Hello to all
My name is Mike and I like to say that the wealth of information here is beyond the realm of my wallet... And thank you to all that keep this site up and running. I live here in Omaha,Ne and I'm close to opening up my barbeque concession van in the near future, actually in a week or less. This is a labour of love as most all of us do it to make yourself the american dream. I can tell you that I hope working for any employees, sence there the boss and I'm only the person that keeps the key to the ignition, that this is a dream for my family and not just for me. I'd just like to share what I've done in the 5yrs that I've worked to put this together. I bought the van only without the diesel engine in it for $600.00 #71 1983 Kurbside Ford chassic Old Home Bread truck,Then went to a city action and got a 1986 F150 with a 300 c.i.d straight 6 engine and did'nt use the automatic transmission,$300.00. Then went to U-pull it and go a T-15 4 speed out of a F250 with flywheel pressure plate clutch disk and throw out barring and all but the transmission was new that I got out of the wreaking yard,$100.00. Replaced all main seals front and rear gaskets and side pan on engine.
This had a BT4 cummins in it but I couldn't afford another one but was blessed with what I got. A lot more blessings along the way as you will see. I was a long haul driver and was coming back from Chicago I stop for fuel and seen a glass case front to a cabinet that in the truck stop that they use to keep the radios and CB in,now this is just the front section the sliding windows and frame well they were throwing this away and I asked the manager if I could have this and said yes. Cut the frame down and had welded and order new glass,$150.00. Now before I was going to build this concession van I was going to use this van as a rolling smokehouse but thinking back now about the window cleaning..lol,I had bought some stainless steel sheet to make smokers out of but it was my wife idea to build the concession van instead. all know who to point the finger at if this goes south...lol. anyways I took a side panel and cut it in half and my son had a pickup truck with a top rack made out of 3/4 square tubing and he cut it off his truck bed and I made a retaining wall out of it and covered it with the stainless and went to the restore building supply and got a 36" glass front screen door for $40.00 and added a wall between my driver and kitchen. Sidewalls are stainless steel sheets over 1/8" ply that was already up in the back of the van,just clean wood and used PL400 contractors glue and stuck to sides, It would ripe the van apart before coming off. all the stainless steel sheets about $2200.00. I have a hood system and roof vent that I put in myself. that took some doing all tell you! Small block and tackel from Harbor feight and a 9" 2x4, Raised by myself and screwed in place with one hand tied behined my back or so it seemed. I put this in the rear of the van, and the van is 7' wide. When I got this hood it was 10'6" and had to cut it with a air cut off wheel grinder 3" and the hood is stainless using and 5hp air compressour,cfm of about 8,took about 3hrs to cut in half and weld together. Now I was leaving work after parking the semi and look in the next door nabours trash and found a small pancake air compressour that need the contacts cleaned and used my wifes nail file shhhh.... dont tell her, and traded that for the welding of the hood. Hood cost $200.00 welding $000.00 priceless. Now be a driver I was driving for a company and we us to change drivers in Southbend,IN and I would hold over there till the driver got back in 24hrs and he would let me use his truck to use. And it so happens that Indaina is the trailer building capital of the world and also that thier is wholesale dealers there and that where I got my clean and dirty tanks and hot water heater from and all piping. This has been God sent every step and I was givin the knowledge from God to complete this to the last bolt. I had to wire the complete under the hood and dash, lights and blinkers from scatch. I can not say that I did this alone as I had help from my two sons when they could help me on there days off and my wife for all the times I messed up her side of the garage. This is going to change lifes in Omaha,Ne,Spokane,Wa,Quarztsite,Az,Portland,Or,Dallas,Tx as this is where my family is and I cant wait to help all of them.
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