You Sly Dog, with its sometimes twisted take on the classic hot dog, has been part of the Tucson Food Truck Roundup scene since the beginning of the year.

Photo courtesy Ramon Luquez

Ramon Luquez saw the heap of metal in his friend’s driveway and had to have it.

A 1962 International Harvester Metro van with all its windows broken out, weeds sprouting inside and rust eating a big hole through the floorboard.

“I bought it right away. Then I was looking at it thinking. ‘What am I going to do with this?’”

Eleven years later — nine of them spent staring at the $2,200 relic in the driveway, the last two spent completely renovating it — Luquez has turned the historic vehicle into You Sly Dog, one of Tucson’s newest food trucks.

Luquez grills up hot dogs, from the ubiquitous Sonoran to some off-the chart creations that come straight from the imagination of someone rummaging through their refrigerator.

See the full story in Thursday's Caliente.