Sunday, July 14, 2019

Photos Beachpull Putten (NL) 2019 - Jan Lo Tractor-Pulling Media

!Beachpull Putten (NL) 2019!

The new Uncle Duck

Red Attraction Pro Stock Perkins V8 Diesel - Homepull
The new KMB Xtreme Deer


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Friday, July 12, 2019

The new Krone Hulk 2 is ready

After almost a half year of construction, the new 4.5t / 9260lbs John Deere component farm stock tractor called ''Krone Hulk 2'' of Claus Fey and Ulrik Gehrt from Visby in Denmark is ready.
After 10 years with the old Krone Hulk, the John Deere stock rear end and gearbox were on their limits, which made it impossible to develop the tractor further for the top of the farm stock division in Europe. The only way was to build an almost completely new farm stock tractor with a component chassis. The component tractor is usually easier to handle, especially in the maintenance during the season because the time expenses aren't so high compared to a tractor with the machined stock gearbox, rear axle, and clutch bell housing. If you want to change something in the component tractor, like the clutch or the gearbox it takes not so much time. For a tractor with a stock rear axle, gearbox, and bell housing you need much more time. Only for a clutch change, you must split the tractor into 2 pieces what takes sometimes a lot of time in the workshop.
Another advantage of the new Krone Hulk 2 is weight. With the new component machine, they have much more moveable weight because the main parts like the rear end and the complete driveline is much lighter and stronger built compared to the heavy cast iron parts of the stock tractors.
The new Krone Hulk 2 received a completely new Domex 700 wedge frame with a new chrome-moly roll cage, a homemade hydraulic power steering with parts of a boat, newly constructed weight and engine brackets, new steel wheelie bars and a machined Scania 81 semi-truck rear end with a newly constructed drawbar.
On the new chassis, the driver's position is lower, the engine position is more forward and the center of gravity of the engine is lower. The Team hopes to get a better balance with this new chassis under difficult track conditions.
The new Domex wedge frame with the Scania rear end was built by the Hilvsom Pulling Team from Hobro, in Denmark. Emil Roth of the Nasty Toy Pulling Team from Ljungbyhed, in Sweden, did the new roll cage for the brand new farm stock ride. The Scania rear end was shortened and machined and got an original Scania 81 center section with a modified stock needle bearing differential, a Scania ring and pinion gear, aluminum planetaries carrier housing with Hanomag 55 wheel loader planetaries and Engler Machine & Tool brake calipers with steel brake rotors. The new aluminum planetaries carrier housing for the rear end also were made by the Hvilsom Pulling Team and the John Deere Pulling Team from Thy in Denmark did the modifications on the Scania differential.
For good traction on the Danish and European Pulling tracks, they purchased a set of new polished Midwest aluminum rims with new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. The new tires were cut by the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark.
The completely new driveline of the JD has a Profab 4 Speed HD transmission with a custom built steel driveshaft, an 11" inch centrifugal clutch with 4 discs from the Bukke Bruse Pulling Team, a custom built steel flywheel from the John Deere Pulling Team and a new Browell steel clutch bell housing.
The Claus and Ulrik decided to give the new component tractor an old John Deere 8020 series hood and new lightweight fenders from the John Deere Pulling Team. The hood of this John Deere series was built between 2001 and 2005. All the sheet metal work on the hood and the tractor were made by the Team himself.
The new Krone Hulk 2 is powered by a diesel fired 6 cylinder John Deere 6466 engine with a displacement of 8.3l. The turbocharged engine comes from the old Krone Hulk farm stock tractor.
The power plant has a machined JD 6466 cast iron block with Darton sleeves, a revised JD 55 series cylinder head which was machined and flowed by Arne Larsen of the Dingo Pulling Team, original JD valves and GMS valve springs, a billet camshaft by Jan Burggraaf (New Generation Pulling Team), a billet steel crank with modified GMS (Gene's Machine Shop) billet rods and GMS billet pistons from the John Deere Pulling Team, a intake and exhaust manifold of the Red Lightning Pulling Team from Denmark, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger from the John Deere Pulling Team, a billet diesel fuel injection pump with 14mm elements built by the Dingo Pulling Team, a homemade fuel tank, a Aviaid oil pump with Oberg filters, a Bell aluminum Intercooler and a RPM data logger.
When the new component tractor was ready, Claus Fey and Ulrik Gehrt went to the dyno of the John Pulling Team to make some test passes before their official maiden voyage on the European Superpull in Ahoy, Rotterdam the Netherlands. It was a good test on the dyno with some impressive data. The new John Deere made 1700 hp and a torque of 4800Nm on the dyno, that is really impressive for a 4.5t / 9260lbs farm stock machine in Europe.
At the European Superpull in Ahoy, driver Claus Fey made 2 great passes in the hall and beat all the other Dutch and Danish farm stock tractors there. Claus and Ulrik never thought to win the biggest European indoor tractor pull with almost completely new tractor there. The balance and the speed of the new Krone Hulk 2 were pretty good and the Danes were pretty happy with the maiden voyage of the new 8020 John Deere.
On the first outdoor pulls in Denmark, they finished with the new component farm stock on every round under the top 3 places so far, which is very good for a new tractor in the first season. But we know the competition in Denmark in this class is currently very hard to fight for the first 3 places in the Danish Championship.
The Krone Hulk Pulling Team competes in the Danish Championship and in the Euro Challenge for the farm stock tractor in Europe this year.

