Albuquerque man transforming '60s KOB live truck into food truck

Posted at: 08/21/2014 7:00 PM
Updated at: 08/21/2014 7:08 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The 1955 Fageol Twin Coach was a proud member of the KOB fleet back in the mid-'60s. It was one of the station's live trucks, but fast forward nearly half a century, and it's easy to tell that time and Mother Nature haven't been kind to her.

"As rough as she is, I can see past that," said Jon Young.

Young is a chef who has a grand vision of turning the truck into a five-star mobile bistro serving the best food around, with a touch of Jon's flair and a taste of New Mexico.

"The roast beef and brie. That's roast beef, brie cheese, honey mustard, and then a strip of roasted Hatch green chile with sourdough bread. Nice," Young said when discussing his favorite sandwich.

The road's been a little rough. Since the day he drove it into Duke City from Socorro County, he's had to fend off bidders from other states.

"There were offers from Alaska and from Ohio, where it was manufactured. I wanted to keep it here," Young said.

Now Jon will need to fix the flat tire, redo the floors, fix up the windows, and give it a new paint job. But he says he's up to the challenge.

"A mobile restaurant like this needs to be just an empty shell so you can start from the ground up. This bus, as diamond-in-the-rough as she is, kind of fits the bill," Young said.

He plans on having his truck, which will be called "Fresh, A Mobile Bistro!" up and running by next summer.

If you'd like to keep tabs on the truck's transformation, click here.