Tractor Pull Ends In A Methanol Fireball
July 21st, 2017
Big power is a given when you think about the amount of weight being pulled in tractor pulls. And when you have a bunch of big power lingering around, there's always a chance for something to go wrong. There are so many moving parts that come together to make sure that big power tractors keep running smoothly in order to pull as long and hard as possible. But of course with all those moving parts comes the chance that when teams really turn it up, there’s a good chance something's going to break and cause mayhem!
This is one of the worst-case scenarios for a driver. A few seconds into the competition, the tractor explodes into a ball of fire and sends fuel everywhere. It ignites into major explosions that send light and color flying everywhere as the alcohol and methanol go up in flames. Luckily, the fire and safety crew comes to the rescue and makes sure everyone's okay. It looks like this team has to go back to the drawing board and build something bigger and stronger for the next round.
This week on PowerNation our 4 shops have some handy takeaways you could use on your builds. Plus Katie will feature this beautifully restored 1949 Chevy pickup named ‘Ol 49 that’s been passed down from one generation to the next. Owners Jo and Adrean Shelton restored the truck in Jo’s dad’s memory. They turned to The Hot Rod Shop in Corinth, Mississippi to transform the 3/4 ton flatbed into a more modern classic truck in about 9 months. After lots of body work on the steel body, they dropped in a GM crate 350 engine that rolls on American Racing Wheels and Goodyear rubber. The bed is Oak with a Jacobean stain finished off with polished stainless steel strips and bolts.
Jo chose the PPG “Carbon Black Metallic” paint color. The interior is two-tone with Charcoal and Ruby leather filled with all the creature comforts, done by M & M Hot Rod Interiors. Also this week Team Summit NHRA Funny Car racer Tim Wilkerson will have a tip on picking fuel cells. It’s one full block of tech so make sure you join us.
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