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Loader Built From Old Truck, Tractor
"I don't know how I got along without it," says George Beck, Woodhull, Ill., about the heavy-duty loader tractor he built from scratch using truck, tractor and combine parts.
Beck used the engine, transmission and rear end from a 1935 WC Allis Chalmers tractor. He reversed the transmission so the gear pattern is backwards in order to be able to run the tractor in reverse. The turning axle was salvaged from a 2 1/2-ton Chevy truck (model unknown) while the power steering was taken from a 1954 stub-nosed Chevy truck, including all parts from the axle to the tie rod assembly.
Beck says this power steering setup works excellent for loader work because there are individual steering cylinders for each wheel, allowing for better control and increased "give and take" if one wheel gets stuck or bogged down.
He built heavy-duty loader arms and bucket for the tractor along with inter-changeable forks. He also has a 30-ft. boom that fits onto the forks for light-weight "reaching jobs".
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Beck, Beck's Body Shop, 340 S.E. 3rd Ave., Woodhull, Ill. 61490 (ph 309 334-2176).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4