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Model Toy Hubers

by James N. Boblenz

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What’s a grown boy to do when he wants a 1/16-scale model of his favorite collectible farm tractor?

Model Huber collection of James Boblenz
My model Huber collection.

  Box of toy tractor parts
A box of toy tractor parts.
Huber Roto-Rack separator
Huber Roto-rack separator.
Model Huber LC and L on rubber
A Huber LC and L on rubber.
Huber HK on steel
Huber HK on steel.
Huber HK on rubber
Huber HK on rubber.
Huber B
Huber B.
Huber BG grader
Huber BG grader.
Minneapolis-Moline Twin City
Minneapolis-Moline Twin City.
Why, just go buy one, right? Wrong!

Unless you want a newer model John Deere of an IH-Case, you will look long and hard to find what you want. If you want a model of an older antique tractor or a classic tractor, you can look on eBay or go to a toy show or, maybe, find an auction with an old toy. And most times those toys are just about shot.

But what do you do if you want a Huber tractor, for instance. You will be hard pressed to find one. None are being made today.

Long ago Hubley made a few copies of Huber steam traction engines and steam road rollers. Tootsie toys made a few copies of road rollers, but not 1/16 scale. In the 1920s, a German firm made and sold Huber steam road rollers, but finding one of those is tough and expensive. Besides, those are not farm tractors.

Ertl made one Huber Model L tractor on steel wheels. Frankly, it was a rather crude production not even close to the quality toy for which Ertl is known. Later a collection of cast aluminum Huber toys was made; a Roto-rack separator, a Super Four cross-motor, an HK on steel wheels and a Model B on rubber. All of those are long out of production.

So what if you wanted a more modern HK on rubber? You are out of luck unless you are lucky enough to find one and convert it. What if you wanted a Model L on rubber? Or an LC Huber? Nothing there either.

You could do as Jim Gibbons of Canada did. He was fortunate enough to find a couple of Model L tractors. He converted on L to rubber, added head and taillights and a battery. For the LC, he made major modifications to the L to add drop axles, eliminate the wide front end, construct a steer gear and post, fabricate a Huber hitch and simply make a new tractor.

Me? I have in my collection two of the very early cast iron steam road rollers. I have a Hubley Steam Traction Engine and a Hubley Steam Road Roller. I bought a rough cast aluminum copy of a Roto-rack separator that was just parts and pieces. Although the castings were rough, they cleaned up very well, but I had to furnish all the hardware and make a few missing parts.

I was fortunate also to be able to find two HK tractors. One I kept as found. The other, I located a set of IH wheels with rubber tires and painted the tractor red (as it was painted in 1941 and 1942). One day I’ll find the round spoke F&H wheels similar to those Huber used and put those on the tractor. Perhaps wheels with rubber tires from a John Deere Model D will fill the bill.

Huber built four versions of its only styled tractor, the Model B. I would like to have one tractor of each model; a tricycle cultivating tractor, a wide front end style, an orchard tractor and the grader. So far, I have located three Model B Huber tractors. One, I kept as the original tricycle cultivating tractor. One I made serious modifications to for an early tricycle grader tractor. Currently, I am completely reworking another to make an orchard tractor: widening the front end, lowering the rear end and making a set of fenders. If I ever find another Model B, I’ll make the easiest transformation by cutting off the front axle stub and adding a wide front end.

I still keep my eyes peeled for a Super Four cross-motor. One day perhaps I can add that to my Huber collection.

Another tractor that caught my attention was the 1934-37 Minneapolis-Moline Twin City Model J. None are on the market. I found a relic painted John Deere green and yellow. With just a little work and paint, I now have a great looking Model J Twin City MM tractor.

ervin gunn_2
10/30/2010 10:56:25 PM

ours was a model 4062 bought new by my grand father walter gunn with grain thresher & bean thresher. holt michigan. i believe he had threshed the most grain in the state of michigan according to your records. the farm is on gunn rd. holt michigan. still own last house he built. my question is is their any model tractors of the 4062 tractor & the two threshing machines. thanks ervin gunn 4216 mitchell creek dr. traverse city mi. 49686-8420 231-933-9577hm. or

ervin gunn_2
7/27/2010 10:09:19 AM

huber model 4062, is there any model (yoy) of this tractor the big huber