Scale model Fairbanks-Morse

Courtesy of Walter Watson, 29452 Campbell Road, Hanoverton, Ohio 44423.

Walter Watson

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102 Britannia Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

After writing in a question to Gas Engine Magazine, one learns there is someone out there among the readers with the answer, who will take the time and effort to write to one and supply the information. As a result of a letter published in the September-October issue of 1972, I am indebted to a number of people for information regarding the Hart Parr tractors that were made from 1918 to 1930. I decided to send it in as it may be of interest to other readers.

The similarity of the Hart Pan-Model 30 and the Waterloo Boy could be because the same engineers worked in the Hart Parr plant in Charles City, Iowa and the John Deere plant in Waterloo, Iowa. These plants are only forty miles apart. This could be the case of an engineer working in the one plant and then accepting a job with the competitive firm in the other plant.

Hart Parr tractors below Serial Number 8401 wore the Red Devil model with two cylinders, two cycle vertical motor. This was a three-wheel model, oil-cooled. 1918 serial numbers 8401 to 9383, number produced 982. 1919 serial numbers 9384 to 13025, number produced 3641. 1920 serial numbers 13026 to 17915, number produced 4889. 1921 serial numbers 17916 to 18850, number produced 934. 1922 serial numbers 18851 to 21392, number produced 2541.

Hart Parr 12-25 and Model 30, Serial No. 8401 (1918) to Serial No. 19125 (1922), total number 10,169. 12-25 with open governor, no dust caps on front wheels, band type clutch. Gear shift lever and quadrant located on frame cross member, between transmission case and clutch lever. Annular type master gears and pinions, not enclosed, to serial No. 11331. Hart Parr Model 30, Serial No. 11332 closed governor, dust caps on front wheels occurred in 1919.

Pictured is a miniature tractor I designed and built for my grandchildren. It is completely original and runs with a Maytag Washing machine motor.

My grandchildren, Andrea-8 and Neil-6 have really enjoyed riding on it and sharing it with their friends

Hart Parr 15-30 C No. 21001 water pump on top of crankcase transmission case with shifter lever located top rear occurred in 1922. Hart Parr 16-30, No. 22501 enclosed master gears plate type clutch occurred in 1924, steering gear enclosed. Hart-Parr 18-36, No. 26001 motor bore increased from 6-1/2' to 6-3/4' and three speed transmission occurred in 1926.

Two feat rate, never got out of adjustment, once applied would hold all day. No notches were involved. You merely pulled it on tight and it stayed there.

This past summer I bought, at an auction, a Nelson Brothers 'Jumbo' 7 H.P. Gas engine. The model is F and the number is 3020. I have become very interested in engines and would like to restore this one. I would like to know the year of manufacture and whether it runs on straight gasoline [or kerosene.] 

Also does anyone have any parts for this engine and where can I get the magneto [Wico] worked on and checked? Any other information would be most appreciated.

September 26, 1973, I brought my old model G John Deere home and snapped a picture of it. After I applied a new crankshaft, rods, carburetor, grease, and paint job, I ran it out and snapped its picture just about where the other picture was taken. This gives you a 'before [left] and after' view.

Since the last picture was taken, I bought a set of decals from Jack Maple of Rushville and applied them in time for the Kinzers show. The tractor is G-12060. It cost $60.00 at a sale, and some $300.00 for parts and uncounted hours of cleaning and building. As near as I can learn from these who know, the tractor was originally built the last week of October, 1941. I ran across an old 'Pocket Ledger' with 1941-42 calendar on the back which shows pictures of the tractors then in production. It shows the old 'G' as an open front model, while the other models were shown with grills around the radiator. Yet the instruction book I got with it is dated 9-38. It includes parts listing for both the old model and the late model G of the open front tractors. The engine was changed at serial number 7099. The range was serial numbers 1000 to 12999. Mine was one of the last of them. Those who saw it run at tractor shows would tell you it runs beautifully. I had it at the Rushville and Tipton shows here in Indiana and the Kinzers show in Pennsylvania.

1929 22-36 McCormick-Deering that was in Alva, Oklahoma Homecoming Parade on October 19, 1974. This tractor ran 10 years on steel wheels and has plowed some every since new.

1937 W-30 McCormick-Deering that was shown at South West Kansas Antique Engine Thresher Show, Haviland, Kansas on August 1 and 2, 1974. The W-30 has been in the Carlson Family since it was new.

This outfit was a new addition to the Pioneer Acres Plowman & Threshers' 5th Reunion at Lang-don, Alberta [East of Calgary] 1974. This smart looking 1936, Model 25, Massey Harris tractor, and 24' George White separator belong to Mr. Milo Stearns, 5411 Buckthorn Rd., Calgary, Alberta. The performance of this mechanical pair brought forth many admiring glances.

Pictured is a scale model Fairbanks-Morse,, 1912, 15-30, which took two years of spare time to make. It weighs 1750 pounds. I have taken it to several homecomings, and to the Johnny Appleseed Festival where it took first place, for the most unusual vehicle. This picture was taken when I had it belted to the fan. I am standing beside the tractor.

Old air compressor that I purchased at a farm sale, make unknown. It is 4 H.P. Le Roy for power, it sure pulls hard at 145 pounds.

