P.O. Box 65, Mountain Home, North Carolina 28758
You say you've never heard of a Parmley? Well I'm not surprised, as this is the figment of Kenneth Parham's imagination. It was interesting to talk to Kenneth and find out how he built this one-of-a-kind machine.
Kenneth is a member of the Apple Country Engine and Tractor Association. He was born in Leicester, North Carolina, a small farming community near Asheville, so he's been around farm equipment all his life and loves it.
Kenneth's Parmley is powered by a 3 HP Fairbanks model Z. The rear wheels
are off a McConnick-Deering binder, and the front wheels off a farm wagon. The rear end came from a Ford Pinto cut down to 25 inches wide. The transmission is from a Wayne floor sweeper. The seat is from a wheat binder.
The tractor has a Volkswagon steering wheel. The gas tank was a three-gallon Freon tank. He built the cooling tank that sits up front from sheet metal. He did let his wife, Iva Jean, do the hand lettering. Building the tractor took Kenneth about six months, as time permitted. He has nine tractors, all in working condition. He works as a mold repairman for Ball Glass.
The Parmley debuted at the Spring Wheat Harvest at Marcus Johnson farm in Campobello, South Carolina, on June 13. Needless to say, it drew a lot of attention and comments.