1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Turned His Pickup Into Mini Cattle Truck
Moyer, a Telford, Pa., custom calf raiser, designed the cattle hauler specifically for his 1989 1/2-ton Chevy pickup equipped with 350 cu. in. engine and automatic overdrive transmission. The Eby Company (1194 Main St., Blue Ball, Pa. 17506; ph 717 354-4971) built it for him two years ago.
"I can haul up to 12 newborn calves at one time or 8 started calves weighing around 225 lbs.," Moyer says. "It's compact and easy to install simply by removing the tailgate and bolting it to the bed."
The truck body is 8 ft. long by 4 1/2-ft. wide and weighs only 500 lbs. Its curved roof and front sides are only a couple of inches higher than the pickup cab. Its shape makes it aerodynamic and its compact size makes it easy to store when it's not in use. It's removed from the pickup quickly and easily by removing bolts and lifting it off the pickup with eye bolts on top.
There's a roll-up door on back and drop gate with stamped out steps for loading and unloading calves.
It has four Plexiglas strips per side, two of which are on tracks so one or both can be removed to increase ventilation.
A Plexiglas panel in front of the body matches the size of the pickup's rear window so Moyer can always see what's going on inside.
An aluminum divider panel suspended from the ceiling is flipped down to divide the unit in half when Moyer has only half a load, when he's hauling calves to or from two different locations, or when he's hauling both smaller and larger calves.
A compartment for tools and emergency equipment is located in the upper front portion of the body. Another compartment, 6-in. deep and 1-ft. wide, runs the height of the body on the driver's side. It's used for storing boots and overalls.
Cost of Moyer's mini cattle truck body was about $3,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glenn Moyer, 941 Long Mill Rd., Telford, Pa 18969 (ph 215 723-9451).
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