Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Different Kind of Makeover

I like watching those HGTV makeover shows like "Property Brothers" or "Love It or List It." If I'm in a Lowe's or Home Depot, I'm always hoping I'll run into one of those "Yard Crasher" or "Bath Crasher" guys. When people turn them down, I talk to the TV. "Don't you people realize you just missed the opportunity of a lifetime?" (I talk to the TV during football games, too. Just ask my kids.)

We've had a makeover of another kind in the farmyard. Our 1991 5-ton, 6-wheel drive Army truck has now become our feed truck. We bought the Army truck from a local auto repair shop a year and a half ago. It took awhile for Randy to price and find a feed box for the back.
This shows the size of the truck, compared to our pickup.

In May, we took the truck to Goddard's Equipment near Hill City to have a 6- by 12-foot Kelly Ryan feed wagon added to the back.

The guys brought it home last week.
Randy had them install scales, which will let us know how much feed we're dispensing in the bunks this winter.
The inside of the feed truck bed is all shiny and new, at least for now, before it gets its daily allocation of silage feed this winter. 
Since Randy's Dad drove an Army truck in the Korean War, there's a bit of nostalgia there, too. I'm guessing he would have liked it about as much as Randy does. Big boys and their toys, you know!
C. Melvin Fritzemeier, 10th Infantry Division, U.S. Army
It still has its Army number emblazoned on the driver's side door.

Randy showed me his "two free knives" with the Goddard Equipment logo. I just love things like "free" knives and "free" ball caps when we bring home equipment in the five-figure range.

However, I must admit that it was time to retire the old feed wagon. It has served us well.

But the old war horse (aka Packrat Hotel) will now become scrap iron.


  1. Super cool truck! I like the free stuff you get when you buy equipment. My favorite is my pink John Deere hat. Oh and I yell at the TV during football games too...doesn't everyone?

    1. I have a pink Case hat from the last tractor purchase and several paring knives from seed companies are my go-to when cutting up an apple or pear. Yes, I think talking to the TV is perfectly normal. My kids would always say, "You know they can't hear you, right?!" I'm afraid I did a little talking on Saturday when my beloved Wildcats were playing. I'm sure it helped them pull out a victory! :-)

  2. That is awesome. Those old army trucks are great. We have one that's a fire truck and one that has a flatbed that we use to feed off of.

    1. I know it will be so much better than the truck it replaces. That one had definitely "gotten the good out of it," as my Grandpa would say.