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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 19:55:30 (permalink)
that water pump and clutch fan are coming also....
notice the V belt pullies for PS pump and AC compressor ...... that beefy alt needs the extra traction of a ribbed belt to keep from slipping.....
 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 19:58:31 (permalink)
this is why they make tylenol extra strength, lol.......
its not as bad as it looks, but then again it sort of is, lol.........

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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 21:05:21 (permalink)
which one of these finishes do you guys think will look best for interior cooking walls ??




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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 21:35:05 (permalink)
the 2b finish is 118 for a 4x8 sheet, 24g
the #3 finish is 127 for a 4x8 sheet, 24g
the #8 finish is 198 for a 4x8 sheet, 22g
and the quilted is 223 for a 4x8 sheet, 24g
 
hhmmm decisions decisions, lol....i love the mirror polished, and i am sure the HD will salivate over it also, to be honest i never did totally love the quilted look, but you cant beat it for looks and "atmosphere"
but that number 3 finish being almost 100 bucks a sheet cheaper, and the 2b finish at only 118 a sheet is calling my name !! lol
they are all 304 stainless, and im sure the shinier the finish the easier to clean, but also the easier to show scratches and dings......
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 21:40:08 (permalink)
the website is  https://www.metalbytheinch.com/index.html if anyone looking hasn't run across it yet
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 21:51:06 (permalink)
Hello, not a truck owner but i am a Sheet Metal Worker,I scratch SS everyday. I like the quilted, it looks cool , just as easy to clean and it will hide a lot of dings and scratches better.
Depending on what you use to scrub them with eventually they will all look the same. Even the pretty stuff.
 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/10 22:53:12 (permalink)
ya know, you make a good point there...
i think i have decided on the #3 finish, its the same finish as the quilted, but being "plain" it is almost 100 bucks cheaper per sheet..... i think the ol' wallet is going to win this debate, so #3 it is, lol
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/11 00:21:07 (permalink)
WAIT   before you order check these prices here. I ordered some metal from them and they were cheaper !!!  http://diamondlifegear.com/
 
 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/11 13:38:11 (permalink)
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/11 13:48:13 (permalink)
that's got to be the shortest comment i've seen from you yet Reese. LOL   hows the truck coming ? Any more pics of the window and the inside... Paint looks good too bud. I've almost got the inside done, All walls are up and equipment in and hood hung. next is to get the 50amp in and generator mounted. woot
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/11 15:27:27 (permalink)
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that's got to be the shortest comment i've seen from you yet Reese. LOL   hows the truck coming ? Any more pics of the window and the inside... Paint looks good too bud. I've almost got the inside done, All walls are up and equipment in and hood hung. next is to get the 50amp in and generator mounted. woot

 
Ha...I wanted to just voice my choice...Yes I have more pics, my new seat and other equipment have arrived and I am installing. Post new pics of your truck...
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 07:41:54 (permalink)
yea, #3 it is....Wild i will check your site today, my site is here in NC so the shipping is reasonable although i do have sales tax....
 
i picked up a seat out of an 09 colorado yesterday, it is high back and has the "center console" built into the seat itself, so now i will have cup holders and an arm rest as soon as i fab up a base for it :) 
 
this working extra to pay more on the van is getting old..... all my time is spent working to make more money to pay other people to do what i should be doing, because i dont have time to do it because i am working more and more to pay for more stuff....its a sordid little mess i tell ya...
 
on a good note, the side pipes came in yesterday !! pics to follow :)
 
i have a nay sayer riding my ass telling me i am putting too much into the truck and not enough into the food aspects of it...... but the way i see it.....the truck is a tool of the trade..... its job is not only to get me from place to place, but to draw a "crowd" itself..... to leave an imprint in the minds of each and every person that sees it going down the road..... and draw them closer when they see it in a parking lot......
 
when i am done with this build, im going fishing......... the truck is the worm, and the food will be the hook !!
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 08:45:58 (permalink)
BackAlleyBurger the way i see it.....the truck is a tool of the trade..... its job is not only to get me from place to place, but to draw a "crowd" itself..... to leave an imprint in the minds of each and every person that sees it going down the road.

