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1955 Massey Harris 44-6

Massey-Judy-Kitson1955 Massey Harris 44-6 driven by James Kitson pulling the sled, monitored by Eugene Tucker at the Page, Arizona Annual Antique Tractor Pull and Machine Show the first weekend of October.
I was excited when I was able to capture this moment in time. It really seems to show the enthusiasm these two have for old equipment and tractor pulling. My husband Jim is driving the tractor and his friend Eugene Tucker, is on the sled that my husband designed and they built together. Our tractor show is the first weekend in October every year. Jim and Eugene started it 9 years ago on property owned by Big Lake Trading Post. They let us keep our tractors and other antique construction equipment there. They are located at one of the main intersections coming into town and it has become quite a common occurrence to see tourists from all over the world taking photos of our tractors. I’ve even made up a brochure about them for the tourists.

Judy Kitson
Page, Arizona

1938 Massey Harris Challenger Twin Power

Steve-HansonIf I may I would like to share with you a story about a tractor that has been in my family since 1938.  I have a 1938 Massey Harris Challenger Twin Power.  My Grandfather purchased it from a Massey dealer in Arcadia Iowa on Feb. 25th 1938 according to the requisition that I have.  I also have the original tags that were on the tractor when it was new as well as a letter from Massey with the envelope that states he could buy the rear fenders for 15.00 and the pto with the large shield for 35.00 which he did purchase.  I have the owner’s manual and the parts book for the tractor and sales brochures  as well.  I have the steel wheels for it but the tractor is on rubber and buy looking at pictures I have of it I think this might be the only rear tires this tractor has seen.  The front tires I think are the second set of rubber because they have red dots on them which means they are World War II rubber.  I have not restored it and plan to keep it original.  I overhauled the magneto and carb. And it runs like a top but it is not bright and shiny, I have been debating to restore it like a new tractor or leave it as is.  I have had been told to leave it as is but we will see.

 

Thank you

Steve  Hansohn

A Trip to a Tractor Museum

Last Friday the BF Avery Collectors and Associates gathered in Davison Michigan at the Best Western for their Winter meeting and a day of tractor fun. After the morning meeting the group was picked up in a bus furnished by Steiner Tractor Parts with a first stop in Hadley Michigan at Chuck Schneider’s. Chuck owns one of the biggest Orchard tractor collections in the country, and many neon signs and other collectibles. It was a rare privilege to be invited to see this private collection and hear Chuck’s stories about how he came across these restored tractors.

After the tour at Schneider’s the group loaded back on the bus and headed to Steiner Tractor Parts in Lennon for a quick tour of the warehouse and store, an overview of how things are run and a history of how things began.

It was a great afternoon full of old iron history and stories of these antique tractors. Rows of Orchard, Vineyard and Grove tractors, an aluminum Ford, John Deere, Case, Oliver, McCormick-Deering, Massey Harris, Love Tractor, to the rare 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX with and without the cab.

Some more pictures, sent in from Mark Cunningham of the BF Avery Group. Thanks Mark.

Massey Harris 44 ~ Think Pink

Douglas-KirbyMassey Harris 44 special. I was raised in the welfare system and put out on a farm at age 13. There I learned to drive my fisrt tractor. After many years I found and restored a 44 special. This is my tractor I use in parades. This tractor had set for 18 years when I got it so I had my work cut out for me . It runs super well and I love it.

Douglas Kirby
Catawba, Wisconsin

1956 Massey Harris Pacer

Well, it’s finished.  I finally completed my restoration of my Pacer. The tractor is a 1956 Massey Harris Pacer. It belonged to my wife’s father and sat neglected in the woods at my father-in-law’s getaway for over 35 years.  I appreciate all of Steiner’s help and great parts inventory.

Also, I started my restoration 7/14/2012 and finished 7/14/2014 – exactly two years AND I did ALL of the work by myself with the use of some equipment from friends, i.e. John owns a machine shop.

George Anderson

Tractor Story – 1949 Massey Harris Pony

Gordon-Matson-MH-PonyHere a couple of pictures of my 1949 Massey Harris Pony. While not a basket case when purchased in August 2011 it sure was ugly. My wife reffered to it as a Messy-Harry. After several cans of oven cleaner (cheaper the better) and many quarters at the car wash. I began ordering bits and pieces from Steiners. The oil pressure gauge was the wrong one and the amp gauge was nowhere to be found. The oil filter housing had about a cup full of crud in the bottom. Although it would not impress the nit-pickers in the crowd thanks to you guys I am quite happy with it. Gordon-Matson-MH-Restoration

A tip to others, be sure you take a lot of pictures, they will be a big help when it’s time to put everything back together.

Gordon Matson
Canton, PA

Massey Harris

before during

I finally am getting close to getting it operational.  It has been a loooong struggle finding old parts and then restoring them, making new parts when I couldn’t find some, modifying others.  Here’s a ‘Before’ and semi-current view of my project.

George Anderson
Scottsboro, Alabama

The only top vented cap on the market today

ABC1880Our new ABC1880 top vented fuel cap with splash guard & NBR grade A gasket is now in stock. The cap fits Allis Chalmers, Cockshutt, International, John Deere, Massey Harris, Oliver tractors. Massey collectors – this is the cap you have been waiting for!