Lot #69 - Apparently Jesse and his team think that the local milkman isn't fast and fresh enough. Thus, the mobile milker is born. But in order to make this Milk Bomb, Jesse and his team first had to hollow out a beat-up 1959 Chevy Apache milk truck to make room for a milking machine, a custom pasteurizer, a cow stall and, finally, a 1,400-pound dairy cow. The cow enters from the rear of the truck on a custom build steel ramp and is milked. The floor, side panels and rear entrance were all modified to accommodate the cow as it does what it does best. After being milked, the milk goes into a custom pasteurizer, cooled, and then sent to a set of taps on the outside of the truck. There is even a chocolate milk dispenser. There is no milk fresher than milk straight from the monster. (The truck, not the cow.)
THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mark Clarke, marketing manager, Madison, WI, Jerry Galyen, installation manager, Modesto, CA, Kyle Brodowski, supervisor, Laguna Beach, CA, Bob Norland, overhead crane technician, Long Beach, CA, Susan Schalk, business analyst/certified master mechanic, San Diego, CA, and Craig Zell, research technician, Madison, WI.
VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 79"; Width: 79"; Length: 223"; Ground Clearance: 14.5"; Weight: about 9,000 pounds. RAMP MEASUREMENTS: Height: 48.5"; Width: 35"; Length: 81.5" when attached to truck; 88.5" by itself. Special Welds: Include wire welds, MIG welds, stainless steel welds, pneumatics and TIG welds. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Include milking equipment such as meters, pumps, tubes, gauges, vacuum for pump and valves. Moving Parts: There were a number of moving parts in this build: the milk pump, lock gates, heat exchangers, cooling system for milk pasteurization, rebuilt engine, new brake system (front leaf springs), motor pump, carburetor, radiator, suspension system and complete engine tune-up. Biggest Challenge: The team faced a number of challenges: First, they had to adapt the design so cows could be milked from the rear of the vehicle. Then, a part called a pinch (a nipple clamp for the hose) disappeared. The team also spent a lot of time, three of the five days, on the floor fabrication to ensure stability once the cow was inside, and working in a confined, unbearably hot space (from the welding) was no picnic. Finally, as always on Monster Garage, locating tools and parts in working condition proved a problem.
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