have not really been missing out on much.

The weather here has SUCKED BALLS!
Wow, what a crap start to the season. One of the worst.

Guys started trying to get out around mid April ( when the snow was gone ).
We have seriously had maybe ONE or two day each week where the weather was decent.
It's been rain, storm, rain. Warm days have had really high winds.
Even this week. It has been rain all week.  Yesterday was perfect, then rain and storms again today. Unreal.
On the upside, the lawn and gardens are doing fantastic.
 
NEXT week is finally predicted to be nice all week.
But I am gone on a road trip for a couple of weeks to a trade show with the wife.
Sure it would be a great time to work on the truck.
But I need a break from all these renos anyway, not more.
Besides, I ordered a bunch of stuff off ebay that I need to pick up for the truck.
 
So when will the truck get done? Dunno...
I feel guilty for not having it finished.
But it is WAY more important to finish the store.
And it's doing really well in the new location.
 
So, a couple of weeks for the road trip, a couple more weeks of work at the store, THEN I can get back to work on the truck.
At least a month or so of work to do on the truck, maybe more.
So, at this rate, not before Aug. That just sucks. .... C'est la vie.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/08/02 09:24:16 (permalink)
Its going slow, but glad to see you're still hanging in there...   My back has gotten worse, they want to do another surgery. I don't.  So we have done a lot of homework, looked at a lot of builds, and hopefully we will be up and running next season.    Our weather down here (boy, does that sound funny to say!) hasn't been the greatest, so I feel like we didn't miss a great summer for the trailer anyway.  I have got to try out some great food trucks here in Maine, with all the trips to various doctors appointments though. If the world doesn't end after this years elections, my wife and I want to take a road trip, just eating at every cool place we can find.  Hey- its research, right?   by the way, what do you own for a store?  I didn't see anything about that earlier...     good to see you're still going after it...
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/08/04 20:40:13 (permalink)
Hey
Sounds like we are both much in the same boat now.
It's officially August.  Progress has been nearly non existent.  
So now we are definitely looking at NEXT year as well.
 
June was my last posting.
Since then we did our road trip
Which is 2 days driving to get there, then 7 or 8 days of chauffeuring the wife back and fourth to classes which are 10 to 12 hours a day and another 2 days drive home.
At least I checked out some of the locals in Milwaukee.
 
It took a couple weeks to get caught back up on work at home.
Still doing some moving around of some vending equipment.
Did a bunch more work on our store.
BTW it's a beads and jewellery making supply store. Website here    http://pocoinspired.com
I do all the work on the website as well as facebook stuff etc.
AND I fix all the computers in the place.
I had half a dozen laptops on all over our kitchen last week doing a bunch of stuff with them.
 
I got the truck CLEANED up on the inside finally.
Tried to take it out for a drive ( because I hate having it sit for so long )
And wouldn't you know it, the lights stopped working.
2 days of futzin around to find 1 bad ground and 1 wire that was HALF broken.
All good now.
 
I have found someone who can help me weld the hood when I need it.
So I need to get some other project completed.
 
Project 1
JUST cleaned up the garage .... it ACTUALLY has a FLOOR under that mess.
 
Project 2 ( mess up the garage again )
Trying to get some much needed welding done.
MAN am I rusty.
 
One of the hardest things for me to do is accept that I have limitations.
I can't always do EVERYTHING I want to do.
Then I get depressed when crap aint done.
Then I turn into Mr. Pissy pants for a while...
Bla bla bla
pity party for ONE!  Check please !!
 
Just gotta move on.
 
Anyway
 
On the upside, the more I "linger" on certain things about the truck, the more I change about certain design elements.
So in that respect, it should be done the way I want it instead of trying to make changes later right...
 
Tomorrow, I move a couple of vedning machines.
Then on the weekend I can try to finish welding.
Then maybe.... just maybe.....
 
 
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 11:17:19 (permalink)
Again... seems like forever since I updated here.
FINALLY got back to the hood.
Or more correctly, got started on it.
 
I took the original hood that was a big 3 x 4 box unit

 
And split it in half to fit the truck.

 
 
Cut out a trim piece for the front.
 

 
And tacked it to the front of the hood.
 

 
So far so good.
 
The thing was double wall heavy SS.
A real bear to cut through.
 
I bent up some thinner gauge SS to make trim pieces for the sides, and welded those in.
 
They cleaned up pretty good with the flap wheel.
They look as good as the originals.
 
I,m just not sure if I am supposed to weld the ENTIRE length of the trip piece.
The originals were just folded over.
The ones I see online are just folded over.
 
Still need to figure out mounting tabs, and few details, then a light polish.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 15:05:10 (permalink)
Nice work.
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Re: My Truck Build ( re build ) 2016/09/19 16:10:39 (permalink)
FANTASTIC WORK. Love to see people doing thier own work and not just hiring some place to make a huge profit off of them. 
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