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nwcw2001

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Wed, 06/8/11 11:09 PM (permalink)
I think that with the back door. I will make it "partially sealed", only in so much as I can remove a few screws and can remove the door for major replacements.
 
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    reese77

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    Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Mon, 06/13/11 6:39 PM (permalink)
    Gilj


    OK that looks cool.  And only 25 amps.  So Reese, what will you have on propane and what will run off of generator.  Have you determined the size generator you will need?  At 25 amps I may have to consider this instead of the propane.    I still will put my fryer and grill on propane.  I just hate to worry about venting the heater.

    I got a quote from a guy today to run approx 30 feet of black pipe, two stage regulators, shut off valves, etc, etc.  to three appliances......... his fee... get this are you ready $1593-  Only $600 of this is for his labor the rest is in materials.  I guess he didn't think I had done any research on my own.   Needles to say, I won't be calling this guy back?

     
    I am thinking of a 7500W Generac if I can find one cheap on Ebay, if not than some generic 10K W generator. I will have my griddle, steam table and broiler on propane.
     
    Below is a screen shot of the items on electri
    Water Pump Water Heater Air Conditioner Exterior LED Flood Lights Interior LED Tube Lights LED Awning Lights Refrigerator Microwave Sandwich Prep Station Exhaust Hood
    <message edited by reese77 on Mon, 06/13/11 6:43 PM>
     
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      Gilj

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      Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Mon, 06/13/11 9:26 PM (permalink)
      Your screen shot was too small to read, can you repost.  I am really curious about your electrical, because even at 1500 watts for the water heater that will leave you only about 6000 watts left and I would think your AC and microwave would eat up a lot of it.  Not sure how many watts needed for your lights.    Are you planning on putting in a fountain machine?
       
      What type of menu will you have, have you found a permanent spot or will you be doing festivals and special events?
       
      Gilj
       
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        reese77

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        Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Tue, 06/14/11 9:00 PM (permalink)
        Gilj


        Your screen shot was too small to read, can you repost.  I am really curious about your electrical, because even at 1500 watts for the water heater that will leave you only about 6000 watts left and I would think your AC and microwave would eat up a lot of it.  Not sure how many watts needed for your lights.    Are you planning on putting in a fountain machine?

        What type of menu will you have, have you found a permanent spot or will you be doing festivals and special events?

        Gilj

         
        See table pic here, hopefully it is clearer.
         
        My lights will be super bright LED strips which are very low wattage. I am not sure about the microwave and if I do install one it will be rarely used. My menu will include sandwiches (made to order), salads and sides (pre made and stored in refrigerator) and warm side dishes stored in steam table. I have several parking lots in mind and I still have to talk to the owners once I am ready. I can have up to 2 locations in Atlanta.
         
        My original plan was to convert a basement garage (mower garage) to a 2rnd kitchen which was to be my base of operation but when I went to submit plans to the building department, I learned that my finished basement was never permitted by the builder and when I tried to get it permited, I learned I was on septic and not sewer (only been living here for 2.5 years) so now since one of the rooms in the basement is a bedroom, that makes my house a 5 bedroom and the enviromental health department said I would need a bigger septic to get  the basement permit approved. So I decided not to stir up any trouble and just leave things as is and try to rent a commissary.
         
        My other option is to convert one side of my main level 2 car garage to a 2nd kitchen but I have to talk to the building dept.
        <message edited by reese77 on Tue, 06/14/11 9:02 PM>
         
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          Gilj

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          Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Tue, 06/14/11 11:24 PM (permalink)
          Now that is interesting a commissary on your own property.  I have heard of that, but didn't think it would fly in Georgia.  What are you referencing for the commissary.  Where are you getting this info, health department or state, city??????
           
          Are you familiar with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition?  I attended one of their meetings and found it very intersting.  But since I will be doing mostly festivals and special events I didn't think it much applicable to me.  But some good info for the future.
           
