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Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Mon, 04/15/13 5:04 PM
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Hi all,
I finally reached the 30 post mark so I can post pics 
I'm actually posting this so we can all see how different states have different rules regarding food trucks, here in HI there are so many roach coaches that you can actually count with one hand the number of professionally built trucks.
Well my story goes like this:
I bought this IH van from a friend of mine that was moving to Seattle, I got it for cheap but I knew that I had to do some "minor" repairs, well for the most part it's turning into a restoration project/food truck build. I think I'm about done with the resto, so from now on it's mostly the food truck build.
anyways, I'll post some past pictures, right now I'm laying the backsplash and will continue to update as time permits.
 


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:11 PM
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Brakes weren't working so I figure I check the master cylinder to see what's going on, checked under hood and couldn't find it, followed the brake lines and they lead me to this

seals were blown so I was lucky to find a replacement online, after installing, I noticed a leak by the inside of the front tires, checked the lines and they were OK, took off the tire and saw that the wheel cylinders were leaking, come to find out they were shucked an filled with corrosion

I found out after I drove the van to my house  Lucky I didn't get into an accident.
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:14 PM
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headlights weren't working so I checked and lo and behold, spaghetti wiring all over the place, took off dash and this is what I found

not too bad considering is a 40something Yr old vehicle
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:18 PM
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whole view:
and to think that they were selling food out of this truck YUUUCKKKKK
 
window side:

Hot side: 
 

 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:21 PM
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cleaned that crap right out:

Stripped the ceiling too, I was itchy from the insulation I think I could've gotten mesothelioma from the freaking asbestos up in there LOL


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:22 PM
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for the LULZ


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 5:23 PM
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stripped the dash, removed all the wires and installed a kit from rebel wire. painted the cabin and sanded and painted dash and gauges panel

 
So after installing the new wiring kit, changing the oil, shocks fuel pump and exhaust, this beast is ready for the road and to be built!
 
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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 9:37 PM
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So the van didn't have any studs or support beams so thanks to some of the members here I got an idea and after thinking about it I riveted 4 2X1 C channel to the side wall, they are very sturdy, I was tugging on them and didn't feel lose or weak.

 

 


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 9:49 PM
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yesterday I degreased the floor and installed the insulation and plywood, I had some leftover stains from spilling brake fluid, but overall the floor was gunk free


I was only able to install 1/4" plywood because if I went with thicker one it would've "spilled" over the door, like this I'll be able to be flush with it.
This is the problem spot,
 

 
the solution would be to rivet some angle aluminium to the door to make it all fall into place

some more shots from inside


 
propped the hood just to see what it would look like

 
 

 
I did this yesterday and started raining really hard, good thing I sealed all the leaks on the roof.
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 9:56 PM
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BTW, I spoke to my assigned inspector and they really don't care if I have a hood or not, as long as I have a 3 comp sink and enough water and big enough capacity in the gray tank I'm good.
That hood I got from a demolished restaurant and got it for $0 but I'll only use it until I have $$ for a new shiny SS one.
Also our code just requires that all openings have a screen to stop flies from coming in during service ours so my window will be a simple screen, I would love to have everything nice and shiny but since the van is rather old, I'll just save up to get a newer one then go all out.
 
On the TODO list is installing the backsplash, cutting the table to make it into an equipment stand installing equipment, lining the other wall and roof with FRP and installing plumbing

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/15/13 10:56 PM
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Maybe too late now, but I'd recommend using closed end pop rivets, and to back this up an adhesive rubber sealing button, especially for any roof rivets.  The buttons go over the hole on the outside you then just push the rivet thru to button and it gets compressed down, that with the closed end rivets gives you a waterproof seal.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 04/16/13 6:24 AM
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You could always paint the hood.
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 04/16/13 8:57 AM
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Nice job, keep up the good work.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 04/16/13 2:11 PM
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RodBangkok


Maybe too late now, but I'd recommend using closed end pop rivets, and to back this up an adhesive rubber sealing button, especially for any roof rivets.  The buttons go over the hole on the outside you then just push the rivet thru to button and it gets compressed down, that with the closed end rivets gives you a waterproof seal.

