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Army Truck Front-End Loader
"I built a loader in my farm shop from an army surplus 4-WD 2-ton truck by shortening it up about 10 ft.," says Roy M. Fruit, Viola, Wis.
"I mounted an Oliver 88 diesel engine on the back end geared through a gear box on the front. A driveshaft runs through a 5-speed transmission and then through a transfer case that powers the front and rear axles. This gives me 10 speeds forward and two speeds reverse and either 2 or 4 wheel drive. The hydraulic pump is mounted on front of the engine," explains Roy.
He mounted a powerful cable winch on front of the loader. "The cable drum is driven by a chain drive from the engine driveshaft through a small car transmission," he explains.
"I built the loader from salvage and surplus parts I had on hand for just a fraction of the cost of a conventional tractor loader and it's worked well for the past 5 years. I'd build a similar loader for anyone who supplied the miscellaneous parts needed," says Roy.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roy M. Fruit, Rt. 2, Viola, Wis. 54664 (ph 608-538-3350).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3