Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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The new Smoking Devil

The Smoking Devil Pulling Team from Ahaus in Germany, have built a new Transmash V12 powered 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified tractor during the last winter. The Smoking Devil Team was founded by Norbert and Charly Lobbe in 2007. The both brothers purchased the old 3.5t / 7700lbs modified tractor called ''Blue Angel'' of Ralf Woltering during the season of 2007. In 2008 they competed for the first time with the turbocharged Transmash V12 machine in the German Championship. After 4 years in tractor pulling, the German team rebuilt the tractor almost completely new during the winter of 2011 and 2012. The mod has got a lots of lighter parts, like new fenders, a new reverser a new roll cage and many more different changes on the chassis. Finally, in 2013 they switched into the 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified class with the tractor. After a broken engine at the German Championship opener in Füchtorf 2013, the Smoking Devil ran pretty consistently without any bigger problems during the season. During the next 2 years, the engine was further improved and a bigger fuel pump was mounted. The real power increase came in 2016, a 2nd 16mm fuel pump with a new fuel injection system and a new better intake manifold was fitted on the power plant. It wasn't an easy season for the guys, the head gaskets and the almost original heads of the engine were on its limits because of the higher power after those changes. The results were 2 damaged heads and 3 broken head gaskets in 2016. After more changes on the technic of the engine in the winter of 2016 / 2017, the tractor ran now consistency again during the 2017 and the 2018 season. The lowest point for the team was the crash at the German east coast pull at Grimmen in 2018. Driver Norbert Lobbe made a nice start but at around 40 - 50m the Mod started to bounce and then the Tractor laid on its side. After that, it was clear the old chassis was too stiff and the tractor needs a new better chassis for the upcoming season.
After the 2018 pulling season was over, the team started with the construction and the planning for the new light mod. The latest thing on the new ride will be chassis. They decided after many years with a tube chassis to switch to a new steel wedge frame. The tube chassis was too short and too stiff and not anymore completely straight after the crash in Grimmen.
The new Smoking Devil received a new Domex wedge frame with a homemade steel roll cage, a completely new homemade mechanical steering with a steer cylinder of a Opel Kadett car, a driver seat from the Rocket Science Pulling Team in the Netherlands, new homemade steel wheelie bars, a completely new constructed drawbar and a shortened Deutz-Magirus semi truck rear end. The parts like the cage, the steering, and the rear end were took over of the old light mod machine. With the new Domex frame, they hope to have a better balance with the new tractor in the future.
The German team purchased the new Domex frame rails together with some other frame components from Frank Bartholome of the Le Coiffeur Pulling Team from Georgsmarienhütte in Germany.
Also, the carbon fiber fenders on the new tractor were taken over of the old Smoking Devil. The fenders were purchased in the winter of 2011 from the Rocket Science Pulling Team in Weert in the Netherlands.
The Deutz-Magirus rear end has a stock Deutz Magirus center section with a revised Deutz Magirus differential, a stock ring and pinion gear, custom built half shafts and machined aluminum Mercedes planetaries carrier housing with stock Mercedes planetaries. The brake calipers on the rear axle received some new better brake cylinder with more brake power. The custom built half shafts in the rear axle were machined by their sponsor ''Hendrik Hilbring Maschinenbau '' in Ahaus, Germany.
The newly built light mod also got a homemade reverser with a homemade drive shaft between the reverser and the centrifugal clutch. The clutch and the bell housing are still the same as last year. The homemade reverser has a CNC-machined aluminum housing with custom built shafts and gears.
The German team currently using on their mod a set of old steel rims with Firestone All Traction 10Ply puller tires. But the guys also have purchased a set of new uncut Firestone Puller 2000HP tires from Jesper Madsen of the X Pulling Team from Bredebro in Denmark. The new tires will cut by the Team himself later this year. They have planned to switch to the new Puller 2000 tires somewhere during the 2019 season.
The new Smoking Devil is powered by a turbocharged Transmash V12 tank engine with 38.8l displacement and 48 valves on diesel fuel. 
The Russian engine has a stock Transmash block with original sleeves, a stock Transmash crankshaft with stock rods and pistons, revised Transmash heads with stock valves and valve springs, stock camshafts, sheet metal valve covers, a aluminium intake manifold from the Light Mod Tractor called ''Another Russian Invader'' of Herman Staal from the Netherlands, 2 Holset HX80 turbochargers, a homemade steel exhaust manifold, a dry sump lubrication with a homemade oil tank, a water injection system, a diesel fuel injection system from the Truck Power Pulling Team in Denmark, 2 Bosch P diesel fuel pumps with 16mm elements, a homemade diesel and water tank and a completely new electric. The Russian tank engine should make around 3000hp with this setting.
The Smoking Devil Team will not only compete in the 5500lbs light modified class, they are also competing in the new 7700lbs limited modified class in the German Championship this year.
The maiden run in Füchtorf, Germany wasn't so well 3 weeks ago. After around 30m something went wrong in the transmission. Only 39.28m and questionable faces in the team. The first thoughts were something is broken in the rear end or in the driveline. Later they found out the reverser of the Transmash powered tractor jumped out of gear, a problem which can be solved without major investments for the next round.
That's good news for the low budget team, which has not the big money in their pocket.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Changes on No Risk No Fun

After the 3rd place in the 2018 German Championship point standings, the 950kg / 2095lbs mini modified tractor called "No Risk No Fun" of Carsten Heisterkamp from Wesel in Germany received some changes during the last winter. After some weight problems during the 2018 season, Carsten decided to make his mini mod rocket lighter for the 2019 season. To get the machine lighter, the tractor got a set of new lighter and smaller front tyres, the data box on the engine was dismanteled and the aluminium Enderle scoop was replaced by a new carbon fiber scoop. The Keith Black V8 Hemi power plant also received a set of new lighter steel exhaust headers and a new 8 inch Molinari centrifugal clutch with 2 discs. 
All in all Carsten saved around 10kg of weight on his tractor after those changes.
He has 10kg more moveable weight now. That´s very important for him, because the tractor was sometimes on some german pulling tracks too light on the front end, which ended sometimes not optimal balance. Last but not least the Vampire Gears reverser also was checked and revised during the last winter.
Carsten Heisterkamp compete with his No Risk No Fun not in the German Championship this year. He has decided to compete in the Danish Championship this season.  
The mini mod is currently still for sale, if you are interested contact Carsten Heisterkamp on the No Risk No Fun fanpage !

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New look for Indian Xtreme

The 600kg compact diesel garden puller tractor called ''Indian Xtreme'' of Jan van Gent from Achterberg in the Netherlands has received a completely new look during the last winter. After the first season on the pulling tracks in the Netherlands, it was time give the new tractor his final color touch on the Domex wedge frame and the sheet metal. Before the compact diesel went to the the painter, the new ride was completely dismanteled. The company called ''Waayenberg Coatings B.V.'' from Barnefeld have done the paint job on all parts of the new tractor. After the color work on the chassis of the Indian Xtreme, the garden puller was completely rebuilt again. The vinyl wrap on the tractor was designed by Jan van Gent and the company MEES Reclame from Veenendaal has produced the stickers.
On the evening of the 15th of April 2019, the new look of the compact diesel machine was finally reveal in front of their sponsors and friends in their workshop in Achterberg. The look is almost similar to his big brother, the 3.4t super sport tractor called ''Red Indian''.
The Indian Xtreme Pulling Team will compete with their compact diesel garden puller in the Dutch Championship this year.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

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