1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build

Change Page: < 12345678910.. > >> | Showing page 8 of 16, messages 421 to 480 of 948
Author Message
reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 1:46 PM
0
...
<message edited by reese77 on Tue, 03/6/12 8:59 AM>

DWags541
  • Total Posts : 174
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/25/2012
  • Location: Eugene, OR
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 6:43 PM
0
reese77


I was trying to vent my LP tankless water heater today since my 1/2" pex tubing and supplies arrived and I am finding out that I should have kept my small electric tankless heater. I went to LP so that I would not use too much power on the truck and I could go with a smaller generator but I am realizing that I could just put a standard 120V wall switch on the tankless heater and only turn it on as needed just like the water pump. I put my old electric water heater on Ebay and it sold like hot cakes.

Now since I cannot vent my LP tankless w/o being right above the exterior serving counter or moving and routing the plumbing all over the truck, I am going to put this heater on Ebay and buy another electric tankless. Also, I would think that a lot of propane is waster having the LP tankless heater on all day or at least the pilot light on all day.

I should have thought this move through longer.

 
I have been thinking about this as well. I have used both electric and instant propane water heaters on carts. You think electric is the most efficient way to heat water that you will only be using occasionally. I would think the electric would tax your system significantly to keep it up to temp, even with insulated tank.
Do you think your ventilation demands for an instant propane unit would be that great?
 
One idea that comes to mind is a system used on a lot of hot dog carts. Running a copper line from your pump into the chamber of your food warmer (assuming its propane). But the positioning of your equipment might complicate this plan.

reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 7:42 PM
0
...
<message edited by reese77 on Tue, 03/6/12 8:59 AM>

Vic Cardenas
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/9/2012
  • Location: Midvale, UT
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 8:17 PM
0
Have you thought about venting through the floor to direct the exhaust away from the service side?

reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 8:20 PM
0
Vic Cardenas


Have you thought about venting through the floor to direct the exhaust away from the service side?

 
The vent must not be curved down as air would not flow properly (per the instruction manual).

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 10:01 PM
0
reese77
I am going to put this heater on Ebay and buy another electric tankless. Also, I would think that a lot of propane is waster having the LP tankless heater on all day or at least the pilot light on all day.

 
I have dealt with tankless hot water heaters since they first hit this country and they do not have a pilot. They are electronic. They usually use two C cell batteries to fire the propane after the water starts to move. And the batteries last for almost a year.

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 11:00 PM
0
DR. you like the propane as opposed to electric.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/5/12 11:15 PM
0
Yes big time. There is no comparison. The instant on propane heaters aren't running all the time trying to keep water hot, no pilot light, will heat water to the point it steams, and I'm not even going to vent my unit in the step van. First hot water heater isn't running all day and we have the exhaust fan running almost all the time pulling a complete air change once every 3 minutes. And if your busy you don't have time to wash anything. So at the end of the day you fill 3 sinks and wash everything. I think some people forget you don't carry a ton of water on board and they are under the impression you just wash dishes off and on all day, but that's not the case with us. We wipe down everything, pots, pans, and serving utensils, with paper towels after we are done using them, so you don't get a bunch of junk in the sink or going into the waste water tank, and stack it until time to clean up.
<message edited by Dr of BBQ on Mon, 03/5/12 11:21 PM>

DWags541
  • Total Posts : 174
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/25/2012
  • Location: Eugene, OR
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 03/6/12 10:59 PM
0
I agree with this view (Dr. of BBQ).

rollingwitburgers
  • Total Posts : 11
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 9/11/2011
  • Location: fairfax, VA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/9/12 4:17 PM
0
Iam in the process of installing my tabletop propane 36in griddle for my food truck does anyone have any ideas on the best way to mount it so it wont flip over?

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/9/12 5:14 PM
0
rollingwitburgers


Iam in the process of installing my tabletop propane 36in griddle for my food truck does anyone have any ideas on the best way to mount it so it wont flip over?

