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reese77
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1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Fri, 04/19/13 10:03 AM
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I guess I am at the limit in my original thread, my post were not being saved so starting a continuation thread.
 
Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.
 

 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Fri, 04/19/13 10:42 AM
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Wow looks great! We were thinking about going without a wrap for a while because of the budget, and considered just some graphics over a solid base. Some of the quotes we got were around 5,000. How much did just vinyl cost you? Considering you did labor yourself?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Fri, 04/19/13 10:51 AM
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Thanks. I think painting a solid color and just adding die cut pieces of vinyl is a good idea too but a good paint job cost just as much as a wrap.
 
I paid around 2K for the printed graphics but my truck is smaller than most. Local wrap companies quoted me 3500 to 5K for print + labor.
 
You can definitely do the labor yourself but practice with some scrap before your start and watch a lot of wrapping videos on youtube first.
 
***All my post are doubling up for some reason.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 04/25/13 12:04 PM
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The wrap is coming along.


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Fri, 04/26/13 2:22 PM
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reese77


I guess I am at the limit in my original thread, my post were not being saved so starting a continuation thread.

Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.







Looking good

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 04/27/13 5:47 PM
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The wrap is looking good,
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 04/27/13 7:07 PM
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Did you build the mount for the lp tank?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 04/27/13 9:48 PM
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Thanks guys. Yes, I built the mount.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sun, 04/28/13 9:33 PM
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Might I ask who printed your wrap and if you had any contact info?  I'm looking to get mine done soon and am, of course, looking to save a buck!
 
Thanks !!!
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Mon, 04/29/13 9:31 AM
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fishscale28


Might I ask who printed your wrap and if you had any contact info?  I'm looking to get mine done soon and am, of course, looking to save a buck!

Thanks !!!


 
Contact forum member chasendad, he commented on the wrap above.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Mon, 04/29/13 10:12 AM
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Thanks!!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Tue, 04/30/13 10:03 PM
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AWESOME WRAP MY MAN.  YOUR BRAVE FOR DOING IT YOURSELF LOL.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Tue, 04/30/13 10:39 PM
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MR. FRAZIER


AWESOME WRAP MY MAN.  YOUR BRAVE FOR DOING IT YOURSELF LOL.

 
Thanks. Trust me, I know that now but I learned that you just have to go slow, take your time and do not over stretch when trying to the align graphics.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Fri, 05/24/13 5:40 PM
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Any pictures of the wrap complete??
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 05/29/13 12:01 PM
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Not complete yet. I have to re-do my awning, I cannot wrap it due to the way I built it. I also had an issue on how I wrapped the driver side where the thick horizontal bar runs down the side of the truck. I pulled the wrap over the bar versus adhering it to the bar and I was going to come back later and use the heat gun to help tuck the wrap around the bar. However, the next day, the wrap pulled away from the bar so I have to work that issue out. Once I get the new all flat awning (no window) complete, I will wrap the serving side and take pictures. The rear of the truck is complete.
 

 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 05/30/13 8:00 AM
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I ended up ripping my flipper door out and going with straight lexan windows, need to make a lock  mechanizm still, but I really had a fear the gas shocks were going to give away and the door was gonna crush someone
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 05/30/13 11:12 AM
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THE WILD DOG


I ended up ripping my flipper door out and going with straight lexan windows, need to make a lock  mechanizm still, but I really had a fear the gas shocks were going to give away and the door was gonna crush someone


 
Even though I will have a sun shade awning installed above the serving window, I still like the security of the flip up window awning. The new one will be aluminum frame versus foam core and still really light either way. My gas shocks can hold up to 100lbs.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 05/30/13 7:02 PM
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i kept blowing out my shocks... i don't know if it was placement or what, but I'll have to post a pic, plus having the truck completely repainted with my original brand WILD DOGS GOURMET HOT DOGS,  another mistake I made with trying to start a differen brand
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 06/1/13 10:08 AM
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Sorry to hear about the not so successful new brand, are you going to use the same menu as your other unit or going to incorporate new food items, along with your old menu? Or have you made up your mind yet?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 06/1/13 11:38 PM
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Jack, i'm going to start a new thread,  I'll answer it there :-)

