After running many years a cast rear end light super stock, Bryan and his team decided to build a component full-blown light super stock. They went with the name Alter Ego since he works in an office as a financial advisor but in his blood was his farm background and he always wanted to pull tractors.
The new Alter Ego received a new chrome-moly tube frame with a new chrome-moly roll cage, a rack and pinion steering and a new truck rear end with a newly built drawbar. The new chrome-moly chassis with the cage for the tractor was built by Dave Pfund from Mondovi in Wisconsin. Compared to the old tractor, the driver's position on the new chassis is more forward and the center of gravity is lower. They hope to get a better balance with those changes. Without the stock cast rear end and gearbox they save a lot of weight. That gives them the opportunity to have more moveable weight on the tractor, which is very important to bring all the power on the ground for the different pulling track conditions.
The entire machine was built by Chris Pichler, Bryce Pichler and Greg Brantner of Mondovi Tractor from Mondovi in Wisconsin.
A little story about the NH TG stock tractor:
The New Holland TG stock tractors were introduced by the company in 2002 and featured the unique "Cat'sEye" lighting as dubbed by then Fiat Chairman Paolo Cantarella. The free-form halogen lighting was a first, not only in tractor design but also actually preceded the use of this type of lighting in automotive design. The TG was the first styling effort by New Holland's newly named consulting designers and stylists (Montgomery Design International), which had been the long-time firm of record for IH and Case IH. A single sketch penned by the owner and principal designer Gregg Montgomery set New Holland's styling direction, which continues today in the complete range of New Holland tractors. The New Holland TG series was built until 2005.
Completely new too, are the drivetrain components in the tractor. The drivetrain received a GMS custom built driveshaft, a Humpco reverser, a Crower centrifugal clutch with a billet aluminum flywheel and a Trick Titanium clutch can.
The Team purchased for their new ride a set of new cut Firestone 30.5-32 Puller 2000HP tires on Midwest aluminum rims. The new tires were purchased and cut by K3 Tire in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
The whole engine for the tractor also was built by the guys of Mondovi tractor in Mondovi, Wisconsin.
The power plant has a machined IH cast iron engine block with new Darton sleeves, a billet steel crankshaft with billet aluminum GMS rods and pistons, a billet aluminum GMS girdle plate, a aluminum Indy cylinder head with billet cams, a Indy intake and a GMS exhaust manifold, 3 billet turbochargers by Hart's Diesel from Fayette, Missouri, a GMS sheet metal oil and fuel tank, a complete GMS fuel injection system with a Waterman fuel pump, a Aviaid oil pump, a MSD 44 Pro Mag ignition and a Autometer data logger.
Bryan Bowles made its maiden voyage with the new Alter Ego at the NTPA Spring Nationals in Shipshewana, Indiana in the middle of March 2019. It was a pretty good maiden run for the new tractor. Two 4th place finishes in both sessions were the results in the end.
The Alter Ego Pulling Team would also like to give a big thanks to the guys of Mondovi Tractor for their support, they are really appreciated that!
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