 
Very Carefully. LMAO.
Seriously not sure anyone can answer that unless they had pictures and or the brand name, and model number. But usually you can drill through a counter top and replace the legs with bolts from the bottom up. Or build a tube frame for it to sit in and bolt that onto what ever you sitting it on. But how ever you mount it is should be in a manor that will allow it to be moved for cleaning.
jack

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/9/12 5:16 PM
0
the DR. is in. lol

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/9/12 5:46 PM
0
Yes hes in but he is pissed off! The downtown restaurants 6 or 8 of them got together and talked the city into stopping the vendors from vending during and after the St Pats day parade, in downtown Springfield. And I have done that event for the last several years. I talked to one of the restaurant owners from downtown and he said"Well we can't just let you swoop in and take all our profit". You know me well enough to figure out what I said "!# %$@*^% and &^@!!!**#@!^$$$. and then I hung up. This is such crap the restaurants and bars are so crowded you can't get into them so everyone drinks in the street.

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/9/12 5:58 PM
0
what sucks is that you were not at that meeting. they should have at least let you have a say. those bastards!!!

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 12:40 PM
0
i am just started reseaching for my water tanks. looking at your waste tank.
that is what i want to do. how many gallons and the dementions of your waste tank.
where did you get it. thanks

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 1:03 PM
0
Hey!
Its www.randpcarriages.com
 
What was wrong with this answer you got on the other thread? Your waste tank doesn't have to be exactly 15% bigger than your fresh tank it can be 20% or 30% bigger. Is that your concern? A lot of people on this site have bought from them and I have never heard any complaints.
jack

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 1:51 PM
0
i have no issue with the link you gave me.
they have a 30gallon tank for me.
i called to see if they have a 45gallon tank to go along with the 30gallon.
an they said the largest tank they have was 42 gallon. i asked if they could get me one and they just said we only have a42gl.
mabye i talked to the wrong person.
so now i am seaching for a 45gallon waste tank. the pricing on the 30gl is great.

PurpleCheetah
  • Total Posts : 151
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/27/2011
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 2:31 PM
0
This place has a 40"x20"x12" cost is 236.00 for a 48 gallon, price may not be right but size is good.
 
http://www.plastic-mart.com/category.aspx?cat=33

PurpleCheetah
  • Total Posts : 151
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/27/2011
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 2:32 PM
0
They also have a 46 Gallon for 183.00

kingofcreams
  • Total Posts : 111
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/3/2012
  • Location: Duluth, MN
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 3:30 PM
0
Just my 2 cents ;) , your waste tank only need to be 34.5 gallons to accomodate your fresh water tank. I got a 30 gallon rv style "black tank" on ebay to go with my 25 gallon fresh water tank.
marco226


i have no issue with the link you gave me.
they have a 30gallon tank for me.
i called to see if they have a 45gallon tank to go along with the 30gallon.
an they said the largest tank they have was 42 gallon. i asked if they could get me one and they just said we only have a42gl.
mabye i talked to the wrong person.
so now i am seaching for a 45gallon waste tank. the pricing on the 30gl is great.



Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 4:23 PM
0
First I have never bought a tank that had the gallons marked on it. And I have never seen a Health Department employee give any grey or fresh water tank any more than a fast look. We have the same 15 extra waste rule here and I'm ruining a 20 gallon and a 30 gallon tank. We fill our fresh water tank once a day and I have never had my waste tank get  anywhere close to full. I'd go with the two you talked about.Your trucks job is to sell food not wash dishes. LMAO. Really they don't have to be 15% bigger. Just as long as one looks bigger than the other. You'll be fine.
No one from the HD is going to know anymore than what you tell them. They are certainly not going to measure your tanks.
<message edited by Dr of BBQ on Wed, 03/14/12 4:26 PM>

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 5:17 PM
0
thanks so much for all the helpfull information.

BTM676
  • Total Posts : 202
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 12/8/2011
  • Location: Newfoundland, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 03/14/12 9:20 PM
0
Dr of BBQ


Yes big time. There is no comparison. The instant on propane heaters aren't running all the time trying to keep water hot, no pilot light, will heat water to the point it steams, and I'm not even going to vent my unit in the step van. First hot water heater isn't running all day and we have the exhaust fan running almost all the time pulling a complete air change once every 3 minutes. And if your busy you don't have time to wash anything. So at the end of the day you fill 3 sinks and wash everything. I think some people forget you don't carry a ton of water on board and they are under the impression you just wash dishes off and on all day, but that's not the case with us. We wipe down everything, pots, pans, and serving utensils, with paper towels after we are done using them, so you don't get a bunch of junk in the sink or going into the waste water tank, and stack it until time to clean up.


