Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The new Loaded Deere

After around 2 years of building, the new John Deere 8530 component super stock tractor called ''Loaded Deere'' of the Loaded Deere Pulling Team from Klepp in Norway is ready.
The Norwegian Team around Soren Naerland started with the new project in spring 2017 and was ready with it in spring 2019. The Loaded Deere Pulling Team was founded by Soren Naerland in the winter of 2009. In the winter of 2009, Soren purchased the diesel super stock tractor called ''Loaded Gun'' of Jeff Hothem from Dellroy, Ohio in the USA. It was a John Deere 4440 tractor with a 6 cylinder John Deere engine with a 4 charger setup on diesel fuel. The super stock ride was built in the winter of 2000 / 2001. Jeff and his parents, John and Barbara Hothem, campaigned the “Loaded Gun” primarily on the OSTPA circuit, with a few Regional and National NTPA Events for 7 years and an occasional Lucas Oil PPL event the last few years. The biggest success with the tractor was the 2005 OSTPA Championship title and the 2005 OSTPA super stock puller of the year award.
While building a new component super stock tractor on alcohol in the winter of 2009, Jeff Hothem and his parents decided to sell the machine to Norway.
In the winter/spring of 2010, the tractor finally arrived in Soren Naerland's workshop. Soren competed mainly with the tractor on the Norwegian pulling tracks and in the Euro Cup from 2010 until 2017.
During the winter of 2013 / 2014, the John Deere received some changes on the engine, like the charger setup and many other different things with the support by the company called ''Diesellandia'' (Herlevi Pulling Team) from Kälviä in Finland. Also the old Firestone All Traction tires were replaced by a set of good used Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. After all those changes the engine had more horses under the hood and with the new tires, the tractor had much more traction on the pulling tracks. That resulted sometimes in a bad balance on the tracks with a lot of traction and with the more horses under the hood, the stock JD rear end was on its limits. Everyone has seen that at the 2015 Euro Cup opener in Brande, Denmark, where the tractor was too light on his nose. Unfortunately, the tractor also lost his left rear wheel during the pull.
The machined JD rear end cracked and the rear wheel was ripped off the rear axle. It was one of the biggest damages for the Norwegian team so far. But the team repaired the tractor again and returned on the pulling tracks in 2016. After all, those problems with the balance and the durability of the rear end on the John Deere, Soren and his team decided to build a new Loaded Deere on component base at the end of the 2016 season. At the same time, Jeff Hothem wanted to sell his old Fully Loaded Chassis after the 2017 NFMS Pull in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. After some talks between Soren Naerland and Jeff Hothem, the deal was perfect. A few weeks after the NFMS Pull the chassis with the John Deere 8530 hood went into a container and were shipped with a container ship to Norway. The container finally arrived at the end of March 2017 in Norway.
Soren and his team started with the building of the new component machine in the fall of 2017 in his workshop in Klepp.
The new Loaded Deere received a steel wedge frame with a 3 bar chrome-moly roll cage, an OMP Racing driver seat with a 4 point harness, a hydraulic power steering, steel wheelie bars and a shortened Rockwell rear end with Humpco parts.
The whole Chassis with the roll cage and the rear end was built by Kyle and Gary Karlen of Karlen Motorsports from Minerva, Ohio in the USA in 2009. Karlen Motorsports has built pulling tractors and pulling components for many US teams in the past. Kyle and Gary Karlen also own the Agco DT275 light super stock tractor called ''Bad Blood''.
The former owner Jeff Hothem was very successful with the Karlen Motorsports chassis in the past. He won many Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League rounds and 2 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League titles in 2015 and 2016.
The hood on the new Loaded Deere comes from a John Deere 8530 tractor. The John Deere 8030 series tractors were built between 2006 and 2009 in the John Deere plant in Waterloo, Iowa, USA. The 8030 series was available in 5 different models, as 8130, 8230, 8330, 8430 and 8530. The John Deere 8530 was the biggest model of this series and was powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder John Deere Power Tech-Plus 6090 HF 485 engine with a displacement of 9l capacity on diesel fuel.
The power plant has a common-rail high-pressure injection, a fully electronic engine management, light-alloy pistons, an electronic injection pump, wet cylinder sleeves, a cross-flow cylinder head, a seven-bearing crankshaft and a variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT) with a two-phase charge air cooling and an external exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The engine in the 8530 tractor makes 320hp with a maximum torque of 1451Nm at 1600rpm.
