Thursday, August 10, 2017

The new Lucky Ducky

From Putten in the Netherlands, the Lucky Ducky Pulling Team (formerly Little Bandit Pulling Team) have built a new 950kg Mini Modified Tractor during the last winter. After problems with the ring and pinion gear of the Rockwell rearend during the 2016 season, the Dutch Team around Couzijn van Heuvelen have decided to built a completely new Chassis for the 2017 season. The new Chassis was further improved compared to the old one. The Mini Mod got a new homemade Docol R8 tube frame with a homemade Rollcage, a custom made steering, carbon fiber fenders and a new Vreeman Special Parts rearend.
The new rearend is a Ford 9" inch rear axle with a billet aluminium differential, a special made ring and pinion gear, a aluminium center section and billet aluminium planetaries carrier housing with special made planetaries.
The new ride also got a Vreeman Special Parts (VSP) reverser with a VSP driveline, a Molinari 8" inch centrifugal clutch with 3 discs and a Browell aluminium clutch bellhousing. 
All the components for the new rearend was built by Bennie Vreeman of Vreeman Special Parts from Neede in the Netherlands.
With all those new parts and the improved chassis, the new Mini is lighter than the old one with the Rockwell rearend. The Team purchased for the vehicle a set of new Real Wheel aluminium rims with new Pioneer Giant Puller tyres from CM Pulling Tires in the USA.
The new Lucky Ducky is powered by an BAE V8 Hemi engine on methanol fuel.
The engine was took over of the old Little Bandit Mini Rod and was completely dismantled and checked during the last winter.
The engine have a BAE aluminium billet block with Veney cylinder heads, Moroso valve covers, Dan Olson Racing exhaust headers, a MSD Pro Mag 44 ignition, a DMPE 18-71 blower with an PSI Carbon Fiber scoop, a homemade fuel and oil tank, a Waterman fuel pump, a dry sump lubrication and a Racepak data logger.
The Lucky Ducky Pulling Team compete with the Mini Rod in Dutch Grand National Championship and in the Euro Cup this year.
But the biggest question was, why got the Tractor and the Team a new name. Simply, the Mini Rod Team split from the Bandit Pulling Team and going their own way now. Shortly after the European Superpull in Ahoy, the Team signed a sponsor contract with Tomassen Duck-To from Ermelo in the Netherlands. Tomassen Duck-To BV Ermelo produces fresh-frozen Peking ducks, share ducks and sell convenience foods. Because of the new main sponsor the Tractor got the name ,,Lucky Ducky´´.

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