Hey Doc,
Do you have more info about where you are going to mount your propane on demand hot water system. 

kingofcreams
  • Total Posts : 111
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/3/2012
  • Location: Duluth, MN
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 10:51 AM
0
True that 
Dr of BBQ


First I have never bought a tank that had the gallons marked on it. And I have never seen a Health Department employee give any grey or fresh water tank any more than a fast look. We have the same 15 extra waste rule here and I'm ruining a 20 gallon and a 30 gallon tank. We fill our fresh water tank once a day and I have never had my waste tank get  anywhere close to full. I'd go with the two you talked about.Your trucks job is to sell food not wash dishes. LMAO. Really they don't have to be 15% bigger. Just as long as one looks bigger than the other. You'll be fine.
No one from the HD is going to know anymore than what you tell them. They are certainly not going to measure your tanks.



Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 12:28 PM
0
BTM676
Hey Doc,
Do you have more info about where you are going to mount your propane on demand hot water system. 

 
It is so funny you would ask that because I have had that on my mind for the last two or three days. Here is what I think is important about the location. Make it easily assessable including the water lines both in and out. If I decide to vent mine which I doubt I will it will be a straight 90 out the side of the truck. At this time I'm planing on mounting it right above my 3 hole sink on one end or the other.  I'm using stainless steel lines for my water supply in, out, and propane gas line from this guy.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1...ksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
 
 
PS I think first time builders over think the build and worrying about the exhaust from an instant on water heater going out the side of a truck and the relationship to customers is a good example of that over thinking. Just my though on that topic. It's like Marco and others thinking the HD is going to closely measure water tank size. It will never happen. They are concerned that you have enough of a waste tank to except your clean water and not run over on the floor or slosh out. Again just my thought and no disrespect meant to Marco or anyone else here.

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 12:53 PM
0
THE DR IS IN.
funny you should say that. after our back and forth about water tanks.
i was just thinking to myself. reaseach and reasearch and then more before moving forward.
mabye i am just over thinking everything. being my first build it is a bit of a challange.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 1:15 PM
0
Well a lot of research is ok in fact good. But I was thinking about over building more than anything like instead of using 1/2 inch plywood on walls somebody here was going to use 3/4 inch plywood and then FRP over that. And that's just crazy. Extra $$$, extra weight, and a lot more work. You on the other hand do research and you pay attention to what others are doing in their build right and wrong. If your truck looks professional without any clutter it'll pass in a heartbeat. I had a gig 30 miles away this last summer and a gal from the local HD spent 1 hour looking for something, anything wrong. I finally told her I needed to get to work and she said "I just can't find anything wrong". I loved it.

chefbuba
  • Total Posts : 1957
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/22/2009
  • Location: Near You, WA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 1:18 PM
0
My trailer has been licensed in three different counties and two.

States. The HD has only asked the sizes of my tanks.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 1:22 PM
0
Same here Chef

PurpleCheetah
  • Total Posts : 151
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/27/2011
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 3:02 PM
0
Dr of BBQ


BTM676
Hey Doc,
Do you have more info about where you are going to mount your propane on demand hot water system. 




PS I think first time builders over think the build

 
I can say that I do over think a lot (I do with with everything) being my first build is so stressful not knowing what can happen if my walls are to thick, to thin if floor is strong enough to hold, etc. Dr o b and Chef you guys have done this for many years and you have a plethora of knowledge and experience with this that a lot of first time builders don't.....I have no clue how much my walls are going to flex and bend when I'm driving and hitting corners and stops how much water I'm going to use, a good point you made when you said " your trucks job is to sell food not wash dishes" and I got to thinking humm makes since why do I need 30 gallons of fresh water unless I plan on refilling and dumping weekly, so now I think my 30/42 is to much on tanks but I have them now and don't really want to deal with the hassle of selling the 42 and buying a 25. I have never built anything ( so I have people to help me with things I think I need help with) so I think a lot of my over thinking is credited to not knowing exactly what to do on certain things and how the HD will look at things......I just don't want to screw up

