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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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Coolidge Corner

16 February, 2009: What do you all think of Coolidge corner? This is one of the areas we've been eyeing to open our first fixed location Clover restaurant. With all that is going on good spaces are starting to open. Prices haven't dropped yet, but at least the spots are starting to come available. The other week Z-Square in Harvard… 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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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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Organization

12 November, 2008: One of the things we're not quite on top of yet is the sourcing/ organization. It's tough, the quantities are a moving target, and we're making daily changes to the menu. All this means that each day we take stock of what we have, what we need, and figure out how to get from where we are… 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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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

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Clover Food Lab early logo

28 August, 2008: This is a logo Brooke helped me draw. This was from 2 days after the basic idea was hatched. Here is the picture the logo was taken from: Read More

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Debbie is my hero of the day

28 August, 2008: Remember the story about Chris O'Neil at Cambridge Licensing yesterday. Well today I got a call from Debbie at the Cambridge Chronicle legal advertising department. It seems Chris did the right thing and submitted my application. YES! Amazing though what a stark contrast between how helpful Debbie was (she even called to confirm) even though she doesn't… Read More

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How did you spend your Saturday?

29 March, 2009: Blue and I hit Restaurant Depot this weekend. There in the Mini you see vinyl gloves, heavy duty floor cleaner (hey, I'm not a huge fan of heavy chemical cleaners, but nothing gets the floor clean like this stuff), ketchup, BBQ sauce, deli paper, and a few other things. The ketchup is Heinz (which I like), and… Read More

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Fun with Cambridge Licensing

27 August, 2008: This is where I've been spending a lot of time lately, Cambridge City Hall. Actually, the building I'm usually visiting is next door, and not as grand. Today I was running between MIT, having met with Richard Berlin, head of dining services, to confirm my spot, and city hall to get my application for food truck license… Read More