Calgary (Rural Roots Canada) – “My job is to stop the vintage tractors, and their job is to try and pull it through.”
Barrie Jung is a master at stopping vintage tractors in their tracks, being a thorn in the side of vintage tractor drivers, a job that he has relished for decades.
He has a lot of fun with his job taking his sled from pull to pull in communities throughout the prairie provinces.
Jung walks us through how his sled operates.
“I have certain adjustments I can make on the weight box, and there are eight thousand pounds in the weight box; the sled weighs 18-thousand all together.”
A five-speed transmission lets him change gears to get the weight box up faster or slower, depending on the ground and the track.
Then, there’s a series of holes where he can move the chain up and down on the front. This move changes the draft, meaning that sometimes the tractors are pulling up on the sled, which puts downforce on the wheels so they can pull further.
He then keeps moving it up for bigger tractors so they’re pulling straight.
They’ve got their weight up on the back or do something different and play around.
He bought his sled at auction 22 years ago.
“My brother is a welder, so we worked on it together and put a new motor in it and put the fender skirting on it and got it looking a little bit better.”
Jung’s roots run deep in agriculture, which led to his love of tractor pulls.
The first tractor he pulled with, a Cockshutt 30, belonged to his Dad.
“I grew up on a farm, so I run tractors and things on the farm and then in 1980, a tractor pull came to Melfort, and I just got caught up in it and really enjoyed it.”
Jung is a regular at the Calgary Stampede’s Vintage Tractor Pull.