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 3:53 PM
0
And we are not getting on your case. It's always best to think things through. Your walls won't flex, think about this: FedEx carries lots of heavy packages, tool trucks (Snap On) carries a lot of weight, so your restaurant equipment isn't going to cause you a problem. And no don't change your tanks but you did buy more than you needed but no big deal. It's a natural tendency to over do when your doing your first build. You want it to work, look good, and most important pass inspection. I think one of the first things the HD looks at is neat, tidy, CLEAN! Then they want to know did you hit the big points, required number of sinks, running water, water temp, cooler temps, exhaust hood and Ansul System. Do you know what your doing, do you have a food handlers license, do you have the proper equipment on board to cook what your selling and keep it up to serving temp? Those are the kind of things that are important.
One other thought take your truck or trailer to the HD or ask them to come do an inspection  before your completely done. Just say I want to make sure I'm on the right track. Then your starting to build a relationship with your inspector. That will go a long way.
jack

BTM676
  • Total Posts : 202
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 12/8/2011
  • Location: Newfoundland, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 9:51 PM
0
Doc,
One more question about the propane hot water. What one do you plan on using? I like your idea about not venting it but if you have to you can. I just dont want to drill anymore holes in my ceiling. haha.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/15/12 11:31 PM
0
The biggest mistake I have made since I built my trailer was drilling some holes in the wall to mount a shelf for my microwave. Then I changed the microwave and needed a bigger shelf and yes new holes. In stainless it's hard to cover and impossible to replace. So if any new builds on here should be careful and worry about anything give great consideration to any holes you drill or cut into walls, floors, or ceilings.
 
Now to your question, I'm at home and don't remember the brand but it comes from Indiana and yes that's vague lmao. But when I replaced my original (same company same unit) I posted here about the company and someone remembered the company name and web site. So on this your going to have to do a RF search unless some one reads this and remembers.
I do know the company is always on Ebay and they ship ASAP. The price was right also. But here is a tip. They list the office phone number on their ebay auctions and if you call and order over the phone you can buy it cheaper than thru ebay. One other thing to keep in mind instant hot water heaters don't withstand below freezing temperatures if they have water in them. So if you live in an area with cold winters don't run out of propane or they will freeze up and split the core. I have replaced two because of this. Other than that they are perfect.
jack

BTM676
  • Total Posts : 202
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 12/8/2011
  • Location: Newfoundland, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/16/12 12:29 PM
0
Ok thanks Jack. I'll get the brand name from this thread. And Thanks for the heads up about freezing.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/16/12 2:59 PM

marco226
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 11/28/2011
  • Location: HAWLEY, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/16/12 8:49 PM
0
i like this water heater. how long does it take to ge to 120 DEGRESS.
i just want a heater so my truck passes the HD INSPECTION.
i have a friend that owns a resturant at the end of the day i am just going there and run my stuff thru his dishwasher.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/16/12 9:26 PM
0
I have never timed it but it'll put out water that steams and I have had more than one health department inspector bitching about burning their hands when they are trying to wash them before an inspection.

tippairie
  • Total Posts : 1
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/25/2012
  • Location: cape cod, MA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Sun, 03/25/12 9:56 PM
0
Did you beef up the framing of the wall of the truck when you installed the window, similar to a house, with a header, and king/jack studs? Thanks

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 03/26/12 7:28 AM
0
Solid tube frame around the window all 4 sides. Just like a house window. But no need to overbuild it just enough to make it stiff.

Sapphirebistro
  • Total Posts : 32
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/29/2012
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/29/12 12:47 PM
0
Hi all, I have purchased a 1983 Chevy P30 that I am transforming into a food truck as well.
This thread is amazingly helpful and informative I will be checking back here often and hopefully in 30 days a and 30 posts add some pictures.

any questions please feel free to ask!

Sapphirebistro
  • Total Posts : 32
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/29/2012
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/29/12 3:37 PM
0
I should add a few specs regarding my new ride!