I was thinking of dipping the rivets on marine sealant just like we do with kayaks here but got too excited and forgot LOL, I'll do it for the rest of the walls, Also I still need to paint the exterior so I'm hoping that the paint will form some kind of seal, we'll see

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 04/16/13 2:12 PM
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daddywoofdawg


You could always paint the hood.


I was thinking about that, I think rustoleum will do the trick, it will also add a smoother surface that will be easier to clean no?

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Sun, 04/28/13 11:10 PM
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so...change of plans, I got an excellent deal on a 2004 Utilimaster with a ford  engine, hardly any miles (was government vehicle) so I'm dumping the IH and I should have the new one up in a month.

roll up rear, so I will be taking it off and sealing the back.

Stay tuned... 


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/29/13 2:31 PM
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The New BEAST!!!!!
 

 


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 04/29/13 4:54 PM
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Hey, looking good bro........I like pre order...........2 Shoyu Chicken, two scoop rice and Macaroni salad.............good luck with the van.......pnwc

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 05/6/13 3:23 PM
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pnwchef


Hey, looking good bro........I like pre order...........2 Shoyu Chicken, two scoop rice and Macaroni salad.............good luck with the van.......pnwc

haha, sorry I wont be selling that kind of food brawh!LOL

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 05/6/13 3:38 PM
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I had some time this weekend so I started working on "Blue Hawaii" I will need to remove the roll up door and also debating on leaving the bulk head bare or to glue frp on them.
I found a 3 comp sink on CL I started with this: 

and ended up with this after some elbow grease.

I got the sink for $60 but it's broken where the drainboard meets the last sink but I'm gonna ask my friend to weld it for me, he's also gonna make the frame for the rear and the door.
I also started putting up the FRP on the door wells and removing the insulation on where the window will be.
some interior shots:

 

 

 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 05/6/13 3:40 PM
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next on the list is to remove the rear roll up and building the frame in addition to cutting the window.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 05/6/13 5:40 PM
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Do you have your layout and equipment list figured out? I see your sink is on the passenger side. If you are going to use LP heater and your other LP equipment and lines are on the other side of the truck, you may want to put your sink on that side as well.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Mon, 05/6/13 11:58 PM
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Hi reese, I do have the list and locations, I'll be using an electric water heater, since our sanitation dept isn't too strict I'm pretty sure I can pass if not then I'll have to run the water lines under and across the truck.
 
I like your build BTW have you started cooking yet?
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 05/7/13 9:37 AM
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SantacruzTacoCo


Hi reese, I do have the list and locations, I'll be using an electric water heater, since our sanitation dept isn't too strict I'm pretty sure I can pass if not then I'll have to run the water lines under and across the truck.

I like your build BTW have you started cooking yet?


 
OK, lucky you on having a laid back health department.
 
I have not started to cook, my county is really strict and I am still trying to find a suitable commissary w/o paying an arm and a leg each month. However the whether is getting warmer so I am picking up the pace and should have a place soon. I have a festival coming up this month but I was not able to rent a space big enough for the truck so I have to work out of a 10x10 booth, I really wanted to showcase the truck there but I guess it is a good thing as I am still wrapping the truck due to all the rain lately.
 
Good luck... Plan your layout carefully before you get too far...

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 05/7/13 10:33 PM
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yeah the sanitation dept allows people to do this: 
and this:

 
so I'm pretty sure I'm golden ;)
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Tue, 05/7/13 10:38 PM
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LOL. WOW!

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Thu, 05/23/13 4:04 PM
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so finally got some free time and removed the roll up and built the frame, I still need to get it attached to the frame, but that should be easy, we also built the frame for the door and got some stainless on the wall.



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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Thu, 07/25/13 3:22 PM
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3 months after and I'm done building, haven't had time to post pictures, had inspection and need to correct a couple of things by Friday, nothing major, will post pics soon.
Also we are having an inauguration party for the truck, will post photos of the event too.
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style 1970 IH StepVan - Fri, 07/26/13 9:35 AM
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Bradda, I take two Hot Malasada Kalua pig sliders.........ok I wait until the grand opening...............Anyway.........The HD in Honolulu was one of the toughest I have ever gone through. It used to take them 3 hrs to do the inspection in a few Restaurants in Ala Moana Ctr..............of course, I was Haole, that added another hour on the inspection..............Good luck with the new business, where are you setting up shop ?????? pnwc.......Blue Hawaii, I can see the ocean from your truck...........good name............
 
