Massey Harris 102 Junior - Kelowna, BC
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N 49° 50.963 W 119° 28.034
11U E 322638 N 5524803
Quick Description: This is one of a pair of tractors on display at Father Pandosy Mission, on Benvoulin Road in Kelowna.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/25/2014 2:01:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMMB8X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
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Long Description:
This tractor is in an old shed toward the rear of Father Pandosy Mission, the first white settlement in the Okanagan Valley, begun in 1859. The faded paint on the hood of this Massey tells us that this is a 102 Junior G (for Gasoline) Twin Power. A 102 gasoline tractor (102G) was a Massey 101 Jr. destined for the export market; the data and serial number would be the same as that for 101 Jr tractors. This is strange, as it was made in Canada and remains in Canada - possibly it was exported and repatriated?

It uses a Continental four cylinder gasoline engine of 30.56 (tested) HP at the belt, at 1500 RPM. Behind the engine is a transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse speed, giving a pretty hefty road speed of 17.4 MPH at the rated RPM. The serial number on the seriously rusted nameplate seems to be 38017, giving it a year of manufacture of 1940, just what is stated on the accompanying sign.

Though there are steel wheels on the rear, I suspect that they were retrofitted and not factory issue on this tractor.

Massey Harris

The firm was founded in 1847 in Newcastle, Ontario by Daniel Massey as the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufacturers. The company began making some of the world's first mechanical threshers, first by assembling parts from the United States and eventually designing and building their own equipment. The firm was taken over and expanded by his eldest son, Hart Almerrin Massey, who renamed it Massey Manufacturing Co.

Alanson Harris, a farmer and mill owner, founded his implement business in 1857 at Beamsville, and was later joined by his son, John, in partnership in 1863. Using some good American designs, such as the Kirby mower and reaper, business flourished, and the company became keen competitors to the Massey company, moving to Brantford in 1872.

In 1891, Massey merged with the A. Harris, Son & Co. Ltd. to become Massey-Harris Co. and became the largest agricultural equipment maker in the British Empire. In 1910, the company opened a factory in the United States, making it one of Canada's first multinational firms.

The Massey-Harris Company decided that they needed a tractor in their range, so in 1917, they introduced Bull tractors built in the U.S. and branded them as Massey-Harris for the Canadian market. When in 1919 the Bull Tractor Co. failed, Massey-Harris then sold tractors based on Parrett designs that were built over the border in Chicago.

[For two years prior to 1928 Massey Harris had been marketing] Wallis tractors, built by the J.I. Case Plow Works of Racine, Wisconsin, USA. In 1928 Massey Harris bought the company, and gained a tractor to add to their line up. They then sold the J. I. Case Plow Co. name to the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Co., effectively bring back together the Case company that had split years earlier. The Wallis tractor was then developed to form the Challenger and Pacemaker models in 1936.
From the Tractor Wiki

Junior 101/102 G

Engine Type: Internal Combustion

Wheel Type: Rubber

Make: Massey Harris

Model: 102 G Junior Twin Power

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