From the archives

Tent poles

8 September, 2008: I’ve been talking to John and Jinhee (Single Speed Design) about awning designs. I’ve long loved the way simple tents look (see above), and we’re looking at these as possible references. Tetsuya Ohara, who leads up technical fabric and materials at Patagonia is kindly offering us advice. Tetsuya used to work for a sail maker, which is another source… Read More

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WARNING: This is going to be a boring post

5 September, 2008: … but if I don’t write it down I’ll forget everything. And I know this will be useful to others someday. I was always skeptical when people said things like “you’re going to have to deal with licensing” as though it was a huge hurdle. I was wrong. Here’s a summary of the city and state licensing… Read More

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LP tank installed

4 September, 2008: I’ve been having trouble with parking this week. Last week the truck was getting the ventilation installed. Next week the body work will take place. This week I’m babysitting. So I decided to pull into the Home Depot parking lot this morning and install the LP gas tank. I figured I had everything I needed (generator, etc.) and could… Read More

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Pancake Sunday, 5/3, 11am – 1pm at the truck

1 May, 2009: Alright, we will not be boiling syrup, but we’ll be doing everything else we can to re-create the sugar-house experience. Some details for you all: Sunday, 5/3 (this Sunday!) 11am -1pm At the food truck (20 Carleton St., Cambridge, MA near the Kendall T stop) Pancakes, corn fritters, local maple syrup, pickles, coffee, tea, fresh juice –… Read More

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This truck is vegetable powered

3 September, 2008:   For those interested in the details, here’s a quick summary of how these vegetable oil conversions work. Apparently the diesel engine can run on vegetable oil just fine, so long as it is (A) the right temperature (~150°F), and (B) doesn’t contain water or particles. It seems that (B) has more of an impact on the… Read More

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Running on oil

3 September, 2008: Today I drove the truck down to Walpole, MA to meet with Mark at SVOlink (formerly alt energy oasis, www.svolink.com). Mark used to do vegetable oil conversions of diesel engines and now focuses on processing and selling vegetable oil. He took the time to show me his box truck conversion, his processing facility, and talk me through… Read More

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New banner for blog

2 September, 2008: So this is still a stand-in for the real logo for the food lab, but I’m sort of digging the lettering on the truck. John Hong (SSD) was commenting on how it’s sort of a neat effect, and I think I’m liking it too. Possible direction for the type for the food lab? I like that it… Read More

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3 types of step van rear doors

1 September, 2008: I’ve done a ton of research into step vans. Over the coming week I’m going to post it here for all you curious about Grumman, Utilimaster, and P-30s. Getting us started I thought I’d put up a quick note on types of rear doors I’ve seen. We’re trying to decide how best to treat the back of… Read More

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Coffee

11 November, 2008: We’ve started to consider coffee. We’re lucky here. We have some of the best coffee roasters in the country in our back yard. Barrington Coffee Roasters is set up in Lee, not far from where I grew up. And George Howell Roasters is right out near Acton. George Howell started the Coffee Connection (which Starbucks then bought).… Read More

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Meeting with Single Speed Design

1 September, 2008: I met with Jinhee and John of Single Speed Designs today. Phil, who is going to handle the design/build joined us as well. It was a ton of fun. I talked too much, gave a tour of the truck, and asked some questions. John and Jinhee showed me some of the ideas they have been working through.… Read More

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For the side of the truck?

29 August, 2008: What do you think of this for the side of the truck? Comments welcome. Here’s an older one. This image dates to the day after I first thought of the food lab idea: Read More

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Broken toe

29 August, 2008: See that big toe? Last night I dropped the LP gas tank on it. I think it might be broken. Anyway, it kept me from surfing this morning. I guess this is why people wear steel toed boots. I was actually looking at some the other week but couldn’t find any not in leather, so didn’t buy.… Read More

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CLOVERFOODLAB CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 August, 2008: I couldn’t pass inspection without the name of the business, city, and phone number on both sides of the truck. This lettering has to be 2″ tall. Since the entire truck is going to get torn apart and re-built in a few days, I kept this simple. These letters were $2.48 for a package from Dickson Brothers.… Read More

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Truck is now locked

13 September, 2008: For obvious reasons I have not mentioned this here, but the truck arrived without any keys to any of the locks. This means my truck has been sitting unsecured on the road for the past few weeks. Luckily there’s nothing of value in the truck, but it’s still had me a bit uncomfortable at night. After receiving… Read More

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Inspection passed

29 August, 2008: Can-Am Auto of Hartford, CT, the place that sold me the truck, isn’t covering the kingpin repair. I’m protected by the law, but they wont budge. I think I’ll have to bring them to small claims court, but for now I paid for the $1,300 repair myself. The truck is now in top shape and has passed… Read More