2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ford F-250 Converted To “All Purpose Pickup”
Good thing, because the Lancer, Sask., farmer converted the pickup into an “all purpose” model that he uses hard all year long. He mounted a round bale unroller and a modified feed unloading bin on back, and a winch-controlled snow blade on front that’s fitted with overhead lights. All of this add-on equipment operates off the pickup’s 12-volt battery.
“It works fantastic. I can use the pickup to push snow, pick up, transport, and unroll bales, and deliver rolled steamed barley by just flipping a switch on the pickup’s dash,” says Vigar.
The feed bin formerly served as the grain hopper on an old Massey Harris combine, and the hopper’s mounting frame bolts onto a thick metal plate that’s bolted to the pickup bed’s floor. The hopper still contains the original unloading auger and is fitted on the outside with a 5-ft. long flexible rubber spout.
The flexible spout sets on a metal frame bolted to the pickup bed that keeps the spout rigid during unloading. When not in use, Vigar can remove a pin and swing the spout over onto another frame.
“I used it to deliver grain into 100-ft. long feed troughs in my pasture, and to drop rolled steam barley onto the grass,” says the retired cattleman.
The bale unroller came equipped with a hand-operated winch that was used to raise and lower the unroller’s arms. Vigar replaced the hand winch with a 12,000-lb. electric winch that’s bolted to the feed bin’s support frame.
The snow blade is fitted with a series of overhead lights mounted on homemade brackets that attach to the top of the blade. Vigar keeps the blade on the pickup all year long.
“The lights really opened things up at night and provided a better view,” he says. “Even with the blade on, I could move cows at night and still see where I was going.”
The pickup originally came equipped with a chrome stack on each side and straight pipes underneath. “The stacks were so loud that I couldn’t even hear myself thinking. I replaced them with 6-ft. long stacks that direct the noise above the pickup,” says Vigar.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brian Vigar, P.O. Box 40, Lancer, Sask., Canada S0N 1G0 (ph 306 689-2888).
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