1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built 4-WD Pickup Fitted With Aluminum Dump Bed
"This truck was originally a 2-WD model. I converted it to 4-WD by installing a heavy duty front axle off a 1972 Chevrolet 3/4-ton pickup," says Simons. "I also installed the Chevy's disc brakes. The rear end is from a 1989 Chevrolet 1-ton pickup and the transfer case is from a Dodge pickup and is independent of the transmission. I replaced the driveshaft yokes on the transfer case with Spicer yokes. I replaced the original engine with a Ford 390 cu. in. gas engine and 4-speed transmission. The power steering box is from an International 4-WD truck, and the air conditioning and vacuum power brakes (dual master cylinder) are from a 1975 Ford 3/4-ton pickup.
"The homemade aluminum dump bed has a lift capacity of 4,000 lbs. and is powered by a 12-volt electric lift gate pump. I've used the dump bed to haul several hundred tons of sand, manure, scrap metal, etc., over the last 15 years. A gooseneck hitch is hidden below the bed to keep the deck flat."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Simons, HC 1, Box 315 D, Pearce, Arizona 85625 (ph 520 824-3250).
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