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Compressed Air Powers Pickup Dump Box
If this dump box powered by an inflatable air bag looks familiar, it's because it's based on a system from Australia that FARM SHOW featured several years ago (Vol. 13, No. 1).
That system, however, used engine exhaust to fill the air bag. This new U.S. system has its own electric-powered air compressor.
At a weight of just 106 lbs., the kit allows a standard-size pickup to dump up to a 4,500-lb. load to an angle of 50 degrees.
To install, you unbolt the pickup bed and saw 2 to 3 in. off the end of both frame rails, then replace them with a new rear frame and bumper mounts. Two heavy-duty 1 in. dia. hinges attach to the back of the box. The air bag mounts on two thrust plates supported by steel crossmembers. Installation takes about three hours using ordinary shop tools. Operates with a push button or optional key lock switch mounted on the dash.
Available for GMC/Chevrolet 1500, 2500 and 3500 series, Ford 150, 250 and 350 series, Ford Super 99, Ford Long-Bed, and Dodge Ram pickups.
Sells for $1,995.
It will be available later this year for Ford Ranger, GMC Sonoma and Chevrolet S-10/ 15 pickups.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Load Hog Industries, 100 Steel St., Aliquippa, Pa. 15001 (ph toll-free 888 462-3867 or 724 857-0777; fax 0663).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5