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PPL 2019: Midwest Summer Nationals - Thursday Winners

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

PPL 2019: Wagler Motorsports Park Winners


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PPL Champions Tour Lyons, IN (USA) July 5, 2019:

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PPL Champions Tour Fairfield, IL (USA) July 6, 2019: Rain Out

PPL Silver Series Fairfield, IL (USA) July 6, 2019: Rain Out

PPL Midwest Region Princeton, IN (USA) July 7, 2019:

Nebraska Bush Pullers Malvern, IA (USA) July 5, 2019:

Nebraska Bush Pullers Unionville, MO (USA) July 6, 2019:

ITPA Rushville, IL (USA) July 3, 2019: Rain Out

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ESP Little Valley, NY (USA) July 5, 2019: Rain Out

Friday, July 05, 2019

Snoopy Team is switched into the Limited Super Stock class

The Snoopy Pulling Team from Wieringerwerf in the Netherlands has made the switch with their Ford pro stock tractor into the limited super stock class this year. After 14 years and 2 Dutch Championship titles the team around Edward Beukeveld has decided to make the switch into the 3.5t / 7700lbs limited super stock division.
The basic of Snoopy was built in 2000 when they started to run in the “trekkerslep 4T super standard” class, this was a lot of fun for the team as it was the only class in Holland (and the pro stocks) that had free rpm rules. In 2003 the guys gained enough experience to step over to the pro stock class and in the winter of 2003/2004, they converted the tractor to a pro stock. The only thing that they did not thought in the conversion was the engine which was taken out in 2003 and fitted back in 2004.
That resulted in a podium place (3rd) on the first pull in Wierden 2004. In the years to follow, the Snoopy Team killed an incredible amount of engine parts as there were hardly any good parts available. Through the years, the Dutch guys developed a lot of specific parts for the Ford/New Holland engine which found their way all over the world. From 2008 onwards they had the weakest points figured out and from that, on they could perform pretty consistent and with the yearly winter updates they could close the gap to the top teams which resulted in GN pro stock champion in 2014.
That was a big relief for them as many people said it could not be done with a Ford. With some small changes in 2015, Edward Beukeveld and his team could repeat it once more, for the 2nd time in row Champion, however, with the setup of 2014/2015 they had to push the engine hard and the cylinder head was not capable of handling the temperatures which they ran.
In the winter of 2016, the Snoopy Pulling Team built a new transmission with higher gears, but due to a fault in the hardening process, they junked the complete transmission in Oudenhoorn having the engine run 9000rpm. It was an average season with a lot of trial and error. They could only shine in Putten where Edward ran mixed with the Euro Cup.
In the 2017 & 2018 season, the Snoopy Team could not really find the path back to the top, the guys got depressed by the lifetime of the cylinder head and no hope for billet heads allowed in a short term made them decide to move to the limited super stock class.
But why have the Snoopy Pulling Team really decided to switch into the limited super stock class?
One of the team members was active in getting a decent billet cylinder head rule in the pro stock rulebook for 2016 / 2017.
However, it seemed there were too many different opinions by other teams and the proposal was shot.
That was the moment the team talked together for the first time to switch classes but it took 2 more years to finally make the decision. Running costs and reliability was just not in balance anymore with the pro stock.
