What about Dave Stangle, driver of the " Solid Junk " Minneapolis-Moline G-1000 ?
Here's a pic of "Solid Junk" sorry, not the best quality. I'm thinking he had an earlier tractor, U or UB that was called "Pure Junk" Blaine, help me out here, CRS has hit big time. Was built completely from parts from a salavage yard. Looked like crap with hoses hanging everywhere & people that didn't know the tractor would laugh when they first saw it. He would sit on the line warming the tractor up & it would spit & cough & sound terrible & usually he would stop before the 50' mark & people would holler for him to get off the track. They would pull it back & on his 2nd run the old girl would take off & fly down the track & everybody would be hollering & scream. Dave always put on a good show.
For you Mnnie Mo lover's here's a pic of the Allison Teams UB w/V-12 Allison engine. I remember the 1st time I saw this tractor pull was at the Ind. State Fair, probably late '60s. I was looking at it in the pits when a guy asked the driver what it took to drive it, the reply was " drink a 6 pack of beer first"
Allison Team also later ran a G-1000 with the V-12 Allison
Andy Main, drove a 1370. E.J. Potter had his "ugly" tractors with the Allison engines. Ralph Chamberlin's tractor was "The Honker". Loyd McVey had the Super Banana. The Lucas-Voland team had an Allis WD45 and an Oliver 66 if I remember correctly, that WD45 was a stout competor in the 5000 lb class.
Super Stockers had trycycle front ends!!
Those were the days!!
My wife's cousin was married to McVey's son. Loyd first ran the "lil Banana" then added the "Super Banana" I can remember being at one of the last "Indy Super Pull's and he had a major break every session but always got the tractors back & running for the next session. The Sun session we were sitting 3 rows off the track about 3/4 the way down the track. Loyd was running the "Super Banana" when suddenly it gave a lurch & broke cleanly in 1/2 rightjust in front of the driver right in front of us. McVey ( his feet were almost touching the ground) calmy reached forward & shut the tractor down as if nothing had happened.
Loyd ran a trucking company (gravel trucks) here in the area and went bankrupt, always heard it was from pulling. He's been dead several years now.
Couple other pullers from this area were The Gerdes Bros, Larry & Jerry, from Sidell, IL and Don Harness from Dana, IN. All three were large farmers at the time & ended up filling bankruptcy. Don't know what happened to Larry Gerdes or Harness but the last time I talked to Jerry Gerdes he was driving OTR.
There use to be a rumor that the Gerdes were stopped on Interstate 74 for speeding on their pulling tractor, supposedly were clocked at 120 mph. I asked Jerry about that & he said it wasn't true & added "the tractor wouldn't run that fast"
Sorry don't have any pics of their tractors either. Blaine if you happen to have some, I'd appreciate you posting them.
I was at the 1st "Indy Super Pull" and Carl Bosse was the 1st ractor up on his 4 engine W-9. Being the 1st tractor up in the Sun evening Unlimited class he was the test puller. First two trips down the class he took it out the doors like nothing was behind him. Pulled him back the 3rd time & he was just about 50' of the FP line head out the doors again when his hitch broke & he shot thru the doorway like a rocket. He easily was on his way to another full pull.
I also remember that night because they kept breaking the smoke machine in the 12,00# SS class. They finally decided to run the class with out the smoke machine. By the time the class was 1/2 way over you could barely see the tractors on the ttrack. Pull started at 4pm & didn't get over with till 2 am
Boog,those are pictures that I took back in 1969 and 1971 and put on here some years ago.I'm glad that you have them because I lost them in a hard drive crash.Our scanner isnt working right now so I cant rescan the old original pictures.
The top picture is Ron Perry from Bringhurst,IN pulling the G-1000 MM at the NTPA Western Nationals at Bethany,MO in 1971.He built the tractor and later partnered with Dave Stangle on it.Ron pulled it by himself for several years.I think Dave named it Solid Junk.
Back in around 1969-72 Dave Stangle was pulling a U-UB MM with a big Hall-Scott engine in the 15,000 Open class.I saw him at an indoor pull in St Louis,MO.
The next picture was taken at Pleasant Hill,ILL in 1969.Its the Allison Teams UB MM with the V-12 Allison.It created quite a stir in the pits.
The bottom picture is the Allisons Team G-1000 MM at the 1969 M&W Gear Co Pull at LaPlata,MO pulling the 15,000 Open class.They got 1st and 3rd there on a 500' track.
I put these pictures on several pulling forums 5-6 years ago and was told that the Allison Team never had a G-1000 MM,that all they had ever used was two UB MM's.I knew that they used the G-1000 MM in 1969 only,so started digging back thru old NTPA Pullers,found a story on them, and was able to win my argument.
The Allison Team was from the Waterman-Shabonna,ILL area and there was 8 members.I just dug out and old picture and the 8 members were Bill Wade,Bob Bend,Dave Bend,Steve Bend,Dave Larson,Harold Boston,Larry Buland,and Rich Larson.Bob Bend and Bill Wade did the driving.Those were some great times in tractor pulling which will never be seen again.
I'm thinking that Bill Newlon bought the G-1000 chassis from them in the early 70's and put an Allison in it as it was already set up for one.Before that Bill pulled a G-1000 MM with a turboed 800 irrigation engine on LP.MM helped out 5-6 pullers back in those days.
I have no pictures of the Gerdes brothers but did see them pull a time or two.