Indiana is home to plenty of motorsports and if you live anywhere close to a track, racing can quickly get into your blood. Jon Bair and his son Jacob, farmers within Summitville, Indiana, who are now each drivers in NTPA and PPL sled-pulling competitions, are proof of that will claim. A few years ago, Jon Bair decided to transform a rusty older $500 truck into a lean, indicate, sled pulling machine over the course of annually of hard work with help through his son and Haisley Device in Fairmount, Indiana. The Bairs have taken that dream from a corroded shell to a winning team associated with now two Pro Stock sled-pulling contenders.
To begin the transformation, Bair might focus on reinforcing the chassis from the 1998 Dodge Ram pickup to match the setup of a pro puller. The Dodge’s original frame might still be utilized, but retooled plus reinforced. Bair welded in bracing like the familiar ladder-frame chassis of the Extremely Stock trucks to stabilize plus strengthen the stock steel. Created into the beefed-up frame is the durable hitch mount equipped with an adjustable-height hook point to fit whatever legislation height is set at each event. Furthermore welded in the back is the solid tail, where the rear springs and shock absorbers were eliminated to bear the weight from the sled without squatting and using weight off the front end. Helping to maintain that front end down is the custom-fabricated weight box integrated into the body, storing the batteries as well as bodyweight blocks and ice water for that air-to-water intercooler system.
With all the intense rigors of sled attracting mind, Bair selected a SQHD cast-iron differential for the rear end along with a F106 cast-iron differential for the front side. Though the rear shocks are gone, double Pro Shocks coilovers placed beforehand handle the bumpy clay whilst keeping the tires firmly rooted. Though they’re seldom used, Bair improved his braking power along with Wilwood brake rotors. The 15×22 inch wheels up front and 15×20 inch wheels in the back along with Haisley Machine hubs are fitted with the all-important Nichols Pulling Advantage cut tires now allowed for that Pro Stock truck class within PPL. These tires allow additional bite into the dirt over the previous DOT tires and help have the immense power and torque towards the clay.
But before Bair can hit the clay he required a solid source of power, and the older faithful of the diesel sled pullers was chosen: the Cummins. Yet this would be no ordinary Cummins, and for assist creating the heart of the beast Bair wisely chose Haisley Machine, the puller-proven engine shop. The kick off point was a Haisley Super B furnished with Ross pistons and HMR Traditions rods. The block was assigned with a Wagler Competition Products cyl-head. ZZ Custom Fabrication’s intake a lot more was installed to feed lots of high-pressure air into the Wagler mind. To up the ante on the gasoline, a Northeast Diesel fuel program was used feeding Columbus Diesel powered upgraded injectors and a huge 16mm P8600 Northeast Diesel Services P-pump. For increased airflow, Bair chosen a massive Wimer Performance turbo pre-loaded with high-pressure water jets at the inlet, along with a Precision Performance air-to-water intercooler.
Right after Haisley Machine wrenched on the motor, Bair was presented with an animal making over 2, 300 hp and 2, 700 lb-ft torque capacity. But getting that power to the earth would take some more work. The Profab transmission was chosen for your project. To further beef up the trans for the trips down the pull monitor, a Molinari clutch, billet metal flywheel, and custom floater bell housing were installed. Haisley specification driveshafts were outfitted to complete the particular driveline. For a show-stopping pulling rig, though, the engine bay required some finesse. To dress up, Bair used painted-to-match orange increase tubes, polished the SMT control device cover and added black plus orange paint underneath the neatly organized custom engine bay, along with orange colored lighting to be seen through the grille because the truck blasts down the track.
Over the winter, while they were constructing the truck, Bair and child decided they wanted to make an extreme change to the machine. Though the rig was powered by Cummins on the Dodge frame, Bair was a main Chevy fan and wanted to display it. Father and son worked hard that winter to remove the old Dodge body from the reinforced chassis. They found the 1968 C30 that would be perfect for the particular truck, though it needed several help to get there. With the aid of Baledge Car Body in Alexandria, Indiana, these were able to restore the C30 back again from its rust and dents to some deep, eye-catching orange suitable for the top-performing sled puller. But before the particular paint was applied, they had a few custom fabricating to do. Bair’s rig had a wheelbase of 158 in ., much longer than the C30 they had to work alongside, so the crew at Baledge Car Body seamlessly cut and extended the bed to 10 feet lengthy. Once the restoration and customization has been completed came the work of fabricating new mounts for the beefed-up framework and its new skin. By the time wintertime lost its chill, Jon plus Jacob Bair had finished themselves swap and were almost prepared to hit the track.
Inside, the truck holds a simple black bucket seat surrounded by not-so-simple levers, gauges, switches and more. Jacob Bair modified a custom dash out from the factory steel to fit all the necessary AutoMeter gauges as well as the toggles and pulls for all the machine’s vital functions. Jon Bair completed all the wiring for the puller as most of the hard work finally came together.
After a yearlong build, Jon Bair, along with help from his son Jacob and the Haisley Machine team, as well as Baledge Auto Human anatomy, were able to bring their dream your. Complete with bright orange paint, a pun-derful name of Grin-N-Bair It, and an insane smiley face, this truck was ready for the pro circuit. And not only did this rig live up to Bair’s vision, it also lived up to its own hype by winning the 2015 PPL Pro Stock points Championship. Getting started with an on-its-way-out truck and a lofty goal, Jon Bair could craft a now-iconic sled puller grabbing attention and wins across NTPA and PPL events.