The story behind the ‘Ain’t It Good’ digger

Written by by Ron Mott, CNN

On the sixth floor of one of Nashville’s most prestigious office buildings sits a mechanical digger that rises to about 10 feet — only to fall to the ground.

Its work is greeted by a loud beeping as it opens and closes the truck’s steering wheels, transporting it to the next site.

It’s a testament to the work of Oz Goodspeed, who transformed a 1984 classic vintage truck, made by the Heavy Trucks Co. of Calgary, to work as a giant excavator, loading dirt from the site and hauling it back to the construction site.

Goodspeed replaced the truck’s mechanical arm with a mechanical shovel.

Goodspeed described his mechanically-driven truck in the ’80s as “a tool for transforming dirt to rubble and back.” He was so proud of his winch that was hand-harpooned into place that he named it “Ain’t It Good.”

Goodspeed was an avid dirt picker in the ’80s.

Goodspeed moved his construction equipment business to Nashville in 1981, and bought a red Ford Excursion from Heavy Trucks to transport dirt around the city.

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This particular truck was spotted by reporters in early 1984, as its completion point. It now sits on the sixth floor of an office building in downtown Nashville, removed for parking spaces throughout the month of September each year.

“My wife and I just always made sure to check that it was working perfectly,” he said.

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