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BlackOak

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Glass Roofs Tue, 03/1/11 8:33 PM (permalink)
 
Greetings,
I am new here and also a budding food truckee.  I am currently in a build mode of my new-to-me grumman stepvan.  My question is, those west coast food trucks like Nom Nom have what appears to me a glass ceiling with big vents.  Can someone tell me where I can get one of those glass ceilings.  I have googled with about every search phrase I can think of, and even sent a couple emails out to those who have this unique glass roof, but no replies yet from anyone, nor found who makes them.  Appreciate any help.  Thanks!
 
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    chefbuba

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    Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 03/1/11 9:12 PM (permalink)
    The panels are clear or sometimes blue plexiglass.
    What is the interior height of your truck? This will dictate if the roof needs to be raised.
    You need to find a catering truck manufacturer to do this, or a fabricator that can work with aluminum.
     
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      BackAlleyBurger

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      Re:Glass Roofs Wed, 03/2/11 12:23 AM (permalink)
      yea, those are pretty much a specialty item fabricated by the company building the truck.....i have searched relentlessly on this and found nothing available outside of having one fabbed up by a local metalsmith......
       
      a little trivia for ya....the reason for the blue plexi glass is this, it still lets in 92% of the light of clear glass, while blocking 85% of the heat transfer !
       
      i have a grumman new to me also, what year is yours, i visited my fabricator this afternoon to go over a game plan of raising my roof 10 inches...... not going to be a big deal, just find someone who knows what they are looking at, and isnt a "professional" in the fabricating business(big bucks)..... find yourself a race car builder/old car restorer, something along those lines, who has an open mind and a little free time to fill up......
       
      i have a 77 aluminum p20, going to run roughly 300 bucks for materials to raise mine......and about 400 rivets to drill out(my job...uugghhh)
       
      if you have a steel van with a roof cap, then your materials would be somewhere around half of mine, and a whole lot easier to raise !!!!!
       
      let me know what you got and i'll share what we are doing with mine, or give you some pointers if its steel to think about
       
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        BackAlleyBurger

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        Re:Glass Roofs Wed, 03/2/11 12:36 AM (permalink)
        heres a couple of thoughts off the top of my head.......
         
        when it comes time to start putting everything back together, something to remember about sealants is...... 3m 5200 is the king kong of adhesive sealants, if you use this as part of the "glue and screw" formula, it will take nothing short of a hurricane to cause a leak......
        put a dab of it on all screws or rivets before placement, and they will hold up basically forever....
        if its steel, make sure to coat everything as its going together with a product such as por15, this way you wont be 5 years down the road and find out the hard way your corners are rusting out because of water damage if a small leak does occur..... this means the inside and outside of square tubing, its a PITA to do this, and people will question why your being so anal about it, but trust me, spend the time and money now.....or spend a whole lot more 5 or 10 years from now doing major repairs.....
         
        good luck on your build, and remember, 30 days and 30 posts from now we want to see pics !!! 
         
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          BlackOak

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          Re:Glass Roofs Wed, 03/2/11 2:01 PM (permalink)
          Thanks for the responses.  My grumman kurbmaster is a 1980 model with a 16' cargo area length, 8' wide and 6' tall (reason why I have to raise the roof, not to mention I need the height for my hood/vent).  So, I may do the whole roof in glass, starting 3' behind the driver seat.  Since the grumman is 10' tall from the ground, I may add an additional 2' to the roof.  I talked with my fabricator Kogal in Olive Branch, Ms. about an hour ago, and they are working up an estimate.
           
          I will keep yall posted as the build goes, so far it has been an enjoyable challenge.
           
