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doctawing

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Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Thu, 06/27/13 11:05 PM (permalink)
Hey everyone...glad I found these forums...lots of interesting stuff on here!  I recently bought a 1985 Chevy P30 taco truck and I am renovating it to bring it up to California State Code.  Our goal is to sell buffalo wings, handcut fries, burgers, and sandwiches.
Right now I am working on the engine; doing some gasket replacements, etc.  The truck is getting an Ansul fire suppression system put in above my fryer and flattop grill.  Our truck has some electrolysis damage to the diamond -plate aluminum floor, so I am fixing it and then adding a coat of non-slip flooring epoxy.  I would love to ask some questions to other p30 taco truck owners. 
 
Specifically, anyone know how I can replace the plastic lining on the interior of my truck's refrigeration?  I can't find info anywhere.

Two part shelving to replace the old rusted stuff I took out?  (I had to sawzall it since it was so long)
 
Any help would be much appreciated.
I will start posting some pics so you can watch our progress.
Thanks!!!
 
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    daddywoofdawg

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    Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Fri, 06/28/13 7:27 AM (permalink)
    If you can pull up the diamond plate do so and apply a rubber spray sealant, then put your diamond plate back down.it keeps the electrolysis at bay.
     
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      doctawing

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      Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Fri, 06/28/13 7:02 PM (permalink)
      I don't think pulling up the flooring is an option.  I could coat it with a rubber sealant on top before I apply my epoxy.  Do you think that will make a difference.  If it were an easier process I would pull it up but it is seated under all my stainless cabinets.
       
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        daddywoofdawg

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        Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sat, 06/29/13 4:54 AM (permalink)
        rubber on top won't help unless it's the stainless and the alum that are the problem.
         
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          blagus

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          Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sat, 06/29/13 7:44 PM (permalink)
          Hello everyone! I also recently purchased an 85' Grumman kurbmaster and was wondering where I could find a shop manual so I can do some repairs. I searched on eBay and amazon but had no luck. Can anyone help?
           
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            fishscale28

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            Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sat, 06/29/13 11:41 PM (permalink)
            Are you looking for a shop manual for engine repairs etc? Might just have to search for your specific engine/tranny manuals and info as there might not be one specific to a particular model. Many of the chassis' start out as one builder and are then finished with a particular company's body so you might need to dig a little deeper. Just a thought could be wrong tho!
             
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              blagus

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              Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 10:47 AM (permalink)
              I didn't think of that, I'll give it a try thanks.
               
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                Dr of BBQ

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                Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 11:26 AM (permalink)
                You can buy them on line in a CD or original paper copy. I have both for my truck. Some of the P 30s are the same as the same year motor home. It gets kinda confusing (did to me) but when someone that works on them sees the manual they have no problem. 
                 
                One other thought they are really simple no computers just basic big blocks (truck motor) and standard ignition.
                 
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                  fishscale28

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                  Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 4:09 PM (permalink)
                  I wish mine was just a simple big block!  Everything in the engine on mine is perfect-it's all the computer crap and all the accessories that have given me problems!  And the tranny...its computer controls, sensors and wiring have been a headache but luckily there's tons of info on the powertrain (6.5 diesel and 4l80e tranny).  Just not as a P30 Step Van.  I've even had better luck finding parts by cross referencing other vehicles.  But at least there's tons of parts available so that makes tracking things down a lot easier!
                   
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                    Dr of BBQ

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                    Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 6:16 PM (permalink)
                    A 1985 and it has a computer? Wow my 1988 doesn't have anything like that on board. Just a new 454 gas engine and unfortunately a brand new two speed automatic. Unfortunately, because I want to trade it for a three speed or I'm going to put a taller gear in it.
                    <message edited by Dr of BBQ on Sun, 06/30/13 6:28 PM>
                     
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                      fishscale28

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                      Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 6:49 PM (permalink)
                      Na sorry mine is a 1995-his is 85.  I love my transmission now that all the sensors and plugs are replaced.  I even get admirable mileage with the diesel and this 4 speed trans.  Might be an option worth looking into!
                       
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                        Dr of BBQ

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                        Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 7:01 PM (permalink)
                        LOL I'm not into shifting anymore fun in my corvettes but not fooling around with a four speed trying to back into a tight space at an event.
                        But driving my truck with the 454 and a low geared rear end  is a blast comes away from a light and blows the doors off most cars or trucks. Of course it sucks gas like I owned OPEC  property. LOL
                         
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                          fishscale28

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                          Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Sun, 06/30/13 8:10 PM (permalink)
                          Oh it's an automatic...I wouldn't even dream of trying to fight with a manual!  And I bet the 454 is a blast!  Except for being thirsty LOL!  But hey-it get's the job done!  Mine is so slow it's almost embarrassing but it handles the load and keeps on going so no complaints here.  
                           
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                            daddywoofdawg

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                            Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Mon, 07/1/13 4:05 AM (permalink)
                            Have you looked at chilton's website.If they don't have it it wasn't made.
                             
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                              doctawing

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                              Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Tue, 07/9/13 12:42 PM (permalink)
                              Yeah you guys hijacked my thread....thanks!
                               
                               
                               
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                                Dr of BBQ

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                                Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Tue, 07/9/13 1:03 PM (permalink)
                                He most likely didn't realize it was a personal thread that only you could post questions on. Come to think of it I didn't understand that ether. Of course I have only been a member since 2004 and so didn't understand the rules.
                                 
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                                  fishscale28

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                                  Re:Renovating a 1985 Chevy P30 Taco Truck Tue, 07/9/13 3:21 PM (permalink)
                                  doctawing


                                  Yeah you guys hijacked my thread....thanks!



                                   
                                  Wow so sorry to hurt your feelings.  I'll be sure to not help anyone else in your threads. 
                                   
                                   
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