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1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 01/7/11 3:46 PM
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I just purchased a 1993 Chevrolet P30. It is smaller than I wanted but a good local buy for the price and it runs great. The cargo area is only 10'10"L x 7' W x 7' H but I think I can make it work.
 
I am in the process of cleaning and preparing for the kitchen build and I thought I would share pictures of my progress.

I would like to post photos but I am a new member so as soon as I make 30 post, I will post pictures. 

 
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 01/7/11 5:36 PM
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What cuisine are you planing to sell from your truck?
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Sat, 01/8/11 9:26 PM
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Gourmet and comfort sandwiches, sides and drinks. I am working on my 30 post requirement so that I can post pictures.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/10/11 1:02 PM
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Sounds good, looking forward to the pics. I am in the same boat as you are in regards to posting restrictions.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 01/19/11 4:04 PM
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I am almost up to 30 post and I will post pictures as soon as I reach the minimum required.
 
I am in the process of buying parts for the truck. I located a good metal dealer locally that I am buying the aluminum panels for my cook area back splash. All the other walls and ceiling will be FRP. I would love to use the glossy FRP but I can only find this material online and the freight cost is ridiculous.
 
All my plumbing equipment has finally arrived. It took forever to find cheap holding tanks but I finally found reasonably priced tanks on Ebay. I am having a sink counter top manufactured to fit the 10" x 12" sink pans and faucet that I purchased from Ebay.
 
I wanted diamond plate flooring but I soon discovered the price difference in diamond plate aluminum versus stainless steel and how hard and costly it is to have aluminum welded. So I settled on white and black checkerboard vinyl flooring.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 01/20/11 11:33 AM
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... All the other walls and ceiling will be FRP. I would love to use the glossy FRP but I can only find this material online and the freight cost is ridiculous...

The "bumpy" FRP cleans pretty well so I wouldn't sweat it too much. I've seen both in restaurants and I really can't see much differences in one being easier to clean than the other.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 01/20/11 12:47 PM
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lornaschinske


reese77
... All the other walls and ceiling will be FRP. I would love to use the glossy FRP but I can only find this material online and the freight cost is ridiculous...

The "bumpy" FRP cleans pretty well so I wouldn't sweat it too much. I've seen both in restaurants and I really can't see much differences in one being easier to clean than the other.

I know, your correct. I purchased the bumpy version as they stock it at Home Depot for $32 a board but I just wanted a cleaner smooth look since I cannot afford to use aluminum or stainless throughout the entire interior.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/24/11 10:01 AM
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I made 30 post but it seems that I ALSO need to be a member for 30 days to post images and links. A bit strict for this type of forum. So anyway, my photo stream for this at Flickr is ..blah blah blah... photos/29163441@N06. I will post more photos as I go, I still have many photos that I have not uploaded.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/24/11 6:09 PM
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I checked out your pics and it looks like you got your work cut out for you,
 
Best of Luck
 
Where did you get the fresh water tank
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/24/11 6:41 PM
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agmccall


I checked out your pics and it looks like you got your work cut out for you,

Best of Luck

Where did you get the fresh water tank

AL

 
Thanks. I do now, when I started the inside of the truck was a mess of plywood, carpet, etc.. I had to rip out a secondary A/C unit and a heater that was tied into the radiator and bolted to to floor. It was a mess of coolant and dust all over the place. I wish I would have took pictures than.
 
I purchased the water tank from Ebay for about $80.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/24/11 11:28 PM
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what is the link, i cant get it to pop up... spell it out for me. lol

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 01/24/11 11:57 PM
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what is the link, i cant get it to pop up... spell it out for me. lol

flickr.com/photos/29163441@N06

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 01/25/11 12:29 AM
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 01/25/11 2:19 PM
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My 4 .063 Aluminum Sheets for the walls just arrived today. I had no idea how thick .063 was. These are 4'x10' sheets and are heavy. I did not plan on covering my walls and ceiling with all Aluminum but at $128 for a 4x10' sheet, this is now my plan. I will be checking with the supplier to see if there is a thinner sheet. It's going to be a pain trying to cut these.
 
