Lyle Osten’s Frick 15-28 at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion show in Rollag. The tractor’s gas and kerosene tank caps are original.
A view of the front wheels of Lyle’s Frick.
A view of the Frick’s operator’s platform.
The rear drive wheel gears on this Frick 15-28 are so worn that Lyle figures the tractor was used extensively in road construction.
Lyle Osten (left) with Steve Rosenbloom, previous owner of the Frick 15-28, and Lyle’s newly-refurbished tractor in 2003.
The Osten clan with the Frick 15-28. Back row, left to right: Andrew, Ilene and Shelly; at front, parents Bonnie and Lyle.
A view looking forward from the driver’s platform of the Frick 15-28.
Lyle Osten notices a very strong resemblance between his Frick 15-28 and the Huber Super Four 15-30 tractor. “I’ve heard Ohio Iron Works made the tractor for Frick, and I don’t know if the Huber was made there too,” he says. “But if you put those two tractors side by side, it seems like they were made by the same company. The framework underneath is the same, and they look alike, except that the engines are facing opposite directions, and the transmissions are on opposite sides. Frick, as I understand, figured they had to have a tractor, so they had someone else make it for them.” The 12-25 Frick tractor sold for $1,350 in 1918 (about $19,100 in today’s terms), quite expensive when compared to a Fordson for about a third that price.
Photographed at this angle, the rear wheels of the Frick 15-28 look much larger than those on the front – but they’re not.
The fan used on the Frick was similar to that used on the Huber Four series.