24' 1983 chevy p30
- 19'L 8.5'H 7.5'w usable work space
The truck used to be a mobile command center for a PD
So it is retro fitted with an industrial size Onan generator (specs to follow)
Propane heater with 2 15lb propane tanks in thier own fabricated enclosure
Cat 5 cable and wiring ran throughout the truck.
This is my first build so my challenge is where to start. Lol

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/29/12 4:42 PM
0
You have a big headstart by the former owner.There are several threads here on RF that will head you in the right direction. What is on your menu?
 
Good Luck

Sapphirebistro
  • Total Posts : 32
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/29/2012
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 03/29/12 10:29 PM
0
Yes I was lucky, plus I got it for a song at an auction.
My menu is a mix of artisan grilled cheeses, a few comfort foods, fryed goods such as arancia, truffled pom frittes, a couple gourmet soups and salads.

Sapphirebistro
  • Total Posts : 32
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/29/2012
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/30/12 12:34 AM
0
Now I'm interested in a few things

1. In preplanning how concrete was everyone's ideas... I saw a few schematics visual layouts did everyone do something similar or did people see it then play it by ear.
2. Of the builders out there how much experience in fabricating did people have, weekend warriors or professional builders? Because I feel like I can do this but at the same time feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of WTF did I get my self into.
3. I have seen many references to HD (health department ) how early did people get the inspector involved? I assume the earlier the better but in Iowa the inspectors have about a 1: 150 ratio am I wasting his time bringing him to a build with next to nothing done?
4. I assume many builds revolve around concept and menus I have a strong concept and solid menu but one issue with having a head start by buying a partial prefab truck is I'm not working with a blank slate.... Many major points of detail have previously been decided for me do I uninstall and rebuild or adapted my concept or adapt my build.
5. Where do I begin... Again not working with a blank slate some items are done but I'm not sure to what standards or how correctly because I did not do them my self.

chefbuba
  • Total Posts : 1957
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/22/2009
  • Location: Near You, WA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/30/12 1:00 AM
0
Don't know about your state, but here you can't build anything without having gone to the health dept first, and having your plans approved.
Regardless if it is required, it is a very good idea to submit a set of plans so you are not trying to build in the dark.
Do some reading of a guy named schmelly on here.... a perfect example of how not to do it.

Sapphirebistro
  • Total Posts : 32
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 3/29/2012
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 03/30/12 1:30 AM
0
Lol I learn well from what not to do.... Because usually I just had that idea about an hour ago.

Mkinzi94
  • Total Posts : 34
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/3/2010
  • Location: Asheville, NC
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 04/5/12 9:37 AM
0
Hey Reese:
 
Back on page 13, you mentioned you were going to be working on your quiet generator box.  What can you show and tell us about that?

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 04/5/12 9:41 AM
0
If you do a search you'd find:
http://www.roadfood.com/F...891&high=generator

reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Sun, 04/15/12 7:35 PM
0
Mkinzi94


Hey Reese:

Back on page 13, you mentioned you were going to be working on your quiet generator box.  What can you show and tell us about that?

 
The box is made out of 1" thick insulation board. I have a heat resistant sheeting for the inside and a 12V fan that will exhaust heat from the box. It is not complete. I plan on covering with fiberglass but the epoxy resin I got from Home Depot was not working for me so I am waiting on some marine grade stuff from Ebay and some loose fiberglass as the fiberglass fabric was hard to work with the way I wanted to. I will post pics once complete.

reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Sun, 04/15/12 7:41 PM
0
Hood vent arrived. Hard as hell putting this up by myself. I had to use some 2x4 braces and a hydrolic floor jack to lift into position. The exhaust fan I ordered from Ebay was dented on it's journey so the seller is going to refund some of the cost. It is also much larger than I expected, I may just resell it and go with 2 110V fans and a side louvered exhaust.
 

 

 

 

 

 


BTM676
  • Total Posts : 202
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 12/8/2011
  • Location: Newfoundland, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Sun, 04/15/12 11:02 PM
0
Looks amazing. Glad everything is coming together for ya.

chefbuba
  • Total Posts : 1957
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 6/22/2009
  • Location: Near You, WA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 1:28 AM
0
That's a lot of fan for a small hood.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 7:42 AM
0
"The exhaust fan from Ebay was dented on it's journey and it is also much larger than I expected."
 