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            nwcw2001

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            Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Wed, 06/15/11 11:52 PM (permalink)
            I am a total tool!! I was just reminded that I had not forwarded on the info to my wrap guy! Sorry guys, he said to go a head and send forward his email address. His name is Don and you can hit him up here
             
            Hope we can flood him with business! Maybe he will give us a group buy discount!
             
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              nwcw2001

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              Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Wed, 06/15/11 11:53 PM (permalink)
              Sorry the admin didn't allow the email addy hot link so here it is again!
              donathon@gmail.com
               
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                reese77

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                Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Thu, 06/16/11 9:48 PM (permalink)
                Gilj


                Now that is interesting a commissary on your own property.  I have heard of that, but didn't think it would fly in Georgia.  What are you referencing for the commissary.  Where are you getting this info, health department or state, city??????

                Are you familiar with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition?  I attended one of their meetings and found it very intersting.  But since I will be doing mostly festivals and special events I didn't think it much applicable to me.  But some good info for the future.

                 
                I spoke to my local planning and zoning, building and environmental health department as well as the GA health department.
                 
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                  RiceWorks

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                  Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Fri, 06/17/11 6:12 AM (permalink)
                  On that 'efficient' water heater... 25 amps is quite a bit.. am i wrong? 
                  3000 watt genny at 120V =25 amps.
                  I am also interested in the wrap, please keep us updated!
                   
                   
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                    reese77

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                    Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Fri, 06/17/11 8:21 AM (permalink)
                    RiceWorks


                    On that 'efficient' water heater... 25 amps is quite a bit.. am i wrong? 
                    3000 watt genny at 120V =25 amps.
                    I am also interested in the wrap, please keep us updated!


                    It was the smallest and cheapest of the high efficiency units.
                     
                    I am planning on buying a 10K generator anyway, my only issue is where to mount it and I am leaning toward an extended rear bumper mount.
                     
                      Grumpa

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                      Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Fri, 06/17/11 11:26 PM (permalink)
                      I'm working on an '83 Al-u-min-ium Utilimaster and building an extended rear bumper for my genny and trash receptacles, using 2"x6"x .120 wall rectangular tubing.  I removed the control panel from the genny and will mount it inside on the wall and run the wiring thru a 9 pin trailer receptacle.  I bought a spare male plug so I can wire up a 50' 120vac extension cord for plugging in at night or at a remote where power is available.  I'm trying to get a leg up on those ne'er do wells who might be tempted to pilfer the genny.  Time will tell.
                       
                      Colorado - thanks for the headsup on the wrap.  I hope he has satin black, I'm building my truck in a hot rod theme.  Red powdercoat rims, whitewalls, etc.
                      <message edited by Grumpa on Fri, 06/17/11 11:29 PM>
                       
                        nwcw2001

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                        Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 12:06 AM (permalink)
                        Looking at most of the wrap stuff he does, he does a lot of flat black wraps!
                         
                          Dr of BBQ

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                          Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 8:39 AM (permalink)
                          Grumpa
                          I'm working on an '83 Al-u-min-ium Utilimaster and building an extended rear bumper for my genny. I removed the control panel from the genny and will mount it inside on the wall and run the wiring thru a 9 pin trailer receptacle.  I bought a spare male plug so I can wire up a 50' 120vac extension cord for plugging in at night or at a remote where power is available. I'm building my truck in a hot rod theme.  Red powdercoat rims, whitewalls, etc.

                           
                          Grumpa,
                          So the 9 pin is just for your generator control right?
                          I assume the extension cord is just to run a cooler and nothing else?
                          I think the rat rod look could be very effective at some events like the Hunnert car pile up. 

                          http://www.hunnertcarpileup.com/
                           
                            Grumpa

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                            Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:07 AM (permalink)
                            Doc,
                             You must be Midwest like me, reference to the pileup is my clue. 
                            The 9 pin will carry all of the genny circuits - on/off switch, oil idiot light, one) 12vdc +/- circuit, one) 120vac +/- circuit and ground.  I checked with Etrailer's tech people regarding the circuit and they have the receptacle rated at 40 amp, my genny is 25 amp.  I'll run the incoming 120v power direct to a breaker that is off during start of the genny then on so as not to fry the 120vac refrig motor(s) on startup.  I'm putting a self propelled dessert cart together.  The extension cord will run the frig, lights, and music just like the genny.
                             
