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1959 Volkswagen Pickup Looks Like A Small Semi Truck
I modified a 1959 Volkswagen pickup to look like a small semi truck. I shortened the pickup by 3 ft. by cutting it in half and removing 36 in. from the center part of the bed. After welding the frame and bed back together and grinding and sanding the body work, I flared the fenders. I also added wide tires, West Coast mirrors, an air horn, cab lights, dual upright chrome exhaust pipes, a rollbar, wooden side racks for the bed, and two front-running lights. There's even a fifth wheel trailer hitch on back. It's a fun little truck to drive around - everyone who sees it comments on how nice it looks.
  Another project was rebuilding an old Case rear-mounted, hydraulic-driven tiller so I could pull it behind my Deere 332 garden tractor. The tractor was already equipped with a front-mounted, driveshaft-operated sweeper. The driveshaft and U-joints kept going bad so I decided to convert the sweeper to operate on hydraulics, too. The tractor didn't have enough hydraulic capacity to operate the tiller's hydraulic pump so I used 16-gauge sheet metal to build a hydraulic tank which I mounted on back of the tractor. Then I mounted an 8 gpm hydraulic pump on an extension that I added to the tractor's rear pto shaft. Then I built a pivoting frame and hitch for the tiller. A 3-in. dia., 8-in. long hydraulic cylinder mounts on the tank and is used to raise and lower the tiller. To control the flow of fluid, I mounted a reversible control lever on the side of the tank. Oil is piped through a filter out the side to two hydraulic quick couplers. Both the front broom and the tiller could be used in either direction because of the type of control lever I used. The final step was to paint the tiller green.
   (Don Campbell, Box 132, Gaylord, Mich. 49734 ph 517 732-3946; Email: koli@voyager.net; Website: expressodesigns.com/minimachine/)

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5