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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Sun, 07/28/13 12:29 PM
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Man I registered just to compliment you on this renovation. Looks awesome!
I love the retro look, it's begging for a big white racing stripe going up the driver side.
 
Good luck!

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Tue, 07/30/13 4:05 PM
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So I'm done, we passed inspection, and now we are ready to sell sell sell!
Just a piece of advice to anybody trying to do their own work, READ thru all the build posts here and never assume that whatever someone did will fit your project, there are many things that now that I think about it I could've done different/better, but the excitement and need to have the truck running and making money, took the best of me.
I sifted thru all of the build posts and picked and chose from every single one of them based on my needs and local health department codes.
Again build to your needs, I think we can agree that reese's, daddywoofdog and kingofcreams builds are the tits but you'll never see 2 of the same builds.
anyways I thank you ALL for pouring all of your knowledge so we can all benefit from it. 
Also the Dr. for sharing a lot of industry knowledge and common sense 
anyways here are the pics and I'll try to answer any questions people may have.
Still gotta do some graphics but that can wait 
 

 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Tue, 07/30/13 4:11 PM
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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Tue, 07/30/13 4:13 PM
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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Mon, 08/12/13 5:02 PM
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Very cool truck build.  Thanks for sharing.  More pictures now that you are up and running would be cool too.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Wed, 08/28/13 5:40 AM
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I had all the effort to slowly scroll down to see the makeover you did in this van. Good job! I just wonder how much it cost you for all the renovations you did. I know you got it cheap but with all the renovations you did, that would have cost you more than a brand new van. Well, more than anything else, congrats on this one and hope to see your Blue Hawaii one of these days.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Thu, 08/29/13 4:58 PM
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SCTC - Good job on your build, the van looks great.  It is always fun to see someone's dream come to fruition.  I hope you have great success in your operation.
 
PS:  Don't forget to add the photos of the van up and running.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Fri, 08/30/13 4:53 PM
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Thanks for the compliments, I did it on the cheap and did all the work myself, but I keep on improving on the build as I get more "extra" money.
Also I have it setup exactly the way I want it and with room for expansion and menu changes.
Since we are the only Authentic Mexican in town we have been getting a lot of requests for catering and special events, will remember to pack my camera next time we go out so I can get some pics of the truck at full steam!
Thanks guys!!!

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Fri, 08/30/13 5:59 PM
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Good thread and thanks for the mention. Where did you get you exhaust hood? I like it a lot.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Sun, 09/8/13 4:51 PM
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Great build. I have recently started my own build. I am surprised you have your propane tanks inside the truck. I ordered a thirty # frame mount and will place mine underneath. This is only my second post so I'm a ways from photos. I am trying to follow all the good truck build threads.

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Mon, 09/16/13 3:13 PM
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Dr. I "custom" made that hood it was actually a full hood that I cut down to fit, i found it "laying on the side of the road" next to a restaurant that was being demolished, but I had to clean it really good because it looked like it had been abused by the PO.
 
Gonzo- I wanted to go  with a horizontal tank under the truck but they're hard to come by here in Hawaii we need to ship everything from the mainland and that itself is sometimes more expensive than the actual item.
 
I'll try to make time to take pics of when we are full steam, also the griddle is being replaced by a commercial heavy duty one that I will need to wrangle into the van, I got a heavy duty Wells griddle for almost nothing due to a restaurant supplier changing locations.
 
 
 
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Wed, 12/4/13 7:01 AM
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on vacation last week wit da ohana, and stumbled upon u guyz at da farmers market in Pearl City. Had 3 of those tacos for $10 and dey wuz onolicious!! (plate at da bottom)
 


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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Wed, 02/19/14 4:47 PM
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hey thanks for coming by and sorry I haven't been here for quite a while.
we have an extended breakfast menu at that location so next time you stop by try it!
 
 

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Re:Truck Build Hawaiian Style -"Blue Hawaii" 2004 Utilimaster - Fri, 02/21/14 8:45 AM
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SantacruzTacoCo

hey thanks for coming by and sorry I haven't been here for quite a while.
we have an extended breakfast menu at that location so next time you stop by try it!

probably wont be back till late next year!
We live on da mainland (Canada), just east of Toronto to be precise.