Friday, March 22, 2019

Q & A with Tom Esselink

Tom Esselink 26 years old from Lochem, in the Netherlands. Tom is the driver of the Fendt 936 Component Super Stock Tractor called ``Hurricane´´. He´s the son of the multiple Dutch Champion and European Champion Gerrit Esselink. What are you doing in your normal life?
Tom Esselink: I work in my dad's company called ``EMB Metaalbewerking´´, we are working with four people. I am responsible for the milling and turning with our STYLE CNC Machines. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: I play volleyball twice a week, like to go out with my girlfriend and friends for some beers. I am interested in motorsports, especially in formula 1. I am a big fan and skip no race and follow all the latest news. (Excited about the RedBullHonda/Verstappen combination this year) What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: The power and speed. Also the way you can follow your own idea about things. I like to go from an idea, to design, to the analysis, to the production and the testing on the track What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Tom Esselink: Earlier than I can realize. Since I was born, I always support my dad along the tracks. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track? 
Tom Esselink: Of course our home pull in Lochem (NL). But I also like Eext (NL) in Drenthe. A small town with still the competition on the highest level. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Tom Esselink: The first time behind the wheel was during Indoor Tractor Pulling event in Zwolle (NL) 2015. My dad asked me a several times earlier. I always answered, first the tractor must be good running (a lot of problems in the beginning), then I will have a try to run it. It was by the way not a good idea to run for your first time besides a concrete wall. I was impressed by the power and my safety belt settings were to soft. So it was not a great success. What was your biggest success?
Tom Esselink: My first win during the Beach Pull Putten (NL) 2017. In a total chaotic Super Stock class, we kept our head cool and dealed with the conditions. I made two good passes to the win. Also the 3rd place finish at the EC Zele (B) 2013 was a big success for us as team. Finally our first success with the gray Fendt after all the trouble in the years before. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Tom Esselink: Especially the Limited Super Stock class, Compact Diesels and the Super Sport / Farm Stock classes. What was your biggest disappointment?
Tom Esselink: I don’t have one special moment, sometimes you are very busy with designing and making parts close to the deadline. Than you run it and it breaks in the first 50 meters of the track. On that moment it’s the best to leave tractorpulling for what it is, and go on with other things. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Tom Esselink: Keep the safety in mind, especially with the speed and power of nowadays. Also the tractor pulling show must be faster, that’s one of good points of the American way of tractor pulling. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Tom Esselink: Bring the Hurricane back to the top, with following your own path. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Tom Esselink: Not the best thing to put here, but for me it is the accident with Jan van Alphen. I was at home when I heard it. Sometimes when I am preparing for my run close for the pull, it keep it in mind and think about the risks. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Tom Esselink: Improving our tractor. I spend a lot of time behind the computer with simulating and analyzing what there in happening in our tractor. I don’t have one special project. I am always busy with the kind of forces and torques there are in our tractor and how to deal with it. Something you want to say?
Tom Esselink: Go on with the pullingworld page, you guys are doing great work. Last but not least I hope to see everybody during Tractor Pulling Lochem (NL) 2019 on the 2nd and 3th of August! Thank you for your time and good luck this season ! 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Never Done New is ready

Also ready to run is the new John Deere Component Limited Super Stock Tractor called ``Never Done New´´ of Soren Lüchan Hansen from Arnum, in Denmark. After around 2 years of work, the new Limited Super Stock was finally ready for the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, the Netherlands. The new machine has a chrome-moly tube frame with a chrome-moly rollcage, a Kirkey Racing seat, a hydraulic steering and a sheet metal rearend. The chassis with the rearend comes from the old Ford 9600 Component Super Stock Tractor called ``Rabbit Gn Mad´´ of Hendrik Svenningsen from Denmark. The complete chassis and the sheet metal rearend were built by the company ``ACE Chassis´´ from Cottontown, Tennessee, USA in 2011.
The new tractor received a John Deere 8310 sheet metal hood and a set of John Deere sheet metal fenders. The John Deere 8010 series tractors were produced from 1999-2002. All the sheet metal work, like the side shields of the hood and the sheet metal coverings around the chassis were done by a local US Car workshop in Denmark.
The ACE Chassis rearend has a Rockwell center section, a Rockwell diff with a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, billet spindles, Franklin magnesium planetaries carrier housing with billet Franklin planetaries and Engler Machine & Tool billet aluminium brake calipers with ACE Chassis brake rotors. Soren Lüchan Hansen has mounted on his new John Deere a set of new Keizer Wheel aluminium rims with new Firestone Puller 2000 HP 24.5-32 tires.
The new vehicle also got a used Profab reverser with a ACE Chassis billet drive shaft, a 11´´ inch centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a Browell aluminium clutch bell housing.
The new Limited Super Stock is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder 7800 John Deere engine with 7.6l / 464cui. on methanol fuel. Willem Veldhuizen of Veldhuizen Special Products (VSP) from Loosdrecht, in the Netherlands has built the new John Deere engine for the new Never Done New.
The new power plant received a machined JD 7800 engine block with new Darton sleeves, a new VSP billet steel crankshaft with VSP billet aluminium rods and pistons, a revised JD 4455 cylinder head with a billet / grinded VSP camshaft, a VSP built intake and exhaust manifold, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger with a 4.25´´ inch intake impeller wheel by VSP, a VSP alcohol fuel injection system with a VSP fuel pump, a VSP built sheet metal fuel tank and oil pan, 3 Aviaid oil pumps (2 for the engine and 1 for the turbocharger), a RPM datalogger and MSD 8 ignition.
A few days before the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, Soren went with his new Limited Super Stock to the VSP workshop in Loosdrecht. There were put the ready engine into the chassis, the completely fuel system was built up and all the electric of the power plant was wired. After that the engine was started for the first time in the workshop. After everything was ready, Soren and Willem went with the new Limited Super Stock on Thursday evening to Zwolle to make a test pass in front of the sled. Willem made the maiden voyage with the new Never Done New and the tractor ran pretty well for the first time. The run ended with a fireball under hood, but the fire was very fast extinguished. Willem and Soren were pleased with first test pass of the new tractor. The fire was triggered out by a bent cover, on the place where the water pump was sitting. The problem was solved with a new cover and an o'ring seal. After the run on Thursday, the setting of the 6 cylinder JD power plant was adjusted. On Saturday, Soren made on his new toy his first pass. The tractor ran again pretty good but the 8310 John Deere was a bit too light on the front end and the machine rocked up at the end of the pull. 80.27m was the first official distance for the new Limited Super Stock, which was enough for the 5th place. The Dane was happy with his first run and looking forward to the 2019 season. Soren Lüchan Hansen will compete with his new machine in the Danish Championship and maybe on some other pulling events in Europe this season.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Photos European Superpull Ahoy (Rotterdam - NL) 2019 - by Jan Lo - Tractor-Pulling Media

!Ahoy - Rotterdam (NL) 2019!


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