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Jeff T
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26 11 9:48 am    Post subject: Look what i found...(food truck build 7/13 update) Reply with quote



1980 Dodge Kary Van cube van. 360 1 ton dually.

Should make a nice catering wagon & eventually i`ll turn it into a food truck. Only paid $3,500 for it & the best part is the mileage..... 11,707 guaranteed. Spend most of its life sitting at a small town fire station waiting to haul the guys & some equipment when needed. I believe the insides are about 8 X 16 & 6 1/2 tall. Haven't actually ran a tape over it but i`m guessing that`s close.
Bought it from a young fella (19yrs old) that said "after using it for a year or so its too big for my power wash business". Shocked
The young fella was even nice enough to drive it over from Sloan Iowa to Norfolk Ne. 95 mile drive for a return tank of gas & supper for him & his Mom.... good kid thinking of his Mom like that. LOL


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26 11 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice score!
At that age i would have installed lights and a pole in the back along with 2 bunks for fo----- or ahh i mean sleeping in the thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26 11 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OHHH HELLLL YAAAAA!!

Cant wait to see what you do with it Jeff, although the pole sounds like fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26 11 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet deal Jeff! Cool

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Cant wait to see what you do with it Jeff, although the pole sounds like fun.


OHHH HELLLL No!!!!!

"Just say no" to getting the pole in the back of the van! Smile

You guy's ain't right! Wink Confused Shocked Rolling Eyes Razz Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure you put a Aaooogghhaaa horn on it...Classic
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!
I was skeptical on the mileage but it made the trip with no problems. Couldn't pass up the deal. I will most likely just use it to haul my catering/vending equipment around for now. Work on the "food truck" conversions as money allows. All I know for sure is... making one early morning trip to cook/vend onsite will be much nicer. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff- that is really a screaming good deal- I'm so pleased you picked that up.

Doesn't look like it needs you mad skilz (thank goodness) but that being said with your background I really look foward to seeing what you come up with.

Congrats again my friend, it will make your BBQ life MUCH easier.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mikey!
Really the truck don't need much paint other than some minor touching up of rocks chips on the front of the cube rear of the rocker panel area, gravel roads chipped it up around the cube rear wheel but not too bad.
Someone did scratch the crap out of the sides of the cube trying to remove some lettering which just happens to be the right side where I'll cut & install vending windows. So no big deal there.
I was thinking of changing the zip zap stripes to red and orange or orange & yellow.... Bright & loud colors.

It's got a rear roll up door. Not too sure what I'll do there, leave it or fill it in and make/buy a smaller door? The cube needs some major clean up on the inside, it was a work truck so that's expected.
First thing I need to do though is make a receiver hitch for the smoker. The cube has a jumbo step bumper on it so I've been thinking with pencil & paper getting some ideas.

Going to be fun to finally build some thing for me & not another toy for someone else!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went and looked it over tonight after work and came up with an idea for a receiver.
Inside the cube towards the back was two 1/2 inch plates, 48 inches long, one 3 inches and the other 4 inches wide. They were fastened to the inside with lag bolts/jumbo screws. they are tapped to screw bolts into, i`m guessing to safely secure oxygen tanks for the firemen.
Came up with this idea to make the receiver if you all can cipher my drawing. I`ll use what i have on hand.

Weld the 2 plates together which are 48 inches long, one 3'' the other is 4'' wide, 1/2 inch thick.
Cut to fit, 41 inches long so as to bolt it to the bumper C-channel brackets.
Weld a receiver tube to the plate.
Use the scrap 7 inch pieces & weld to the receiver tube for support.
Finally... bolt this homemade receiver to the C-channel bumper brackets. Looking at it on paper, its a bit of over kill just to pull a DP Big 40 but i`m sure it with help strengthen the bumper which is a heavy duty step bumper anyway. When done all you will see is the square receiver tube just under the bumper.

