Dear Ole Mechanic;
I just got back from a trip to northern Ohio to visit some long-time friends. While there, we went to an antique tractor and fall harvest show. I have never seen so many different tractors in my life. One in particular caught my eye. It was a Friday tractor. It had a sleek look to the sheet metal and a good-sized six-cylinder engine. I went by that display several times but never did see anyone near it to answer my questions. It was the only Friday that I saw at the show. I have never seen another one, and I have been to several shows here in Texas. I know that you are involved with the tractor and engine club in Fredericksburg, Texas. Can you shed any light on this unusual tractor?
Thanks. Antique Farm Kid.
lot of tractors? Yes, because they have been farming in the Midwest a
little longer, and the flatness means more farms. They didn't need to
work around our hills. If my information is correct, the German
settlers came to the Texas Hill Country in the 1840's and 1850's. My
great-grandfather left the Finley, Ohio, area in the late 1860's in a
covered wagon because it was "getting too crowded and the good farm
land was already taken." The more farms, the more farm tractors.
Friday had a Chrysler industrial six-cylinder engine. It was the same
basic engine you got in your new 1947 Plymouth. The Friday also used
Dodge truck transmissions and rear axles. For work in the orchard with
the transmission in low first gear, the tractor would move at about one
and one-half mph (miles-per-hour). The tractor had nine speeds forward.
In the top gear, the Friday was officially able to go over 30 mph. I
have heard that one was clocked at 50 mph. In short, a truck was not
needed because the Friday had no trouble keeping up with late 1940's
The Love Tractor was the
predecessor of the
Friday Tractor. A Love Tractor is shown on the