All the sheet metal work on the hood, like the side shields, were built by the Loaded Deere Pulling Team himself in their workshop. The new glass fiber fenders on the tractor were purchased from the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy,  Denmark.
The Rockwell rear end has a billet Humpco aluminum center section with a Humpco billet aluminum diff, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear and Franklin magnesium planetaries carrier housing with Franklin planetaries.
The new Super Stock got a set of used Midwest aluminum rims with cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. The tires are 4 years old and were cut by Steen Dam in Denmark. The tires with the rims were taken over from the old 4440 Loaded Deere.
The new ride also has a Profab 4 Speed HD transmission with a billet steel driveshaft between the clutch and the transmission, a B&B 11 inch centrifugal clutch with 5 discs and a Browell aluminum clutch bell housing.
The new Loaded Deere is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder John Deere 6466 inline engine with a displacement of 586cui. / 9.6l. The 6466 engine was installed and used in the John Deere 50, 55 and 60 series, like the John Deere 4850, the 4955 and the 4960. The US power plant was built in 2 different versions, as 6466T and 6466A. The 6466T engine only had a turbocharger and the 6466A had a turbocharger and intercooler. The A motor was used in the bigger tractors of 50, 55 and 60 series.
The A version in the John Deere 4960 stock tractor was a water-cooled 7.6l 6 cylinder inline turbo engine with direct injection process, hanging valves, Nippondenso seven-hole nozzles, light-alloy pistons, Nippondenso injection pump with automatic spray adjuster, piston cooling, replaceable-wet cylinder sleeves, cross-flow cylinder head, seven-bearing crankshaft, cooling water/engine oil heat exchanger, mechanical Bosch centrifugal force regulator, Stanadyne double fuel filter and a two-stage air-research exhaust gas turbocharger. The power plants were built from 1983 until 1994 in the John Deere plant in Waterloo, Iowa, USA. During those 11 years, the engine was in each series further developed. The latest version of the 6466A in the 4960 John Deere had 230hp with a torque of 1010Nm at 1210rpm.
But for pulling in the super stock division is that too less power, torque and rpm. Well, the engine in the pulling tractor has more or less to do with a normal engine in a stock tractor. The only part which is still original on the pulling engine is the block, but the block was bored up from 7.6l to 9.6l.
The engine running with a 4 charger setup in 2 stages on diesel fuel. The power plant has a machined 6466 JD cast-iron block with 124mm bore and Darton steel sleeves, a billet steel crankshaft with Riverside billet rods and GMS (Gene's Machine Shop) billet pistons, a new homemade intake and exhaust manifold, 4 Holset HX82 turbochargers, a homemade aluminum intercooler, a billet Riverside steel cylinder head with 2.5 inch titanium intake and 2.05 inch Inconel exhaust valves, a Riverside billet steel camshaft, a Aviaid oil pump, a aluminum oil pan, a homemade water and fuel tank, a water injection system, a 17mm billet Columbus Diesel fuel pump and a Racepak data logger.
The new Loaded Deere made its maiden voyage at their home pull in Bryne, Norway at the end of May 2019. But it wasn't a good premier of the new component super stock. Because of a broken clutch, the new tractor pulled the sled only a few meters. But the damage was quickly repaired and the team went with the super stock to Thy in Denmark to the John Deere Pulling Team to make some test runs on the dyno in the middle of June 2019. But the test ended in a disaster.
At the second run on the dyno at 14 bar turbo pressure, the homemade Intercooler in the intake manifold of the engine blew up with a huge bang and the 8530 hood was badly damaged. Thankfully no one was hurt in that spectacular blow up and the damage was more cosmetic on the machine. At the beginning of October 2019, Soren and his team returned on the pulling track in Gamst, Denmark to make 2 test pulls in front of the sled before the end of the season.
The damage from the dyno test was repaired and the damaged hood was replaced by a new 8530 hood. The best run was the second pass, the component super stock ran pretty well but the tires found on that track almost no traction and the tractor was a little bit restless underway, but unfortunately, in the end, a locking pin broke on the drivewheel of the Aviaid oil pump and Soren's run was over. Thankfully the engine also lost his fuel pressure and the engine went off immediately, which saved the engine for further damages. One is sure, the new Norwegian component diesel super stock tractor has a lot of potential and horsepower. But to operate the tractor on a level like a diesel super stock in the USA is almost priceless for the Loaded Deere Team. The most important thing for the team is to get the new tractor reliable running in the future. The Loaded Deere Pulling Team has planned to compete on the pulling tracks in Norway, on some pulling events outside of their country and on the Euro Cup circuits in 2020.

