HART PARR RESTORATION


| August/September 1991

  • Hart Parr 40 tractor
    Boasting mint-condition restoration, Donald Sell's Hart Parr 40 will be featured at its first antique show near Perryton, Texas, on September 21 and 22. Photo by Sandy Woods.
    Sandy Woods
  • Hart Parr tractor
    The Hart Parr 40 as it was found decades ago resting in a field junk pile near Glendive, Montana.
  • Belt pulley
    According to restoration machinist Clyde Hall, reconstructing the above belt pulley and reverse planetary gear was one of his most difficult tasks. The intricacies of his work show in this closeup of the gear, now in full restoration condition. Photo by S
    Sandy Woods
  • Cast iron crankcase
    Restored cast iron crankcase sits ready for re-assembly after Wichita-based machinist Jerry Abplanalp finished his work.
    Sandy Woods
  • Hart Parr 40 tractor
    One of the Hart Parr 40's most distinguishable characteristics was its short design for sharp turning, as shown by the vertical placement of the cylinder. Photo by Sandy Woods.
    Sandy Woods

  • Hart Parr 40 tractor
  • Hart Parr tractor
  • Belt pulley
  • Cast iron crankcase
  • Hart Parr 40 tractor

Submitted by Donald Sell, Rt. 2, Box 15 Perry ton, Texas 79070

The dream of restoring the only tractor of its kind in the United States began in 1987 with a lot of talking. It came true on April 16, 1991, when Donald Sell of Perryton, Texas towed the massive 1911 Hart-Parr 40 out of the work barn, and fired the engine that had lain crippled on the Montana prairie for decades.

'It's my pride and joy,' Sell stated after seeing the two-year project through-a project that has spanned two countries, countless road trips, and a few wild goose chases looking for missing parts. 'As far as we know it's the only one in the United States in full working order, and one of three in existence in the world that has been restored.'

Talk about restoring the tractor first surfaced at the Sell house in 1987. A 1989 trip to North Dakota, where Sell met antique machinery enthusiast John Tysie, put the plan into motion.



'The tractor was originally found in Glendive, Montana, out on the prairie where it laid in shambles,' Sell said. 'It was donated to the Culbertson, Montana Antique Machinery Show by the owner, and John had traded for it. He had a Hart-Parr 30 already, and I traded him parts for his Hart-Parr 30 in exchange for the 40 model.'

Tysie had gathered bits and pieces of information on Hart-Parrs and where they were once located for close to a quarter-century.



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