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A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises Automotive Services

NEW! A-1 Miller's Professional Automotive Engine Rebuilding and Modification Services. And Build You a Competitive Mini Pulling Truck and Big Wheel Mini Rod Pulling Tractor. Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Ford, Diesel engines, etc., 4 cylinder, V6 or V8. More details and information coming later. (Posted 4/24/24)
Build You a Competitive 2WD "Small Tire", 4WD "Small Tire", or a 2WD Pro-Street Mini Pulling Truck

These type of small pulling trucks would not cost nearly as much to build and maintain as a traditional full-size (and high dollar) pulling trucks. In addition, unlike the full-size pulling trucks, which require a large, heavy towing vehicle and a heavy duty goose-neck trailer to haul the truck to and from the pull sites, these small and light-weight pulling trucks require just a newer/late model 1/2 ton pickup truck (which have better braking than earlier/older trucks) and a 16 ft. tandem axle utility trailer is all that's needed. It'll be low-cost and very economical to build, maintain, and transport a truck of this type to and from the pull sites.

If you decide to build one of these trucks for pulling, it'll be best to use a mini pickup truck or an early model/vintage (pre-1955±) 1/2 ton pickup truck that weighs no more than 2,900 lbs. The most practical (short bed) mini trucks to use are: 1947-'55 Chevy/GMC 1/2 ton (with a 4 cylinder or V6 engine), Chevy LUV, Chevy S-10/Colorado, GMC S-15/Sonoma/Canyon, Ford Ranger, Toyota, Nissan Hardbody, Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Mazda B-Series, Jeep Comanche, Isuzu, Dodge Ram 50, etc.

For the two wheel drive (2WD) class, it's best to use a short wheelbase (approximately 108" from center of the front spindle to the center of the rear axle) truck because less forward weight will be transferred toward the rear tires, allowing the tires to dig in better for improved traction. And for the four wheel drive (4WD) class, it's best to use a long wheelbase (approximately 118" from center of the front axle to the center of the rear axle) truck because the extended forward weight will place more weight on the front tires, allowing them to have more traction for improved traction.

To build a mini class pulling truck like these, the basic necessities are:

Exhaust Manifold or Header Pipe Mounting Gaskets VS Using Just Silicone Sealant Alone - Which Works Best?

Personally, whenever we install exhaust manifolds or header pipes on an engine, we don't use gaskets. Instead, we use RTV clear silicone sealant because silicone will not burn due to normal or extreme exhaust heat. (Silicone can withstand up to 5,000º F.) Anyway, gaskets always compress or "squeeze down" where the fastening bolts are, causing the cast iron manifold to flex a few thousandths of an inch or thinner steel header flanges to bend more than a few thousandths of an inch where the mounting bolts are. When metal is compressed, the uncompressed area that's between the bolts will allow the gasket(s) to leak and eventually burn out. Also, before we install the manifolds or headers on an engine, we use a long, wide flat file to make sure the mounting flanges on the manifolds or headers are perfectly flat. Using silicone and the elimination of gaskets will allow the manifolds or header flanges to be mounted flat against the cylinder heads, creating absolute metal-to-metal contact, which also keep the mounting bolts securely tight. The bolts will not loosen under any circumstances. Plus, the silicone fills in the imperfections between the two metals, eliminating any leaks. By the way - it's best to use Clear RTV Silicone Adhesive Sealant for three reasons: Gaskets don't always seal the irregularities between mating metals, especially thin metal covers; being it's an adhesive, it bonds parts together, forming a leak-proof seal; and being it's clear, it makes for a clean and professional-looking repair job. When applied sparingly, it can't be easily seen or noticed between the parts. Also, engine heat has very little effect on silicone rubber. It can withstand up to 2,500 degrees heat.

Using 26-12.00x12 Pulling Tires/Wheels with Automotive Axles -

All 12" diameter wheels, rather for a garden tractor or small utility trailer, come in the 4.5" x 5" bolt pattern (4-1/2" spacing with 5 bolt holes). An early model 8" or 9" Ford car axle flange will work with 12" garden tractor wheels because they have the same bolt pattern. The bolt pattern that come in virtually every 12" diameter wheel center that have 5 mounting holes is 4-1/2". This size bolt pattern will work on Ford Ranger mini trucks. But to use 12" wheels on a Chevy S10 or GMC Jimmy mini truck, the centers can be adapted to a different bolt pattern (4-3/4") by drilling five new holes between the existing 4-1/2" holes using a super spacer or indexing fixture on the table of a large milling machine. 12" diameter wheel blanks are available at But to use a Ford truck or GM car or truck axle with 12" garden tractor wheels, the centers will need to be cut out of each wheel, and then true-up and weld-in the automotive centers in the 12" wheels. Make sure the offset back-spacing is set correctly, too. Go here: Wheel Bolt Pattern Cross Reference Database and Conversion Guide. To locate a set of wheels with the bolt pattern that's needed, try a local automotive salvage yard, search eBay or Craigslist.

