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Published by: Ishwar Gupta on Aug 02, 2012
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An All-PurposeDump Truck 
Feejee—Built by Don W.Street, a California poultryrancher, takes its name froma contraction of the wordsFeed and Jeep.
Comparative size of truck is shown by man in seat. Half-bodyis used for hauling sacked grain and items not in bulk
ANDY around the poultryfarm, the dairy barn, in thefeedlot and in industrial plants,this capable midget dump truck has the capacity for half-ton loads,weighs 600 lbs. empty and has atread width of only 31 in. A 3-hp.air-cooled engine drives throughtwo standard automobile trans-missions hooked up in tandem,thus giving a wide variation ingear ratios for the heavy pulls. Apower-driven hydraulic lift, sep-arate foot brakes on the rearwheels and a foot accelerator com-bine to give a degree of controlequal to that of any standard dumptruck. The narrow width lets themidget through small gates andfeed-bunk alleys and its ability toturn in its own length gets itaround square corners and intoand out of narrow driveways witha full load.
Some departures from the de-sign as detailed are possible. A 3or 5-hp. engine equipped with in-tegral clutch will save building thespring-loaded clutch arrangementshown. Where the going is fairlylevel and there are no steep gradesto negotiate regularly, a 3-hp. en-gine driving through a singletransmission will give satisfactoryperformance. Two types of sidepanels are fitted to the platformto provide three body types: a half box, a flat bed and a deep double
With the sides removed the flat bed can be used to haul bulkyarticles such as baled hay, lumber or large crates
With box-body half a ton of feed or fertilizer can be hauled.Hydraulic cylinders hoist the body to the dumping position
box, with, endgates, for small grains, ensi-lage or ground feeds. Side panels are madeof white pine or waterproof plywood andfitted with hardwood cleats and stakesspaced to fit openings in the platform. Bothcleats and stakes are riveted to the panelsfor extra strength. Endgates are of the sameconstruction, and wagon-box, rods cut downto the proper length are provided to holdthe endgates in place.Only general dimensions are given forthe frame, Fig. 1. Parts of a Model T Fordframe are used, as will be noted. However,you can use steel channels for the frameside members and save welding on stiff-eners, which are called for in Fig. 1. Inbuilding the chassis frame it is necessaryto adapt it to the parts and equipment youhave available or at hand. The frame shouldbe long enough to accommodate engine,clutch, two transmissions, hydraulic pumpand the rear axle. If you use the sameequipment as on the original vehicle, theframe dimensions will correspond closelyto those given in Fig. 1. Assembly of thedriving parts is illus-
trated in the perspectiveview in Fig. 3. Main-frame channels are cutand welded to form the"kick-up" forward por-tion. Stiffeners of flatsteel are welded along thebottom of the straightsection to give additionalrigidity. A steel floorplate is welded to the frontend, with a round openingto receive the steering-post bearing. Seat frameis built up of 1/8
by 1 1/2 by1 1/2-in. angle iron withall joints welded. Thisshould be dimensioned toaccommodate the cushions you will use.Supports for engine, transmissions, etc.,are located where required, and a shaftcarrying the lower eye bearings of the hy-draulic cylinders is supported by bearingswelded to the side frames as shown. Placethe transmissions, engine and other partsin position and from this trial set-up de-termine the location of supporting mem-bers on the frame. Don't weld frame cross-members in place until you make this trialassembly. Using an engine with an inte-gral clutch, Fig. 3, A, will change the rela-tive positions of these parts. Provide for atow hook at the rear end of the frame andinstall guides for brake cables on each side.The cables should be located after brakepedals are installed. Holes are drilled in theextreme rear ends of the channel membersto receive the bolts on which the dumpbody hinges.Relative locations of the parts, whenusing a spring-loaded clutch, Fig. 3, D, canbe worked out on the partially completedframe. Generally, it's best to begin by bolt-

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