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July 2010 Archive for Your Favorite Tractor

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1921 Frick 15-28

Jul 30, 2010

This tractor was featured for the month of July in the 2010 Classic Farm Tractor Calendar.


You can see this rare relic at the famous Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Museum, Kinzers, Penn. Owners Louie and Joy Frantz are long-time members of R&T.

The Frick Company of Waynesboro, Penn., made steam engines in the 19th century, which you can also observe parading at Rough & Tumble. This 89-year-old heavyweight Frick features a 4-cyl. Beaver engine–4 ¾ in x 6 in. bore and stroke. Operating speed: 900 rpm. Note that the engine site crossways. The tactor weighs 6,100 lb. In a 1920 Nebraska test, it delivered 19.48 drawbar, 30 brake hp. The Frick Company dates back to 1853, and built tractors from 1918 to 1928. It’s in the refrigeration business today.

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Louie and Joy Frantz

Hellam, Pennsylvania


Restoring the Frick was a Frantz family affair. Louis and son Jeff got it running, Joy stripped off the old pain, daughter Luann hand-painted the lettering and pin striping, grandson Joshua (pictured) was there for the ceremonial first start. In the shade is Rufus their Yorkshire terrier, who relaxed beneath the Frick on the hot July day this picture was taken.


The world-famous Classic Farm Tractor Calendar from Classic Tractor Fever is in its 21st year of publication with the 2010 calendar available now. They have calendars, videos, books, and much, much, more. Click here to visit their online shop.

Antiques on the Auction Block

Jul 29, 2010

On Aug. 7, in Walworth, Wis., one of the 64  Farmall Super MTA high-clearance tractors ever built will be on the auction block.

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Mecum Auctions is hosting the Gone Farmin’ Tractor Auction that will include more than 200 tractors. A spectrum of manufacturers and models will be represented and tractors range from completely restored to restoration projects.


Consignments are still being accepted and bidder registration is open.


More information is available online:

1930 Farmall

Jul 13, 2010

This Tractor Tales is a quiet one. That's because the 1930 Farmall we're about to show you has been safely secured in the Jasper County Historical Museum in Newton, Iowa. To buy this model new in 1930 would have cost you right around $850.

Tractor Trendsetters: Low-Pressure Pneumatic Tires

Jul 07, 2010

Tractor Trendsetters: Low-Pressure Pneumatic Tires

Written By Larry Gay

Until 1932 the farm equipment industry used wood, cast iron, and steel as the raw materials to build tractors and farm machinery. Then in the autumn of 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, rubber was added to the list of materials when Allis-Chalmers, Firestone, and Goodyear introduced low-pressure pneumatic tires for tractors. This new product was originally known as an “air tire” and was first made available on the Allis-Chalmers standard-tread model U tractor. However, the tire companies quickly made air tires available for other brands of tractors.

The first Firestone tires for the rear wheels were an 11.25-24 size and made with a chevron style of tread. The Goodyear tires were equipped with a diamond-tread pattern. In 1935 Firestone introduced a bar-style lug for more traction. Test work revealed the optimum air pressure was about 12 psi.

In November 1932 at an engineering meeting in Milwaukee, Allis-Chalmers presented the results of its two years of test work to other engineers in the industry. The A-C engineers used graphs, charts, and motion pictures to show the advantages of air tires over steel wheels with spade lugs. However, many of the competitive tractor engineers attending the meeting were not convinced and left the meeting still skeptical of the new concept of air tires.

Farmers too were skeptical about air tires when they were first introduced. However, the tractor dealers and the tire companies were able to overcome this sales resistance by conducting plowing demonstrations with two identical tractors, except one had steel wheels and the other had air tires. The demonstrations proved the tractor with air tires could plow faster with less wheel slippage and provided a smoother ride with less dust for the operator. Also tractors with air tires could be driven on paved roads.

Allis-Chalmers promoted air tires by staging tractor races at the state fairs in 1933. The Allis-Chalmers WC row-crop tractor was tested at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab in May 1934 with both steel wheels and rubber tires. When it was equipped with rubber tires, the tractor provided more drawbar pull and better fuel economy. Farmers and the tractor industry quickly recognized the advantages of rubber tires and the last Nebraska test of a tractor with steel wheels was in 1938. 

Larry Gay is the author of four farm tractor books published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. These books may be obtained from ASABE at 800-695-2723 or, click publications and then click history books.

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