MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION
DEAD WEIGHT PULLING RULES
THIS WILL BE A DEAD WEIGHT DISTANCE PULL
All tractors will have two attempts to pull the sled. The tractor that pulls the sled the greatest distance will be declared the winner.
1. All tractors shall have started production of the series in the 1959 model year or earlier (i.e. if the tractor is a 1962 but production started in 1958 the tractor is eligible) and be equipped with an engine shut down within the reach of the operator.
Tractors must be brand names and appear as close to stock as possible, like were available from the factory. Engine RPM shall not exceed 30% over factory RPM. No tractor may be equipped with a blower or turbo unless it came from the factory so equipped. Tires shall be Bias, agriculture type only. No radials, rice, turf, industrial, duals or 4 wheel drives. Rear tires may be cut. Tires may be cut on front of lug or the surface between the lugs. All tractors shall be weighed just before each class and moved directly to the pulling sight.
Tractor must retain stock appearance. No aluminum wheels, and no standard equipment shall be removed to make a lower weight class. (For example, no hydraulic removal on John Deere 50/60; cannot remove a front tire to make weight on narrow front tractors that did not have single front wheel available from factory; no removal of sheet metal other than side curtains/shields)
2. Classes will be, 2500, 2750, 3000, 3500, 3750, 4000, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500 and 7500 pounds. CLASS JUMPING IS ALLOWED UP TO 4 CLASSES. Tire width and diameter may not exceed 15.5 X 38, (16.9 on 30" and smaller rim diameter), from the 2500 pound class to the 4500 pound class. Tire width and diameter for 5500 and up pound classes may not exceed 18.4 x 38. Weights must be attached in a safe and secure manner. Rear weight bracket may not extend beyond the diameter of the rear tires. Front weights may not exceed 11 ft. in front of the center of the rear axle. No swinging weights or sand bags will be allowed.
3. Drawbar height for all tractors shall not exceed 18 inches. Hitching point must extend beyond radius of rear tires. Hitch and drawbar must be rigid in all directions. Hook must swing freely with a minimum of a 3 inch diameter hole and no more than a 1-1/4 inch of material for the chain to slide over. No vertical clevises. Clevises and hitches must be made out of at least 3/4" thick material.
4. No fuel or water may be added after tractor is weighed, so have enough fuel in the tractor to complete the pull when you weigh in.
5. All decisions by the judges will be final. If you leave the track during your class it will be an automatic disqualification of that class. You will be expected to stay in line on your tractor, (except for an emergency) or until you have completed the class.
6. Drivers must be at least 12 years of age and have a parent or guardian signature if under 18 years of age. Under aged drivers must demonstrate that they can operate the tractor without assistance.
7. Drivers must remain seated on the seat, not on the rim of seat while pulling. One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times when pulling except tractors, equipped with hand brakes. Drivers must give an all clear signal by raising both hands when tractor is in neutral, when hooking to the sled, then chain will be hooked. Driver will receive a signal to proceed once the sled is hooked. No bouncing in the seat or jerking the sled will be tolerated.
8. If the front wheels of tractor raises more than 18 inches and remains more than 18 inches from the ground during the pull, the track official will blow whistle and that will be the end of the pull for that tractor. Distance will be measured at that point. So have the front of your tractor properly weighted. If during the pull any of the tractor tires go out of bounds it is an automatic DISQUALIFICATION, if it is the second hook. If it is the first hook the driver has one more opportunity, on the last hook.
9. Sled will be spotted to the center of the track for each class. If If ANYTHING falls off a tractor during any hook of the rotation, it is an automatic DISQUALIFICATION for that class. After the first hook of a rotation, if the sled is not pulled the distance, the driver may pull in either direction unless boat has reached a cone at end of the track. The following driver will pull boat in same direction as last driver unless boat has reached the cone at end of track.
10. Any two persons may pull one tractor, but will receive only one prize for that tractor. Any one person may pull two tractors in a single class.
11. All tractors shall not exceed 3 1/2 MPH during the pull. In other words you may not use a gear that runs higher than 3 1/2 MPH at full throttle. Use of torque amplifiers etc. will be an automatic disqualification.
12. All tractors will have two attempts to pull the sled per rotation. No driver will move on to the next rotation unless they achieve a full pull at the previous weight. The tractor that pulls the sled the greatest distance will be declared the winner. Note: if a driver cannot move the sled in the first rotation for a class they will be allowed a 3rd attempt for that rotation only. If any of the first 3 tractors of the first rotation fail to achieve a full pull, a block will be taken off the sled and the class will be started over.
After each rotation in a weight class, a 500 lb. block will be added (starting at 5000 lb. class a 1,000 lb. block will be added because of higher weight percentages). If a class pulls 4 hooks with no elimination, we will add an additional 500 lb. block. Each class will start with at least 100% of the tractors weight.
13. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE CONSUMED PRIOR TO OR DURING ANY PULLS, IF CAUGHT THAT PERSON OR PERSONS WILL BE, DISQUALIFIED FOR THE ENTIRE PULL THAT DAY WITH NO REFUNDS.
14. No puller that attends a MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION pull, will be denied the opportunity to pull his or her tractor in a given weight class. If the tractor doesn’t meet the Rules of the MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION, that tractor will be required to pull for EXHIBITION ONLY, assuming tractor meets all safety requirements. (no prize)
(For example, tires that are wider than 15.5, in the under 4500 pound classes, wheels that are larger than 38 inch, engines that were not available from the manufacturer, 6 cyl. engines in place of 4 cyl., drawbar higher than 18 inches, drawbars that are inside the radius of the rear tires, etc.)
15. PRIZES: There will be up to four prizes awarded for each class. Prizes will be awarded according to the number of tractors in the class. There will be one prize for 1 to 3 tractors in a class. There will be two prizes for 4 to 8 tractors in the class. There will be three prizes for 9 to 19 tractors and four prizes for 20 or more tractors in a class. The greater the number of tractors in a class, the higher the bounty for the winners.
16. Pulling fee will be $10.00 per hook. If your tractor is ineligible to pull in any weight class, you may do an exhibition pull for $5.
Fifty percent of the hook fee will go to MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION. The other 50% will be divided among the winning pullers of that class according to the number of tractors in the class.
For more info. Call Gage at 989-513-1412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE KEEP SAFETY FIRST IN MIND and have a great pulling season!
Revised April 2018
Dead weight distance pulls.
All tractors must be manufactured during 1959 or before.
Weight classes: 2500 thru 7500 pounds
Cut tires are allowed
Largest tire size will be 15.5 X 38 for classes 2500 thru 4500 pounds (16.9 on 30" and smaller rim diameter) and 18.4 X 38 for 5500 thru 7500 pound class.
Speed limit will be 3.5 MPH. No tractor will be allowed to pull in a gear that travels more than 3.5 MPH at full throttle in the gear.
In case of inclement weather call Gage at 989-513-1412 for updated information.