Huber had steam

January 1958 The first day this Huber had steam in her for 45 years.

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Anna, Ohio

As I was looking through the last issue of the Album I noticed old HUBERNo. 1118thatwas built at the Huber shop in Marion, Ohio in 1887.

As I also saw my Album was expiring I thought it was a good thing to give you the information you asked for on this old Huber engine and send you my check to keep the Album coming, as so far I haven't missed a one since its beginning.

First, this old Huber according to Huber records is a 12 HP engine built in Marion, Ohio in June of 1887.

In May of 1957 this engine was sitting besides this old wood shed where it had set for some forty years without any care or thought of ever running it again. When it was run to this spot it was left for worn out and beyond any repair. The hand plates were left in main fire flue left pretty well loaded with wood ashes and the stack was left uncovered.

After some forty years in the weather with the ashes doing its job of destruction inside the boiler and weather on the outside Mr. Lenner of Carey, Ohio bought this engine and delivered it to my shop to have it rebuilt. Picture shows how I completely demounted this engine and started a job of reconstructing. A job that quite a few old steam men who visited me while I was dismantling said it was impossible to ever make a rusted pile of junk like the Huber to run again.

My answer to their claims was to come back next spring and you will see a 12 HP Huber under steam running here where it is now in pieces. Next June it was. I will say it was a big job as the boiler alone the base of any engine was nearly gone. On the outer shell there was a hole 12' x 18' that all the metal had washed away. On the inside where the picture shows it was like a screen; metal full of small holes, the balance thin as paper. I melted 45 lbs of Hobart welding rods inside the boiler to put it back in shape to be safe for 125 lbs of pressure.

The axles were badly worn along with the gearing which I made new ones to replace them. The engine took a new crankshaft, the cross head slides had to be rebored as they were badly rusted away. The governor fell apart when I took it off. The fire front castings were in bad condition so had to be re-worked Piping and flues along with grate bars had to be replaced.

Besides the above troubles I had plenty others that took a lot of time and patience to finally get it back to the engine you had in your Album.

The other picture of a small Huber is a 6 hp traction engine that I built from the ground up out of all sorts of parts. The boiler is a 6 hp Huber portable, No. 7524 built in 1905. I got it in Washington, Pa. Just a boiler, no fittings or engine.

The engine is a 5 x 6 piston valve off a steam shovel. The gearing is all cut steel. The bearings on all shafts including the engine are of ball and roller type. I built the coal and tool box also the head tank. All pipes are of yellow brass. This engine weighs 3 tons under steam.

Comp. length is 131', it is 69' wide, and 91' to the top of the cab. The band wheel is 8 x 24'. I carry 125 lbs. of steam on this engine which gives me all the power I need.

Last Labor Day, Mr. Miller of Bellefontaine furnished his Frick hand feed with drag stacker separator size 20' x 34' along with a load of oats to try this engine in the belt. It did a good job pulling the machine and the Separator did a good job threshing and cleaning the grain.

After the threshing I hooked the Huber to the baler and baled the straw and by the way this outfit worked I know that it will thresh all the grain I will ever get to thresh.

The 16 HP Huber and 28x48' Supreme thresher wont be needed just to play with.