 
I couldn't agree more. My only worry about a truck is if it's not in great almost new shape it could cost you a ton of money if your on your way to an event and it breaks down. As to side pipes or wraps (appearance)  that is very important to the overall first impression that a new customer has. If it looks great/professional outside  folks will figure it looks good inside.
One other thought on that last line I'm not sure it wouldn't be a good idea to install video cameras inside and a big flat screen outside so customers can see the actual food preparation. Remember the old Steak N Shake motto "It's in sight so it must be right."
Jack
PS And a question anyone know where I can get an owners manual for my 1988- P30 Step Van? I have looked and looked and it seems there are none to be found.
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 17:50:04 (permalink)
Back Alley Burger, as an ex-Lowrider... and an ex owner-installer of side pipes and such, I would leave them in the box. People will ALWAYS stomp on or kick your side pipes "just to see if they are real" ?
 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 19:09:33 (permalink)
doc, you looking for the owners manual or shop /repair manual?
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 21:10:12 (permalink)
shop repair manuals can be found on ebay, i got one for my '77 there a few weeks back, if i remember right, they pretty much had any year you could ask for, owners manuals are a different story....they are usually the first thing to go by the way side in a commercial truck like these.....
 
as far as being in great/almost new shape, thats why i am taking the steps now to make sure she is ready to go ...... my planned trips are going to be about 40 miles south, 30 miles north, and 20 east and west.... i wouldnt hesitate one bit to drive the ol' girl across country when i am done, so my little jaunts up and down the roads around here wont even concern me...
 
let me rephrase that, i cant do over drive with solid certainty without dropping about 2500 bucks.... so any highway driving will be limited to around 50mph, lol, so im not going to be going too far in the ol' girl......well, maybe the strawberry festival next year in southport(90 miles) lol
 
as far as anyone kicking, standing on, or otherwise disturbing my pipes in an unfriendly manner, lol, well, lets just say i have already decided on "warning- HOT PIPES" plaques for the less mental out there....
 
oohh and yea, i thought about setting up a cam to show the cooking area.....lol, only thing better then smelling something sizzling on the charbroiler is being able to gaze hungrily at the flare ups !
 
that and i am going to solicit the local cable company for free mobile access by showing their in house news channel while on locations...  
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/12 21:12:22 (permalink)
still working the dash out......work blew the hell up last couple days so my time is limited but the weekend is right around the corner !!
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/16 17:34:28 (permalink)
if your going to be short on time, and pay for the yard jocky to pull your parts for you......and then bribe a friend to pick them up and deliver them to you.....
 
at least make sure the yard jocky has a functioning brain, or your friend picking them up knows what it should look like....
 

 
this steering column piece cost me 5 days of time working on the truck..... the ol' girl has been stuck in a bay at the garage since wednesday with no steering because we didnt have the right part......
guess dad had a point when he said do it yourself if you want it done right
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/16 17:42:40 (permalink)
d a little time to work on the dash some more....... just about ready to strip it all back down and put some paint on it...

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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/16 19:40:03 (permalink)
Buck & Vi's

doc, you looking for the owners manual or shop /repair manual?

 
Great Question and yes I'm looking for a shop repair manual.................................................................
Ok it's 24 hours later and now no I'm not, lol. I found a repair manual, electrical repair manual, and complete
frame manual. Turns out I was searching for the wrong term. And now I know my frame is the same frame/chassis
and wiring as those used on Chevy RV's in 1988. That is going to be a big help.
Thanks Buck.
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 16:31:59 (permalink)
Dr, repair manuals are easy.....
 
Dave Graham Auto Literature, Inc.
1576 N. maple st. corona, california, 92880
 
i dont have a web address or phone number, but a little creative searching should come up with something.....
i got my manual from him a few months ago, he had some listed on ebay but i cant remember his ebay name and right now there are about 4.500 manuals listed there, lol
 
these are the true service manuals that the goodwrench guys use....
 
best thing is, you can get it in hard copy(50-75 bucks) 
or on a pdf formatted CD(20 bucks) that you can print pages from, i like the CD's best
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 16:36:07 (permalink)
the ol' girl has power steering now !
and a hi amp alternator and a new water pump and clutch fan !
she is a breeze to drive now, and the new tilt column is a dream come true ! lol, fiddled around with the dash a bit more today.... none of the wires are hooked up yet, but everything is really starting to come together now....
 

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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 16:41:46 (permalink)
Where did you get your hi amp alternator and what did you have to pay? And thanks for your help on the repair manual. I was looking for an owners manual. Can't find what you want if you search the wrong term. Geez lol. And your dash looks great. Good job.
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Speaking of your new dash  and gauges....for me to buy a new matching  set were talking a bunch 500.00 to 700.00

