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Old 12-04-2013, 09:52 PM
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My neighbor has a '59 730 JD diesel that he has pulled for several years. I started working on it for him about three years ago and he and the tractor have been points champions for the last two years. He's done well enough locally he has decided to go to Tunica miss. for the largest US antique pull this weekend.

We did a few upgrades over the last couple of days including building wheelie bars and a set of 18.4-38 radials. It's been fun getting it set up and I hope he does well.

It was a bit tough laying out the wheelie bars because they couldn't weigh a pound more than they had to but had to be tough enough to be used to jack the tractor in its heaviest class (9,500 lbs) one at a time. I think they came in right at 40 pounds for the pair.

Nothing technically daunting but fun none the less.

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Old 12-04-2013, 09:55 PM
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After three years we even managed to get the front weight bracket painted along with the bars. Just didn't get a pic of it yet.

If they still built tractors this durable they'd never sell new ones.

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Old 12-04-2013, 09:57 PM
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I hope he still gets to go considering the huge winter storm coming.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:10 PM
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He already left and he doesn't pull till Saturday.



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So how far will the front wheel be off the ground with the wheelie bar in contact?
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:46 AM
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So how far will the front wheel be off the ground with the wheelie bar in contact?
There are multiple adjustments but we are shooting for about 18 inches. Any time the front comes up you loose hitch height so we try our best to keep the front as low as possible.

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:19 AM
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I hope it does well. When I saw the first picture with the sink and cabinets, I thought you had the tractor in the kitchen.
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I hope it does well. When I saw the first picture with the sink and cabinets, I thought you had the tractor in the kitchen.
I thought all properly equipped shops had amenities like that for when SWMBO is annoyed, and you need a place to hide overnight (think really fancy dog house).
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There are multiple adjustments but we are shooting for about 18 inches. Any time the front comes up you loose hitch height so we try our best to keep the front as low as possible.

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A friend of mine does tractor pulling and tires to keep the front wheels 6" off the ground max to keep the rear hitch as high as he can to maintain rear wheel down force from the sled. Different tractors like different heights on the drawbar.
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