IF you try to sell it your taking a chance, on it selling. If it came in dented send it back and rethink your order to do a roof top unit or wall exhaust.

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 7:51 AM
0
Sapphirebistro

1. In preplanning how concrete was everyone's ideas... I saw a few schematics visual layouts did everyone do something similar or did people see it then play it by ear.
2. Of the builders out there how much experience in fabricating did people have, weekend warriors or professional builders? Because I feel like I can do this but at the same time feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of WTF did I get my self into.
3. I have seen many references to HD (health department ) how early did people get the inspector involved? I assume the earlier the better but in Iowa the inspectors have about a 1: 150 ratio am I wasting his time bringing him to a build with next to nothing done?
4. I assume many builds revolve around concept and menus I have a strong concept and solid menu but one issue with having a head start by buying a partial prefab truck is I'm not working with a blank slate.... Many major points of detail have previously been decided for me do I uninstall and rebuild or adapted my concept or adapt my build.
5. Where do I begin... Again not working with a blank slate some items are done but I'm not sure to what standards or how correctly because I did not do them my self.

 
The Chef is correct you need to slow down a bit and find out what is required by your state, county, and city. Are there any other food trucks within a days drive that you can go visit the owner?
 
Talk to your local HD inspector and get a copy of their code book. Then read it about 50 times and go back to the health department with any questions, and if you read the code carefully you'll have a ton of questions. Highlight the sections you don't understand and ask for clarification as many times as necessary until you know and understand the rules. It will save you money, time, and a lot of frustration.
jack
 
Good Luck
jack

Dr of BBQ
  • Total Posts : 3716
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 10/11/2004
  • Location: Springfield, IL
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 8:06 AM
0
Sapphirebistro
My menu is a mix of artisan grilled cheeses, a few comfort foods, fryed goods such as arancia, truffled pom frittes, a couple gourmet soups and salads.

 
You'll like this article:
For restaurants seeking a quick promotional hit, the annual celebration of grilled cheese is likely the most useful.
Such promotions can be as simple as that of The Grilled Cheese Factory in Morristown, N.J., which is celebrating with a buy one, get one free special that started on April 12, National Grilled Cheese Day, and continues for the rest of the month.
 
Cheeseboy, a three-unit quick-service grilled cheese sandwich chain based in Boston, gives out free grilled cheese sandwiches on one day during the month. This year it will give away one Cheeseboy Classic — premium American cheese on Italian bread — per customer on April 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No purchase is necessary.


Read more: http://nrn.com/article/restaurants-tailor-promotions-national-grilled-cheese-month#ixzz1sCjGvYY1
 
http://nrn.com/article/re...l-grilled-cheese-month

CCinNJ
  • Total Posts : 7762
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 7/24/2008
  • Location: Bayonne, NJ
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 9:10 AM
0
Hold the phone! Before that menu goes to print....

Arancia = orange. Arancini = rice balls. They are fried...not fryed.

Pommes Frites.


reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 9:52 AM
0
BTM676


Looks amazing. Glad everything is coming together for ya.

Thanks and thanks again for explaining how you mounted your hood. I decided to share...;)

BTM676
  • Total Posts : 202
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 12/8/2011
  • Location: Newfoundland, PA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 04/16/12 9:23 PM
0
Sorry i didnt send any photos. It was crazy at the restaurant. Oh did you mount the fan? I'll get you pictures of that.

reese77
  • Total Posts : 508
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 1/7/2011
  • Location: Stockbridge, GA
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 04/19/12 4:17 PM
0
Arranging to send previous exhaust fan back. Purchased 2 new 10" side exhaust fans. They just arrived and I will try to cut the holes and install tomorrow.

 

 

 

Vic Cardenas
  • Total Posts : 177
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2/9/2012
  • Location: Midvale, UT
Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 04/19/12 4:44 PM
0
Ooooh, I like those! Those seem to be the type that everyone here is looking for. Link???

Change Page: < 12345678910.. > >> | Showing page 8 of 16, messages 421 to 480 of 948