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Project by GCIMark posted 05-18-2016 04:36 AM 721 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lot’s of folks have truck boxes to carry dogs. Not many people have truck boxes to carry Jersey calves.

-- Mark, North Carolina





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robscastle

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 08:13 AM

Looks good,
However why is the window at the back, nothing like seeing where you are going and getting some fresh air
and checking out any hefers as you go by!
Now its OBS is it not? so what is the expected life cycle?

Have you got it secured? or strap on somewhere?
why is there only two pictures?
how do the get in the back?

In closing sorry I have to say this, considering you are an apartment superintendant I would have expected more
tee hee!

-- Regards Robert

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 08:29 AM

Yeah, Mark. About the window in the back. Exhaust fumes get sucked in there, while under way. Not good for anyone. Even tender baby cows. (Mmmm. Tender baby cows.) You might consider putting a scoop vent on the top of the box to keep air moving from front to back. The reason people of a certain age are as stupid as we are is because we rode around in pickups with shells and campers with the back window open. That, and lead pencils. You don’t want stupid cows, do you? We all grew up to be smokers because we were conditioned to thrive on poisonous gases.

-- Mark

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GCIMark

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 01:34 PM

Robert and Mark,
I do not have a picture of the “finished project”. This was an idea that my son and I came up with about two days before he took off for Ohio (where his girlfriend lives). He was going to haul that little beauty in a 24’ cattle trailer (which is not a very cost effective way to haul a 150 lb calf). We brainstormed on whether or not we had time and material to build a box to haul her in and decided that we did. We finished (with what you see in the picture) about an hour before he loaded up and took off. That did not include a paint job. When he got to Ohio he took it off the truck and placed it in Kira’s (girlfriend) dad’s shop and put 3 coats of white semi-gloss exterior house paint on it. There is a vent cut into the front side of the box (complete with a metal louvered grill) to allow a cross draft through the box. OSB would not have been my first choice of material to build it out of had I been standing at the lumber yard but I was standing in front of my lumber rack and I had lots of OSB (and very little time). It fits tightly between the wheel wells from side to side and tightly between the tail gate and tool box from front to back so strapping it was not necessary. It left rather quickly is why there are only two pictures. We finished the box and put it on the truck. My son got inside the box and we closed the door. I then made a “hot lap” around the block (which is about a 3 mile lap through country roads) so Steven could evaluate the amount of air flow through the box – too much or too little and whether or not straps would be necessary. I got as close to 65 mph as I could to try to simulate interstate highway speed. Airflow was just right and she stayed put – tight as a glove, so no straps. Robert, we start them early working on their standing vertical jump so we can load them easier. Just kidding. We have a loading platform we can back a truck or trailer up to for loading. No more than it gets used it will probably last a good while. We only have “show cows”. When we have one that calves we send her to one of several of our friends that have dairy farms because we do not milk. We have a portable milker that we use when we are at a show that we could use to milk them but that is a twice a day, everyday job that none of us have time for since we all have other jobs. Mama usually goes to her new home a couple weeks before she calves so she can get settled in. When she calves we use the box to go get the calf and bring her home.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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GCIMark

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 01:36 PM

Robert, I failed to address one of your questions. The window is in the back so that motorists following the truck can see that cute little thing and those big brown eyes.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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LesB

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#5 posted 05-18-2016 07:06 PM

Hey, a calf in a box is better then a “Cat in a Hat”.
I don’t think exhaust fumes will be a problem but some vent holes on the other side might help.

-- Les B, Oregon

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robscastle

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 01:19 AM

Well you have gone to a lot of effort (Top Marks there) for a one shot device, maybe you could retask it into a kids Cubby House.
I am always interested in OBS projects, as not many people use it, and the opinion of it varies from complete “rubbish” to “Great Material” to use.
I made a Box from recycled materials for my Ute Sep 2015.
Hence yor project caught my eye.
Its outside in the weather 24/7 so I will see how it survives, as of today I am impressed with its durability.

-- Regards Robert

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GCIMark

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 01:27 AM

Yours looks like a piece of furniture. Mine looks like a box you’d throw in the back of a pickup. Our box stays in the hay barn when not in use which is 99.9% of the time so weather shouldn’t be it’s downfall.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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