This good looking outfit has been on display two years in a row, at the [famous] Nanton, Alberta, threshing 'bee'. With outfits such as this, no wonder this yearly show has become a success. The tractor is a Massey Harris Pace Maker, and the binder is an 8 Ft. I.H.C. This outfit was used to cut the bundles for threshing. It is owned by Mr. Jack Slade of Nanton, Alta., and used again this year, 1974.

I have been a subscriber to GEM for a little over a year and I bought the 1972 back issues. I became interested in collecting tractors over a year ago, but since then my interest has moved to gas engines. I began hunting and collecting them last summer. Yesterday, [February 9, 1974], I spotted an engine sitting behind some buildings and I managed to trade two bags of seed corn for it. It is my latest engine find. It is called on the nameplate 'King Bee Gasoline Engine' by Atlas Engine Works, Indianapolis, U.S. A. It is a 2 H.P. at 450 RPM, and the serial number is 30191. I looked all over the last thirteen issues of the GEM and could not find any pictures or information about such an engine. I would like to hear from anyone who has one or can give me any information of it. It has an igniter operated by battery and coil, but the man I got it from said he thought that after the engine warmed up, that you could disconnect the electric ignition and the engine fired on its own. It has a thing that looks like a spark plug on top but when I unscrewed it, it has a l/2'x2' tube on the bottom. Whether it is complete and how it works, I don't know.

Fairbanks-Morse picture by John Underwood - at the Zolfo Springs, Florida Show.

This nicely restored Brown engine with the large original water cooling tank is owned by Ross Pino of Covington, Pennsylvania and is on display each year at the Tioga County Early Days Show held at Whitneyville, Pennsylvania

15 HP Fairbanks-Morse - Owner Unknown.

Pictured is a 12 H.P. Bovaird & Seyfang gas engine, built around 1898 in Bradford, Pa. This engine is located just outside of Bradford and is used in an oil field power house. It is still used once a week.

The interesting feature of this engine is that only one valve is used for intake and exhaust functions. The cylinder is ported, which reduces the amount of heat the valve is exposed to.

A fly ball governor is used to control the speed. As the engine speeds up, the governor prevents the valve from opening on the exhaust stroke and the engine 'misses' under compression. A hot tube provides the ignition.

John Wilcox has a similar engine located at the Rough & Tumble grounds at Kinzers, Pa. As old as it is, it still plugs along pretty good and emits an ear shattering bark when under load.

Shown are a few of the many old tractors at the Barr Colony Museum at Lloydminster, Sask.

Pictured is 1924 W 12 Cletrac tractor which I have restored. This tractor is fitted with a Weidely motor and is 12 drawbar H.P. and 20 belt H.P

Standing on this Aultman-Taylor 15-30 tractor, from left to right: with head just visible in back is grandson, Lester Ruthenbeck, Jr., son-in-law, Lester Ruthenbeck, myself, my son Delbert, and grandson Dean. A neighbor of ours had a 15-30 in the early 1920's. It was a very good belt tractor.

I don't think there are many 15-30 tractors left, I only know of one. If there are any other owners, I would like to hear from them.

Pictured is a 1-1/2 H.P. Domestic side shaft.

This engine is a big attraction at the engine shows. One reason is the exhaust whistle. There is a valve on it so that we can adjust the sound. The engine is shown running on a buzz coil instead of the ignition. The picture was taken at the 1974 Glenford Steam Engine and Antique Power Show.

This snap shows the old 30X50 at work threshing. A full crew consisted of nine bundle teams, two spike pitchers and the operator. On two separate occasions, this sized crew finished an eleven hour day with the tally showing 2165 bushels of wheat in the bin for the days work. Not a world breaking record of course, but no mean accomplishment for that size crew. Even the cooks deserve honorable mention, no threshing crew operated very long or successfully without a capable and efficient sustenance staff behind them. Besides the three main meals, lunch was always served in the afternoon, a long day for the Ladies.

My 10 HP McCormick Deering #W471, about 1921. Engine and wagon weight approximately 2200 -picture taken in my backyard.

Photo is just a general view of Pioneer Park

Above are some pictures taken at the Pioneer Park Gas & Steam Engine Meet in Zolfo Springs, Florida. There were 250 engines there and about 20 tractors and 50 antique cars. Picture is a 2 Z HP Fairbanks-Morse. I own both of the F-Ms.

Picture is a 1913 Hart Parr '60' two cylinder 10x15', 300 rpm

1926 Hart Parr four cylinder, 5-1/2x6-1/2, 850 rpm.

1928 Hart Parr 18-36, two cylinder, 6-3/4'x7', 800 rpm. 

1913 Hart Parr '60' owned by Hart Parr Company.

Shown is a 3 H.P. Southwell Engine, built in the U.S.A. Owned and restored by Tony Harcombe. More information on this engine will be much appreciated.

Pictured is a 60 H.P. Fairbanks-Morse Diesel, weighing twelve tons, in the new building at the Freeport Show -1973.

In above picture you can see my four drag saws. At the back is a 1926 Witte, which was used from new until 1972 in a sawmill. Next is a Christy & Penny, then a Teles and in the foreground, a partly dismantled Avon. I don't know the history of these, but I think they were all likely made during the thirties.

Shown here are restored engines. First row: 3/4 H.P. Ideal and 1-1/2 H.P. John Deere. Back row: 1-1/2 H.P. air cool Bluffton and 4 H.P. Fairbank & Morse-Jack of All Trades, hit and miss spark with coil.