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            BlackOak

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            Re:Glass Roofs Thu, 04/7/11 11:33 AM (permalink)
            OK, I finally got on the ball and having my skylight installed in my other stepvan.  I cant post the photos yet..that sucks.  Here is the URL if you would like to look at it.  Its not finished yet, but its getting there.  Ok, I cant post a link either.  so its on photobucket at this address without the spaces

            http:// s202. photobucket.com /albums/aa252/blackoak1/Food%20Truck/
            <message edited by BlackOak on Thu, 04/7/11 11:34 AM>
             
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              BackAlleyBurger

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              Re:Glass Roofs Thu, 04/7/11 7:04 PM (permalink)
              here ya go, i snagged one to post, thats a nice looking design :)
               

               
              how much is that setting ya back if ya dont mind me asking ??
               
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                Lost Nation

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                Re:Glass Roofs Wed, 04/20/11 7:31 AM (permalink)
                Any updates?
                 
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                  BackAlleyBurger

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                  Re:Glass Roofs Thu, 04/28/11 2:27 PM (permalink)
                  bumpity bump bump.....
                  updates ??  dont leave us hangin man!
                  i snagged a couple more to show it off....


                   
                  i have several questions about this if your still around....
                  <message edited by BackAlleyBurger on Thu, 04/28/11 2:32 PM>
                   
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                    BlackOak

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                    Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 10:09 AM (permalink)
                    Sorry guys, been off doing other things.  No major updates yet, I have the cabinets build not installed, I have the water tanks installed underneath (fresh on passenger side, and gray on driver side just in front of the wheel wells, extended the rear bumper to accomadate the propane tank and generac rv generator, cut the serving hole 36"x37" on the passneger side (getting a window and awning made by a guy named Kyle Lewis out of Indiana for about a grand) and a few other little things. Should be puting the diamond plate floor in tomorrow.  I've got all the major components purchased, so now it's install time.  I'll put some more photos up today sometime.
                    The price on the skylight @4K, since aluminum is so expensive.  There is a place out in Cali that sells the whole unit at @ the same price, then when you include shipping its about another grand since you have to include crate.
                     
                    <message edited by BlackOak on Tue, 05/3/11 10:11 AM>
                     
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                      BlackOak

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                      Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 2:31 PM (permalink)
                      OK, still wont let me post photos, but I put the new ones on my photobucket account. Nor can I post a link. So here is the link. Just close in the spaces, and replace the DOT with a period
                       
                      http: // s202 dot photobucket dot com/albums/aa252/blackoak1/Food%20Truck/
                      <message edited by BlackOak on Tue, 05/3/11 2:36 PM>
                       
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                        BlackOak

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                        Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 3:08 PM (permalink)
                        Darn, 31 post and I still cant upload images....how about a link http://s202.photobucket.com/albums/aa252/blackoak1/Food%20Truck/ if there is no link shown, no worries, I will go spam post somewhere else, or go take a nap. The nap is sounding real good about now.

                         
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                          BlackOak

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                          Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 3:10 PM (permalink)
                          Ah HA!  We got link rights..woot!! (snoppy dance)  See what a quad shot in a grande ice white chocolate mocha from starbucks will do to you?
                           
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                            BlackOak

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                            Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 3:15 PM (permalink)

                             
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                              chefbuba

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                              Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 5:52 PM (permalink)
                              Now just mouse over a picture in photo bucket, left click on direct link, it will copy the url...click on the green tree , add your link and the picture will magically appear!
                               
                               

                               
                               
                               
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                                BlackOak

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                                Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 5:55 PM (permalink)
                                The new floor

                                The extended bumper to hold the LPG tank and Generator

                                My new generator

                                 
                                Fresh water tank on passenger side, tucked up under.

