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Service truck for Boy Scouts

Brian Esser adopted the Boy Scout code, "Be Prepared," when building his welding service truck. The Minnesota Lake, Minnesotan, had plenty of experience in that regard. This is the sixth service vehicle he has created. "I've put them on trailers and smaller trucks but never a vehicle that would allow me to handle any welding chore," Esser explains. "This time I started with a 1981 Chevy C70, 2-ton truck and extended its frame out to 30 feet."

On that base, he custom-built a utility bed offering a shopful of tool cabinets all accessible from the ground. Beyond holding a complete welding setup that rivals most shops, Esser's truck will hold a small hardware store. "I keep most common sizes of screws, bolts, nuts, rod, angle iron, flat steel, and the like on hand since many times it's a long drive to a hardware store," he says.

Tucked in one cabinet is a 220-volt air compressor offering 150 feet of hose. The truck's generator also comes with 200 feet of cord.

If you have built an innovative service truck like Esser's vehicle, then be sure to enter it in Successful Farming magazine's Top Shops® Contest. A $22,600 John Deere Model 313 loader and multiple other prizes are in the offering for winners.

You can submit your innovations in one or all six categories. Category winners will receive a Lincoln Industrial QuickLub 203 center lubrication system (valued at $5,000 including installation), a 72-inch-long Roller Cabinet Toolbox (worth $4,500), and five portable toolboxes (valued at $750 each) from Montezuma Manufacturing.

The six categories include:
- Best Shop Design
- Best Shop Feature
- Best Welding Center
- Best Lubrication Center
- Best Shop Office
- Best Service Vehicle
Find detailed descriptions of all Contest prizes, entry categories, and Contest rules at www.agriculture.com/topshops

Brian Esser adopted the Boy Scout code, "Be Prepared," when building his welding service truck. The Minnesota Lake, Minnesotan, had plenty of experience in that regard. This is the sixth service vehicle he has created. "I've put them on trailers and smaller trucks but never a vehicle that would allow me to handle any welding chore," Esser explains. "This time I started with a 1981 Chevy C70, 2-ton truck and extended its frame out to 30 feet."

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