Converted ½ Ton Dump Truck with Dual-Hinged Tailgate
Dual-hinged tailgate with bottom released
½ Ton Dump Truck Conversion
I purchased the Dump Bed kit from Northern
Tool & Equipment for $849. Even though the dump
unit does not require modifications to the truck bed,
it was a good time to replace the rusted floor.
I also built a custom tail gate with 1.5" square
tubing frame covered with 20 gauge sheet medal. I used
the stock tail gate restraints, but I fabricated a release/hinge
assembly at top and bottom of tailgate. It lets down
like a normal tailgate when you release upper hinges.
Then when you close and latch the tailgate, you can
release the bottom hinges and it will swing out for
dumping a load. The tailgate wasn't part of the kit,
but it works great.
I have hauled 40-50 loads of gravel and sand without