I already have 1 FRP panel on the wall in my proposed sink area but I will taking that off and replacing with Aluminum.
 
www. flickr .com/photos/29163441@N06/5387668513/
 
What do you guys think, should I take the plywood off the walls and screw the aluminum sheets to the truck frame or leave as is? The former owner put the plywood on the walls. I'm going to keep it on the floor so that the vinyl adheres properly.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 01/25/11 8:25 PM
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keep the plywood. U can even take it down and put foam insulation between the metal walls and re-apply the wood and attach the alum over the wood. Makes for great insulation, might already be there, but def leave the wood up.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 01/26/11 7:55 PM
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THE WILD DOG


keep the plywood. U can even take it down and put foam insulation between the metal walls and re-apply the wood and attach the alum over the wood. Makes for great insulation, might already be there, but def leave the wood up.

 
Yes, there is insulation behind the plywood and I decided to leave it it for additional strength when attaching things. I am going to try to install the sheet tomorrow. Even though I work from home, I am so swamped that I only have time on the weekend to work on the truck.
 
My aluminum channels and stock arrived today from orangealuminum.com today so I will start construction on my window frame and awning and I will post pictures on my flick page (until I have full access on this forum) as I go.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 02/1/11 6:38 PM
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Fabricated aluminum sink counter arrived today ready for the sinks pans I ordered from Ebay and they fit perfectly.
 

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 02/2/11 10:34 AM
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Aluminum should but easily with a circular saw with a thin kerf carbide blade.  I've cut up to 1" thick aluminum without any problems (on 1/2" or thicker, a little kerosene works well to keep the blade running cooler.)
 
Where did you purchase the louvered cover from?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 02/2/11 12:22 PM
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Aluminum should but easily with a circular saw with a thin kerf carbide blade.  I've cut up to 1" thick aluminum without any problems (on 1/2" or thicker, a little kerosene works well to keep the blade running cooler.)

Where did you purchase the louvered cover from?

 
Home Depot did not carry the proper blade so I ordered a pair of powered sheet metal shears (Malco TSHD Turboshear Heavy-Duty) that attach to a power drill, it should arrive today.
 
I purchased the access door from Amazon.com (amazon.com/gp/product/B000B8XZM6/ref=oss_product).

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 02/2/11 4:38 PM
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yea, cutting aluminum with a good nibbler is the way to go.....
last thing you want to do is get lung fulls of aluminum dust in you....its what causes Alzheimers......
if you have to cut with a saw, water with a little dish soap in it is a lot cleaner then kero.... you could also have someone spraying the underside where blade is cutting into metal with wd40 or something like that, just have a fan blowing to carry the smoke away....and wear a mask !!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/10/11 12:03 PM
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OK, I have been in and out of town since January on a project now I am back working from home for awhile so I have time to get back to my truck build. Below are a few new pictures. I started cutting out the hole for my concession window and I will complete this today as well as start building the window frame and awning. I was going to cover all the walls with the stainless steel but I decided to just cover the wall that will be behind the cooking equipments and use FRP on the other walls and ceiling as I initially started since it is much easier to work with and makes the inside much brighter.
 

 

 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/11/11 12:53 PM
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Finally cut out the serving window. A little grinding to smooth out the edges, than I will install the aluminum trim once I cover the inside walls with FRP later this evening.
 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/11/11 3:57 PM
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Thats a good work your doing and thank you for the pictures.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/11/11 9:28 PM
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I'm needing to cut a hole for my window but a little reluctant.  What did you use to cut with?  I'm sure that I can cut it myself but not sure what to use. 
B.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/11/11 9:59 PM
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I used a jig saw with a metal cutting blade and a lot of patience. I used a circular saw with a metal cutting blade for the beams. A reciprocating saw could have worked great but I didn't have one.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 05/12/11 11:26 AM
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Started putting up the FRP around the window and the bottom aluminum window frame trim. Pics below.
 

 

 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/17/11 11:19 AM
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Started adding the plumbing to my truck. I did not want to lay the linoleum floor this early but I need it to be in place before I do the plumbing.
 
I mounted my grey water tank underneath the truck and drilled open a drain through the floor. I need to install all the piping, sink, etc, but below are a few pictures on my progress.
 

 

 

 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/17/11 11:43 AM
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Looking good..

