A Team of Ponys

| December/January 1991

  • Massey-Harris Tractor

  • Massey-Harris Tractor

Box 36, Stover, Missouri 65078.

Since 1958, we have been the proud owners of the 1949 Pony Massey-Harris on the right in the accompanying photo. This tractor was purchased for what we thought was a large sum of money ($500). We used the Pony on my father's farm for several years to haul hay, pull the hay fork load into the barn, and to cultivate the family sweet corn patch. After 1970, we left it in town all the time, and used it to plow snow out of the neighbor's driveway and ours.

About ten years ago, after having used it regularly, we decided it needed a coat of paint. A fellow Robert worked with it, gave it this beautiful coat of paint, and handmade the decals, as they were not available on the market at that time. This is my wife Evelyn's favorite, as she drives it regularly in parades and at tractor shows we've attended in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana. The Pony always brings lots of comments, like 'We used to have one of those,' or 'Where did you get such a smooth running, beautiful tractor?' It's always easy to answer, as this is one of our favorites.

We acquired the other Pony in the picture about a year ago, and it was pretty much of a basket case. The fellow we bought it from was quite honest. He said, 'It hasn't been run for a year, and it didn't run very well then.' We hauled it home and spent some time getting parts put on right and cleaning it up. One fine day we decided it was time to start it, and immediately we wished we hadn't done that.

It necessitated a complete engine overhaul, bearings, and innumerable other expensive, hard to find parts.

However, it now runs like a top, and we felt with all that done to it, the next item was a paint job. This tractor got its shiny paint job last winter and this time we were able to purchase the decals.