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--27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

Hi,
It is well known that the Massey-Harris/Massey-Ferguson tractor acquired rubber tyres and a plastic driver later in its production. I have noted that the changes did not happen all at once. I apologize for most of the tyres being on the wrong way but that is how they were found.

Firstly there was the standard #300 with metal wheels etc. There are some variations with the base finish, but this is not the subject here.

The first change came with the wheel and tyres being changed. This example has the wrong front tyres and the 'Massey-Harris' stenciling has rubbed off. the driver's seat is pressed metal.

The second change was the driver was changed to the plastic moulding and is seated on the tin plate pressing. Still labelled 'Massey-Harris'

The third change was the replacement of the tin plate seat with a moulded pillar (most uncomfortable!). The sing is now a label 'Massey-Ferguson'

I also have one fitted with a metal driver that may not be original but it seems firmly fitted to the casting.

The last change I think is the exhaust pipe is replaced with a plastic one - easily lost! Unpainted steering wheel.

And one fitted with green wheels from the Field Marshall tractor! The signs seem to be stenciled and not a label.

Ron Ford


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Re : --27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

Hello Ron,

Nice compilation on variations of the 300 Massey Harris/Ferguson Tractor!
There seems to be a South African issue as well, without any labelling.
My green wheel Tractor has a black exhaust.

Kind regards,
Rob


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Re : --27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

Rob,

The South African issue is with or without tampoo marking "DIESEL HARRIS".

There are at least eight variations of the model plus the S.A. one, six trade boxes and eight individual end flaps boxes.

1 - Diecast hubs and tyres, diecast driver painted beige, tin plate driver's seat, spun exhaust, marked Massey Harris by tampoo.
2 - Rubber tyres, diecast driver painted beige, tin plate driver's seat, spun exhaust, marked Massey Harris by tampoo.
3 - Rubber tyres, blue plastic driver, tin plate driver's seat, spun exhaust, marked Massey Harris by tampoo.
4 - Rubber tyres, blue plastic driver, diecast driver's seat, spun exhaust, marked Massey Harris by tampoo.
5 - Yellow hubs, rubber tyres, blue plastic driver , diecast driver's seat, spun exhaust, marked Massey Ferguson by tampoo.
6 - Green hubs, rubber tyres, blue plastic driver , diecast driver's seat, spun or yellow plastic exhaust, marked Massey Ferguson by tampoo. Rare issue.
7 - Rubber tyres, blue plastic driver , diecast driver's seat, yellow exhaust, marked Massey Ferguson by tampoo.
8 - Rubber tyres, blue plastic driver , diecast driver's seat, yellow exhaust, unpainted steering wheel, marked Massey Ferguson by tampoo.


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Re : --27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

Visiting the website of Farmers Weekly http://www.fwi.co.uk/machinery/dinky-tractors-go-full-size.htm I found an amusing story about the Massey-Harris Farm Tractor, the model, the real one and their boxes(!):

DINKY TRACTORS GO FULL SIZE

David Cousins

Wednesday 3 June 2009

“To mark the 75th anniversary of Dinky Toys, North Yorkshire tractor enthusiasts have created the ultimate homage – full-size replicas of two of their models, complete with display boxes. They go on public display for the first time at Newby Hall’s tractor rally on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 2009.

Peter Dean of Galphay, near Ripon, created a display box for his 1950 Massey Harris 744 tractor, a full-size version of the Dinky toy version, right down to the colour of the packaging. The size of a single domestic garage, the display box is made of wood and painted in the same style as the original Dinky version, owned by fellow enthusiast – and the man behind the idea – Maurice Craven.

“People will think we’re mad for trying to do this, but with 2009 being the 75th anniversary of Dinky Toys, there has never been a better time to recreate the Dinky model at actual size,” says Maurice.

“Really, we have just done the reverse of what Dinky are famous for; they take a full-size vehicle, miniaturise it and put it in a box. We’ve taken a miniature box, increased its scale and put it around a working vintage tractor.”

It took several weekends for Peter – a joiner by trade – and his son, Mark Dean, to build the boxes and paint them in the Dinky style.

The second model is an orange Field-Marshall Model Series IIIa, dating from 1953 ….”

 

Kind regards, Jan 


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Re : --27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

Hi,

I just had a good look at the version with the metal driver and pillar seat and decided it should be disqualified as the spigot on the left foot has been removed as there is no hole in the deck and so is glued in place.  

Ron F


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Re : --27a and 300 Massey-Harris Tractor (1948-66)

I have a question that has been keeping me busy for a long time. Are there differences to be found between the earliest 27a Massey Harris Tractor compared to the later 300 Massey Harris? I mean the 1st versions with metal wheels and Tan cast driver on a split metal chair. There has never been a model number on the base. Is it true that I find that all early Massey Harris tractors have a black metal steering stem and the later editions have a blanc bare metal steering stem? Is it correct that the driver of early models is clearly different from the later drivers? I see that the cap and the coloring of the head of both models are different. When does that changed? Can anyone say more about this? Is there a drawing that can explain something?

Jan Oldenhuis 9-2-2018