Thursday, January 25, 2018

From Finland to Germany: Another Grave Digger

In the Winter of 2015, one of Finland's craziest turbocharged Mini Rod Tractors got a new home in mid Europe. Owner Simo Andergard from Finland sold the Tractor completely to a new Team in Germany. The Mini was purchased by Dieter Höppner from Anholt in Germany. Dieter Höppner, together with his son started with Garden Pulling in the 500kg Modified division in 2015. After a year in Garden Pulling, he decided to make a step into Mini Modified Pulling in Germany. The Another Grave Digger underwent some changes and improvements during the last 2 years.
The Mini Mod has a 42CrMo4 tube frame with a 42CrMo4 Rollcage, a homemade steering, a Volvo rearend and homemade GFK fenders. The new Team changed the drivers position on the Vehicle. The drivers position is 250mm more forward and the center of gravity is lower. Also the Ford engine sits 250mm more forward now than before. The Grave Digger Team hopes to get a better balance with the Cepek tires with those changes. The rear wheels are a set of used aluminium rims with used Cepek tires.
The Volvo rear axle has a Volvo stock center section with a special built aluminium differential, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear and special made shafts.
The Mini also has a Lenco reverser with a homemade driveline and a homemade 5 disc centrifugal clutch with an aluminium bell housing.
The Another Grave Digger is powered by a 598 cui. Ford V8 engine with 2 turbochargers on methanol. The Ford engine has a 460 Ford Racing A block bored up to 598cui. with Trick Flow Ford cylinder heads, Roller camshafts and Venolia valves, a billet crankshaft with BME aluminium rods and Venolia pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, 2 Master Power turbochargers, a home made aluminium fuel tank, a Veldhuizen Special Product injection system, a Enderle 110 fuel pump, a Moroso belt drive oil pump, a MSD ignition and a Master data logger. The maiden run under german flag of the Another Grave Digger was normely planned for the 2017 Season, but several technical problems made it not possible to make a pass in front of the Sledge. The Team are currently working on the Mini Rod to get those problems solved for upcoming season.
The Team around Dieter Höppner have planned to compete in the German Championship in 2018.
Another Grave Digger Tyrnävä (FIN) 2014

Another Grave Digger Nurmes (FIN) 2014

The 500kg Modified Garden Puller of Dieter Höppner, driven by his son in Volkmarst (D) 2017

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