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Brian Briggs

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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Fri, 01/6/12 7:30 AM (permalink)
Thanks. I am going to do a BBQ truck and the flames will fit perfectly. Heading out to look a panel truck this morning.
 
    BackAlleyBurger

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    Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sat, 01/7/12 8:48 PM (permalink)
    well....the ol' girl just made her debut on the roads after(mostly) the rebuild
    hazard flashers- check
    turn signals- check
    brake lights- check
    running, clearance, dome lights- check
    headlight(s)- check, lol, i still have one out for repairs to fender
    dash lights- check
    gauges working- check
    signal indicators, high beam indicator, charging light- check
    horn- WTF !!!!! no horn, i hope i just left the plug undone, will see tomorrow
     
    i got the starter and feed wire hooked up today after finishing the dash, and no, sadly there are no pics of the dash final wiring..... but let me tell ya, it was a job and a half !
    after sitting for a moment, and figuring out i had hooked up the last wire, i dawned on me i was ready to turn the key !! i did exercise some patients and went through my entire wiring check list one last time.... turned the key to accessory position.......all well.....everything worked as it should in that position..... turned key to on position.....everything was cool.... everything worked properly..... sat in the seat, took a deep breath and turned the key..... she fired up after about 5 seconds of turning over.... not too bad for a 34 y/o truck that has been sitting idle in the yard for last 2 months :) 
     
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      Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sat, 01/7/12 9:00 PM (permalink)
      i have a couple of extra LED clearance lights i am using for a dome light right now, lol....those little suckers really put out some (red)light !!
       
      i took the innards out of a couple of the old clearance lights and modified them them and tied into the rear turn signals.... this is needed to make the flasher unit operate properly....... the LED's just dont pull enough juice to trip the flasher, and a new "led flasher unit" is 13 bucks, and i was told they are nothing but trouble(not very dependable to last) so i did it "old school way"
       
      i have the wrong neutral safety switch, it works as far as the "safety" part goes, but the model i have now lights up my reverse lights when i go into drive, so i temp unplugged the light feed and will have to go to oriellys tomorrow and sort that out....
      the side pipes are already a big hit, lol...i got a couple of different honks and a couple of thumbs up in the short time i was out....and they aren't even tied in yet !  i think they were thumbs, lol...might have been fingers
       
        BackAlleyBurger

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        Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sat, 01/7/12 9:06 PM (permalink)
        i cant believe how bright the new LED lights are..... i have to say if your on the fence about them...go for it, you will be happy :)
        i still have to wire up the stereo, and build a "box" for the speakers, i need to get a small amp first, nothing crazy, maybe just a nice 100w 2 channel..... i think that would be perfect......
        i am just glad to have most of this stage behind me now.... will spend tomorrow buttoning up a few small issues, and hopefully get started on the walls next week!
         
          BackAlleyBurger

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          Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sat, 01/7/12 9:48 PM (permalink)
          i have learned many lessons doing this.....first and foremost, be a little more realistic about time frames, lol
          according to the more optimistic me from the beginning of this thread i should be about 3 months into slinging dawgs, lol....
          admittedly there were a couple of set backs, and the never ending money issues, and i will admit, i am easily distracted sometimes..... but this is still the most awesome project i have undertaken to date..... and i cant wait to sell that first item when she is up and running...... i hope its a hot dog ! :)
           
            BackAlleyBurger

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            Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sun, 01/8/12 3:40 AM (permalink)
            this isnt that great a pic....but it should give you an idea of the dash in the dark, lol........... i do want to get some blue bulbs for the gauges

             
              BackAlleyBurger

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              Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sun, 01/8/12 6:05 PM (permalink)
              here is my latest idea for filling in my holes.... all 100 or so of them ! let me know what you guys think.....

