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Dave-A1
07-23-2008, 01:08 AM
I just wrote a lengthy reply describing my truck setup on the thread http://forums.jlconline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43823.

As I did this I thought other might like to see how I set my truck up. It works well for me and I don't mind if others see it and use some of the ideas.

I thought this might be a good long term thread on how we [all] customize our trucks to make our work easier since this seems to be a recurring thread maybe we can keep it in one place.

The pics were too large to upload here so i created a Picassa album. http://picasaweb.google.com/da64099/TruckPictures

So... If you are interested - add your notes on how you outfit your truck to make your work easier and more efficient.
Maybe it will help somebody else. In this economy any ideas to make our work more easier, efficient & profitable are always welcome.

SteveC
07-23-2008, 01:18 PM
Dave ,
There is a whole gallery of trucks in the Photo Gallery under Finish carpentry - trucks. Nice rig, BTW.

Dave-A1
07-23-2008, 02:00 PM
Steve,

Thanks! I never saw that - I will take a look.

BTW: Do you ever go to Forrest Mfg? [47 river rd, clifton]
If you are there any deals there?

SteveC
07-23-2008, 03:18 PM
Got my 12" Chopmaster there. I would shop the net for deals though.

gburnet
07-23-2008, 05:14 PM
Here's a nice setup I came across on Ebay. It can be yours for 185K...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998-Peterbilt-379EXHD-Utility-Service-Truck_W0QQitemZ320278155540QQcmdZViewItem?hash=ite m320278155540&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1308

SteveC
07-23-2008, 06:46 PM
10 year old truck, 250K miles and they want almost 200K ? What did it cost new in 98 ? Would be slick though to pull up to a house in it for an estimate.
Maybe throw on the Jake Brake as you pull in the driveway !

WarriorWithWood
07-23-2008, 07:27 PM
and hit the train horn.....;0)

S. Donato
07-23-2008, 07:47 PM
dude i want it!!!

Greg Di
07-23-2008, 08:38 PM
I'd get it, but I need something I can pull my dump trailer with. Too bad...

SteveC
07-23-2008, 08:51 PM
One more thing, betcha the guy that owned it "oils his tool bags" too. ;)

S. Donato
07-23-2008, 09:40 PM
careful steve ;-)

drewsledz
07-24-2008, 05:26 PM
I'd get it, but I need something I can pull my dump trailer with. Too bad...

I'd bet you could put a hitch on it...and flames on the trailer of course.

Dan Clark
07-24-2008, 06:58 PM
Here's a nice setup I came across on Ebay. It can be yours for 185K...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998-Peterbilt-379EXHD-Utility-Service-Truck_W0QQitemZ320278155540QQcmdZViewItem?hash=ite m320278155540&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1308

Greg,

I wonder what kind of mileage it gets... Hmmm.

Dan.

gburnet
07-24-2008, 07:42 PM
Greg,

I wonder what kind of mileage it gets... Hmmm.

Dan.


It appears to be similar in size to a city bus, which from my understanding have their fuel efficiency measured in gallons per mile, rather than MPG. I suppose you wouldn't be constantly starting & stopping though, so maybe you'd do better.

In the end, it probably all depends on how many Systainers you load it down with, Dan.

gburnet
07-25-2008, 08:29 PM
On the other end of the spectrum...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Japanese-mini-truck-van_W0QQitemZ270259362716QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item2 70259362716&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1308

Dave-A1
07-26-2008, 07:54 AM
On the other end of the spectrum...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Japanese-mini-truck-van_W0QQitemZ270259362716QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item2 70259362716&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1308

Just an update - The link above has been removed - it must have been sold

gburnet
07-26-2008, 08:11 AM
Just an update - The link above has been removed - it must have been sold

That's odd. It doesn't show up as a completed listing... Anyhow, the link was to a minivan that was just a bit larger than a Cushman cart, or so it seemed. I think it was a Japanese manufacturer, but I can't find any info with a Google search. If I dig something up, I'll post it.

Dave-A1
07-28-2008, 03:58 PM
Greg,

I would have liked to seen it. I have been doing a lot of work at an outlet mall and have been contemplating building a work "truck" based on a golf cart or small utility vehicle. If I get more jobs there it may become a reality in about a year. I could tow it behind my big truck - part the big truck somewhere and run all the small jobs out of the "mini-me" golf cart.

gburnet
07-28-2008, 05:21 PM
Greg,

I would have liked to seen it. I have been doing a lot of work at an outlet mall and have been contemplating building a work "truck" based on a golf cart or small utility vehicle. If I get more jobs there it may become a reality in about a year. I could tow it behind my big truck - part the big truck somewhere and run all the small jobs out of the "mini-me" golf cart.