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 05/19/11 12:02 PM
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This is awesome and very helpful. I have a P30 too that I am putting a 3+handwash sink into and am totally stuck on how to do it. Can you give me a ballpark on cost for the sink so far. I was thinking of buying this pre-made one:
porta-sink.com/4compact
But your tank system is nice. Will you be able to empty/fill from outside the truck?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 05/19/11 3:44 PM
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Cakehouse,
 
That sink is cool. I was going to buy a solid sink unit on Ebay but they were all too big so I purchased the steam pan style sinks on Amazon and I had a company fabricate a basin to hold the sinks. You can see the unit on my flickr stream toward the beginning of the photos.
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29163441@N06/
 
In regards to the tank, it was hard trying to find a cheap tank that was 1.5 times my 35gal fresh water tank but I got lucky on Eaby. Yes, I am going to us an outside refill unit that also has a tank vent and city water inlet. The unit has a lockable door. It can be seen on my photo stream as well.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 05/20/11 3:55 PM
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Putting my window in tomorrow and I know you are working on yours too.  Are you going to use any kind of adhesive or sealant between the window and the frame?  I want to be sure to have it leak proof for sure.  You have any thoughts?
By the way the truck is looking great.  Be cookin in no time.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Fri, 05/20/11 5:10 PM
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I'm not going to have a true glass window. I am going to have an open window with awning like the wafles and dinges truck pictured below. I will have maybe a 1ft wide tinted plexi glass window on each side of the open frame just to break up the open space. The fold down awning will have a weather strip around the edges to seal from the elements when closed as well as a lock.
 
Be sure to post some pictures of your window before and after install.
 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 2:25 AM
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Couple questions for you. Where did you get your hardware (and what are they called) that you used to mount your grey water underneath? Also, where did you get your aluminum window trim? Looks good buddy! Thanks in advance.
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 4:22 AM
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I purchased some 1 inch steel square tubing from Home Depot and 1/2 threaded rod and some nuts to bolt the grey water tank underneath the truck. The drain into the tank is a 3" bulkhead fitting that I ordered from a pond supply place online and it was not cheap. I had to cut a 5" hole in the top of the tank just to get the bulkheads in, in addition to the 3" holes for the bulkheads. I than resealed the 5" hole.
 
I buy my aluminum from www.orangealuminum.com.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 10:39 AM
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The one point I haven't been able to visualize is the "awning". How are you going to attach that? Piano hinge? And have you found the pistons for that yet?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 11:00 AM
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Yes, piano hinge and there are plenty of door close air pistons on Amazon.com.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 11:03 AM
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Started piping up my tank but I am waiting on my 1/2" one way valves and 3" back flow preventer before moving on. Than I will put up the sink frame and plumb in the fixtures.
 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 1:40 PM
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man i do love that style of water tank, where did ya get it ?
i always envisioned plopping a 5 gallon water cooler type bottle into that type of opening if i started to run out in the middle of nowhere.....
 
i would like to carry 100 gallons of fresh water, but need a way to convince the HD that most of that will be going out the window so i dont have to have a 130 gallon grey tank

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Mon, 05/23/11 4:21 PM
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I purchased the tank on Amazon.com.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 3:51 PM
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Where did you get the black water drain fitting for your grey water tank?
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 7:50 PM
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Sorry, I replied with the wrong item. You mean the 3" bulk head fitting.
http://www.thepondwarehou...khead-fitting-439.html


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 10:17 PM
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This is what you should be using for a dump valve.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 11:13 PM
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I to am converting a "fresh" water tank into a "grey" water tank.  Looking for the best way to add the bulk head fitting and incorporating a dump valve.  It looks like the combination of these two pieces should work fine.  Agree?
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 11:45 PM
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Buba,
 
I have the very same dump valve, I just have not taken a picture with it on. I am out of town on business but I will post a picture of the installed valve when I return home.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Tue, 05/24/11 11:51 PM
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My grey water tank is actually meant to be a fresh water tank. As you can see in the pics I posted, I bolted the grey water tank underneath the truck and drilled a 3" hole right through the floor into the tank. The bulkhead is long enough to fit inside the tank and up through the floor so that it can be tightened/bolted to the floor as I have done. The only problem I had is that with the supplied 3/8 rubber gasket on the bulkhead there was not enough exposed tread to fit on the plastic nut so I removed the gasket. Since the water is flowing down and I do not need a good seal here, it is not a big deal.
 
The other issue I had is that in order to get the huge bulkhead into the tank and fit through the 3" hole from the inside I had to cut a 5" hole than patch it back closed.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 12:07 AM
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Hey Maurice,
Are you planning on building your own awning/catering door or are you gonna buy one like this?
 
Loving what you are doing by showing us this! My truck is EXACTLY like your truck only a year younger!
 
Thanks sir

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 12:08 AM
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I put a link to a site, but the admin blocked it.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 12:17 AM
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I am building my awning. I was anxious to get my plumbing squared away so I stopped what I was doing on my window but I will pick it back up once I get a chance. Glad your enjoying the pictures.
 
