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Mine… alllllll mine.

September 29, 2010

Only because of pure dumb luck. For weeks, I’ve been stalking ice cream carts, bikes, and trikes on craigslist, ebay, and all over the internet. Every one was either too far, or too expensive, or just not quite what I was looking for.

I hit upon the idea of fabbing my own, using a steel bin of some sort as the body. After perusing countless restaurant supply websites, it looked as if a commercial ice bin might just fit the bill. However, those, too, cost an arm and a leg.

I came across a posting for a restaurant liquidation outfit, that happened to be near work. I took a lunch time expedition, and found a few candidates.

First, a liquid transportation cart. It was full of junk and had no top. But it had wheels, a sturdy handle, and a drain spigot.

Next up, an aluminum ingredient bin. It had a handle, too small wheels, and a lid, but zero insulation.

But wait, what’s this?

It’s a bit bigger than what I was looking for. But it’s an actual, already-made, ice cream cart from the C. Nelson company. They are the folks who make the most popular freezers for ice cream trucks. These things are outfitted with cold plates. You plug it in overnight, and the temperature reaches an icy -20°. The next day, you can unplug it, and wheel it around for hours, while it keeps a temperature of 0°. (This is in ambient temps of 90°. We’ll see how it does when it’s 115° out!)

It was listed for a really good price, and I nearly bought it then and there. I chose to wait and research it some more. They told me it would be up for auction the next week, which meant I could get it for even less, or a lot more.

Nonetheless, I went for it. Luckily, they do online auctions, because I could not miss work. At the appointed time, I logged on, and listened and watched. Lot after lot came up and were sold. The cart would be near the end. Four HOURS later, it came up.

After a brief bidding scuffle with an onsite bidder, it was mine for half the tag price. Woo wooot!

Now I just have to figure out how to get it home.

It needs some cleaning and fixing as well.

Oh, and I need to see if it even works. There is that small matter.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 2:48 pm

    Love it! I can’t wait to see it after you fix it up.

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