Friday Tractor

| October/November 2000

Jr. 444 S. Olds Avenue Hartford, Michigan 49057-1355

David Friday was a June 1934 graduate of Michigan State University and met his wife, Beverly, there. Dave, with a degree in horticulture, moved to a farm south of Hartford, Michigan, that belonged to his late father, George Friday. Dave farmed with his father.

Behind Dave's house was a small garage that he quickly converted into a repair shop for both families. He soon saw a need for a bigger shop, so he put up another building and bought the 80acre farm from his father.

At this point, Dave remembered that his professor at Michigan State built a welder out of a transformer, so Dave, at first, built welders himself out of old transformers. Also, seeing a need for a tractor that he could afford, he built the first 'doodle bug' tractor out of a model B motor, a Ford truck rear-end, a truck frame with an old Fordson radiator and gas tank and the first FRIDAY TRACTOR was born.

Other farmers seeing them, of course, wanted one also. Mr. Bob Weber, a friend of mine, has the only Weber Special Doodlebug Tractor. It was sold to his late father and has a hand-cast brass tag on the radiator that says 'Weber Special made by David Friday, of Hartford, Michigan.' He also has another Friday Doodlebug tractor he bought locally, years before, for $20.00. He overhauled the motor and put a 'lift-truck' on the rear-end and uses it on his large fruit farm, as it's the only lift-truck that he has.

At the same time, Dave taught welding school using the homemade welder. In 1947, Dave bought out Love Tractor, design and components from the late Jacob Love of Eau Claire, Michigan. Dave called it the Friday Tractor, with Chrysler industrial engine, six cylinder, with Dodge truck, 5-speed transmission and rear-end with two-speed. All of this gave you 10 speeds forward and two in reverse. Later on Dave also made a Friday tractor with a bigger motor, also IND 32 with rear gears, reduction boxes and bigger rear tires. The IND 30 would travel on the highway at 60-plus miles per hour. Note the picture of me on my Friday Tractor at the Friday Tractor Factory. Mine was the first one built in 1951, with serial #01-51, and was sold to the late Ed Spiess of Rock Island, Illinois. These tractors were very powerful. A lot of farmers had farms several miles apart and they could travel more quickly to the other farms for spraying or other field work. From 1948 on, Friday only used Chrysler motors and never made a lift-truck out of these tractors, they were after-market installed.

11/29/2017 6:18:39 PM

Hi Robert---I just got a 1945 ish restored Love tractor. The only information I have on it came off the tractor forums. My tractor has an inline 6 cylinder Ford engine and possibly a ford drive train. It has 5 forward speeds. It also has a 2 speed rear end. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. I am in Sarasota Florida. My phone is 941-371-6648. Thank you Butch

11/10/2013 12:03:34 PM

Would like more information on Friday tractor, Robert Hall?


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