                              Dr of BBQ

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                              Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:19 AM (permalink)
                              Yes Springfield Illinois and the HCP is now held in Decatur about 30 miles from here. I did it last year and it's a pretty neat event although only one day.
                              wwwDrofBBQ.com
                               
                              I'm still a little lost on this part...The 9 pin will carry all of the genny circuits - one) 120vac +/- circuit and ground.
                               
                              Will the nine pin carry 120 vac?
                               
                              The dessert thing may be a giant hit I have never seen anyone at an event that has done that before.
                              Good Luck
                               
                                Dr of BBQ

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                                Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 10:18 AM (permalink)
                                Ok now I'm at work and the stand is ready to open so I have more time (it's raining cats and dogs) so things will be slow today.
                                Grumpa,
                                Some other questions....lol
                                What is your plan for muffling the noisy from the generator? My step van has a generator and I'm moving it outside, most likely to a rear deck (still not built) but I'm concerned about noise. I know a lot of guys are running the generator exhaust into the step van exhaust system in front of the SV muffler. But that would be a long run if the generator is on the SV rear deck. I have had a little experience with exhaust systems from my motorcycle building days but not enough to make a call on this issue. One other thought: maybe you should start a thread on "Moving a Generator" that way it will be easily searchable and if you do please post lots of pictures showing the steps.
                                 
                                Jack
                                 
                                  reese77

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                                  Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 12:40 PM (permalink)
                                  What do you guys think about this generator? I plan to build a sound isolating box around it and remove the wheels. It comes with a free transfer switch and I plan on buying a roof exhaust kit for it, where the exhaust is routed up to the root of the truck.
                                   

                                   
                                    THE WILD DOG

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                                    Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 3:59 PM (permalink)
                                    make sure in your sound isolating box you don't forget to vent the hell out of that same box or you will kill that thing real quick.
                                     
                                      reese77

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                                      Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 8:49 PM (permalink)
                                      THE WILD DOG


                                      make sure in your sound isolating box you don't forget to vent the hell out of that same box or you will kill that thing real quick.

                                      Yup, I already have a big vent door for access and venting of the unit and I will have the bottom other vent holes in the box as well.
                                       
                                        THE WILD DOG

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                                        Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:00 PM (permalink)
                                        HOW MUCh you payin for that thing ? I'm looking to mount one in the back of my grand cherokee ( sniff sniff :-(  )
                                         
                                          reese77

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                                          Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:10 PM (permalink)
                                          THE WILD DOG


                                          HOW MUCh you payin for that thing ? I'm looking to mount one in the back of my grand cherokee ( sniff sniff :-(  )

                                           
                                          There is a link to the website where I am buying it in the link in the previous post. It is $969. Here is a link to the access door I bought on Amazon. here
                                           
                                            indycarver1

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                                            Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:40 PM (permalink)
                                            Hi Reese this is going back a couple of pages.  The orange straps on your water tanks and water heater are they just rachet type straps or something made for water tanks? 
                                             
                                              reese77

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                                              Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/18/11 9:46 PM (permalink)
                                              indycarver1


                                              Hi Reese this is going back a couple of pages.  The orange straps on your water tanks and water heater are they just rachet type straps or something made for water tanks? 

                                               
                                              They are the ratchet type straps, I cut them off of the metal ratchet part, put a self tapping metal screw and washer through it and drilled through the floor.
                                               
                                              I like to improvise.
                                               
                                                reese77

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                                                Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sun, 06/19/11 12:10 PM (permalink)
                                                Installed new 2" back flow preventer, much more space now. New smaller tankless water heater arrived.
                                                 
                                                Put up aluminum on cab wall and water inlet but I still need to mount the passenger jump seat somehow/somewhere.
                                                 


                                                 

                                                   

                                                <message edited by reese77 on Sun, 06/19/11 12:13 PM>
                                                 
                                                  BackAlleyBurger

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                                                  Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sun, 06/19/11 5:10 PM (permalink)
                                                  reese77
                                                  Installed new 2" back flow preventer, much more space now. New smaller tankless water heater arrived. Put up aluminum on cab wall and water inlet but I still need to mount the passenger jump seat somehow/somewhere.

