| May/June 1987

  • Caterpillar Tractor

  • Caterpillar Tractor

1134 Butztown Road Bethlehem, PA 18017  

Pictured is a Caterpillar model 15 (second style) serial no. 7622. According to a spokesman from the Caterpillar Tractor Co., there were only 65 of this model built, plus 35 high clearance models. This tractor came off the assembly line in June, 1932, from the Peoria plant.

It was first purchased from Powell Davies, a Caterpillar dealer in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This tractor was used on a farm near Gilbertsville (Carbon County), Pennsylvania until about 1950. It was then purchased by my father and used on our fruit, berry, and vegetable farm until 1980.

This tractor was completely rebuilt by me (excluding work done in a machine shop). Every ball and roller bearing was replaced. Wherever a shaft and bushing were used, the shaft was built up and machined to original tolerances, and a new bushing installed. All non-wearing parts (hood, fenders, guards, etc.) are original. The seat and backrest (excluding upholstery) are original. The track, rollers, and idles were replaced a few years before the tractor was retired. The engine bearings (minus a few shims) are original. The valves are original, but a new set of piston rings was installed.

I am presently working on a model 20 (second style). I also have a model 15 (early style) although not running, and a D-2 equipped with factory bulldozer blade in good working condition.