For further information, check here: https://de-de.facebook.com/groups/107118575987556/

Pro Pulling 2019: Light Pro Stock Tractors pulling in Wilmington, OH

EC 2020

The 2020 European Championship in tractor pulling will be held from the 12th - 13th of September 2020 in Lievestuore, Finland. Finland will host the European Championship for the fourth time after 1996, 2003 and 2011. The first EC was held in 96 in Jurva and the last 2 EC's in 2003 and 2011 in Alahärmä.

for further information, check here: https://www.ec2020.fi/

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Friday, December 27, 2019

New twin Rover Light Mod project in Denmark

In the middle of May 2019, I had the chance to make a visit in the workshop of the Gladiator Pulling Team after the Euro Cup round in Allingabro, Denmark. The Team around Kim Andersen from Ejstrupholm, Vejle in Denmark are currently working on a new twin Rover V12 powered tractor for the 5500lbs / 2.5t light modified class.
The Gladiator Pulling Team was founded by Kim Andersen and Frank Christensen during the winter of 2006 / 2007. The team built their first tractor with a 6 cylinder Tatra semi-truck engine on diesel fuel for the 4t limited modified class in 2007. But after lots of problems in that year, Kim and Frank decided to replace the Tatra engine by a Rover Meteor tank engine with 2 turbochargers on petrol fuel.
After problems with the carburetors and a huge engine damage at the end of the 2008 season, the carburetors were replaced by an Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system. After the switch to the EFI system, the engine ran reliably without any big problems.
Unfortunately during that time, EFI systems were not allowed in the 4t limited modified class, so the must switch into the 3.5t modified class. The Gladiator Team competed from 2009 until 2012 in the Danish Championship with this tractor and finished in runner up position in the 3.5t modified class in 2012. During the winter of 2011, there came the first considerations to build a completely new ride for the 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified division. After the 2012 season, the Danish team started with the planning and building of the new tractor during the winter of 2012 / 2013. Since that time the 2 men team build on this new light modified machine.
The new Gladiator will have a completely new homemade Domex wedge frame with a new Ace Chassis 2 bar chrome-moly roll cage from the USA, new engine brackets, a glass fiber driver seat with a 4 point OMP harness, a new homemade hydraulic steering, homemade steel wheelie bars and a newly constructed sheet metal rear end with a newly built drawbar.
The parts for the Domex chassis were laser cut and bent by a local metalworking company in Denmark. The brake pedals for the single wheel brake system are homemade and CNC-milled off aluminum.
The new sheet metal rear end received a Scania truck center section with a revised needle bearing Scania differential, a Scania stock ring and pinion gear, homemade axle shafts, machined Mercedes aluminum planetaries carrier housing with Mercedes planetaries and Van der Waal Pulling Parts aluminum brake calipers with laser-cut brake discs by the Hvilsom Pulling Team. The new rear axle housing with the center section and diff was built by the team himself. The Danish team also has built the rear axle housing for the Iveco V8 semi-truck powered light modified tractor called ''Elkaer Metal Boy'' of the Hvilsom Pulling Team from Hobro in Denmark in the past.
The new rear fenders of the light mod are made off glass fiber by the Gladiator Team himself. The new fenders are lighter compared to aluminum fenders, which saves a little bit weight on the tractor. The Team also have built those fenders for some other Danish pulling tractors like the Elkaer Metal Boy or the new Black Russian.
For the beginning, Kim and Frank have purchased a set of used polished Midwest aluminum rims with old cut Firestone 30.5-32 8 Ply All Traction Puller tires. For the future, they have planned to replace the old wheels by a set of new better Puller tires on new lighter aluminum rims.
Also completely new will be the whole drive train of the machine. The new drive train will have a completely new crossbox, new billet steel driveshafts between the clutches and the crossbox, a SCS reverser and a billet steel driveshaft between the reverser to the center section of the rear axle.
