Thursday, February 14, 2019

The new Krone Hulk 2

From Visby in Denmark, the Krone Hulk Pulling Team around Claus Fey and Ulrik Gehrt are currently building a new 4.5t / 9920lbs. 8020 series John Deere Farm Stock Tractor on Component base. It's currently the first Component Farm Stock project in Denmark. After many years with the old John Deere Farm Stock Tractor called "Krone Hulk", they decided in the fall of 2018 to built an almost completely new John Deere tractor on Component base. But why have Klaus, Ulrik and the rest of the Team decided to built a new a new Farm Stock. After 10 wonderful years with the old Krone Hulk, the John Deere stock rearend and gearbox were on their limits, which made it impossible to develope the tractor further for the top of the Super Sport / Farm Stock division in Europe.  
In 2018 the ETPC Tech & Safety Board allowed to built Component Tractors for the 3.6t and 4.5t Farm Stock / Super Sport division in Europe. To be competitive on European level, was the only way to build a tractor on Component base. Also a Component Pulling Tractor is much lighter compared to an normal Pulling Tractor. After the old Krone Hulk was sold, the Team started with the building of the new machine in October of 2018.
The new Krone Hulk 2 receive a completely new Domex 700 wedge frame with a chrome-moly rollcage, a homemade hydraulic power steering with parts from a Boat, new constructed weight and engine brackets, steel wheelie bars and a machined Scania 81 semi truck rearend.
On the new chassis the drivers position is lower, the engine position is more forward and the center of gravity 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 rearend was built by the Hilvsom Pulling Team from Hobro, in Denmark and Emil Roth of the Nasty Toy Pulling Team from Ljungbyhed, in Sweden has constructed and built the new rollcage for the tractor. The Scania rearend was shortened and received a original Scania 81 center section with a modified stock needle bearing diff from the John Deere Pulling Team from Thy in Denmark, a Scania ring and pinion gear, aluminium planetaries carrier housing with Hanomag 55 wheel loader planetaries and Engler Machine & Tool brake calipers with steel brake rotors. The new aluminium planetaries carrier housing for the rearend also were made by the Hvilsom Pulling Team. The Danish Team decided to give the new Component Tractor a 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 vehicle also gets a Profab 4 Speed HD transmission with a Profab driveline, a 11" inch centrifugal clutch with 4 discs from the Bukke Bruse Pulling Team (2008 & 2009 European Champion in the Pro Stock class), a steel fly wheel from the John Deere Pulling Team and a new Browell steel clutch bell housing.
For a perfect traction on the Danish and European Pulling tracks, they purchased a set of new polished Midwest aluminium rims with new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. The new tires were cut by the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark. 
The new Krone Hulk 2 will have a 6 cylinder turbocharged John Deere 6466 engine with 8.3l displacement on diesel fuel. The engine was taken over of the old Krone Hulk Farm Stock. The power plant has a machined JD 6466 cast iron block with Darton sleeves, a revised JD 55 series cylinder head who 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), 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 alumimium Intercooler and a RPM data logger.
The Hulk Pulling Team will compete in the Danish Championship and on some pulls outside of Denmark this year. The maiden voyage of the new John Deere Component Farm Stock is planned for the 14th of March 2019 at the European Superpull in Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Super Stock Tractors Pulling at Zwolle NL February 9 2019 by EUSM

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Unlimited Mini Modifed Tractors Pulling at Zwolle NL February 9 2019 by ...

First pics and news of the new Black Russian

The Black Russian Pulling Team from Lolland in Denmark are currently building a new Transmash V12 powered 5500lbs. / 2.5t Light Modified Tractor. After many years in the 7700lbs. / 3.5t Modified class, the Danish Team decided to built a new Tractor for the lighter Modified class. After the sell of their old Tractor without the engine, the guys started with the new project in October of 2017 in their workshop in Lolland. The new Black Russian receive a new homemade Domex wedge frame with a new self built steel rollcage, a Kirkey driver seat, a homemade steering, completely new constructed engine brackets, new homemade wheelie bars and a completely new sheet metal rear axle housing.
The front axle and the front wheels come from the old 6 cylinder DAF powered Light Modified Tractor called ´´Brothers Toy´´ from the Netherlands. The new rear axle housing was built by the Gladiator Pulling Team from Denmark.
The rear axle will have a Scania center section with a modified Scania diff, a Scania ring and pinion gear, homemade aluminium planetaries carrier housing with Mercedes planetaries and homemade aluminium brake calipers with laser cut brake discs.
The new fenders on the Light Modified Tractor were made off glass fibre. The fenders were also built by Gladiator Pulling Team and are much lighter than the old sheet metal fenders on the old Modified Tractor. The Danish Team will use on their new vehicle a set of used Midwest aluminium rims with old Firestone All Traction 10 Ply Puller tires.
Also completely new is the drivetrain of the Mod. The new drivetrain has a used special built reverser with a special built gearbox, a homemade driveline, a 11" inch Molinari centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a new Browell aluminium clutch bell housing. The reverser and gearbox have a CNC-milled aluminium housing and come from the old Transmash V12 powered Light Modified Tractor called ''Another Russian Invader" of Herman Staal from Voorthuizen in the Netherlands. On the gearbox they can attach the starter for the engine. After the starting of the power plant they can take away the RCD starter on the gearbox. Without the starter for the engine they can save very useful weight on the Tractor for movable weight. 
The new Black Russian will have a turbocharged Transmash V12 tank engine on methanol fuel. The engine isn't new, the power plant was used before on the old 3.5t Mod in the past, but will receive some changes and little improvements.
The engine has a machined Transmash aluminium block with original sleeves, a Transmash crankshaft from a 6 cylinder engine, original steel rods and pistons, machined Transmash heads with bigger valves and better valve springs, homemade aluminium valve covers, stock camshafts, a homemade aluminium intake and stainless steel exhaust manifold, 2 Holset HC5A turbocharger, a special constructed camshaft belt drive, a Aviaid oil pump, a homemade fuel tank, a VSP (Veldhuizen Special Products) methanol fuel system with a Waterman fuel pump and a MSD 8 Dual Coil ignition. Some new parts like the belt drive for the camshaft of the power plant were also purchased from Herman Staal in the Netherlands.
But why they have chosen a crankshaft of a 6 cylinder engine?
The 6 cylinder crank fits into a 12 cylinder Transmash engine and has originally counterweights. With those counterweights on it, it's easier to balance the crank again on a balancing machine.
The Team construct and build the most of their parts himself. That's why project needs a little bit more time. For the future the Black Russian Pulling Team has planned to compete in the Danish Championship. The maiden run of the new Light Mod is planned for the 2019 season.

Unlimited Modified Tractors Pulling at Zwolle NL February 9 2019 by EUSM

Limited Superstocks Tractors Pulling at Zwolle NL February 9 2019 by EUSM

Light Modified Tractors Pulling at Zwolle NL February 9 2019 by EUSM

Monday, February 11, 2019

Euro Cup Competitors 2019 are known !

Last week the ETPC has released the competitors list for the 2019 Euro Cup season. A total of 63 competitors from 9 different European countries have registered in 5 classes. 17 in the Light Mod class, 14 in the Super Stock class, 13 in the Mini Mod class, 11 in the Pro Stock class and 8 in the Heavy Mod class.
The Euro Cup season kicks off at the 27th and 28th of April 2019 in Füchtorf, Germany with the Mini Mod and Heavy Mod division.

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