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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.

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