Tractor - H.V. McKay, Sunshine Model A, 1918 Reg. No: ST 037902
- Sunshine Model "A" tractor manufactured by H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, of Sunshine, Victoria, about 1918.
Patented in 1916, the tractor was designed as the propulsion unit for a self-propelled stripper harvester, or to be used independently. The tractor is powered by a sideway-mounted 4-cylinder, four-stroke 27 h.p. petrol/kerosene engine mounted east-west made by the Continental Motor Corporation, United States of America. The tractor has three forward speeds and one reverse. A Model "A" was tested in Australia's first tractor tests held at Werribee in 1918.
It is not certain how many model "A" tractors were made; a company publication in 1949 suggested that "quite a number were sold, including one which was exported to Egypt...". One other example is known to survive in Queensland. McKay also manufactured a model "O" tractor with a more conventional north-south engine and front radiator.
|Dimensions:||300 cm (Height), 200 cm (Width), 410 cm (Length)|
|Weight:||2100 kg (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||agriculture, exports, harvesting equipment, industrial design, innovations, stripper harvesters, tractors|
|Themes this item is part of:||Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria, H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Sunshine Stripper Harvester, H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria, The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, McKay's Brandnames, Origin of the 'Sunshine' Brandname|
|Primary Classification:||AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE|
|Secondary Classification:||Internal Combustion Power|
|Manufacturer:||H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918
Patented In 1916 and manufactured probably before 1920. A Model 'A' was tested in Australia's first tractor tests held in 1918. See copy of reports on file.
|Manufacturer of Component:||Continental Motor Corp, United States of America, 1916
The tractor is powered by a 4-cylinder, four-stroke 27 h.p. petrol/kerosene engine transverse-mounted made by the Continental Motor Corporation, United States of America.
|References:||http://museumvictoria.com.au/sunshine/ viewed 12.05.2008 LDH|
This item is part of the following themes:
- Hugh V. McKay, Agricultural Implement & Machinery Manufacturer, Ballarat & Sunshine, Victoria
- H.V. McKay Sunshine Collection
- Sustainable Futures Collection
- Transport Collection
- Sunshine Stripper Harvester
- H.V. McKay Massey Harris Pty Ltd, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers & Importers, Sunshine, Victoria
- The Sunshine Harvester Works, Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
- McKay's Brandnames
- Origin of the 'Sunshine' Brandname