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Aluminum Dump Box Supported By Tag Axle
If you've got a compact pickup that you like but find it often "just won't carry enough", you'll want to take a look at what FARM SHOW reader Jim Hughes did to his 1985 Nissan.
Hughes constructed a high-sided aluminum dump box that dumps hydraulically and is supported by an add-on tag axle that drops down when needed to carry a full load.
"We mostly use it to haul firewood, tree limbs, and chipped material. The truck will carry a full load easily. Total weight of the truck empty is just 430 lbs. more than the original truck weight," says Hughes.
The box is made out of sheet aluminum riding on a 3-in. channel iron frame that fits over the original steel frame rails, and also provides enough strength to carry a full load. The rear axle and wheels from a Chevy Citation car support the back end of the big box when full. The wheels ride about 1 in. above the ground when the box is empty. When full, the wheels run on the ground. Total cost of materials for the dump box was $500.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Hughes, P.O. Box 1011, Cartersville, Ga. 30120 (ph 770 382-9487).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6