Friday, July 19, 2019

New Light Super Stock from Missouri

The Alter Ego Pulling Team around Bryan Bowles from Mount Vernon, Missouri in the USA have built a completely new New Holland TG285 6200lbs component light super stock tractor during the last winter of 2018 / 2019.
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 team started in the pro stock class with an IH 1066 by the name of ''Boiling Point''. Pulled in that class for about 8 years before wanting to build an alcohol-powered light super stock cast rear end tractor. They pulled the ''Hayley's Comet'' (named after his daughter) for about 6 years. Bryan's dad farms blue New Holland tractors and he wanted to go blue with the light super class since the cubic inch limit will work. The pro stock tractors are all red or green since they are the only ones able to get to the cubic inch limit easily.
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 new chassis was powder coated by Premier Powder Coating Inc from Ettrick, Wisconsin. The hood on the new light super is a replica of a New Holland TG285 and was built of carbon fiber. Also the new carbon fiber fenders bases on a TG285 tractor. Only the lights and the cooler grill on the hood are original New Holland. The new hood and the fenders were built by Mike Wilhite, the owner and driver of the New Holland TG285 component light super stock tractor called ''Blue Blazes'' from Cox's Creek, Kentucky.
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.
The new truck rear end in the machine received a new billet aluminum Humpco center section with a new billet aluminum Humpco differential, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, billet aluminum Humpco planetaries carrier housing with custom built Humpco planetaries and billet brake calipers with new aluminum brake rotors.
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 new New Holland TG285 is powered by a turbocharged IH engine with 505cui on alcohol fuel.
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 has planned to compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midwest Region Championship, on some pulls in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour and NTPA Grand National Championship, in the Outlaw Pulling Association and on some events in his home state Missouri.

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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Friday, July 12, 2019

The new Krone Hulk 2 is ready

After almost a half year of construction, the new 4.5t / 9260lbs John Deere component farm stock tractor called ''Krone Hulk 2'' of Claus Fey and Ulrik Gehrt from Visby in Denmark is ready.
After 10 years with the old Krone Hulk, the John Deere stock rear end and gearbox were on their limits, which made it impossible to develop the tractor further for the top of the farm stock division in Europe. The only way was to build an almost completely new farm stock tractor with a component chassis. The component tractor is usually easier to handle, especially in the maintenance during the season because the time expenses aren't so high compared to a tractor with the machined stock gearbox, rear axle, and clutch bell housing. If you want to change something in the component tractor, like the clutch or the gearbox it takes not so much time. For a tractor with a stock rear axle, gearbox, and bell housing you need much more time. Only for a clutch change, you must split the tractor into 2 pieces what takes sometimes a lot of time in the workshop.
Another advantage of the new Krone Hulk 2 is weight. With the new component machine, they have much more moveable weight because the main parts like the rear end and the complete driveline is much lighter and stronger built compared to the heavy cast iron parts of the stock tractors.
The new Krone Hulk 2 received a completely new Domex 700 wedge frame with a new chrome-moly roll cage, a homemade hydraulic power steering with parts of a boat, newly constructed weight and engine brackets, new steel wheelie bars and a machined Scania 81 semi-truck rear end with a newly constructed drawbar.
On the new chassis, the driver's position is lower, the engine position is more forward and the center of gravity of the engine is lower. The Team hopes to get a better balance with this new chassis under difficult track conditions.
The new Domex wedge frame with the Scania rear end was built by the Hilvsom Pulling Team from Hobro, in Denmark. Emil Roth of the Nasty Toy Pulling Team from Ljungbyhed, in Sweden, did the new roll cage for the brand new farm stock ride. The Scania rear end was shortened and machined and got an original Scania 81 center section with a modified stock needle bearing differential, a Scania ring and pinion gear, aluminum planetaries carrier housing with Hanomag 55 wheel loader planetaries and Engler Machine & Tool brake calipers with steel brake rotors. The new aluminum planetaries carrier housing for the rear end also were made by the Hvilsom Pulling Team and the John Deere Pulling Team from Thy in Denmark did the modifications on the Scania differential.
For good traction on the Danish and European Pulling tracks, they purchased a set of new polished Midwest aluminum rims with new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. The new tires were cut by the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark.
The completely new driveline of the JD has a Profab 4 Speed HD transmission with a custom built steel driveshaft, an 11" inch centrifugal clutch with 4 discs from the Bukke Bruse Pulling Team, a custom built steel flywheel from the John Deere Pulling Team and a new Browell steel clutch bell housing.
The Claus and Ulrik decided to give the new component tractor an old John Deere 8020 series hood and new lightweight fenders from the John Deere Pulling Team. The hood of this John Deere series was built between 2001 and 2005. All the sheet metal work on the hood and the tractor were made by the Team himself.
The new Krone Hulk 2 is powered by a diesel fired 6 cylinder John Deere 6466 engine with a displacement of 8.3l. The turbocharged engine comes from the old Krone Hulk farm stock tractor.
The power plant has a machined JD 6466 cast iron block with Darton sleeves, a revised JD 55 series cylinder head which was machined and flowed by Arne Larsen of the Dingo Pulling Team, original JD valves and GMS valve springs, a billet camshaft by Jan Burggraaf (New Generation Pulling Team), a billet steel crank with modified GMS (Gene's Machine Shop) billet rods and GMS billet pistons from the John Deere Pulling Team, a intake and exhaust manifold of the Red Lightning Pulling Team from Denmark, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger from the John Deere Pulling Team, a billet diesel fuel injection pump with 14mm elements built by the Dingo Pulling Team, a homemade fuel tank, a Aviaid oil pump with Oberg filters, a Bell aluminum Intercooler and a RPM data logger.
When the new component tractor was ready, Claus Fey and Ulrik Gehrt went to the dyno of the John Pulling Team to make some test passes before their official maiden voyage on the European Superpull in Ahoy, Rotterdam the Netherlands. It was a good test on the dyno with some impressive data. The new John Deere made 1700 hp and a torque of 4800Nm on the dyno, that is really impressive for a 4.5t / 9260lbs farm stock machine in Europe.
At the European Superpull in Ahoy, driver Claus Fey made 2 great passes in the hall and beat all the other Dutch and Danish farm stock tractors there. Claus and Ulrik never thought to win the biggest European indoor tractor pull with almost completely new tractor there. The balance and the speed of the new Krone Hulk 2 were pretty good and the Danes were pretty happy with the maiden voyage of the new 8020 John Deere.
On the first outdoor pulls in Denmark, they finished with the new component farm stock on every round under the top 3 places so far, which is very good for a new tractor in the first season. But we know the competition in Denmark in this class is currently very hard to fight for the first 3 places in the Danish Championship.
The Krone Hulk Pulling Team competes in the Danish Championship and in the Euro Challenge for the farm stock tractor in Europe this year.

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