In the winter of 2018 / 2019, the team started with the work to convert the Ford into a limited super stock. 
The former pro stock tractor has a steel wedge frame with a chrome-moly roll cage, a hydraulic steering, aluminum wheelie bars and a machined Ford rear end with a lot of custom-built parts. The complete chassis with the drawbar was built by Gercon techniek in the Netherlands. To keep the tractor in bounds, the machine has a single wheel brake system with Full Pull Motorsports brake calipers and homemade brake discs.
The hood of the tractor is not original. The hood is a replica of a Ford-New Holland 8010. The hood was made off aluminum sheet metal by Frank Jansen from JG Metaal in the Netherlands. The 8010 stock tractor was built between 1994 and 2003.
The company called "M2iD" ( from Sprundel in the Netherlands did the nice vinyl graphics on the hood in 2012. 
The drivetrain of the limited super stock has a machined Ford 8010 gearbox housing with custom built gears and shafts, a van der Veeken (Wickie Power Pulling Team) centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a homemade steel bell housing. The Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires with the Northern Sheen aluminum rims were replaced by a new set of cut Pro Puller 24.5 x 32 tires with new Keizer Wheels aluminum rims from the USA.
The Snoopy Pulling Team has built up a completely new turbocharged 6 cylinder Ford 456 Genesis engine with a 7.6l displacement on methanol fuel. The old pro stock engine was from the displacement with 8.3l a little bit bigger than the new engine. The original Ford 456 Genesis is a water-cooled power plant with a displacement of 456cui / 7.5l. The Genesis engines were originally created and manufactured by New Holland UK for the Genesis tractors. The engine was used in the Ford-New Holland Genesis 70 series and was built from 1993 - 2002  at the plant in Winnipeg, Canada. The engine in the biggest tractor of this series, the Ford-New Holland 8970 had a power of 240hp. The 8970s were also sold as Landini Starland 270 with 270hp in Italy between 2004 and 2005, which was the latest and last version that was built.
The engine in the limited super stock received a machined Ford 456 Genesis cast iron block with Darton sleeves, a revised stock 456 Genesis cylinder head with new Ferrea valve and valve springs, a billet steel camshaft, a billet steel crankshaft of the company called ''Nuyts'' from Belgium, KMB (Koebrugge Metaal Bewerking) Toolox rods and GMS (Gene's Machine Shop) billet aluminum pistons, a aluminum oil pan, a modified stock oil pump, a billet Columbus Diesel Supply (CDS) turbocharger, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a VSP (Veldhuizen Special Products) methanol fuel injection system with a Waterman fuel pump, a MSD 8 Plus ignition from VSP and a Edelbrock data logger with a Daytona AFR logger. With all those changes, the Genesis engine should make around 2000-2500hp with this setup.
The cylinder head of the engine was revised and flowed by BFS airflow research in Dronten, the Netherlands.
The Dutch team hopes, first of all, to get the engine properly running on alcohol, it is all new for them and they all are diesel minded.
So Edward Beukeveld and the rest of the Snoopy Team hope they get it up and running well. Currently, the limited super stock class getting better and better every year now and they hope they can compete and have a lot of fun with less engine stress.
The Snoopy Pulling Team compete in the Dutch National Championship this year.

The Snoopy Team would also like to give a big thanks to Willem Veldhuizen of Veldhuizen Special Products for the support!

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