               
                BackAlleyBurger

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                Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sun, 01/8/12 6:06 PM (permalink)
                i posted this over on Mikes thread also, lol...i forgot where i was when the urge to create a diagram came across me......
                 
                i think also mounting the pink board before filling in the holes with the sealant would be a good idea...... just in case the stainless tape isnt as permanent as i think it is, lol 
                  
                body filler would have a tendency to shrink away from the edges of the hole and possibly crack in a case like this.... vibrations from the road, and the truck itself would almost surely cause it to loosen up and show through the paint on outside (think "nail pop" in new sheet rock work).... 
                the permanent adhesive sealant will actually stay bonded to all edges and areas of the hole, wont shrink, is immune to vibration, and actually gets stronger as it ages..... so on paper anyway, it seems like the perfect material to tackle this aspect of the project with........ unless someone knows different, and if so, please chime in and school me! 
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                  THE WILD DOG

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                  Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sun, 01/8/12 9:15 PM (permalink)
                  well, I can't be doing that since my walls are already up, so I'm going to take some rounded screw heads, ( carriage bolts ) and spray them white and locktite them in place and pray they don't fall out. LOL  I've got about 30 holes I have to fill...  FML
                   
                    Dr of BBQ

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                    Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Sun, 01/8/12 10:05 PM (permalink)
                    My first thought was pop rivet it closed. But then I searched: how to fill a hole in aluminum
                     
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                      BackAlleyBurger

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                      Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Mon, 01/9/12 8:40 PM (permalink)
                      im going to have to look into that, sounds like it may just do the trick....
                       
                      i think i have another hood !!....just like the last one, from the same guy actually, going to wheel and deal on it tomorrow, apparently a small chain of country "hot lunch gas stations" went under and he just got around to tearing the other one down......
                      he said it is the same size as the last one, so i will still have to cut it down an inch or so..... but that is a perfect hood for my little van...... 
                      i may actually have to remove my back wall to get it in position, but hey, if its not one thing its another, lol
                       
                        BackAlleyBurger

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                        Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Mon, 01/9/12 8:44 PM (permalink)
                        and unless someone who knows better says STOP!! i am going to mount my fridge under the hood as well..... most of it will be under the equipment stand but will allow me to have all meats right at hand where the griddle is..... i will do up a diagram of what im saying... i think it will work, thats they way it was set up in the little diner i bought it from.... guy just lifted the top open, grabbed some meat, and right into the fryer or on the griddle it went.....
                         
                          BackAlleyBurger

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                          Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Mon, 01/9/12 9:56 PM (permalink)
                          i dunno, something like this......

                          i just have to try and get the most i can into the ever shrinking space known as my food truck, lol
                          i think i was smoking crack when i drew this up........its now obsolete anyway
                          <message edited by BackAlleyBurger on Tue, 01/10/12 10:57 PM>
                           
                            BackAlleyBurger

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                            Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Tue, 01/10/12 10:40 PM (permalink)
                            its late..... im going to hate myself in the morning......
                             
                            but it was for a good reason..... right now, out in the back of my truck is a hood/equipment stand combo unit just like what you see in waffle houses, only smaller :)
                            I HAVE A HOOD !!!!!!!
                            i passed on the roof vent, i just simply refuse to ride around with a giant mushroom/ice cream cone stuck on the roof.....i dont know why, but i just cant stomach the way it looks on a truck... a building yes, just not on a truck....
                            of course, the red neck injun earring im going to have to pull off to make it work like i want will be EPIC!
                            pics will follow tomorrow or maybe the next, its going to take me a day or two to recuperate from today, lol.....
                             
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                              Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Tue, 01/10/12 10:54 PM (permalink)
                              best part is....
                              you guys remember the crazy stupid deal i got on the 220v deep fryer this past summer, and the 100 dollar ice cream freezer, well.... i i talked the guy into swapping me even up the freezer for the hood, and to get him to say yes, i agreed to throw in the deep fryer for 150 bucks !
                               
                              so yes...went out today and wheeled and dealed on way home, got rid of a fryer i couldnt use, put money back in my pocket.... and brought home a hood and equipment stand basically for free :)
                               
                                BackAlleyBurger

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                                Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Tue, 01/10/12 11:06 PM (permalink)
                                crap....now im looking for a freezer again, lol
                                no biggie, the HD was giving me grief over it anyway, since it started life as a good humor freezer they said it was only NSF for ice cream, but they would PROBABLY/POSSIBLY let me get started off with it, but they would give me a dead line to have a NSF meat freezer....... gotta love the HD
                                 
                                  BackAlleyBurger

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                                  Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                  heres pics..... i just love the custom 'fire axe" work for the gas lines previous owner did....i think i am just going to cut out squares around these with a plasma cutter and fill them in with a new pieces.....

