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He Converted School Bus To Dump Truck
"It may not look pretty but it comes in real handy around here," says Charles Sassmen about a school bus he converted into a dump truck for hauling manure and firewood.
The Reedsport, Ore., rancher started with a 1974 International school bus equipped with a big V-8 engine. He stripped the bus down to the frame from the driver's seat back, then shortened the frame by 13 ft. and retained the bus's original rear axle and tires.
He used a 5-cu. yd. dump box off an old Army truck that he already owned. The box is dumped by a pto driven hydraulic pump off the truck's transmission, and Sassmen had a local welding shop build up the pto's main gear in order to synchronize rpm's with that of the truck's transmission.
"That cost $75, which is the only expense I had," Sassmen says. "I didn't have a dump truck before and this one works just great."
Next, he plans to cover the rear of the cab with tin.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Charles Sassmen, 2320 North Fork Smith River Rd., Reedsport, Ore. 97467-9730 (ph 541 271-4403).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2