Manure spreader gets motorizedLidgerwood uncle-and-nephew team’s equipment upgrade gets attention
Lidgerwood, N.D. - Ken Frolek has worked on a lot of cars in his 40 years in the auto body and used car sales business. But there was one project he always wanted to tackle: motorizing a manure spreader.
By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM
Lidgerwood, N.D. - Ken Frolek has worked on a lot of cars in his 40 years in the auto body and used car sales business.
But there was one project he always wanted to tackle: motorizing a manure spreader.
With some help and encouragement from his nephew, the 64-year-old Lidgerwood man finally undertook the job, which they told people was their “top-secret project for NASA.”
“We thought it’d be funny,” said Aaron Frolek, 34, also of Lidgerwood. “We thought we’d get a laugh out of some people, it’d be something different.”
They started with a John Deere manure spreader they bought at a local farm auction for $75. The equipment is from 1947 – the same year Ken was born.
They added auto parts from other cars Ken had, including the engine from a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP and the front suspension of a 1984 Pontiac Fiero.
It also incorporates old metal fence posts for bumpers and horseshoes for step plates.
“For as crude as it looks, there’s actually some thought behind it,” Aaron said. “Ken, he’s pretty sharp, he knows how to engineer things.”
The “spreader,” as they now call it, was designed for parades and car cruises, but the Froleks also made sure it passed state inspections to be street legal.
The vehicle turned heads last summer at several parades, including Bonanzaville and West Fargo Cruise Night.
“It usually brings a smile to people’s faces, especially people that have run that kind of equipment before,” Aaron said.
Aaron’s 10-year-old son, Broden, got a kick out of riding the vehicle in parades.
“The kids just love it,” Ken said. “They think it’s the greatest thing in the world.”
Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590