                                   
                                  then use one hole to run a pipe in and manifold off from there
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                                    Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 4:26 PM (permalink)
                                    here is the actual hood, it has three long filters and spacers at each end..... im going to try and configure venting out the back of the hood on each end where the spacers are at and have 2 side vents out the back of van

                                     
                                      BackAlleyBurger

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                                      Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 4:30 PM (permalink)
                                      here she is set up, i have measured and measured to make sure.... but yes, she will fit with no cutting or major surgery....
                                      the front feet will be removed so the front of base can sit directly on the wheel well, this will add 1 1/2" inches to the total height (rear feet will remain, but elongated somehow another 1 1/2")
                                       
                                      i will have about a 6" gap between top of hood and ceiling
                                       
                                       
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                                        Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 4:33 PM (permalink)
                                        all this (plenum) will be coming off and patched, i think i can make two smaller exhaust fans, one at each end, and vent directly out the back.....
                                        and yes, she needs a good cleaning...... im glad now i didnt dust off the fryer or freezer before taking them over there, lol....
                                         

                                         
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                                          Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 5:02 PM (permalink)
                                          here is where i am right now on and exhaust system for the hood....
                                          this thing will be a glove like fit in the back, the rear of the hood will be directly against the rear wall so i should end up with about a 2" plenum coming out on either side of the rear of hood.... and then some sort of exhaust fan closure on the rear of van.......

                                           
                                           
                                            BackAlleyBurger

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                                            Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 5:14 PM (permalink)
                                            this is the style of fan im looking at, this is a three speed model with chain switch, but that could easily be rewired....... this isnt the one i am considering, just an example of the style....

                                            these plastic louvers wouldnt hold up very long i dont imagine, lol..... like i said, this is just example of style

                                            and a shroud somewhat like this would be mounted over the fan on the exterior of the van..... i like this a lt better then the big mushroom up top

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                                              BackAlleyBurger

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                                              Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 5:23 PM (permalink)
                                              the above fan is a 12" model, and pulls 650 cfm on low, 800 med, 950 high.... i think for a 78" hood that should more then enough airflow...
                                               
                                              if you really wanted to get crazy, and had a few extra dollars, two of these could give you 12 different air speeds to custom tune exactly what you need for varying conditions
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                                                Dr of BBQ

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                                                Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:01 PM (permalink)
                                                Awesome post one and all. So how are you going to clean your fan? I know it's done all the time but I have never watched the guys that due them so how do they keep from flooding the place and water out of the motors?
                                                Jack
                                                 
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                                                  Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:12 PM (permalink)
                                                  i wonder what could be done with a pair of these......
                                                  this is a kitchen wall vent fan like what was used in practically every mobile home in the 50's and 60's and early to mid 70's
                                                  its Ul listed for grease laden vapors and i would imagine fire proof 
                                                  i found this one at vintagetrailersupply.com

                                                   
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                                                    Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:19 PM (permalink)
                                                    well, according to the website, that motor is totally enclosed, im not sure if that means waterproof or not.... but if you remove the filters and spacers, spray some cleaner up in there and on the fan blades/shroud.....and then blow it out with hot soapy water...... part of my idea is going with nothing wood or fibrous so i can go in, and blast the whole thing out once a week or so with a small pressure washer ........
                                                     
                                                    sounds good on paper anyway, lol
                                                    i have never cleaned past the filters on a hood..... but have had my fair share of cleaning the filters and "pre filter" hood areas, lol
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                                                      BackAlleyBurger

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                                                      Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:44 PM (permalink)
                                                      think i found my fan..... this one is single speed 1500 cfm 
                                                      i wonder if one fan from one side would pull more air from that side or if it would be a fairly even pull across the filters...... anyone have an idea ??
                                                       
                                                      http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/hvac/exhaust-fans/exhaust-and-supply/10-exhaust-fan-shutter-mounted
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                                                        Dr of BBQ

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                                                        Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:55 PM (permalink)
                                                        As long as they are evenly spaced they should draw the same. But that said if your pulling from a window to one side of your hood (rather than straight across) I'd bet .....but come to think of it what would it matter? Your still going to move plenty of air with two of them, so no big deal. The more I think about it I have no clue...... hell you need some of those streamers that they test cars with in the wind tunnels. LOL I can see it now.
                                                         
                                                          Dr of BBQ

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                                                          Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:56 PM (permalink)
                                                          That fan is awesome and the price is right also.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS Wed, 01/11/12 6:59 PM (permalink)
                                                            yep...i actually just found a 10" model, same as the 12' just smaller, i changed the link in the above post.... and its only 99 !
                                                             
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