Frick Tractor Factory

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Following on the heels of Gene McLaughlin's picture of an early Frick 15-28 (GEM, March 2003, page 23) is this photo of the Frick factory in the late teens.

Sent in by reader Mike Rohrer, this shot shows what appear to be Frick 12-25 tractors in the midst of assembly. Introduced in 1918, the 12-25 was Frick's first entry in the gas tractor market. Power came from an Erd four-cylinder engine with a 4-inch bore and 6-inch stroke.

The introduction of a gas tractor was a milestone for Frick Co., Waynseboro Pa., which made its name building steam traction engines. Like many old-line companies, Frick was working feverishly to move into the new and growing gas tractor market. Unfortunately, Frick failed to hold the market and all tractor production ended in 1928.

Contact engine enthusiast Mike Rohrer at: 12025 Steven Ave., Smithsburg, MD 21783; wmrohrer@myactv.net