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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/05 01:26:30 (permalink)
nope, not at all.. it's pretty much a choice in what you cover your walls in, how much equipment you need/use, and how handy with the tools you are. I built my own trailer, and now about to embark on a 1995 p30 Grumman Olson build. Its pretty much all in my head, Mostly steel tables and equipment other than the sub flooring, electric, placement and stuff. 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/05 02:07:51 (permalink)
Wanted to take a quick minute and wish all of you a happy forth! Lets go out and enjoy our own revolution!
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/05 03:17:13 (permalink)
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nope, not at all.. it's pretty much a choice in what you cover your walls in, how much equipment you need/use, and how handy with the tools you are. I built my own trailer, and now about to embark on a 1995 p30 Grumman Olson build. Its pretty much all in my head, Mostly steel tables and equipment other than the sub flooring, electric, placement and stuff. 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/05 21:55:40 (permalink)
yeah man, I'll be posting pics soon. I went and paid for it today, picking it up tomorrow... OMG the wheels are spinning like crazy in my head
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/12 14:32:07 (permalink)
We must all be busy busy busy!! This has been a quiet thread for a little bit!
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/13 23:01:01 (permalink)
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We must all be busy busy busy!! This has been a quiet thread for a little bit!

 
I've not had time to work on the truck lately but hopefully this weekend I can get something done. The only work that I've done is on the engine.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/14 00:13:22 (permalink)
Yeah I keep getting the "How's the truck coming along?" It's tough to get the truck coming along when the day job and life keep getting in the way!
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/14 09:47:08 (permalink)
Sorry about the photo quality, that is how humid it was outside. The camera lens fogged up.

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/15 18:21:36 (permalink)
not sure how to tell you this but............... they aint gonna hold much water like that !.. or is that a giant 3 hole potato shooter lol, good job..
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/15 18:40:15 (permalink)
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not sure how to tell you this but............... they aint gonna hold much water like that !.. or is that a giant 3 hole potato shooter lol, good job..

 
LOL. Good one. I am working on an anti-gravity device as well so it should all work out.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/15 22:59:59 (permalink)
i'm building my p30 out now too, i'm curious as to what you are going to do with the window area...  How hard was it to nibble the alum sheets on the cook side ?  I have these two insane pieces of metal that were pro installed to hold this shelving unit that I will have to cut out, they were pop riveted and must have used some sort of adheasive b/c with all the rivs out its till in place...
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/16 12:03:07 (permalink)
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i'm building my p30 out now too, i'm curious as to what you are going to do with the window area...  How hard was it to nibble the alum sheets on the cook side ?  I have these two insane pieces of metal that were pro installed to hold this shelving unit that I will have to cut out, they were pop riveted and must have used some sort of adheasive b/c with all the rivs out its till in place...


 
I purchased a turbo shear attachment for my drill and it cuts the sheet aluminum like butter.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/16 21:32:48 (permalink)
I will have to take a picture of this piece installed to show you, Its about 3/4 thick aluminum. Tell me what you think. I'm still debating a flipper concession window or a nice 36" x 54" window I saw the other day.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/16 22:51:18 (permalink)
can you post some links on where you got the aluminum sheets ? I checked orange, and saw they only had angles and stuff. Also where did you pick up the bulk heads ?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/17 23:18:06 (permalink)
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can you post some links on where you got the aluminum sheets ? I checked orange, and saw they only had angles and stuff. Also where did you pick up the bulk heads ?

I purchased my sheets from Metal Supermarket www.metalsupermarketsatl.com, they are based here in Atlanta and I had the sheets delivered for $40 extra. I wish I would have spent extra for the stainless, the aluminum starts to corrode if you get certain oils on it, etc.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/17 23:49:29 (permalink)
Reese,
Tell me more about this "the aluminum starts to corrode if you get certain oils on it". I'm doing the inside walls and ceiling in the aluminum, (same as race cars) that has a special coating on it. I got a sample from the guy I paid to install it and dumped every cleaning agent we use and none of those fazed it in anyway. I mean straight out of the bottle cleaning agents that are meant to be diluted 50 to 1. Nothing could over 24 hours cut thru the surface coating. Or on the back side which I'm not sure if it is protected, or not. Besides there are some problems with stainless steel, you need to clean it and then oil it to keep it looking good. It's not the end of the world and I fortunately have the best clean up man in the state (John)  but to tell the truth there is not interior wall covering that is fool proof, especially if your a clean freak like me. 
 