Each Rover tank engine receives a new Molinari 8 inch centrifugal clutch with 3 sinter metal discs and a homemade aluminum flywheel. The clutches will be protected by a Browell aluminum clutch can.
The new crossbox has a homemade CNC-machined aluminum housing and will receive a set custom-built gears with custom-built steel shafts.
All the custom-built gears for the crossbox were also machined by the Hvilsom Pulling Team from Hobro in Denmark. The SCS reverser will be mounted directly on the housing of the crossbox.
All the calculations for the crossbox and the rest of the drivetrain were done by the Team himself.
The new Gladiator light modified tractor will have 2 turbocharged Rover Meteor V12 tank engines with a capacity of 27l on methanol fuel. With those English tank engines, the team would like to go a different way compared to what did the De Jong Special Team from the Netherlands or the Gators Pulling Team from Denmark.
The Rover Meteor V12 engine is a British tank engine which was actually developed and built by Rolls Royce during the second world war. Initially manufactured by Rolls-Royce itself, the production was quickly outsourced to the Leyland company (Rover belongs to the Leyland group) in Luton, so that Rolls-Royce could concentrate fully on the production of Merlin and Griffon aircraft engines. It was developed from the Rolls-Royce Merlin aero-engine by W. A. Robotham and his chassis design and development division at Clan Foundry, Belper, as they were not involved in aero-engine work and his engineers were under-used. With the aid of engineers from Leyland, who were engaged in tank work, he considered RR's two V12s. The Kestrel, while having more power than the existing "Liberty" or Meadows engines, did not provide the desirable 20hp per ton required, so the Merlin III was chosen. Robotham was at pains to point out that Rolls-Royce could not manufacture the engines, so would not benefit commercially.
The Directorate of Tank Design (DTD), on 27 April 1941, supported the production of the Meteor, eventually placing orders direct with Rolls-Royce to maintain development in connection with the Cromwell tank. A new tank specification, A27M, was produced for the design of the Meteor-powered tank. The Meteor engine went on to become one of the most successful British tank engines.
The Rolls-Royce Meteor / Rover Meteor comes directly from the Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, a V-12 cylinder gasoline engine with a 60 ° cylinder angle and liquid cooling, which was used during the Second World War in various British fighter planes (Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire Mk.I-IX), US - American fighter planes (Curtiss P-40, P-51 Mustang) and British bombers (Handley Page Halifax, Avro Lancaster, De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito). Later the engine was also installed in some British and Canadian civil airplanes such as the Avro Lancastrian or in the Canadair North Star.
The Merlin was only slightly modified for use as a tank engine. The radial supercharger customary for the Merlin was omitted, the mixture preparation was equipped with other carburetors and, depending on the version, the output was reduced to 600 hp (447 kW) at 2000 rpm or (later) 650 hp (485 kW) at 2200 rpm. The last version of the Meteor M120 (also known as the Fuel Injected Meteor) produced 810 hp (595 kW) at 2500 rpm with gasoline injection. This limitation of the power output to a balanced level brought a favorable torque curve and gentle operation, which benefited the service life and reliability. In contrast to the aircraft engines for tank engines, saving weight was not so important, so some of the more expensive light metal components of the Merlin were replaced by steel components in order to keep production costs low. Nevertheless, about 80 percent of the components were identical to those of the Merlin aircraft engine, which greatly simplified production. The Rolls-Royce Meteor proved to be a successful conversion of a proven engine and was considered to be very reliable and easy to maintain. Due to its multiple-use, it is one of the most successful tank engines ever. The tank engines were built from 1941 until 1964 by 4 different companies, Rolls Royce Limited, Rover, Morris Motors and Meadows in England. The Rover V12 power plant was used in the Centurion, Comet, Cromwell, Tortoise, Conqueror and Charioteer tanks.