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Price Detail Retail B EA 99-189 Fuel gauge, 1-3/8". 6432963 44.27
53.12 C EA 99-191 Voltage gauge, 1-3/8". 6474615 59.31
71.17 D EA 99-193 Oil pressure gauge, 1-3/8". . 60.00
72.00 E EA 99-174 Temperature gauge, 1-3/8". 8993729 52.24
62.68 F EA 99-197 Instrument cluster bezel . 169.50
203.40 G EA 42-000 Gauge cluster that fits P-30 chassis 1980-On, includes: speedometer w/odometer, water temperature, fuel, oil pressure & voltage meter gauges, wires will need to be spliced, 13-1/4" x 5-3/4". . 574.70
689.64 H EA 42-010 Replacement Electronic Instrument Cluster. 1991-97 P-32 StepVan. Plug and play design. Speedometer with Trip Odometer, fuel gauge, voltmeter, oil pressure gauge, and water temperature. This unit is for gas vehicles only. . 753.34
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here is the link http://www.rustrepair.com...;p=wi-electrical-el.ga
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 18:52:39 (permalink)
yea, dont worry you cant spend that much on those gauges from mills supply (rustrepair.com)
they dont have the fuel or oil pressure gauges, and no more are available through them
i searched and did find all the gauges, but they had to come from NOS warehouses spread all over the country, if i remember right, the fuel gauge is in cali, the temp gauge is in colorado, the oil is in NC, and the volt gauge is in cali also.....
you cant find a sending unit for the temp gauge anywhere..... i might have the gauges mixed up but there is one nothing available on.....
i have that same dash that i took out, your welcome to it if you need a gauge from it, i have no sending units for them though so yours would need to be in good working order...
my cluster bezel is in great shape if you need it, its yours....
 
my gauges/dash set up as it is now cost me a total of around 300 so far, including the radio and water tight housing
gauge set was 171.00
new dash piece cut and shaped 24.00
hour meter was 13.00
radio and cover was total of 56.00
the gauge set comes with all new sending units, glass faced gauges, and are really simple to hook up
i still have about 40-50 bucks to spend on it to complete(a toggle board) and it will be ready to perm install
oohh yea, new key switch and bezel was total of 23.00
 
one thing to remember, and what was brought up to sway me to build a new dash is this......even if you easily find everything, your still dealing with 20 odd y/o technology.... the new set is "cheap" but current standards, so in long run theoretically, they should last longer and perform better.....lol, time will tell on that 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 19:00:14 (permalink)
i paid 150 bucks for the steering box, alt, and clutch fan assembly, with all the pulleys and brackets from the front of the donor motor, the intermediate shaft(steering connector) sway bar brackets, and alt wiring under the hood....
 
the alt would have cost me around 35-50 bucks by itself.....
 
one thing i did this afternoon was swap the hi amp alt with my 67 amp stock one.... the truck itself can run fine with the 67 amp model.....
the high amp is going to go in place of the a/c compressor to power and charge the house batteries and run roof a/c while on the move 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 19:00:15 (permalink)
my hi amp alt isnt a true after market hi amp..... its a "stock factory" alt available on certain models of bigger trucks and luxury cars.... found out today it is only 105 amp, but still plenty big enough 
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 19:15:18 (permalink)
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you will also be able to use a lot of frame down parts from chevy c30 1 ton pick ups
and i forgot, if you go on ebay you can find the 4 gauges cluster heads like ours but you have to search for chevy II and nova parts. They have some real nice current tech restoration units out there, but they are in the 300-500 range if you add a tach in....
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 19:39:16 (permalink)
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Dr,
you will also be able to use a lot of frame down parts from chevy c30 1 ton pick ups
and i forgot, if you go on ebay you can find the 4 gauges cluster heads like ours but you have to search for chevy II and nova parts. They have some real nice current tech restoration units out there, but they are in the 300-500 range if you add a tach in....

 
Now that to me is funny. Someone buys a new step van in 1988 probably paid a ton for it and gets a chevy two instrument  panel.
 
Don't sell or give away your old gauges I'll take you up on your offer. Shoot me an email with your price and shipping. The two gauges that I have that work are my speedometer and gas gauge. My truck is in the shop right now to get a price on lowering it. The guys at a local Midas Muffler shop eat at the stand often and do some pretty amazing work so i droped it off today. Frank  said he wanted a couple of days to look it over and decide which would be the best way to go. My email address is Jack@DrofBBQ.com put gauges in the subject line so I don't think it's spam.
Thanks
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 20:50:04 (permalink)
On another totally different topic, I ran into my friend that builds race car motors for people all over the country, and asked Jeff about generators and their exhaust systems.
 
I told him I wanted to lengthen the exhaust on my generator and run it into the exhaust on my step van. I asked if that would create a problem and he said no. He went on to say it would help the generator to run more efficiently and quieter with out it even going into the SV exhaust. He went on to explain that as the generator fires it has to push the exhaust thru the muffler and if the pipe were long it would create a vacuum behind it and suck the next firing sequence exhaust thru the pipe. So long story short the longer the better.
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Re:OFFICIAL NC FOOD TRUCK BUILD W/PICS 2011/10/17 20:51:11 (permalink)
hey !.... thats the same cluster as a '65 Chevy, lol....... talk about using up the old stuff, it seems like these trucks got the pick of the left overs from the factory!
 
i have plans to go to home depot sometime this week, and load up 65 bags of concrete in the back of mine to see where it sits with a full load, i think thats right at 2600lbs(40lb bags) and drive around the parking lot a couple of times...
just to see where she sits and how she handles..... that will give me an idea of how much i might lower the rear to get the correct stance when truck is finished...
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