Then you might be interested in this, Dave...http://cgi.ebay.com/Cushman-Utility-Van_W0QQitemZ200241056312QQihZ010QQcategoryZ88433Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

S. Donato
07-30-2008, 12:40 PM
dave this place is prett close to my house.. i think they think they are like OCC or something. pretty neat stuff.

http://www.lccarts.com/

gburnet
08-03-2008, 12:25 PM
Another funky option via Ebay...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___98-chevy-service-truck-van_W0QQitemZ330256802621QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20Trucks QQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item330256802621&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A10&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245.l1308

gburnet
08-09-2008, 09:32 AM
One more for you, Dave...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cushman-1979-Cusman-Truckster-Utility-truck-Rare-Full-Cab_W0QQitemZ160268897249QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item1 60268897249&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A10&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245.l1318

gburnet
08-11-2008, 07:23 PM
Just an update - The link above has been removed - it must have been sold

Here it is again, Dave...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Japanese-mini-truck-Mitsubishi_W0QQitemZ270263871326QQcmdZViewItem?has h=item270263871326&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A10%7C240%3A1308&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&timeout=1218500654390

joseph
08-18-2008, 09:02 PM
setting up a box truck .searched the photo gallery . i need more ideas . looking for a fast way to stow the saw helper out feeds now . maybe some sort of rack to stop all that ratttling around .
i was noting the trailers and box trucks with shelves that seemed to be open ,when you go around a corner does,t it all slide out?

davenorthup
08-18-2008, 10:12 PM
dude i want it!!!

NO surprise... :)

S. Donato
08-18-2008, 10:35 PM
NO surprise... :)

nice dave ;-)

Dave-A1
08-19-2008, 05:14 AM
i was noting the trailers and box trucks with shelves that seemed to be open ,when you go around a corner does,t it all slide out?

I havent been on this forum for a while (its been nice being busy again!). For some reason the email notification quit so I thought it was a dead thread.

Yes - on open shelves everything falls out if its not fastened down somehow.

I use several systems to keep my stuff in place.

On one shelf I have a flip up board about 4" high. Its on hinges and uses drawbolts on each end. It works reasonably well. I was going to do this on all the shelves but I had a few straps and used them temporarily - they worked pretty well so they stayed. The trick is that you have to make sure you tighten them before driving. The flip shelf is obvius when it is not latched - the straps are not.

On four shelves I use adjustable straps that get tightened before going any place. They work well to keep tool bags and larger items from sliding off shelves and they dont get in the way as much as the flip board does when it is down.

For equipment like my saws (miter, table and metal) and the planer I drill holes in the shelf and use 3/8" hitch pins about 4" long. I use the pins to hold my laser level case and veto kit in place - they are tall enough to keep them on the shelf. I just drop them through the base of the tool and through the shelf. They do double duty because when the tool goes on the bench I have matching hole patterns and they can hold the tool on the bench as well. At time I will keep the miter saw on the bench (the bench in the truck) for a few days and it stays fine even on rough rides.

I also use the straps to keep step ladders and longer stuff against the truck walls. I have 3 levels of etrack around the truck and just put a pair of rings on the middle row and use straps to keep the stuff against the walls.

The generator has wheels and I use a landscaper type tire tie down that has wheel brackets on the floor and a strap that goes over the tire.

SteveC
08-19-2008, 07:09 AM
Hey Dave,
This could work real well in a mall, very fuel efficient !
http://sportsbay.com/pedicab.html
;)

Dave-A1
08-19-2008, 07:29 AM
Thats about what would be appropriate for the amount of work I have been doing at the mall lately.

I was doing a lot of work at the shopping center and it dropped off dramatically. In fact 3 weeks ago I did a mailing to all 200 stores and only got one call. If I could get 20 or so stores in the mall for regular work I would be looking at a golf cart type setup, but at the moment it would be a total waste of money.

Fortunately another company I do work for gave me a bunch of jobs.

I really like my big truck, but lately I have been able to do a lot of small jobs out of my Toyota.

I've even been considering selling the big truck - its paid off and I have about $13k invested in it. I just hate to give it up because it is so well set up. I just know if I sell it all of a sudden I will have a lot of work again.

I think thats the toughest part about being in a business like this. It seems to always be feast or famine. I would almost settle for less money, but on a regular basis. I have been looking for ways to have a second source of regular income, but nothing has worked out very well yet.

If I do one full days worth of work a week its about the same as working at Home Depot for a 40 hour week - and without any tax breaks.

SteveC
08-19-2008, 07:40 AM
I think thats the toughest part about being in a business like this. It seems to always be feast or famine. I would almost settle for less money, but on a regular basis. I have been looking for ways to have a second source of regular income, but nothing has worked out very well yet.

If I do one full days worth of work a week its about the same as working at Home Depot for a 40 hour week - and without any tax breaks.

The joy of being self-employed. They say "once you work for yourself it's very hard to work for anyone else"

gburnet
08-30-2008, 04:41 PM
Two more cool trucks...http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-Mack-Swab-Heavy-Rescue_W0QQitemZ320292563707QQcmdZViewItem?hash=it em320292563707&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A1%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Other-Makes-K-HS-1937-FWD-K-HS-Rescue-truck_W0QQitemZ270270168291QQcmdZViewItem?hash=ite m270270168291&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A1%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

always-learning
08-30-2008, 05:30 PM
Yeah,

Don't do this.....

http://www.funnieststuff.net/viewmovie.php?id=935

WarriorWithWood
08-30-2008, 08:13 PM
LMAO!! That's funny!

smtitmas
08-30-2008, 08:56 PM
Two more cool trucks...
check out my favorite,

CraftsmanCollective
09-01-2008, 11:40 PM
Jeez, talk about a thread jacking. Not a single picture of an outfitted rig in three pages. pathetic

newman
09-02-2008, 12:48 AM
that's true
LOL :)