Robert S. Perruso - West Orange NJ
A vehicle (10) is adapted for dual and alternative use either as a dump truck or a tow truck and readily converted from one use to the other. The vehicle includes a chassis (12), a bed (14) pivotally mounted on the chassis for locating a boom (50) and end attachment structure (84, 88 and 90) in position for connection to a disabled vehicle (48) when the bed is moved from a first position (FIG. 2) to a second position (FIG. 1). And, a two-way hydraulic cylinder (108) is connected between the chassis and bed to move the bed to the second position; and, then, using the leverage of the bed to return it while lifting the disabled vehicle to the first position. The boom is supported by a vertical support (52) and a cable (54) connected at opposite ends to the bed and boom and entrained therebetween on a wheel (104) mounted on the vertical support.