But back to the engines on the new light mod.
Each power plant will have a Rover stock engine block with the original Rover cylinder banks, a revised stock Rover crank with the original rods and pistons, revised Rover cylinder heads with new valves and better valve springs, homemade aluminum sheet metal valve covers, reground Rover cams, a new homemade belt drive, a homemade aluminum sheet metal intake manifold with a CNC-machined burst panel, a homemade stainless steel exhaust manifold, 2 billet Holset HC5A turbochargers with a custom-built exhaust housing and a bigger exhaust and impeller wheels, homemade glass fiber air intake funnels on the turbos, a Waterman fuel pump, a homemade aluminum fuel tank, an Aviaid oil pump, a homemade aluminum oil pan, dry-sump lubrication with a homemade oil tank, a car motive ignition and a EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) system.
With the EFI system on the engines, the Team will have the possibility to make safe horsepower in the future. With the system, they can monitor and adjust every single cylinder on the power plant. They can monitor with a laptop the temperatures, the turbo pressure, the amount of fuel, the rpm's and the whole ignition system.
An example of the system:
If running one cylinder too lean and getting too hot, the system shuts off the ignition and the fuel of the cylinder and prevents the cylinder from damages. After each run, the guys can evaluate the data of each engine on the laptop. With the software on the laptop, they can make different adjustments on the settings (like the amount of fuel on each cylinder) and they can upload different mappings on the system for the different conditions on a pulling event. The injectors for the fuel system are installed on the top of the intake manifold and will spray the fuel on the top into each intake of the cylinder.
The new Gladiator will be not the first light modified tractor with an EFI system on the engines in Europe. The Green Monster Pulling Team from Füchtorf in Germany running on their Allison V1710 V12 aircraft engines very successful with EFI systems for many years.  
In the big steel sheet metal box on the front end of the chassis are sitting all 4 Holset turbochargers of the engines. The 2 left chargers in the box are for the left Meteor engine and the other 2 are for the right one.
The box also is for the protection of the turbos and looks almost like a turbo kit of an alky burner super stock tractor. 
All the exhaust air of the 4 turbochargers goes into a large homemade stainless steel exhaust pipe. Like the turbos, both engines are sitting as far forward as possible on the chassis, because of the heavyweight of the tank engines there will be not very much moveable weight leftover in the end. With this weight displacement, the team hopes to have a good balance with the light mod on tracks with a lot of traction in the future.
But all in all its still a lot of work to do on the machine before we will see this new exciting project on the track in the future.
At the end of August this year, there came the shocking news from Denmark. The team wants to sell their unfinished project because of less time during the last months. Kim Andersen is a service mechanic by trade and he's also a lot underway in Europe during the year and his teammate is working as a blacksmith and also had not so much time anymore for the project. That's why the team have decided to sell their light mod tractor with all the spare parts.
On the 22nd of September 2019, the whole tractor included with all the spare parts was sold to the Green Spirit Pulling Team from Biervliet in the Netherlands.
The Green Spirit Team has purchased the whole stuff because of their new project for 2020. They want to use lots of parts of that unfinished light mod project for their new tractor, which should come on the track in spring 2020.
So that means we will never see the turbocharged twin Rover V12 project on the track in the nearby future, which is very pity.
But Kim has told me after the sell of the tractor, they are not stopping with tractor pulling and have the plan to switch to the hood classes. We will see what rolls out of the Danish workshop maybe next year.    

