|Lane Duncan goes to work, after unloading from Rockdale, preparing for 2013.|
Immediately following the 2012 season, we began researching, acquiring, and testing various drive belt and pulley combinations for the belt driven 'Texas T-Rex'. We have narrowed down the best combination of belt and pulley ratio, to a few select pairings, at this point. From a single setup with no backup in previous years, to multiple combinations with capable spares today, we have definitely improved our situation. We have also learned a lot about belt materials, design, and construction. Learning while at play certainly seems like a good thing, especially for young puller !
|Measuring Douglas Wheels for wheel screws, prior to mounting Firestone tires.|
|Lane Duncan installs new wheel studs on his 'Texas T-Rex' pulling tractor.|
A rule change in 2013, allowed for an increase in the tractor weight from 950 to 1000 pounds. We were pleased with our progress at the old weight, and were reluctant to add the additional weight, but have gradually increased the weight and moved the balance around in subtle changes. To date, we are still a little light, but have a pretty good feel for the weight location for what the 'Texas T-Rex' seems to like. We are sneaking up on the combination, and hope to be able to adjust quickly at the track as needed. In the past, we usually fell off on the second pulls, and did not seem to be able to make the correct adjustments. This year, we have been able to make small adjustments, and improve on the second pull. This ability is an accomplishment I am quite proud of....although, it may have just been luck !
|Images by Sharon, captured Lane and his 'Texas T-Rex' in action at the Hunt County Fair.|
|Images by Sharon, captured Lane launching his 'Texas T-Rex', on the way to a win in Thornton.|
I would like to thank all of those involved with our team, as well as everyone involved in the LSGTPA club. I think the season overall, is off to a great run for 2013. We were excited to have Bailey Melvin and Morgan Dellow as part of the show at the first three events, performing our National Anthem during opening ceremonies, and look forward to working with these two young rising stars at future LSGTPA shows. The LSGTPA club now enjoys great photography, with the work of Ashley Jesko and Sharon Bramlett. We would like to acknowledge the Clara Foster Slough Museum in Enloe, for continued partnering to support the LSGTPA Youth Class. Lane and I certainly can not field an entry alone, so we would like to express our greatest appreciation to Richard and Nancy Duncan, aka 'Nannie' and 'PawPaw'. Our 'Uncle Larry' King, started this endeavor off, with presenting Lane with the 'Texas T-Rex' project, back in 2008, and we certainly appreciate the opportunity his donation has provided. Too many people need to be thanked, to try and include everyone here. We will save that for a year end wrap up feature !
We will continue on with this 2013 run, and hope to improve with each pull ! Most importantly, we will have fun as we learn, and will enjoy the experiences this effort presents. Thank you again, to all of those that support us !