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I'll be flying to Ft. Wayne on Friday to pick this 2005 Isuzu 16' box truck and bring it home to VA for a winter build. I'll post as we move on with the work to the final step, lettering much like what I have.



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Congrats....I'm still looking.

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Nice job Brett....



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Very cool!

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cool man! I just got one also, haven't used it yet but its fun to drive!

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Brett can you pick one of them up for me while you are there.

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Nice One Brett!!!!!!

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Art O wrote:

Brett can you pick one of them up for me while you are there.


 He has four more that came in from lease... I wish I could figure out how to hook two together and make a detour to the northeast.



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That is exactly the truck I want. But it has to have a Ramp.

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I had one like that a couple of years ago, it had a wood planked floor...got real slippery and I fell off the back edge trying to step down...almost broke my forearm on a curb. If you can do somthing to ensure a non slip area by the rear.

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I fell out the back of mine twice in a year. Now I pull the ramp out every time I go inside.

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I bought the box truck we are using 2 1/2 years ago. The first thing I did was supper wash the floor and caulk the sides to the floor. I painted the floor with epoxy with skid tex. The step bumper got a work over as well. Hammered black paint with skid tex. So far no one has slipped. I will be doing the same thing for the new truck. One of the things I am looking forward to is having the cab and box totally separate. One thing I think we will use that will help with fatigue is the side door. At first I didn't want the side door but after some thought I think it will be something we will get use to. There is so much I like about working from the box truck. All in one shop with cabinets and drawers. Plenty of storage. Everything is out of sight and that mobile billboard!



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Brett,

What type of fuel mileage do those trucks get fully loaded with equipment only(no mixes or water)?

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waxman18324 wrote:

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What type of fuel mileage do those trucks get fully loaded with equipment only(no mixes or water)?

Hank


I am soon going to find out. I will check the empty mileage on the way home but I am sure I will do as well if not better than the Ford E350 box truck that gets about 8 mpg. My 2500 diesel doesn't fluctuate much at all when pulling my '12 remodeling trailer. I have the mountains to deal with so I expect to see the cost of fuel stay about the same or maybe even better. I wish I could find a bubble for the front of the box! That would help a lot.



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What type of fuel mileage do those trucks get fully loaded with equipment only(no mixes or water)?

Hank


I am soon going to find out. I will check the empty mileage on the way home but I am sure I will do as well if not better than the Ford E350 box truck that gets about 8 mpg. My 2500 diesel doesn't fluctuate much at all when pulling my '12 remodeling trailer. I have the mountains to deal with so I expect to see the cost of fuel stay about the same or maybe even better. I wish I could find a bubble for the front of the box! That would help a lot.


Being in the Pocono Mountains and like you everything is on a hill and 45 minutes away(local joke). That's why I was asking. We are rapidly running out of room on the 8' bed pick up.

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i have no hills anywhere around me.. my 350 box truck with the 5.7 vortec gets 14, but it has the air diverted over the cab to throw air over the front of the box instead of into it

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Lee,

That's right rub it in about the hills. Then again you can't ski down there. I'm sorry but I couldn't resist.

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Love that side door.

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We have about the same thing going on here Hank. I cover about a 50 mile radius but that is because I prefer small town USA.

I really think I am going to really like that side door. I have some concerns about the build but I'm sure that will be easy to work around. I'm hoping to set it up so that most of the valves can be reached from the first step. Can't wait to start playing.



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What an adventure! First the flight was delayed almost two hours because the crew needed rest. This would mean getting to Ft. Wayne at 2:00 and not 10:30. I get to Chicago walk out of my gate and find the flight I was going to miss was late. The ticket counter was helpful, checked to see if there was a seat, gave me a new ticket, unlocked the door and now I was on the earlier flight! Once I got there I was picked up by Joe's son, went to the lot, signed the papers and found that the truck had a 60 MPH governor. The local Isuzu shop didn't have time to adjust it so off I go. An 8.5 hour drive no faster than 60! Needless to say... it was so much fun! Between stops for food and fuel it took me 11 hours to get home. The truck and I are good friends and will get more acquainted today.



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Sounds like the road trip from hell.

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those trucks handle awesome. they have a real tight turning radius making them great for residential work.

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Dan Dykstra wrote:

those trucks handle awesome. they have a real tight turning radius making them great for residential work.


I really like this truck .I will like it even more once I get that governor turned up to a real driving speed. Since we have two interstates we travel almost every day it has to do better than 60. 



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After many weeks of stripping the old truck and building the new truck with a propane space heater inside, we are 90% finished. The truck has been in the shop getting fitted for the ladder rack. The owner let me do the exterior plumbing while it was inside, in a heated shop!

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1. Filling port for SH

2. Tanks an plumbing at front wall.

3. Batteries and wiring. Outlet installed with trickle charger wired to outside for easy charging.

4. Plumbing

5. View from rear.

6. Racks in process of being installed.

7. Hose reel for house water, booster pump and filter.



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Very Nice Brett.

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looks great Brett!!! Good luck with it this year..



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Brett,

Thanks for sharing. These photos are easier to view, for the visually challenged, than the text messages you sent me.

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