W. C. Matteson and His Flexo-Track-Tor


| September/October 2001

  • Headless Witte
    Headless Witte owned by Otis Hardy
    Floyd Schmall
  • 7HP Western Engine
    7HP Western owned by Ed Cooksey
    Floyd Schmall
  • 6HP Woodpecker Engine
    1910 6HP Woodpecker owned by Frank Deyoung
    Floyd Schmall
  • Flexo-Track-Tor

    Floyd Schmall
  • 25HP Western Engine
    25HP Western owned by Robert Critz
    Floyd Schmall
  • Orchard Gray
    1923 Model 22-40 Orchard Gray owned by Bill Reeves
    Floyd Schmall
  • Matteson Crawler

    Floyd Schmall
  • Matteson Crawler

    Floyd Schmall

  • Headless Witte
  • 7HP Western Engine
  • 6HP Woodpecker Engine
  • Flexo-Track-Tor
  • 25HP Western Engine
  • Orchard Gray
  • Matteson Crawler
  • Matteson Crawler

The California Antique Farm Equipment Show held in Tulare, California on April 21-22, 2001, was unbelievable! There were 378 entries in Saturday's parade! When you can bring collectors and organizations all together in one place with fantastic brilliant people, the magic of this event seems miraculous. It is almost hard to put into words. Enjoy the pictures courtesy of Floyd Schmall, 55235 Peach, Fresno, CA 937250.

1919 Flexo-Track-Tor, drawbar HP 20, belt 40HP, Matteson Mfg. Co., Stockton, California. Read more about this tractor inside.

A recently uncovered discovery, a 1919 Matteson Crawler, was on display at the California Antique Farm Equipment Show in Tulare, California (see back cover). Floyd Schmall kindly sent us photos and historical background on this unusual tractor.

Walter C. Matteson, of Stockton, California, was president of the Matteson Manufacturing Company and designer and inventor of the Flexo-Track-Tor. His father was a senior member of the Matteson and Williamson Manufacturing Company, which specialized in the manufacture of harvesters, plows, and other farm implements.



W. C. Matteson had 40 years of practical manufacturing experience; most of it as master mechanic and designer for Matteson and Williamson. Based on his years of study and experience, he designed the Flexo-Track-Tor.

Before beginning actual construction, W. C. submitted his drawings to a consulting engineering firm which checked each part with reference to the strains it would be called upon to bear under the most severe conditions. Confident that all engineering standards had been addressed, Mr. Matteson personally supervised the construction of the first tractor.