                                                   
                                                  you already have the passenger seat !! right about where the "2011" is on the time stamp, butt goes there, and feet go in the foot well, lol.... if they are tender i reckon you could offer a pillow, lol

                                                  what model tankless is this ?...specs?

                                                  your flooring...... is that single sheet?.. or 12x12 squares ? how is it holding up during construction ??

                                                  can you show a closeup of your water inlet, how you have it tied into tank ?

                                                   
                                                    reese77

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                                                    Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sun, 06/19/11 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                                    I thought about the passenger sitting there but that's a no no. I will find a way to mount a fold up passenger seat after I order one. I was afraid that the floor would tear up but it has held up well under construction and it is all one piece. I will be placing the rubber commercial kitchen mats over the lineoleum once ready for business.
                                                     
                                                    The tankless unit can be found here. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0048EK7BQ
                                                     
                                                    I will take another picture as soon as I can. I am out of town on business right now.
                                                    <message edited by reese77 on Sun, 06/19/11 7:57 PM>
                                                     
                                                      reese77

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                                                      Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Fri, 06/24/11 9:52 AM (permalink)
                                                      I just returned home and got to see my new tankless water heater in person and it is tiny. You can see the size compared to the pipes under the sink. It is a nice over cast day today so I will get out and do some work and will have more pictures this evening. I have to mount the heater and reroute the water in/out lines.
                                                       

                                                       
                                                      Here is my fresh water inlet (still not connected) and air vent for the tank, the hose in the picture is the air vent.
                                                       

                                                       
                                                        greg198

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                                                        Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/25/11 3:39 PM (permalink)
                                                        Hi reese,
                                                         
                                                         I cant believe there is someone out there like myself I am also in the same process as you building myself a lunch truck also I really enjoyed looking through your photos now Ive started taking pictures of my progress although I am not as far into it as you are but I am somewhat there I recently installed my generator and propane tank and now am working on finding myself the triple utensile sink and water tanks. I was curious do you have a drawing you are going off of or just coming up with it as you move along. I actually had a question regarding your water heater if it was nsf and what the temperature of water it produces at how many gpm, Since i will be needing to purchase one also. thanks hope to talk to you soon. I think we can exchange alot of info if you would like thanks talk to you soon.
                                                         
                                                        I have a 96 chevy p30 dieesel engine.
                                                         
                                                         
                                                          reese77

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                                                          Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Sat, 06/25/11 9:22 PM (permalink)
                                                          gary198


                                                          Hi reese,

                                                          I cant believe there is someone out there like myself I am also in the same process as you building myself a lunch truck also I really enjoyed looking through your photos now Ive started taking pictures of my progress although I am not as far into it as you are but I am somewhat there I recently installed my generator and propane tank and now am working on finding myself the triple utensile sink and water tanks. I was curious do you have a drawing you are going off of or just coming up with it as you move along. I actually had a question regarding your water heater if it was nsf and what the temperature of water it produces at how many gpm, Since i will be needing to purchase one also. thanks hope to talk to you soon. I think we can exchange alot of info if you would like thanks talk to you soon.

                                                          I have a 96 chevy p30 dieesel engine.


                                                           
                                                          Thanks Gary, glad you enjoy the post. Here is a link to the water heater and specs. The only drawback tot this heater is that is comes with an aerator for the faucet that you have to use in order to allow the heater to properly produce hot water. It only comes with one aerator so I have to buy another from the hardware store for the hand wash sink. I have a design that I made using Google sketchup but I am really just designing as I go.
                                                           
                                                          I would love to see your setup, post picture on Flickr and post the link.
                                                           
                                                            snukp

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                                                            Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build Mon, 07/4/11 8:08 PM (permalink)
                                                            Does anyone know where you can purchase a set of plans for converting a van into food truck?
                                                             
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