I have searched and searched for detailed interior and design information about building food trucks online but nothing really detailed so I decided I would post all of my progress to help others.
 
The only thing I am not sure about is my electric needs but I will get an equipment list together and determine my needs and post what type of system I plan on using. Also, I am not sure how to strip the paint on the truck to get it prepared for paint but I will probably just have the paint shop do all the prep and paint as that type of tedious work is not my thing, I'm too impatient.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 12:50 AM
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You might want to look into a wrap. It is a way to get a GREAT branding, but it tends to be cheaper then the paint job. Most I have seen have been between $3k and $5K. You could do a solid color wrap yourself for under $500 too!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 3:22 PM
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how can you do the solid color wrap yourself? I am very interested! I have the same truck too :)
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 3:38 PM
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Heat gun and some plastic or silicon scrappers. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/user/montroysupply#p/u/7/G4PUD4icWaM[/tube] Here is a video that shows the technique. They have several great learning tool!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 4:05 PM
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reese77


I am building my awning. I was anxious to get my plumbing squared away so I stopped what I was doing on my window but I will pick it back up once I get a chance. Glad your enjoying the pictures.

I have searched and searched for detailed interior and design information about building food trucks online but nothing really detailed so I decided I would post all of my progress to help others.

The only thing I am not sure about is my electric needs but I will get an equipment list together and determine my needs and post what type of system I plan on using. Also, I am not sure how to strip the paint on the truck to get it prepared for paint but I will probably just have the paint shop do all the prep and paint as that type of tedious work is not my thing, I'm too impatient.

the stripping isnt too bad, took about 3 gallons on my van, and a little pressure washing, the corners, nooks and crannies where the only really tedious parts...... had there been "normal" amounts of paint on my van it would have been done in a couple of days, maybe a week....old dried out paint is harder to strip then fresher paint also....
and yes, there are tons of instructional videos on youtube for doing self wraps, you can even have logos/picture wraps and do it yourself.... just takes some attention to detail

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 6:54 PM
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My grey water tank is actually meant to be a fresh water tank. As you can see in the pics I posted, I bolted the grey water tank underneath the truck and drilled a 3" hole right through the floor into the tank. The bulkhead is long enough to fit inside the tank and up through the floor so that it can be tightened/bolted to the floor as I have done. The only problem I had is that with the supplied 3/8 rubber gasket on the bulkhead there was not enough exposed tread to fit on the plastic nut so I removed the gasket. Since the water is flowing down and I do not need a good seal here, it is not a big deal.

The other issue I had is that in order to get the huge bulkhead into the tank and fit through the 3" hole from the inside I had to cut a 5" hole than patch it back closed.

How did you patch your 5" hole?  Post pics when you get a chance.  I am planning on doing the exact same thing, I just havent worked out all of the details yet. Did you use 2 of the 3" bulk head fittings?  One for the inlet and one for the drain hole?
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 8:20 PM
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Yes, I used 2 3" bulkheads, on for inlet and one for outlet. I did not cut the 5" hole all the way, I left a about an inch attached so I could glue the hole **** without the cutout piece falling into the tank as it dried. I used epoxy to glue the plastic than put a thin layer of silicone sealant over it.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 9:38 PM
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You just glued it back together with out a backing or additional material to cover the seam?  Thanks for the info. 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 10:36 PM
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Yup. I cut the hole on top of the tank which is now pressed up against the bottom of the truck. I put a layer of silicone over the seams after I glued, I think things will hold and I do not expect the water level in the grey tank to get that high anyway.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 10:40 PM
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heres a tip for when you do that.....
make your cut at a 45* angle so the top part is larger then the bottom part, then no worries about the piece falling down into the tank, also, when you epoxy it up, the piece will fit snugly down into the hole tight as a drum

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Wed, 05/25/11 10:45 PM
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My plan is to wrap the truck but only the back and sides. I still want to have the truck painted the a solid base color. The current paint is flat and chipped, etc. I also have dents that need to be taken out and filled. I am looking into having the body work done but an independent off of craigslist. Someone that will come out to the house and do the body and priming work before I take the truck to the paint shop.
 
Than I will send my graphic design to this company from Ebay that is selling a 10x17ft flat fee wrap for $500. I figure I'd buy a wrap for each side and than just a vinyl of my logo and maybe some letters to cover the back and front of the truck. Than the wrap will only cost me around 1500 versus 3-7K.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build - Thu, 05/26/11 12:19 AM
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Hey Maurice, do you have a link to that Ebay Store?

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