Projects take on all new meaning when it comes to doing the “ACTUAL” work versus the initial planning of what you want to get done. Somewhere in between the planning and the “doing” reality sets in and you are forced to make decisions about things you did not plan for. We lovingly call it a case of when great ideas go bad.
Not in a malicious way, but in a weird convoluted way. Like how could I have not thought of that? I mean, I had it all planned out, t’s crossed, i’s dotted. I’m miffed? Being miffed simply means you get to spend more money and hopefully spending it brings you more tools and equipment to get the job done or even better, it eases your pain by having someone else deal with you problem. That’s what I mean by convoluted way, you end up spending money which is fun, on things you did not plan for which is bad planning but fun because you get to get more stuff to fix your headaches which costs you even more money?
Anyway, The new shop is progressing along just dandy. But, winter is coming and my work has to be more focused. In the grand scheme of it all is the underlying fact that I’m always trying to save on expenses since I haven’t always planned ahead for them, therefore falling into the convoluted area of when great ideas go bad. So, I want to get all my equipment into the shop before winter, thats the bottom line. That means I have to get the overhead doors installed and I have to have “drivable access” to those doors. Which means I need rock or concrete and it just so happens I have a big pile of old railroad rock that would go a long way to fill the area I need to build up the drive to get the equipment into the building. Trucking is not cheap, rock is cheap but trucking is not at all cheap.
If you look at this from a guys perspective that pile of old railroad rock has value. It’s just another way to save some money. So if I could just get it moved using my skidloader and one of my trailers and….no, no, I could use a dump truck of my own, maybe a dump trailer or maybe…..and the next thing you know I stumble across the Ford flat bed which could be converted to a dump flatbed which is what I have been dreaming about when thinking about the perfect work truck. Fast forward and the dump hoist kit has arrived which will be going on my Ford. I have made contacts with various welders to see what it would cost to install and I have pondered saving even more money by doing it myself. After all I love these types of project, they’re dirty and gritty, lots of hard work and challenging to say the least, lots of fun! I have the technology and equipment and am just short enough marbles to tackle such an installation. Well, that’s what I was thinking anyway. Trouble is I’m just in the early stages of reading the dump kit installation instructions. The welder dudes I contacted that have not done such a thing before may be as surprised as I was to find out there are some little things in the details that may become problematic. A days work may turn into two days work. Jacking up the flat bed instead of lifting it clear off the truck may not work. Of course I have the boom truck and thought how well it would work for this. Gotta love the boom truck and the 12,000 pound crane/winch it has. Really, it comes in useful all the time, just perfect to have laying around to assist you in the installation of a dump kit on a 5 ton flatbed truck.
Well enough talk. Here are the videos Piece puts out to help with the installation. I have also included the instruction sheet that came with the kit. For anyone interested in doing such a project, there’s a lot of good info to study to get your bearings. You may not plan for everyting but at least you can get a good idea of how much money your going to have to throw at the project. Did I really say rock was cheap?
This is the link to the Youtube channel.
And the included instructions: