Picture From the Past

Frick 15-28 Gas Tractor

| March/April 2003

  • Frick 15-28 Gas Tractor

  • Frick 15-28 Gas Tractor

This picture shows what I believe to be an early Frick 15-28 gas tractor. The first gas-powered tractor built by Frick Co., Waynesboro, Pa., the 12-20, hit the market in 1918. Power came from an Erd four-cylinder engine featuring a 4-inch bore and 6-inch stroke.

The Frick 15-28 was introduced the next year, and power came from a Beaver four-cylinder engine featuring a 4-3/4-inch bore and 6-inch stroke. Its power rating was at 900 rpm. The 15-28, which had 60-inch rear wheels and 45-inch front wheels, stayed in production until 1928, when Frick ceased all tractor production.

Contact engine enthusiast Gene L. McLaughlin at: 231 Scenic Drive, Mocksville, NC 27028.