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
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
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
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
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
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
10×15′, 300 rpm
1926 Hart Parr four cylinder, 5-1/2×6-1/2, 850 rpm.
1928 Hart Parr 18-36, two cylinder, 6-3/4’x7′, 800
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