A Tractor That Was Never Built


| January/February 1998

  • 1919 Chilton Tractor

    George Leisten
  • 1919 Chilton Tractor

    George Leisten
  • Fairmonts Car

    George Leisten
  • Fairmonts Car

    George Leisten

  • 1919 Chilton Tractor
  • 1919 Chilton Tractor
  • Fairmonts Car
  • Fairmonts Car

Sr., 5071 Parrish Street Ext, Canandaigua, New York 14424

Several years ago you asked me for some photos and a story about our collection of tractors. I am sorry I am so late in answering your letter, but here is a story of one tractor.

I have seen mention in the last twenty years in books on old tractors, that General Motors had designed a larger tractor to go along with their little model 'M' Samson tractor, but never had built one. Actually they built about six, and we have parts of three one complete as pictured.

An ad (at right) in the 1919 Chilton Tractor Index tells of this tractor. It is a three-four plow size with a flat head with a G.M.C. made engine, direct-connected generator for lights, large wheels, etc. I acquired the tractor from Marvin Helgensen, Jamesville, Wisconsin. The tractors were built in Jamesville.



The pictures were taken by George Leisten, 5981 Ketcham Road, Canandaigua, New York 14424. You would not have this story if he had not stopped and taken these pictures.

One of the earlier Fairmonts, this railroad inspection car was purchased new by the Boston & Maine Railroad. It's a 1929 M19 RR car, with one cylinder; and a two cycle engine provides power through a belt drive. The engine slides to loosen or tighten the belt acting as a clutch. There is no transmission. The engine operates in either direction. Courtesy of Victor Cross, 3282 Old Quarry Road, Wever, IA 52658.



SUBSCRIBE TO GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE TODAY!

Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.




Facebook YouTube

Classifieds