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Old Truck Makes Weathertight Seed Wagon

A 1940's panel truck, with its engine cut off and a gooseneck hitch welded on, makes a weathertight "seed wagon" that holds a day's supply of seed and insecticide for Howard Streeter, Alpha, Ill.
The truck, 16 ft. long, 7 ft. wide and 6 1/ 2 ft. high, has rear double folding doors and a side door formerly used by the driver. "The truck was similar in design to today's bread delivery trucks," says Streeter, who pulls his "seed wagon" with a 3/4-ton pickup. "It really didn't have a cab. The glass that's now just behind the gooseneck hitch used to be the wind-shield. I removed everything ahead of it which included the engine and front end. Behind the driver was a 3-ft. deep cornpartment, where I now store planter parts, grease and oil. There's a door between the front and rear compartments."
Streeter uses the main compartment of his "seed wagon" to hold 250 bu. of corn or soybean seed, as well as insecticides. "I separate materials into different piles and arrange them according to the order of my needs. Before I built this truck I hauled seed in my pickup. The bed wasn't big enough to carry a day's supply, and when it rained I had to cover the bed with a canvas. Also, when I had to drive to town for parts, I had to carry all of that cargo with me. Now when it rains I simply shut the doors, and when I want to drive to town for parts, I just unhook the seed wagon and let it sit."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Howard Streeter, RR 1, Alpha, Ill. 61413 (ph 309 529-9765).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2