Best part the cost will only be my time which i have plenty of anyway. Of course i`ll paint it a nice purdy BBQ black. Mr. Green



Should work huh?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27 11 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kinda creepy "hey kids want to pet a puppy" lol j/k pretty cool score and the mileage is way awesome
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02 11 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Jeff, Nice find!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02 11 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that is the ultimate candy wagon Laughing Laughing
It just needs a big Disney charachter painted on the side or back Smile Jk


That is a nice score. Should make a nice vending truck.

I think your plans for the hitch should work well. I would go thicker than 1/2" with the plate you are mounting the receiver to and step it up to 1" unless that is what you meant by 2 plates Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04 11 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toga wrote:
Man that is the ultimate candy wagon Laughing Laughing
It just needs a big Disney charachter painted on the side or back Smile Jk


That is a nice score. Should make a nice vending truck.

I think your plans for the hitch should work well. I would go thicker than 1/2" with the plate you are mounting the receiver to and step it up to 1" unless that is what you meant by 2 plates Smile


Yeah i agree... thought it over 1/2 inch flat plate would still flex wouldn't it.
I came up with a better idea. When i get to building it i`ll post some pics. Always a better mouse trap out there huh?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04 11 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kronk wrote:
Looks great Jeff, Nice find!


Paint her Red.... A big "N" in white on the sides.
Call her the "Big Red Express".Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04 11 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff T wrote:
Kronk wrote:
Looks great Jeff, Nice find!


Paint her Red.... A big "N" in white on the sides.
Call her the "Big Red Express".Very Happy


Actually, catchy paint schemes are the rage with food trucks Jeffy.

Just sayin'.

Know anybody that does paint? Razz

All kidding aside since it looks to be in such great shape I'd use it as-is, and add some graphics.

Spend your money on outfitting and such for the time being.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike.......I was thinking the same thing.

I'll probably just add/subtract some of the stripe colors to make it not look so much like an emergency vehicle.

Thinking leave the maroon and add bright red, orange and or yellow. Most of the emergency units around here have the maroon and gray zip-zap stripes.
Actually the white paint aint so bad just needs a little touching up here and there. Rock chips and such down low.

Yesterday i adjusted the doors both sides & tightened the mirrors. Today i`ll work on the back door and try to make a tow hitch if i have enough iron.
This week or next, flush and fill the radiator, check the front end alignment, change the oil & maybe service the transmission if they think it needs it. Get it ready for winter.

Then i can start on the inside.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question
For those in the know.
What is the "norm" for the hot water units?
Go tank less or what?
http://tankless-water-heaters.ecrater.com/p/1489927/lp-gas-tankless-hot-water
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff T wrote:
Question
For those in the know.
What is the "norm" for the hot water units?
Go tank less or what?
http://tankless-water-heaters.ecrater.com/p/1489927/lp-gas-tankless-hot-water


they take a while to get hot if you have big gray water holding tanks its the way to go. also gas heats a lot faster they the electric models
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks killswitch505
I figured that was the case.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24 11 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a small update on the van.
Last Sunday i made that tow hitch & welded it in through the step bumper using some scrap 1/2 inch plate & a spare receiver tube.
I took the pics with my cell, they are a bit blurry but viewable.





Either Friday or Saturday i am going to wire the tail lights & weld on some safety chain loops. The van spent the week at the mechanic/transmission shop next door. Good news is most every thing checked out except the poor ole valve covers leak a wee bit and the radiator seeps a little. Not enough to merit replacement yet but some thing to watch.

Bad news is they had to replace a U-joint and the drive train has a minor vibration to it. Most likely they with have to balance the drive shaft. But might also be tires out of balance. Next week they will finish the job after the holiday.

All in all i`m pretty happy so far considering its 21 years old. The shop owner confirmed from the looks of things that the van indeed has less than 12,000 miles on it, but guesses it has a lot of hours in the engine idling at the scene of the the fire/crime which is expected for an emergency vehicle. Run hard and never gets shut off till its back at the fire station.
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