Hot!1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build

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edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 16:07:40
Uncle Groucho

0 gauge is pretty big. Good luck. If they do have them, "If they look and feel like junk, they are." Thats a lot of current to use an inferior piece.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_367061-1703-KH560_0__?productId=3467253&Ntt=welding+supplies
 
Will fit 0 awg or 00 awg cable
reese77
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 20:52:21
PurpleCheetah

Reese what happen to the idea of using the 2 honda eu inverter generators?...... at the cost you are spending on this battery bank plus having to recharge and then having to possibly replace the batteries after so long it seems that the honda's would have been a better go..... I'm not an expert at all but those batteries can be recharged so many times then won't they go kaput then you need to replace batteries????? not to mention the wear and tear on the inverter after so long

 
I would prefer to have gone with the 2 EU2000Is but I would like to have at least 6000Watt. The main reason for the switch from my large generator was so I could move to a quieter method. The Hondas would fit underneath my truck and be quieter but not produce enough watts to cover everything plus any additional items I plug in.
 
You are correct, I am spending more money but if this does not work, I can always use the inverter, etc. in my house. I am having solar panels put on my roof next year. Trying to go off grid. So not a waste for money for me at all.
 
If all fails and I need to, I will buy the Honda EU6500IS and put it on the rear of the truck. I saw the video on this unit and it seems really really quiet.
EU6500iS
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 20:54:01
edwmax

Uncle Groucho

0 gauge is pretty big. Good luck. If they do have them, "If they look and feel like junk, they are." Thats a lot of current to use an inferior piece.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_367061-1703-KH560_0__?productId=3467253&Ntt=welding+supplies

Will fit 0 awg or 00 awg cable

 
I have a toothache and did not go out today as I planned. Instead I ordered the parts from Amazon.
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 20:56:16
still cheaper than gas. I know a few ppl running on this same battery system and it's worth its weight in gold
 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 21:04:35
THE WILD DOG

still cheaper than gas. I know a few ppl running on this same battery system and it's worth its weight in gold


 
Good point, I always forget about the gas.
Uncle Groucho
Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/09 21:16:39
Good find Edwmax, I would of bet against lowes but that is the correct part and lincoln is a quality brand.
Reese you will have to drill out the 5/16 to 3/8 or more to fit on the battery, I think they they are 3/8-16  threads. If you keep them , dont get a Gold plated crimp tool
 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 13:49:16
Char broiler arrived.

 

Rollin Smoke
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 14:03:34
Nothing like new equipment!!
Did you do the set screws on your table legs to secure them to the floor?
Dr of BBQ
Filet Mignon
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 14:14:19
reese77

Char broiler arrived.
 


 
What is that just to the right of your C.B..?
jack
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 14:25:23
Rollin Smoke

Nothing like new equipment!!
Did you do the set screws on your table legs to secure them to the floor?

 
I used metal closet bar hanger brackets to mount the legs to the floor.
marco226
Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 14:26:43
i talked to the electical enginer today. she did not know enough about the system.
what she did say was that she was concerned about heat and out gasing {that is how she said it}
especially the batteries at the end of the series.
 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 14:27:11
Dr of BBQ

reese77

Char broiler arrived.




What is that just to the right of your C.B..?
jack

 
That is my propane steam table. Fits perfectly over the wheel well after some cutting and leaves enough space for my sandwich prep and fridge.
Dr of BBQ
Filet Mignon
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 17:41:58
Ok now you have my juices flowing tell me about it. Model where did you buy it everything. LOL
Jack
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 17:50:03
Dr of BBQ

Ok now you have my juices flowing tell me about it. Model where did you buy it everything. LOL
Jack

 
I was a used unit (Commercial LP Gas Equipment Two Well Steam Table ) from acitydiscount.com. They are here in Atlanta so I went to pick it up in person but they had it listed on Ebay. The item is no longer on Ebay or on their site. I will see it there is a model number on the unit and post it later.
 
Look back at page 20 of my thread.

post edited by reese77 - 2012/09/11 17:52:28
marco226
Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/11 17:51:31
posst the serial number too
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/13 17:42:22
I am out in LA right now and there are food trucks that pull up everyday outside of my client's office and today there is the Flat Iron Steak truck. I saw the small Honda EU200i generator hooked up to the truck so I asked them if they run the entire truck off of the Honda. The owner said no and that he has a battery bank with 2 batteries and an inverter but he is not sure how many watts the inverter is. He is using the Honda to run the radio and some other additional items on the truck. He said it takes 8hrs to charge the batteries and he gets 6hrs of run time. Not sure what his power needs are but he says his sandwich prep and refrigerator use cold plates and stay cold for 14hrs so no power use there.
 
