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Old 04-24-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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74 boler hot dog trailer...finished w/pics

so here it is

finished my 74 1300, big project. Took one that had been sitting in my aunts backyard in alberta and turned into a cool retro 50's diner style hot dog trailer in downtown vancouver, bc.

I've uploaded some pics of the finished project, i can post a ton more if anyone is interested in seeing a more detailed build thread and ask any questions. I'm really happy how it turned out and we debuted it today in Yaletown, {downtown vancouver}, nd had our busiest day ever....it was insane.

check it out!
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:38 AM   #2
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That looks awesome! I for one would be interested in a build thread--particularly detailing how you engineered the open sides.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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That's pretty cool!Are those VW bumpers on it?
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:39 AM   #4
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Very nice and profitable too. I have the same question about the bumpers.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:45 AM   #5
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this looks great! Huge kitchen, but where do you sleep
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:02 AM   #6
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How did you get Steve Martin to pose in front of it?
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:41 AM   #7
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Yes
The bumpers are off a 1967 beetle. What I did was cut the old bumper off. I then took the beetle bumper and cut it in half as well. Molded my cuts so it had the same curve as the outside.

Mounting it I just did a tiny tack weld which held the bumper steady, I the. Attached L brackets and bolted her down w/existing carriage bolts holes
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:55 AM   #8
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Count me as another vote for a build thread!

Congratulations on a terrific project - I like everything about it :~)

Questions would include whether the cut-outs affected the structural integrity of the shell. Did you find it necessary to reinforce?

Oh - and -
How do you vent it? I'd imagine the grill throws off a lot of smoke and oils that would coat the ceiling creating a nasty mess.
What did you do about wall covering?
How did you engineer the roof seams / hinges to avoid leaks
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #9
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As far as the windows go, we traced out where we were going to cut
We then bent some pipe and fiberglassed it in around the cutout to maintain it's shape after we cut it out...slit didn't warp

We then ran the same piping inside around the shells top half to reinforce it, this was also heavily glassed in.

I made some roof props from aluminum box extrusion that also act as joists that push up at the corners to help give it even more help.

As far as sealant, so far where the hinges screw into the boler, on the inside we soaked pieces of wood in resin for days and glassed them in the inside. I then ran weatherstripping underneath the piano hinge. I then screwed the hinge into the resin soaked wood for a strong seL. I laid a thick bead of sikaflex around all the hinges and managed to find some plastic drip rail material from lordco to trim the hinges. Will probably find some leaks but will patch them when I see them.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:10 AM   #10
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With the grill we sell organic smokies and hot dogs, no fat at all so there is really no smoke to deal with. The flip up windows are all the ventilation you need. Mother nature does the rest
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The wall covering is al's liner. It is a truck bed spray which you can dye. I love it we did it black and red. Stuff sprays on hell a thick but looks awesome. Also adds a bit of structural support
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As far as the windows go, we traced out where we were going to cut
We then bent some pipe and fiberglassed it in around the cutout to maintain it's shape after we cut it out...slit didn't warp

We then ran the same piping inside around the shells top half to reinforce it, this was also heavily glassed in.

I made some roof props from aluminum box extrusion that also act as joists that push up at the corners to help give it even more help.

As far as sealant, so far where the hinges screw into the boler, on the inside we soaked pieces of wood in resin for days and glassed them in the inside. I then ran weatherstripping underneath the piano hinge. I then screwed the hinge into the resin soaked wood for a strong seL. I laid a thick bead of sikaflex around all the hinges and managed to find some plastic drip rail material from lordco to trim the hinges. Will probably find some leaks but will patch them when I see them.
I presume you used electrical conduit - good method!
Any chance for some photos of the hinge set-up?
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With the grill we sell organic smokies and hot dogs, no fat at all so there is really no smoke to deal with. The flip up windows are all the ventilation you need. Mother nature does the rest
Ok - that, too, makes sense. I'm a fan of the fat - but my wife seems to want me to live longer so we use organic and low fat sausages. We usually do them in water so I'm not familiar with how they grill.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #14
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It looks great! I'm used to seeing street vending vehicles with the serving window curbside but your curbside seems to be closed. Do you have a specific site that is off the street that allows customers to access the street side?
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