The Empire Tractor Corp. manufactured only two models during its short time in business. The Model 88 and the Model 90 were manufactured from mid -1946 until December 1947 with several others put together from parts on hand in 1948 and 1949. A few experimental tractors were also made but these never got past the proto-type stage. One tractor being considered was the Model 55, a small utility model, and another was the Model 110, a larger and much stronger tractor.
|Factory Photo Empire Model 88
(Production model did not have this vertical grill)
|Factory Photo Empire Model 90|
|Tractor type:||General purpose, light farm, two 14” bottom plow capacity|
|Total production:||6,663 (Estimated-see Newsletter # 51, 52 & 53 for details) Between January 1, 1946 and September 20, 1948, a total of 8,754 tractors had been ordered by buyers and of this total, 6,663 were actually delivered.|
|Serial numbers:||Model 88: #0001 – #3000 (estimate) — Manufactured 9/46 thru 8/47
Model 90 (88-90): #3001 – #6801 (estimate) — Manufactured 9/47 thru 11/47 with several being assembled from available parts in 1948 & 1949.
|Model 88:||Model 88 tractors used a Willys Jeep (and some Ford) war surplus military rebuilt engine and T-84 Warner Gear transmission with Spicer transfer case and two lever PTO control. A few late model 88 tractors used the T-90 transmission. The brass data ID tag was located under the dash on the firewall above and to the right of the transmission. This tag provided the serial number, manufacture date, model number and engine number. The brass company logo tag was located on the left side of the tractor above the steering box. This tag provided the Empire company name, location and logo. The engine serial number should match the number on the dash tag if the engine is original to the tractor.|
|Model 90:||Model 90 (88-90) tractors used a Willys Overland civilian Jeep engine and the improved T-90 Warner Gear transmission with Spicer transfer case and one lever PTO control. The brass data ID tag was located on the dash above the steering column. This tag provided serial number, manufacture date, model number and engine number. The serial number of the engine should match that number on this dash tag if it is original to the tractor. The brass company logo tag was located on the left side of the tractor above the steering box. This tag provided the Empire company name, location and logo. It’s believed the factory used up left over model “88” ID tags by embossing the “90” on these tags when the model 90 tractor was introduced.|
|Specifications:||The general specifications for the Model 88 and Model 90 were very similar and are noted here. When getting down to the nuts and bolts of these two models, the differences are many. Detailed specifications for each model are available below.|