I will take a picture of the truck when I go back outside.
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/13 18:41:54
find out what the AH is on the batteries too. see if he will let you get pics too :-)
 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/13 20:13:09
THE WILD DOG

find out what the AH is on the batteries too. see if he will let you get pics too :-)


 
I missed them, they only stayed around for the lunch hour, I will see if they come back tomorrow.
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/13 20:31:41
my guy is at the Ocean, he will return tomorrow,  I'll be able to give him your # tomorrow/. These guys do ALOT of solar stuff too so this may be a good contact for you for future too
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/13 20:32:18
I was down in SC in July... I'd have hit ya up but I couldn't take another 8 hours in the car with the kids  ;-)
sharkii's
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/17 08:24:52
Reese was it difficult installing your ac unit?? Any tips?
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/17 09:41:31
THE WILD DOG

I was down in SC in July... I'd have hit ya up but I couldn't take another 8 hours in the car with the kids  ;-)

 
Ha, trust me I understand...
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/17 09:47:53
sharkii's

Reese was it difficult installing your ac unit?? Any tips?

 
My A/C unit went in pretty smooth. There are pictures of the install back a few pages. Just make sure you have the wire already routed in the ceiling to where the unit is going and you will need to build a square frame in the ceiling between the ceiling beams so that you have a surface to screw into.
 
I marked where the unit was going on the inside of the truck first using the template that came with my unit. After drawing the square that needed to be cut, I drill a small hole in each corner of the square up through the roof then when I got up on the roof I used the 4 holes as a guide to draw the square to be cut out. I used a combination of dual saw (saw with blades rotating in both directions at once) and jig saw.
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 13:35:33
Finally found a good plumber to come install my gas lines. Waiting on Ansul guy to come and hook up fire suppression.
 

 

 

 
As soon as I get the cables crimped and soldered, I will hook everything up and test.

 

Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 14:18:45
Estou chegando aos poucos e vou tirando minhas duvidas no decorrer da leitora dos tópicos
.
Um abraço,
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 14:21:47
O meu terá 3 metros x 1,9 metros
reese77

I just purchased a 1993 Chevrolet P30. It is smaller than I wanted but a good local buy for the price and it runs great. The cargo area is only 10'10"L x 7' W x 7' H but I think I can make it work.

I am in the process of cleaning and preparing for the kitchen build and I thought I would share pictures of my progress.

I would like to post photos but I am a new member so as soon as I make 30 post, I will post pictures. 





reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 14:26:55
Augusto

Estou chegando aos poucos e vou tirando minhas duvidas no decorrer da leitora dos tópicos
.
Um abraço,

 
You are slowly getting over your doubts?
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 15:51:36
Tenho todas as duvidas possíveis.
Estou correndo atrás de dados para executar meu projeto.
Alguém possui desenhos para eu analisar
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 15:52:28
A ideia da energia solar é excelente, pretendo adotar no meu caminhão.
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:00:59
  Achei o link do You Tube: 
aqui no Brasil comerçou a rodar uma van que compartilha enegia solar com eólica vou ver se consigo fotos ou o link
reese77

OurCoffeeTruck

What exactly do you mean by "huge?" lol. What are the dimensions? And Do you have a rough price for what you think your system will cost you after all said and done?
For our truck being self contained, running the generator we will need for our power will cost more than ten thousand dollArs in fuel per year.. If we cAn swing a battery system that will keep us from running that thing, it will pay for itself very quickly.


Product size (L x W x H): 22.44” X 11” X 8.5”

Batteries - $700
Inverter - $730
Cables, distribution blocks, fuses, terminal connectors, shunt, battery cut off/isolation switch, etc - $250

I already have a Trimetric TM 2025-RV battery bank monitor that I purchased awhile ago for my solar panels, I will use this. I also had to purchase more square tubing and angle iron to build the battery bay.

I will try to wire up the bank as soon as I can find some 0 gauge terminal crimp style connectors before I go out of town for  business on Wednesday.




post edited by Augusto - 2012/09/20 16:07:10
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:08:03
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:08:22

Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:08:58
Porque não consigo postar?
 
Augusto
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:13:46
Placas solares sobre o teto do caminhão ajudam da recarga do banco de baterias, correto?
reese77

OurCoffeeTruck

Ok so how long can you run pulling a constant 8000 volts before having to recharge? And how are you going to recharge the batteries should you run out during an event?


I will not be pulling the full 8000 Watts. My system will use about 4K Watts max and that is if everything is on and AC which is the biggest draw will be off unless really hot outside. I over sized the inverter and battery bank so I would always only use 50% max. I will buy a big enough smart charger to charge overnight.


CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:18:58
Google traducen por favor.
OurCoffeeTruck
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 16:59:29
Ingles?
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 20:19:28
Something about solar or wind power connected to the engine to recharge the battery bank...and why can't Angelo post a link. Something like that.

Roadfood International.
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 20:48:38
do i have a virus  now ?  Mucho Gracias amigo, Epsanol v English por favor es gringo's :-)
 
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 21:30:38
Augusto...iniciar su propio hilo sobre el camión blanco con los lunares. que es linda.

(Start another thread about the cute white truck with polka dots...in the video).

La comida se ve muy bien.

The food looks great.
post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/09/20 21:34:33
Dr of BBQ
Filet Mignon
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/20 23:22:44
Ok guys can we all speak English here so we can all enjoy the exchange?
Vic Cardenas
Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 00:14:53
He's speaking Portuguese, not spanish!
Vic Cardenas
Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 00:20:59
I think he's saying "Solar plates above the roof of the truck helps to recover the battery bank, correct?"
eljibarito
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 00:27:11
reese77,
 
Fantastic build!! Great thread!!
quick question, what did you use on the ceiling of your truck? insulation, plywood then the FRP?
eljibarito
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 00:28:09
reese77,
 
Fantastic build!! Great thread!!
quick question, what did you use on the ceiling of your truck? insulation, plywood then the FRP?
eljibarito
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 00:31:38
sorry for the double post, my browser froze up and I hit the post tab twice...
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/21 09:59:28
eljibarito

reese77,

Fantastic build!! Great thread!!
quick question, what did you use on the ceiling of your truck? insulation, plywood then the FRP?

 
No plywood on the ceiling although I should have gone that route but that would have taken up more room and the more height in the truck, the better. I put 2x4s up against the horizontal ceiling beams and I insulated the ceiling with R8 and some parts foam and I screwed the FRP to the aluminum beams and to the 2x4s.
sharkii's
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 16:47:23
Reese awesome job on your ongoing build. Tell me are you doing the electric on the inside or outside of the wall?? What are you using??
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 16:52:21
sharkii's

Reese awesome job on your ongoing build. Tell me are you doing the electric on the inside or outside of the wall?? What are you using??

 
Outside of the wall. When I got the truck it already had insulation and plywood up and I left it in place. I am using the gray electrical PVC pipe. There are pictures in this thread of the surface wiring.
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 17:05:07
have you gotten a chance to test the batteries yet ? I'm proably going to buy mine next week, as some lady hit my generator and now it runs weird so i am just waiting for the claim to be finalized
 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 17:18:58
THE WILD DOG

have you gotten a chance to test the batteries yet ? I'm proably going to buy mine next week, as some lady hit my generator and now it runs weird so i am just waiting for the claim to be finalized


 
I have all the 0 gauge wires made and all my parts but I need more 4 gauge wire to go from the distribution block to the fuses to the inverter and once I get and crimp those, I will set it all up.
sharkii's
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 18:14:00
I will read the thread again. Check my build out . I will be adding pics tonight.
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 18:24:55
sharkii's

I will read the thread again. Check my build out . I will be adding pics tonight.

 
Cool, I will check it out.
sharkii's
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 18:34:10
Thank you man. Saw some of the work. Now my head is spinning with ideas.
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 18:52:34
Does anyone know what these latches are called? Look at the door being held up, what is the name of this type of latch?

chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 19:44:46
Is this it? 
Kind of hard to tell from the picture.
King3
Junior Burger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 19:59:18
Hello everyone. Thanks for this thread, I tried to read it all because I want to start the same project. Thanks for all the valuable information. I'm doing the budget and I Want to ask  reese77, how much money have you spent so far? How could last me a gas cylinder of 100 pounds (50kg)? maybe a month or less? Thanks for your answers and sorry for my English. 
reese77
Double Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 20:06:05
chefbuba

Is this it? 
Kind of hard to tell from the picture.

 
Woo hooo...Yes, that is it. I searched all over for this thing and could not find it. Thanks.
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 20:39:08
100lb tank lasts me approx 6 days, running approx 6 hrs a day.
All depends on how much equipment your running, and for how long each day.
sharkii's
Hamburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 21:15:53
That's about right . To fill the 100 lb tank it's between 80 to 100 dollars in my area. So about 17 dollars a day .
THE WILD DOG
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2012/09/25 21:26:11
i go through a 30lb tank every 2 fridays. cost me about 29$ to fill. I'm all electric except for my grill. 
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