1983 - Volume #7, Issue #1, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Handy Tractor Loader
To solve my problem, I took an old 4-wheel drive army truck chassis, replaced the 20-in. wheels with 24-in. IH combine wheels and then reversed the rear axle so it would go forward in the opposite direction. That way, the load isn't on the steering part of the converted truck. I mounted the loader on the truck frame, and coupled the hydraulic pump to the front crankshaft so I would have a live pto. I used a 6-cyl. Chevrolet engine with powerglide transmission coupled to a 4-speed truck transmission that was in turn, coupled to the 2-speed transfer case of the army truck. This gave me all the speed options I need. I then outfitted the loader with a 1948 Jeep cab to give me an all-weather loader.
I have used the machine since 1968 with very few problems. If interested readers will send me a self-addressed stamped envelop, I'll try to answer any questions they may have.
Wishek, N. Dak. 58495
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