1988 - Volume #12, Issue #6, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Leak-Proof Pickup Box"I got tired of time wasted stuffing the cracks around the tailgate on my pickup whenever I wanted to haul grain or bulk feed. I figured there had to be a better way," says David Otting, Clearbrook, Minn., who came up with a way to "leak-proof' his pickup.
"I used 4-in. wide used baler belting because it's fairly rigid yet remains flexible regardless of how cold or hot the weather gets. I cut one strip the width of the tailgate and used pop rivets to attach it to the bottom inside of the tailgate, covering the gap between the tailgate and the box. I then cut off two lengths of belting the height of the box and pop riveted them to the inside ends of the box, leaving enough extended to over-lap the ends of the tailgate. The belting tightly seals the box and doesn't restrict other uses of the pickup. When you open the tailgate the belting lifts out of the way automatically for cleaning."
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