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Old Truck Makes Low-Cost Dump Trailer
"I built a 12-ft. long dump trailer out of the rear half of a 1966 Chevrolet 60 series 2-ton truck. The truck's box is raised and lowered by a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton gas motor that drives a hydraulic pump, and it's equipped with a standard wagon hitch so I can pull it behind my tractor or pickup and use it almost anywhere," says Richard Van Hyfte, Annawans, Ill.
Van Hyfte paid $60 for the truck and spent just $250 total to convert it to a dump trailer. He cut off the frame behind the cab and tapered it to a "V" in front, then welded the hitch on. He bolted the motor onto a cross member of the truck frame and mounted the pump underneath it. He mounted a 2 la-in. pulley on the motor and a 10-in. pulley on the pump.
"I use it a lot to haul dirt with my tractor. It'll lift five tons," says Van Hyfte. "A commercial gooseneck trailer equipped with electric motor lift would cost several thousand dollars and require a special hookup. The 5-ft. long frame in front of the box leaves plenty of room for turning."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard E. Van Hyfte, RR 1, Box 127, Annawans, Ill. 61234 (ph 309 935-6611).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4