And You Thought Harvey Was A Rabbit?

| December/January 1989

Sent to us by Marvin L. Proctor 1326 East Third Pratt, Kansas 67124

One engine and tractor enthusiast who does not want to wait until he retires to enjoy restoring gasoline engines, old trucks, and tractors is Marvin Proctor from Pratt, Kansas. Marvin, a Pratt Community College mathematics professor, has found a perfect way to combine his skills in mathematics with his interest in his hobby.

After traveling uncounted miles, Marvin found his mysterious tractor in a local salvage yard less than a mile from his home. Two years after he first saw what he thought was an Allis-Chalmers Model B, he decided to investigate and was surprised that the tractor turned out to be a Harvey Power-Flex Model '10'. This identification was made from the decal on the front of the tractor, since there was not a manufacturer's name plate. He had never heard of this make of tractor, and to this date has a limited amount of information as to the origin of his Harvey tractor.

The Harvey Power-Flex '10' is a small tractor measuring 40 inches in height at the hood. The overall length is 86 inches, and its width is 51 inches. The rear and front tires are standard 8.00 x 24 and 4.00 x 12. This size makes the tractor more maneuverable for gardening.

After Marvin purchased his tractor in November 1981, he and a friend loaded the tractor on a trailer. This task should have been easy, but the steering gear was frozen and had locked the front wheels at about a 15 degree angle. This was an early indication of the condition of the entire tractor. After much maneuvering and zig-zagging, the tractor was finally loaded.

The steering column was broken and rusted from weather exposure, causing the mechanism to lock. Marvin then rebuilt the steering gear from Ford car parts taken from three other steering gears. He noted that the steering column was bent and cut badly from rubbing against the dash. This damage was caused from the stress of mounting the tractor from the side and grasping the steering wheel for leverage. He later bolted a brace from the control panel to the floor of the tractor to give added support to the steering column. On the back of the steering wheel the letters IH are stamped. These letters have not proven to be a source of information about the origin of his Harvey tractor because the rubber and plastics company makes steering wheels for several other motor companies.