1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Moster truck built from Dodge power wagon and 6 wheel Army truck
"It's built like a big tow truck and has the power and strength to haul even the biggest trees," says Desjardins, who notes that the truck stands 7 ft. 6 in. high at the roof. "The army truck suspension is super strong and, with the low gearing and large 11.00 by 20 Army truck tires, it'll climb over almost anything."
The "monster truck" uses the Army truck's original 302 cu. in 6-cylinder engine, Allison automatic transmission, alternator, 24-V starter, and radiator, and the Dodge power wagon's power steering. Desjardins converted the Power
Wagon into a short pickup by cutting off the rear portion of the roof and mounting the rear window behind the front seat. He also shortened up the frame and removed the Army truck's two rear differentials and drive shaft and added a front differential. The entire front end of the truck body tilts up for engine access.
The army truck originally was equipped with a 60,000-lb. pto-driven winch in front. Desjardins mounted the winch under the bed of the new truck. To winch trees he puts the transmission in neutral and engages the pto lever. A 47-gal. gas tank behind the cab is operated by an electric fuel pump.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Denis Desjardins, RR 1 , Alcove, Quebec, Canada JOX lAO (ph 819 459-2548).
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