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 06/5/13 1:35 AM
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Your truck looks pretty cool!! I have been reading your blog, and I have to really thank you for share your work. I have been unemployed for the past 2years. I when to school for a degree that it is just hanging in my wall and I am about to rip it apart...But thanks to guys like you I have been considering the food truck business. I have some cash that I have saved, but is not much. Most trucks run pretty high, I assume this is way you are building one. would you be kind to enlighten us about how much difference is it in price to building your own instead of just buying one from someone? I have a big student load that is keeping me form borrowing more that 25k and it would be very devastating to start something without having enough money to finish it. Help please!! Need to find a way to feed my family.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 06/5/13 4:29 AM
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you can find a decent stepvan for around 4 g,another 2 on used appliances,2-4 on a hood setup can be less. wrap around 2g. 2-4 months of work and you could be rolling.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 06/5/13 11:19 AM
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testing

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 06/5/13 1:55 PM
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Rosatti,
 
Your best bet might be a used taco/lunch truck on craigslist. I have seen some sell for around 7K. Do not wrap it if you are on a budget, paint it and just add some decals until you have more money.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 06/5/13 8:00 PM
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And don't underestimate the costs of whatever tools you need, building supplies, changes you might make, storage (if applicable), accessories, etc.
 
I had a sweet budget that worked out great...except for everything above.  Always seemed to be something that needed more money, more parts, different tools, etc.
 
But good luck and reese your certainly an inspiration!!!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 06/27/13 5:37 PM
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Sorry for the lack of updates but I have been in/out of town on business as usual. I am still searching for a reasonable commissary. I found several reasonable small warehouses that the health department would allow me to convert into a commercial kitchen but they are in the next county over and 25min away.
 
Ever since I had to remove my old electric water heater per the county requirements, I installed a LP tankless. I ran CSST from my existing gas lines to the new water heater on the other side of the truck. This past weekend I removed the CSST as I read that it is not safe for RVs, etc. due to vibration and I do not want to explode.
 
I have been trying to find a plumber to come out and put in black pipe but noone is willing and I cannot find the original installer.
 
I am going to attempt this myself. What pipe thread sealant have you guys used? How have you tested your lines for leaks?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 06/27/13 7:11 PM
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This is easy as pie bro....  use 3/4 inch black iron.  U can use pipe dope or gas tape ( yellow container)  I prefer the dope though.  Just make sure you CRANK down your connections and use unions behind the equipment.. ( it will make your life easier )   You can test it two ways...  Soapy water,  windex, or leak detection ( you can find this at home depot, lowes etc)  or you can call a plumber and have him come check your work...

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Thu, 06/27/13 8:12 PM
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Thanks for the input WD. The original plumber installed a 1/2" black pipe line and the black pipe I purchased is all 1/2". I was going to use Rectorseal T plus 2 pipe thread sealant. Is this what you use?
 


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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sun, 06/30/13 6:21 PM

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Mon, 07/1/13 3:57 AM
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On my trailer I have a support bar I can place to stop any chance of the shocks giving out and hurting someone.
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sat, 07/13/13 12:13 AM
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Reese I cut PVC pipe slightly larger than the cylinder and shorter, then cut a full lenght slot in them larger than the diameter of the shaft. Slide them over your shaft and pull them up after you open your door, this will lock the struts in place. Then slide them down before you close your door. I put O-rings around them to keep them in place. I really appreciate all the time you have taken to post your progress, you've done a great job Thanks for your help!

