- Joined: 2/13/2013
- Location: Seattle, WA
VW bus food truck
Sat, 03/9/13 11:24 AM
And now, for something completely different.
Anyone ever converted a bus into a fully functional food truck? In T-minus 4 days I will be able to post pictures and am about to start a really odd project. Gonna start dumping photos on this thread. I figure showing pictures of the process start to finish might inspire some people.
The gist of the build is as follows:
Already got the bus, 1969 bus with a 03 Toyota echo front end stuffed in the rear. Essentially you have two front ends, no joke you can hook up a steering wheel to the rear and do a complete 360 in the thing. Obviously that is gonna be disabled as it is highly dangerous, I mean what happens if the steering lock comes apart at 75 mph? Epic fail.
So, we got a surfer wagon, we got a Japanese engine, only fit to name this one Ninja Surfer.
Will be building out a 4ft high fiberglass cap on the top to increase headroom to around 7-8ft in the front, about 6 1/2 ft where the engine is in the rear.
Gonna stuff a 4ft deli case in the thing with a side opening that once open exposes the deli case, and above that a small hot case. Beyond that we will be putting in 2 electric 25 cup rice cookers, 3 compartment dish sink, separate hand sink, a bit of counter space. Pretty minimalist build, but the menu is focused on Hawaiian Poke, go google it and you will understand.
Most examples of bus conversions you will find are the flip top style where the entire roof opens to one side and creates a open air food cart. Being this cart is going to be operated in the soggy Northwest, I elected to go a little more ambitious and put a full cap on the bus.
Got a 6500KW onan generator going in it as well, will be mounted above the drivers seat. That part will make sense as things progress and more pictures are posted,
Exterior appearance? Gonna be having a local comic book artist do a super sized comic strip on the cap involving a ninja, a surfboard, a large wave, and a large fish popping out of the water and being sliced in half by said ninja. All the art will be black and white save the innards of the fish, a homage to the freshness of the product being served.
The bus itself we will follow the original two tone paint scheme. Bottom half will be black, top half white.
Stay tuned, this one should make for a fun progression series.