                                 
                                Gray water tank driver side tucked up under

                                 
                                My counters

                                 
                                My cooking stuff and propane hot water heater

                                 
                                3 sinks I picked up for a 100 bucks for the lot

                                 
                                I got everything, I need with the exception of the hood and I need one more sink.  Ofc, there are the minor stuff to get, but this is the bulk. Doing the walls in white frp, and I will have my window/awning next week.  Glad I can post photos now..finally
                                 
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                                  Barbeque barn

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                                  Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 6:56 PM (permalink)
                                  Your doing a excelllent job and nice back bumper with the propane and generator wow. Top notch shop you have there also. Mike
                                  I let you know that I got rid of that back backer of a seat and made a pedestal out of the base and mounted a air ride seat out of a Freightliner. Capped the airline and put an air valve on it and filled the air bag. it holds steady air and 1000 time more comfortable.
                                  <message edited by Barbeque barn on Tue, 05/3/11 7:05 PM>
                                   
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                                    Barbeque barn

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                                    Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 7:17 PM (permalink)
                                    I just thought that I might put this in your ear. Build a wall with a full glass sceen door that open's out between the drivers compartment and the kitchen. Built mine with 1/2" square tube then covered with stainless steel. My HD like it for keeping out insects and it looks clean. Just a thought. Mike

                                    <message edited by Barbeque barn on Tue, 05/3/11 8:02 PM>
                                     
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                                      Barbeque barn

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                                      Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 7:25 PM (permalink)

                                      <message edited by Barbeque barn on Tue, 05/3/11 7:31 PM>
                                       
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                                        Barbeque barn

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                                        Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 7:28 PM (permalink)
                                        I forgot to ask what size is the generator and is your van a gas or diesel. And whats the engine?
                                         
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                                          BlackOak

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                                          Re:Glass Roofs Tue, 05/3/11 9:26 PM (permalink)
                                          The generac is 6500w propane, my electrical will consist of small sandwich prep fridge, and a standard size hometype fridge single door.  Presently, the engine is a GM 350 gas, but will be converting to propane eventually. I like the screen door and seat idea, thanks.
                                           
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                                            indycarver1

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                                            Re:Glass Roofs Fri, 05/6/11 9:00 PM (permalink)
                                            How do you like your Generac?  I am looking into one too.
                                             
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                                              BlackOak

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                                              Re:Glass Roofs Fri, 05/6/11 11:50 PM (permalink)
                                              I havent had it long enough to form an opinion, but it is quiet @63 to 65 dB.  We could stand next to it running under full load and have a normal conversation.  Its a 6500 watt propane powered unit. I like it well enough.  I would suggest to get some other opinions before you make the leap.  Compared to honda or yamaha, its right in that class, and a couple 1000 cheaper.  Its AMERICAN made too, so that is a big plus with me.
                                               
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                                                Barbeque barn

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                                                Re:Glass Roofs Sun, 05/8/11 3:09 PM (permalink)
                                                I just told Lost Nations that having three separet sinks is going to give you trouble of sepage of water when your cleaning a hotel pan and a small bar 3 bay sink has a 12" pan drain on each end and a 15" backsplash and that will help keep our under sink dry. after all your hard work I'd hate to see it get ruin. Mike
                                                 
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                                                  BackAlleyBurger

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                                                  Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 6:47 AM (permalink)
                                                  yea, here in town they were very specific that i had to have a three bay sink with minimum of 12" drain boards on each end....
                                                   
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                                                    Barbeque barn

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                                                    Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 11:19 AM (permalink)
                                                     
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                                                      BlackOak

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                                                      Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 2:09 PM (permalink)
                                                      Thats a nice sink How long and how wide from drain board to handwash sink?
                                                       
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                                                        BlackOak

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                                                        Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 2:15 PM (permalink)
                                                        Some updated shots from today

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         
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                                                          Barbeque barn

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                                                          Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 5:05 PM (permalink)
                                                          Thats vantasktic work. I will get those measurements in just about  2 hours as I have to go season the brisket soon. B.A.B.
                                                           
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                                                            Barbeque barn

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                                                            Re:Glass Roofs Mon, 05/9/11 5:16 PM (permalink)
                                                            sorry for the mistake there Blackoak, thought I was typing on Backalleyburgers page.
                                                             
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