The first No Respect - a modified F-20 Farmall
The tractor pulling hobby has been mine for well over 20 years, 29 years to be exact. Throughout those years I have made great friends and enjoyed the company of many different machinists/tractor pullers who share the love of a great sport.
In the fall of 1978 I had been working nights as a tool and die maker for an aircraft engine manufacturer. One morning in late September my son Richard, then about 11, exclaimed that he had gone to a tractor pull at the Durham Fair the night before with friends. He described in detail how a tractor pulled a stone boat first one way and then another tractor pulled the boat back the other way. The last tractor to move/pull the boat wins.
I was well aware of how a dead weight pull worked because I had bought a modified F-20 Farmall with BB Ford 410 CI Mercury Marauder with a C-6 auto transmission that I was going to use as a woods tractor.
My good friend H.B. had built it to compete with, and was getting married, and decided to sell it. I had been heating the house with a wood stove after the oil crisis of 1973 and had used a somewhat crude but effective homemade woods tractor for pulling logs out of my father's wood lot. Richard begged me for the next winter/spring to enter the tractor pull at the Durham Fair in CT for the fall of '79.
We named the tractor Midnite Special because of my 2nd shift work schedule. We got a 5th out of 6 modified tractors that entered the competition.
Well that did it - we were hooked. We spent the next years pulling with the Connecticut State Tractor Pullers circuit, winning our share of events.
The second tractor went through several owners.
In the fall of 1985 I sold the Farmall F-20 modified, which was by then known as No Respect, and bought a modified chassis from Ed Ferry called Bad Habits. My good friend Wayne Keefe helped me make the decision to purchase Ferry's Bad Habits. He had owned it a few years before and called it Agent Orange. He also knew the history of it and what a history it was.
Before Wayne's ownership, it had belonged to Wayne Ross of N.H. and it was known as the Granite Stater. Prior to being the Granite Stater the tractor was the 1st Loudmouth Lime of Don Harness fame. Don won a lot of pulls and was also a Grand National Champion with the tractor.
That tractor because of its storied history belongs in a Pulling Tractor Hall of Fame. I also named it No Respect. We had more fun with that tractor being that it was the smallest tractor out there and we won our share of Regional/National pulls. The friendships that I created then are still alive and well now.
I sold the second No Respect in the fall of 1989 and started building from scratch the new and current Mr. No Respect.
When I started gathering components and laying everything out it was with the intention of running in the 5200 lb and 7200 lb Regional Modified classes offered in the NTPA/NYTPA/VTPA. Those classes were great for a Twin Blown Tractor. NTPA changed the class to a Regional 7200 lb limit allowing 3 Chevys or 2 Hemis, I now had to ante up because 2 Blown BBCs would never be able to compete in the new format.
The current Mr. No Respect
In the fall of 1990 I went back to college to finish a degree that I started 30 years before. I took two years away from building the new Mr. No Respect. We had our share of problems and learning experiences. However, it was a great experience; conferring with my friends on what might work and what might not.
After a considerable amount of evaluation, I decided to attempt to put three blown Big Block Chevy engines crank to crank and have it stay together. Others had tried it with somewhat limited success, not that it didnt work; it just was expensive due to breakage. We just improved on the failures of others.
Many said it would fail; but from 1992 to the present day it has stayed together very well and we have not experienced the crank failures that others had tried to solve. It has been an economical tractor to run but tough enough to win a few pulls and never finish below the top five in its lifetime.
I guess the future owners of this tractor should enjoy it as much as the crew has.
"It's all the people that I have made over the years, who have made tractor pulling what it is." - Jim Henderson (single engine modified tractor puller in Connecticut Tractor Pulling)
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