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Author Topic: Homemade skidders: Anybody (other than Dad) built one from a 1948 vintage truck?  (Read 1097 times)

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Offline CS Fifield

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Back in the mid-1960's Dad (with some help from my uncles) built a skidder using a Flathead V8 engine from a 1948 Ford truck.They did an awesome job, and though the paint shows its age, it still works fine and purrs right along. (Dad will be 95 next month and still cuts, splits, and hauls the 10-12 cord of firewood he uses to heat the house with each year.)  Any body else out there built a homemade skidder from a similar vehicle?




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Pics bub, were gonna need pics. 
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Hopefully you can see the picture now.  Had to swap computers to get the pic.  The skidder starts a lot easier than my computer!

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Built by a fellow in town. Mount a sickle bar mower also.

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Back in the mid-1960's Dad (with some help from my uncles) built a skidder using a Flathead V8 engine from a 1948 Ford truck.They did an awesome job, and though the paint shows its age, it still works fine and purrs right along. (Dad will be 95 next month and still cuts, splits, and hauls the 10-12 cord of firewood he uses to heat the house with each year.)  Any body else out there built a homemade skidder from a similar vehicle?

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that's neat   god bless your dad at 95  8) 8) 8)

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I like it!!!
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My new favorite thread.
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Not as nice as your Dad's.

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Somewhere 20 miles south of Lake Erie.

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I ve seen some on youtube, but that one looks awesome for its age.
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
Also remember, it's not the fall what hurts, its the sudden stop. !!

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Your Dad did a great job on that skidder. Hearing his age and what he is still doing is amazing.

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My hats off to your dad! That's a fine build, and the fact he's still pulling wood at 95 inspires me, I hope I can do the same!
Too many irons in the fire

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I made one with a 4WD, 4WS Pettibone fork lift. Took the steering off the axles and made it articulate. I sold and and now have a 440A and C.

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20Ton Pettibone planetaries are worth about $500/corner to the monster truck crowd.  They call em bones, plants or pie pans.  You need shaft, planetary and "champagne cup" but not the inner housing.  I usually torched them to give the buyer both sides of the flange.   They get grafted onto rockwell f106 housings with 6.17 gears.  Usually found in F700. 
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I especially like the ol man's springer seat idea BTW
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Yah, best seat on the farm!

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That is some nice fabricating;tell your dad that he should be wicked proud of that skidder. 8)
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