2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Trailer Made From Old Fuel Oil Tank
The trailer measures 48 in. wide by 5 ft. long and has a removable gate on back. It's painted Deere green and yellow.
Stump thoroughly rinsed out the tank to remove all residue, then laid the tank on its side and used a sawzall to cut off the top half. The fenders were fashioned from the cut-off piece of the tank. The trailer's four 8-in. wheels came off a boat trailer, while the tandem axles were made from axles off small cars. He removed the brake drums and cut 18 in. out of each axle to shorten them up, then welded the axles solid to the frame. Angle iron was welded onto the top edges of the tank to reinforce it.
On front of the tank is a metal bracket that can accept two different kinds of tongues; one with a height adjustable drawbar and the other with a ball hitch. Either tongue can be replaced by simply pulling a pin.
There's a small toolbox and jackstand on front of the tank, and a metal bracket at each corner for installing pipe stake sides. A slow moving vehicle sign on back, along with reflective tape on both sides, make the trailer safe for pulling down the highway.
"It looks nice and pulls easy behind a pickup. I hardly even know it's back there," says Stump. "I've taken it to antique tractor shows for display. At home my kids hook it behind their 4-wheeler and take it to the woods to gather maple syrup or to collect pumpkins and so forth. They've even ridden in it in parades, where I pull it behind a bigger Deere tractor. I made some brackets for mounting a pair of seat benches inside the trailer."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Jay Stump, P.O. Box 13, Ft. Recovery, Ohio 45846 (ph 419 375-2634).
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