Friday, April 19, 2019

The new Bredahl Brothers Red Line

The Bredahl Brothers Pulling Team from Vildbjerg, in Denmark have built a completely new Ford Component Pro Stock Tractor during the last winter. The Bredahl Brothers Pulling Team was founded by Ole Bredahl and his both sons Tobias Bredahl and Nicolai Bredahl in the end of 2013. They purchased the old Ford 8340 Pro Stock Tractor called ,,Blue Bambino´´ of Niels Damgaard from Aulum in Denmark. During the years the tractor was technical improved and received a lot´s of changes on the engine. In 2014, the Danish Team competed for the first time in the Danish Championship and in the Euro Cup. The first full season with the Ford tractor was a learning year, but it wasn't bad especially on the Danish Pulling circuits. A year later in 2015, the color and the look of the Pro Stock was changed from the original Ford blue to the color red of Ole Bredahl´s Transport business called ,,Bredahl Transport ApS´´. It wasn´t a problem free season in 2015. A lot´s of problems with the engine and a broken gearbox cost them a lots of time and very important Championship points during the season. That also cost them the chance to qualify for the home EC in Brande. During the next winter the technic was further improved and the problems were solved. After that the Pro Stock ran pretty well without any bigger problems from 2016 until to 2018. After another power syringe in 2018, it was clearly to see the balance of the 8340 wasn´t good enough anymore. Because of the higher power of the power plant, they had not enough moveable weight on the Pro Stock anymore, simply said the tractor was too light on the front end. After the first Danish Championship round in Brande 2018 and a another wild ride, they decided to built a completely new Ford Pro Stock ride on Component basic. But that wasn´t the one and only problem of the old pulling tractor. Another problem was the old machined stock rear end of the Ford was too heavy and the ring and pinion gear and the old heavy gearbox was at 2500hp on his limits. 
In the middle of May 2018, they went to the USA to Mike Stinson, owner of Ace Chassis from Cottontown, Tennessee to make an order for a completely new Component chassis with a new rearend, new driveline parts and a new hood. Mike Stinson started with the building of the new chassis and the sheet metal work in the end of summer 2018. The new Component chassis has a chrome-moly tube frame with a 3 bar chrome-moly rollcage, a Kirkey aluminium racing seat, a new hydraulic steering of a boat and a newly built sheet metal rearend. The new hood is a replica of a Ford 8340 tractor and were built off aluminium. The new 8340 aluminium hood is much lighter, higher and wider than the original hood. Also the new fenders and the sheet metal work around the chassis on the new Pro Stock were done off aluminium. All those work were made by Mike Stinson and his Team of Ace Chassis in Cottontown.
The new sheet metal rearend received a Rockwell center section with a Rockwell needle bearing diff, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, new billet Franklin aluminium planetary carrier housings with Franklin planetaries and new Engler Machine & Tool billet aluminium brake calipers with new steel brake rotors. The completely new drivetrain has a new Profab 4 speed heavy duty transmission with a billet driveshaft between the transmission and the clutch, a B&B 11´´ inch centrifugal clutch with a steel fly wheel from the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark and a Browell aluminium clutch bell housing.
For a optimum grip on the Danish and European pulling tracks, the Bredahl Family purchased a set of new polished Northern Sheen aluminium rims with new Firestone Puller 2000HP Pro Stock tires from the John Deere Pulling Team in Denmark.The new tires were cut by Michael Galsgaard of the John Deere Pulling Team.
After everything was done in the Ace Chassis workshop, the new tractor was loaded into a container and went across the pond on a ship to Denmark before christmas. After a 3 week sea trip the new tractor without the engine finally arrived at the 16th of January 2019 in the workshop of the Bredahl Brothers Pulling Team in Vildbjerg. Shortly after that the whole chassis, the hood and fenders went too the painter. The paintjob were done by the company called ``Simmelkjaer Autolakering & Skilte´´ from Sunds, Denmark. The tractor also received a nice airbrush paint job with the Scania semi trucks of their company on the side shields of the hood. Another very nice airbrush paint work is on the back of the tractor with the activities what they are doing alongside of the pulling sport, like farming and the transport company. Ivar Asland from Finsland, in Denmark did all the airbrush paint job work on the Pro Stock.
The new Bredahl Brothers Red Line is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder Ford Powerstar engine with 8.3l displacement on diesel fuel. The original engine had a displacement of 7.5l and was used in the Ford 8340 Tractors, who was built between 1991 and 1997. But the pulling engine received a lots of changes and special built parts. Because of the much higher compression, the most of the original parts like the rods, pistons and many more would not survive those power increase and sometimes the rough pulling conditions.
The engine was took over of the old Bredahl Brothers Red Line Pro Stock Tractor, but received a lots changes and new parts during the last winter.
The power plant has a machined Ford Power Star stock engine block with Darton sleeves, a billet steel crankshaft by the company called ``´´ from Belgium, GMS (Genes Machine Shop) billet steel rods and GMS billet aluminium pistons, a revised Ford Power Star OEM cylinder head with new stainless steel valves and new stronger valve springs by the Dingo Pulling Team, a new homemade stainless steel intake and exhaust manifold, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger with a 5´´ inch intake impeller wheel from the John Deere Pulling Team in Denmark, a new Freakshow Performance Intercooler built by Finn-Lasse Streyl from Germany, a billet Columbus Diesel Supply (CDS) fuel pump with 17mm elements, a Aviaid oil pump and a complete Racepak data logger.
After the Tractor was almost ready, the team went with the new Component Pro Stock to the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark to make some test passes on the dyno. More than 2500hp made the engine on the dyno, but they had some problems with the new pump of the water injection system.
At the European Superpull in Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands the new Bredahl Brothers Red Line had its maiden voyage in front of the sled. But it wasn´t a successful first pull. They had again problems with the new water injection system of the engine. The result was 42,40m and a 6th place. Back in the workshop they have dismantled the whole engine and found 6 broken pistons, who was melted because of the not correctly working water injection system. So still a lots of work for the Danish Team to sort out all problems before the outdoor season starts.
The Bredahl Brothers Pulling Team have announced to compete in the Danish Championship and in the Euro Cup this year.

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