Food Truck Build Outs
Buying a Food Truck does not have to be a stressful event! Most companies charge an exorbitant amount of money just because it is a specialty item. WE DON’T!
We like to start with a used, high-quality truck frame. The frame is the most important part, as the motor and transmission can be replaced fairly easily. The frame is what matters. You need a truck bed and box that is not only long enough but wide and tall enough to accommodate people walking around, working in close proximity. The motor running and operational is a bonus. Most of these trucks will be in the $5000 to $10,000 dollar range depending upon their age and mileage. We can usually locate a good truck within a week to 10 days. However, we prefer that you purchase it direct. That way, you get it titled in your company name and will have possession of the title from the start.
The first thing that we do is clean it up. We start by pressure washing and degreasing the outside, underside and engine compartment. Next, one of our technicians performs a 150 point inspection of the truck. They are inspecting the engine, transmission, brakes, tires, drive train and exhaust system. We also evaluate locations for underbelly mounted water, propane, and fuel tanks. Once this is done, you will receive a report so that you can make decisions on what might need to be replaced or serviced. Our Cleanup and Inspection costs $350.
While the inspection is taking place, you will be working with one of our designers to develop the inside of the truck box to fit your cooking needs. Once the final design is complete, our technicians can begin the actual buildout of the inside. The shell, as we will call, it includes the flooring, walls, concession window, interior lighting, ceiling (if needed), all electrical outlets, breaker box and moto plug. The walls are finished in white 0.03 aluminum for easy cleanup and a beautiful finish. All outlets are run with 12 gauge wire to their individual breaker to make sure that everything runs efficiently. If 220v is necessary, then we run 10-3 to accommodate that application. This is when we install an A/C system, if desired. All of this typically runs around $8500.
The cab buildout is next on the list. Most of the time we only need to clean up, sand, replace some diamond plate and/or wood. We then paint the interior metal surfaces to provide a finished look. This typically runs around $1500. You will be given an estimate if more work is necessary (replacing the seat, replacing some of the buttons and gauges.)
If your truck needed or if you desired a new (crate) motor and transmission, then we would be installing these at the same time as the interior buildout. Crate motors (gas) start at $4500 and up and transmissions start at $2800 and up. Each comes with a 3 year warranty. It is nice to know that, even if you don’t get one in the beginning , it is very easy to budget for them down the road. Literally, one good weekend at an event can pay for these to be replaced.
Now for the kitchen….From the water system to the firewall, hood and grease approved exhaust systems, we do it all. We have designed and installed just about every piece of equipment out there. We make your design and desire a reality. Whether you chose to purchase your own equipment and ship it to us for installation or you take advantage of our full turn-key service, we are here to help. We understand budgets and will work with you either way. Pricing will be in accordance with the design and the type of equipment required.
Other options include full graphics wraps, premium sound systems, cameras and TV systems, awnings, solar lights, solar power, wind power, LED lighting, ATM machines, generators…you imagine it, we can build it.
Typical projects can be completed in as little as four weeks. It is our desire to get you up and running as soon as possible. Give us a shout, we are ready to serve you.