more pictures of the light mod, check here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/up61c8FUsR9qGgqp7


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Merry Christmas

The whole pullingworld.com Team wishes all readers, sponsors and Pulling Teams a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

The year is almost over and before I forget it, I would also like to give a big thanks to all the pulling teams, drivers and our sponsors for the great support during the 2019 season. Without the information, pictures and the help of the teams from all around the world, it wouldn't be possible to make a website on this level!
I also hope the great cooperation with the teams, drivers and our sponsors will continue in 2020!

Cu in 2020!

2020 NTPA Winter Nationals competitors are known

 check here: http://ntpapull.com/news/2020-ntpa-winter-nationals-competitors-list

Pro Pulling 2019: Super Modifieds Tractors pulling in Wilmington, OH

No Tractor Pull in Oudenhoorn 2020

The STPO (Stichting Tractor Pulling Oudenhoorn) has announced on their website there will be no tractor pull event in Oudenhoorn, the Netherlands in 2020. But it wasn't the last event there in 2019, they have planned to organize a tractor pull again in Oudenhoorn for 2021.

here is the official statement:

Dear visitor, volunteer, sponsor,

Looking back on our successful anniversary edition, we were already busy with the organization of Truck & Tractor Pulling Oudenhoorn 2020. Unfortunately, we as the board had to decide to skip one year off, so the event will not be held next year.

The umbrella organization, the NTTO, annually assigns a date on which we can hold our beautiful event. For the coming year we were first assigned a date that would be the same as the successful Concert at Sea in Ouddorp.
From experience from a previous edition, we know that this has a lot of effect on our own event. Far fewer visitors will decide to come to Oudenhoorn, which makes it impossible to organize such a big event. After consultation with the NTTO, there was 1 other option, May 16. On this day, however, the final of the Songfestival takes place in Ahoy, Rotterdam. From the point of view of security / available security that is needed in the Rotterdam region, therefore, no other major events can take place simultaneously. That's why we as a board are forced to abandon an event in 2020.
In 2021 we still want to organize the 21st edition of the truck and tractor pulling, so that we can only take a year off. As a board, we hope that we can again count on your visit, commitment and help!

For further information, check here: https://stpo.nl/

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

DTP Puller of the year 2019

After a great first season with their new Ursus 1201 component limited super stock tractor, the Lille Bjorn Pulling Team around Dieter and Lasse Bjorn from Hojer in Denmark has received the Puller of the Year award by the Danish Tractor Pulling organization 3 weeks ago. Their season with the completely new built Ursus machine was a big success, they achieved the Danish Championship title and also won the Beachpull in Putten, the Netherlands against all the tough dutch competitors last summer.

The Lille Bjorn Pulling would also like to give a big thanks to their sponsors Agro Handel, Transport-KM Afrensning, Vedsted Smedeforretning, XAgro.dk, SydGlas Danmark, LB Bilsyn, PTI, Taverne Rhodos, Gubi Smedeteknik, Deko Vest Reklame, TG Service, Ursus Danmark, Mikaels Dækservice, Hybbe APS, HTM and LB parts.  

We congratulate the Lille Bjorn Pulling Team for their award! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 European Champions

950kg / 2095lbs Mini Modified: Bobcat Jr (NL)

2.5t / 5500lbs Light Modified: Wicked Screamer (NL)

2.6t / 5730lbs Two Wheel Drive: BK Power (NL)

3.5t / 7700lbs Pro Stock: John Deere 2 (DK)

3.5t / 7700lbs Modified: Green Monster Stage 4 (GER)

3.5t / 7700lbs Super Stock: Interaction 2.0 (NL)

3.6t / 7930lbs Farm Stock: Blue Tiger (NL)

4.2t / 9260lbs Heavy Modified: Bobcat Sr (NL)

4.5t / 9920lbs Farm Stock: John 1 Extreme Edition (DK)

500kg / 1102lbs Modified: Burning Massey Jr. (S)

500kg / 1102lbs Modified: Giftzwerg (GER)

600kg / 1123lbs Compact Diesel: Red Devil (NL)

600kg / 1123lbs Modified: Fireball Evolution (F)

Congratulations to all 2019 European Champions!

The full results, check here: https://tractorpulling.com/