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Top Shops: Shop on wheels

The Leonards couldn't find the service truck they wanted, so in true farmer fashion, they built the truck they needed.

The Morgantown, Indiana, farmers began their quest to create the service truck tailormade for their operation by purchasing a used 1992 Model FL70 Freightliner.

A winter spent modifying that truck and equipping it with the tools and materials needed to make it a true shop-on-wheels resulted in a truck that not only is crucial to their operation, but also earned the Leonards First Place in the Best Service Truck category of Successful Farming magazine's Top Shops Contest.

With that honor came a portable toolbox from Montezuma Manufacturing (www.montezumamfg.com) as well as a Lincoln Electric MIG 140C welder (www.lincolnelectric.com).

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The Leonards couldn't find the service truck they wanted, so in true farmer fashion, they built the truck they needed.

The truck the Leonards chose to modify was well suited for their purposes, providing a 30,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating and 22-foot box bed. But the van body that came with the truck didn't figure into their plans.

After the expanded unit was painted, the front bucket seats replaced, and a bench seat mounted in the crew part of the cab, the Leonards had created a vehicle that could transport "six grown men to the field," Jim reports. "We've even used the truck for transport when going to farm shows."

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