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Tue, 08/13/13 10:08 PM
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Hey Reese, Rectorseal makes blue dope that's vibration resistant. Its called " Tru-Blu ". The yellow also works well on gas. I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to use white "T plus 2" on gas. I'm sure you've already figured your problem out by now but just figured I'd throw that out there for curious onlookers.

http://www.amazon.com/Ez-...-Sealant/dp/B00838IZKS
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 08/14/13 10:37 AM
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Hey Reese, Rectorseal makes blue dope that's vibration resistant. Its called " Tru-Blu ". The yellow also works well on gas. I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to use white "T plus 2" on gas. I'm sure you've already figured your problem out by now but just figured I'd throw that out there for curious onlookers.

http://www.amazon.com/Ez-...-Sealant/dp/B00838IZKS

 
Thanks, I found a good plumber to come out and he finished everything and it all works fine. The truck is done with exception to me finishing up the wrap. I messed up on the driver side and had some set backs.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sun, 03/23/14 8:17 PM
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Reese-  You're a super star.  I spent about 4-5 hours combing through your tread and am amazed by the total transformation that you went through.  You're a lot braver than I am my friend.  A couple of questions for you...
I have a seasonal business and just discovered that the winter was brutal and my entire plumbing piping system is cracked/broken due to ice in many areas and needs to be completely redone.
 
1.  When running the plumbing for your food truck, was there any specific reason why you didn't you PEX instead of PVC pipes?  I'm considering ripping out all of the cracked PVC out and installing PEX (2 different color hoses for Hot/Cold Water).  It's flexible, easy to assemble, and no glue/adhesive required.  Am I missing something?
 
2.  I saw the pictures of the Powerhouse generator that you purchased.  Are you using it?  How is it holding up?  Is it reliable?  I was considering using two Honda EU2000I Inverter (one Companion) + a dual feel extended run tank.  It's extremely quiet, reliable, and it should produce the power I'm looking for.  However, I just ran into the Powerhouse Inverter that you purchased while running into my local RV supply store.  I don't know anything about them.  They are HALF the Price of the Honda.  My only concern is longevity and reliability.  Any insight?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Sun, 03/23/14 11:13 PM
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PaPaSneaux


Reese-  You're a super star.  I spent about 4-5 hours combing through your tread and am amazed by the total transformation that you went through.  You're a lot braver than I am my friend.  A couple of questions for you...
I have a seasonal business and just discovered that the winter was brutal and my entire plumbing piping system is cracked/broken due to ice in many areas and needs to be completely redone.

1.  When running the plumbing for your food truck, was there any specific reason why you didn't you PEX instead of PVC pipes?  I'm considering ripping out all of the cracked PVC out and installing PEX (2 different color hoses for Hot/Cold Water).  It's flexible, easy to assemble, and no glue/adhesive required.  Am I missing something?

2.  I saw the pictures of the Powerhouse generator that you purchased.  Are you using it?  How is it holding up?  Is it reliable?  I was considering using two Honda EU2000I Inverter (one Companion) + a dual feel extended run tank.  It's extremely quiet, reliable, and it should produce the power I'm looking for.  However, I just ran into the Powerhouse Inverter that you purchased while running into my local RV supply store.  I don't know anything about them.  They are HALF the Price of the Honda.  My only concern is longevity and reliability.  Any insight?

 
Welcome to the board. Reese has decided to go brick and mortar and sold his truck, so he's not really on here anymore. On my Plumbing though I went all flexible braided line and didn't have problems with freezing.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Mon, 03/24/14 1:43 AM
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Thanks for the input. I'm going to be working with a plumber tomorrow, so I will way in on his input also, but think that flexible is definitely the way to go instead of using PVC pipe. 
 
 
Wow.  He sold his truck?  After all that?  wow.  Someone got a great Truck! 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Build - Continued - Wed, 03/26/14 10:06 AM
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PaPaSneaux


Thanks for the input. I'm going to be working with a plumber tomorrow, so I will way in on his input also, but think that flexible is definitely the way to go instead of using PVC pipe. 


Wow.  He sold his truck?  After all that?  wow.  Someone got a great Truck! 

HOw did the plumbing go?   Yea he sold it w/o the kitchen equipment. I looked at it for a 2nd truck but shipping was way too much.