1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home Built Farm Loader
"The drive tires are 11 by 24 and the rims came off a combine. It took some time to fit the rims to the truck hubs. The truck springs were left on. It needs heavy-duty springs to keep it from rocking when carrying a load.
"The motor is a 223 Ford 6-cyl. with a 4-speed transmission which is connected to a 4-wheel drive transfer case from a 3/4-ton Dodge power wagon that brings the drive train back to the 2-speed drive axle on the truck. This gives us 16 forward gears and 4 in reverse.
"We split the brake line to the drive axle and have a brake pedal for each of the drive wheels. When it is loaded, we can pivot on one wheel because the steering wheels are very light when carrying a load. We run a hydraulic pump off the front of the motor with a chain drive. If we were to build another one, we would make it a shaft drive with two universal joints.
"It'll go down the road as fast as a truck. In the field we can carry big bales at 15 to 20 mph., sometimes even carrying two. It has saved us a lot of front ends on our tractors and is the best snow pusher I have ever seen. The cab is made of plywood."
Spader figures he has about $1,100 invested in the entire machine.
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