Iowa City Repurposes Old Trucks

July 10, 2017

Photo courtesy of City of Muscatine
Photo courtesy of City of Muscatine

The City of Muscatine, Iowa, repurposed two old trucks to build a new one. Two of the Public Works Department's trucks were deemed unusable — a 1995 dump truck and a 1997 Vactor flusher truck. The dump truck's frame has rusted through, and the Vactor unit on the flusher truck was damaged beyond repair. 

Instead of disposing of the units, Street Division Manager Randy Howell came up with the idea of replacing the Vactor equipment with the dump box to create a usable truck. The completed vehicle was inspected by the Iowa Department Transportation in April and approved for over-the-road use. 

In addition, the department decided to paint the dump truck lavender to symbolize all cancer awareness.

“This truck shows the resourcefulness of the Public Works Department,” Public Works Director Brian Stineman said in a statement. “To create something out of nothing is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff. It also stands as a symbol of resiliency for all those affected by all types of cancer. We hope that this effort brings awareness to the community of what we can accomplish with hope and perseverance.”


  1. 1. MC [ July 11, 2017 @ 11:35AM ]

    Love it, wish more municipalities would have the common sense to do it, too. Reduces waste and saves taxpayer money. However, it's kind of a twisted irony that a a pre-EGR diesel truck is dressed up in "Cancer Awareness" colors. It'll be hard to see the ribbon behind the noxious cloud of carcinogenic soot coming out the stack. As much as I applaud the sentiment, I think I would have just stuck a municipal decal on this one and sent it back to work.


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