Auto Cad… who knew?

As a self-proclaimed 'artist' and 'creative' (go ahead vomit in your mouth- I always do when people self address with those terms) I find joy in dabbling with design, color and composition.  However, when fronted with the challenges of geometry, measurements, calculations and things of electrical nature, I'm at a total loss.  The harsh reality of this food truck endeavor is that questions like, "where the hell are we going to put this shit?" eventually arise.  We are slowly encroaching on that moment when the most critical decisions must be made of where all the meat and potatoes sit on the plate.  In this case, we need to figure out what refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, grinder, blender, etc goes where.

It's times like this when I have no clue, so we call upon experts in the field.  Enter, Duncan Ferguson, Master Engineer.  OK, so it's not like I went on Angie's List and found myself the best guy in town.  It just so happens that my lucky ass is (techincally) related to this super hero (he's married to my Mom.)  They run an incredible operation over in Torrance, CA called Renmark Pacific Corp and they make and engineer all sorts of cool shit (including stuff for the famed Airforce One ...shhhhhh, don't tell anyone I told you that) That being said, they are experts in engineering things of this nature and Duncan is "one with the auto cad" as they say.  I couldn't help but utilize their expertise in 'making cool shit' and had to take advantage of said skills.   So far, we've gone through 2 drafts on where to put things, and let's just say- I'm really glad we are going through these exercises.  Thus far we have come to find that stuff isn't fitting the way it should.  So it's back to the old drawing board and still working on figuring out what the hell goes where.  I'll let you know when we finally get to that point.

Our original thoughts were that we'd be using undercounter appliances that would give us counter & prep space, and store the generator onboard.  AutoCad Version 1 shows us we have no clue what the F'@k we are talking about.  Doors don't open properly and there's just not enough room for the genie.

Our original thoughts were that we'd be using undercounter appliances that would give us counter & prep space, and store the generator onboard.  AutoCad Version 1 shows us we have no clue what the F'@k we are talking about.  Doors don't open properly and there's just not enough room for the genie.

So we went back to the proverbial 'drawing board' just to spin our wheels some more.  Still not the solution, however this keeps us looking for better layout options. The moral to this story is: "measure 17 times…. cut ONCE."

So we went back to the proverbial 'drawing board' just to spin our wheels some more.  Still not the solution, however this keeps us looking for better layout options. The moral to this story is: "measure 17 times…. cut ONCE."

Things are really starting to fit together nicely as you see here in V3…. 

Things are really starting to fit together nicely as you see here in V3….