And we can't really give you a dollar amount to build a competitive two wheel drive or 4WD mini class pulling truck because building a mini-rod depends greatly on where you can find or purchase the parts, the quality of the parts, and their availability. If one owns their own auto salvage yard and/or an automotive machine/speed shop/business, and is a professional machinist and welder, then it shouldn't cost much at all to build their own mini class pulling truck. But if you don't possess these things, then it will cost a lot more. And as for the parts required to build a mini-rod, first, you will need a small truck cab and bed, a sturdy frame or chassis with the steering mechanisms and brakes, a 4-cylinder or V6 engine (because of their lightweight) in good condition, a lightweight automatic or manual transmission with a shielded flywheel, rear and front tires/wheels, centers out of the truck wheels to weld in the garden tractor wheels, various other parts, and lots of engineering to complete the truck and make it truly competitive on the track. Go here for videos: Check out our YouTube channel to see these pulling trucks in action. 2WD Pro Street Mini Pulling Trucks on YouTube.

Click Here for Detailed Illustrated Plans on How to Construct a Professional Pull-Back and Self-Propelled Garden Tractor Pulling Sled (Available Soon) FYI - The self-propelled garden tractor pulling sled that I built is such an excellent design, I realized later that I made something very special when other people copied after it. - Brian Miller

To place an order, send your item(s) for repairing, and/or for customer service assistance, and FREE honest and accurate technical support, please contact: A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises, 12091 N Route B, Hallsville, MO (Missouri) 65255-9604 USA. Please call in your order or send an email with a list parts you need and your contact information. Phone: 1-573-881-7229 (cell; call, text or leave voicemail) or use Whatsapp. Please call Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, Central time zone, except holidays. If no answer, please try again later. (When speaking with Brian on the phone, please be patient and understanding because I stutter.) E-mail: Payment Options. A-1 Miller's shop is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm, Central time zone, with an appointment on weekends, except holidays. If you're the kind of person who don't trust delivery/shipping companies (mis)handling your high-dollar and fragile merchandise, you can make the long drive to A-1 Miller's new shop (click image to the right) to personally purchase parts, or drop off and/or pick up your carburetor, clutch assembly, engine and/or parts, etc., for repairing and/or rebuilding. Or visit the address of our (old) shop mentioned above to drop off your engine, transmission, transaxle, garden tractor, small motorized vehicle, etc. We also custom build pulling tractors and other small vehicles. Please contact me before coming so I'll be at my shop waiting for your arrival. When you visit our shop, you will be dealing directly with the owner for the best customer service. 12091 N Route B, Hallsville, MO - Google Maps "The road to a [trusted] friend's house (or shop) is never long." Don't sacrifice quality workmanship for distance. [Return To Previous Paragraph, Section or Website]

By the way - As business is booming, we relocated our business at 12091 N. Route B, Hallsville, MO 65255 with a new, bigger, better, fully insulated, heated and air-conditioned building/shop (shouse) so we can provide many more professional services and high quality parts, and hire more reliable and knowledgeable help to have our customer's parts orders fulfilled sooner, parts repaired sooner and engine rebuilds performed promptly without a long delay. We will also offer custom welding fabrication jobs and other custom services. And we also provide pick up and delivery service and perform professional repairs for various small engines and lawn & garden equipment! Photos of our new building/shop are posted here! 12091 N Route B, Hallsville, MO - Google Maps

Payment Options, and We Ship to Canada and Worldwide
Item(s) in a package or cushioned envelope weighing less than 1 lb. is sent by US Postal Service Airmail Letter Post for a 4-7 days delivery. Packaged item(s) weighing over 1 lb. and up to 66 lb. is sent by US Postal Service Airmail Parcel Post for a 4-10 days delivery. I cannot use the US Postal Services' Flat Rate Priority Mail envelopes and boxes to ship outside U.S. territories. Item(s) weighing over 67 lbs. or more is sent by FedEx Ground or equivalent services. We try to keep our shipping cost to customers within reason. Therefore, we don't ship our products in a fancy-looking package with our company name and/or logo on it because most customers will just toss it in the trash after they remove the contents. And being there is no USPS tracking number outside the US, all I can do is make sure I write your address correctly on the customs form and on your package.

My websites are not set up to process orders and accept payments. Therefore, to place an order with me, please call either number above or send an email with a list of parts you need, with your name, complete and correct postal mailing address and phone number. For payment options, I accept cash (in person), USPS Postal Money Orders, cashier's checks, business checks, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express (please add 2.5% to the total amount for the credit/debit card processor's surcharge). If paying with a credit/debit card, please call me at either number above. Or to make a payment to me through PayPal, please click this link: Or use Cash App (username: pullingtractor) or Venmo (username: Pullingtractor) to make a payment to me. And be sure to mention a description of what the payment is for with your full name, postal address, phone number and email address. I also accept payments through Western Union Money Transfer or MoneyGram Money Transfers. If sending a money order or cashier's check, please include a note in the envelope with your name, complete mailing address, phone number, email address and a description of what the payment is for. I'll make a note of your order when I have all your information, and I may have to order some of the parts on your list, which should take a few days to come in, but I will send everything to you as soon as I have the parts in stock after I receive your payment.

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