Truck and Transfer Tank

Truck and Transfer Tank

Sorry for the long delay in posts. This has been a very busy fall with hay season, the garden, and other projects. I'm going to try to get caught up on everything that's been going on.

When I was 16, I bought a 1966 Ford F100. It's the same year and model my grandfather drove. First it was a project truck, then it became a daily driver, then it went back to project truck, and finally it sat for about 5 years. We weren't able to start it up last year when we moved it from storage to the farm, so I wanted to get it running. The first step was to tow it from the barn to the driveway.

Towing truck

Somehow I found a wasp nest that rode inside the grill all the way to the driveway. I decided to take those out before getting under the truck.

Truck wasps

The main problems with the truck were fuel related. I replaced all the fuel lines and the fuel pump. This got it to start! The emergency brake needed to be adjusted, the brakes needed fluid, and some other minor repairs. I did find leaking power steering fluid and a leaking radiator, but those are being saved for another day.

The next task was to find a job for the truck. Filling up all the equipment is a fairly tedious task, especially since I only have three five gallon cans. The tractors and skid steers have a combined fuel capacity of about 65 gallons. In addition, when I'm already exhausted I don't feel like carrying around 35 pounds of diesel at a time. I decided to add a transfer tank in the bed of the truck along with a pump. This would allow me to pump diesel just like I would at a gas station.

Transfer tank

Since the transfer tank is in the truck bed, I can drive right up to the tractor. I just climb to the top of the tractor and pump fuel. It works great and saves a ton of time and energy.

Transfer tank fill up