Clementine and Ayr with new Clover truck
What’s up with the sepia? This is the first in a series of re-posts from Year One. We’ll be posting in chronological order leading up to our 10th birthday on 10/29/18. Did we mention we’re trying to hit 10k Instagram followers in time for our birthday? If we do, our prices will roll back in time 10 years. You’ll use the Clover app to buy $5 sandwiches, $3 sides, and $2 drinks. But now without further ado, here’s Ayr back in 2008.
Buying the truck
After a ton of research, having visited two dozen different trucks for sale, and heavy negotiations, we have our truck. We bought the truck in Hartford, CT from CanAm, a used truck dealer. It belonged to a fleet of trucks leased out of PA (where most of the trucks are leased for some reason) to a uniform company. It is a 1999 Freightliner, built-out by Utilimaster with an aluminum step-van body. It has 139,000 miles, was fleet maintained, and is diesel (here we come bio-diesel!).
$7,500 including all prep work (new glass, tune-up, fixing a bunch of small things that needed attention). After 2 days with the RMV (deserving its own entry), the truck is now licensed and on the road.
Currently the truck is at A1 Restaurant Ventilation, in Everett, MA, getting a 4′ hood installed (something that is costing too much, despite a tough negotiation).