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Homemade Roll Tarp/Drill Fill Combo
I built this roll tarp/drill fill combo for my 1982 Ford F350 1-ton truck with 11 ft. box because the truck was too small to accommodate an endgate drill fill auger.
I wanted to be able to roll up the tarp, which replaces the old tie-down tarp I used before, normally with the Smith-Roles 5-in. dia. 14-ft. long drill fill installed in the truck box. So I built a lengthwise frame and crossmembers out of 1 in. sq. tubing to support the tarp. I had the 11 by 9-ft. tarp custom-built for me out of fabric at a local shop. Mounted on the right side of the box, it rolls up manually with a crank and universal joint I took off an old Cockshutt cultivator.
I had the drill fill around and mounting it in the truck box didn't really require anything fancy since I used existing mounting brackets. A flat plate covers the hole in front of the box when I remove the drill fill.
The system works great for filling my 24-ft. Melro-drill and protecting seed from the elements.
I paid $70 for the tarp fabric and paid $300 for the drill fill when I bought it years ago.
(Merrill Schreiner, Box 202, Minto, Manitoba, Canada R0K 1M0; ph 204 776-2362)

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2