Another thought  the FedEx vans and bread delivery trucks are on the road for years and years and I never see them with any problems. Help me here.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/07/18 14:16:25 (permalink)
Reese77,
I love all the information an pictures posted on the site of your build, I also really appreciate the flicker pictures.
I have been splashing around recovering from an auto accident my wife friend and business partner and his girlfriend where in last week. The Lord has spared my life and the lives of my wife and friends. Anyway I have read your posts and appreciate your honesty and positive attitude.
I have a 1997 GMC Step Van with a diesel engine, it’s a previous Frito Lay truck, I purchased it to move to NC and then convert to a mobile entertainment vehicle but unfortunately with the economy and the fact that folks down south don’t want to pay for quality DJ or Live band entertainment.   So plan B, convert the truck to a mobile BBQ and build a smoker to pull behind. I am in the planning mode now, looking at layouts, systems and so on, trying to locate a used 200-300gl propane tank, water system and the list goes on. I have been looking for an RV salvage yard but not found one yet. keep a smile and I look forward to the finished Van,  Dan  augustineunlimited@yahoo.com
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/06 10:34:02 (permalink)
Reese...how do you plan to fill the fresh water tank?  I see you have the fill panel but didn't see it connected to the tank.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/06 10:52:59 (permalink)
Hey Bowe,
 
If you look at this page, it is a actually on page 4 of this string. Here is the pictures of the fill tube.
 
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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.



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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/06 11:20:25 (permalink)
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Hey Bowe,

If you look at this page, it is a actually on page 4 of this string. Here is the pictures of the fill tube.

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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.




Actually I did see that picture which is why I posted what I posted.  What is shown is only the air vent.  That's why I said "I see you have the fill panel but didn't see it connected to the tank."  I haven't seen how he plans to connect the fill hose to that tank.  The way that water fill panel works is one connection is for a city water connection that goes right to the pump and the other one is a fill line that goes to the tank.  Depending on the pressure of the city water, that can be a major problem without some form of restriction.  Based on the plumbing that is already there, it does not appear as though he intends to use the city connection.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/06 11:35:19 (permalink)
I was just thinking about this thread the other day, and the lack of activity. We all must be busy as hell. I have my truck parked full of equipment and haven't had the time or $ to do anything with it!
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/21 20:41:44 (permalink)
Haven't made much progress, I had to do some weird routing for my drain pipe due to position and size of my fresh water tank. It was either this or raise my sink to above belly button level. I just ordered my other sink, swing faucet and some other goodies, so I will for sure wrap up this side of the truck including cabinets and awning door once my parts arrive this week.
 

 

 
This power inverter was installed originally when I purchased the truck, not sure what it is fro but it is hooked up to an extra battery under the hood and there is a female 3 prong standard outlet attached to the outside of the truck. Any ideas why this might have been installed? I know there were florescent lights and 2 110v outlets in the truck before I demo'd it, I assume this was the use for the inverter.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 15:33:07 (permalink)
I found this info reese:
A power inverter converts DC power or direct current to standard AC power or , which allows you to run electrical equipment off your car or marine battery for mobile applications, emergencies or simple convenience.
Power inverters are small rectangular devices that have a trailing wire with a jack that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter on the dashboard. They might also come with jumper-like cables for connecting directly to a battery. The device normally has one or two outlets for standard electrical cords. Your laptop, small-screen television, video game player or portable DVD theater are all examples of devices that will get you through a long ride, assuming you're not the one driving!
Power inverters are great for camping at parks that do not provide electricity. The toaster, blender, and boom box can all still be used. On your boat you can plug in the digital movie camera to capture those great water-skiing videos you might have missed after the camera's battery ran low!
In a utility outage a power inverter can be used for emergency electricity. Just run an extension cord from your car into the house, or if you have a charged spare battery you can connect the power inverter directly. Plug in a radio to tune into important alerts, run essential medical equipment, lights, or whatever else you need that falls within the inverter's power limits.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 16:05:53 (permalink)
Thanks for the info, I knew what it was just wasn't sure about the application since there is a female adapter going to the outside of the car but I just realized this is to plug the truck up to AC house current and still run any outlets in the truck w/o the truck being on. I will be removing this as there will not be a need.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 16:13:45 (permalink)
would you consider running your lights off of it? I only ask because I was wondering if it was a feasible option for me to do instead of wiring them into my box
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 16:24:57 (permalink)
hey Reese-
if that unit works and your not going to use it want to sell it ?
if so want first dibs please :)
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 17:34:31 (permalink)
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would you consider running your lights off of it? I only ask because I was wondering if it was a feasible option for me to do instead of wiring them into my box

 
No, I want a clean setup all running off generator or outside supply via transfer switch.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/22 17:35:48 (permalink)
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hey Reese-
if that unit works and your not going to use it want to sell it ?
if so want first dibs please :)


I will test it, the battery it is hooked up to is dead but I will take it to Auto Zone to be charged than test the inverter. It it works, you can have for a trade.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/23 12:08:54 (permalink)
Anyone looking to save energy by using LED lights, here are the units I ordered. I spoke to the sales rep and explained my application and these were recommended.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2011/08/23 12:26:04 (permalink)
THOSE ARE AWESOME PRICES!!!! How many did you get? With that length, I figure we'd need between 4 and 5, depending on the brightness. With them being waterproof you could have them as part of your exterior lighting for night/winter services!
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