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Louie gave us a tour of his collection and shared the story on his 15-28 Frick Tractor.

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About this Episode

A few years back we visited with the late Louie Frantz in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Louie was a long time collector who had a passion for John Deere tractors, but also lesser known classics like his 15-28 Frick Tractor. Louie gave us a tour of his collection and shared the story on his 15-28 Frick Tractor.

Louie was a life time member and past president of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association in Kinzers. He was also a life time member of Early American Steam Engine Association. He was also a member of Waterloo Boys in Kinzers, Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, South Mountain Antique Engine Association, Hershey Region Antique Automobile Club of America, Corn Items Collectors Association and Train Collectors Association.

Before the Frick Company of Waynseboro, PA released its first gasoline powered tractor in 1918, the company had already a strong reputation as a builder of steam traction engines. The company first released a 12-25 Model with a four-cylinder Erd engine and later released the 15-28 with a larger Beaver 4-cylinder engine. Unfortunately Frick couldn’t break into the gasoline tractor market and production ended by 1928.

 


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