Iowa farmer turns to tractor restoration to keep him on his feet.
Dick Bockwoldt and his 1937 Huber Model L, a one-of-a-kind tractor. It features a factory custom-built oversized fuel tank. The tractor’s hood was also redesigned and sloped to accommodate the taller tank.
Cover art from a brochure for Huber’s Model L and LC tractors. The Model L was the standard type, and the LC shown in the illustration was the row crop version. The “C” is said to stand for “cultivator.”
This beautifully restored 1935 Huber Model SC was the row crop mate to the Model S.
A meticulously restored 1935 Huber Modern Farmer Model S tractor just home from a show.
Dick Bockwoldt’s wife, Dorothy, helps keep track of his collection of literature, a tiny fraction of which is illustrated here.
Although this GO tractor (built by the General Ordinance Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa) utilizes a friction-drive transmission and looks similar to Heider tractors and early Rock Island tractors, it is a completely different unit.
For a very short time in the mid-1930s, Huber built tractors for the Farmer’s Union CO-OP. This CO-OP is essentially a Huber Modern Farmer Model S.
The variable-speed friction drive system found on the Heider and GO tractors features a layer of friction material on the rim of the engine’s flywheel (center). In order to move the tractor forward, the transmission’s drive plate (left) is pressed into contact with the edge of the flywheel. To move the tractor in reverse, a drive plate located on the other side of the tractor is brought into contact with the flywheel. The tractor’s drive ratio can be increased by sliding the engine, which will effectively place the flywheel rim in contact with a smaller diameter portion of the drive plate, which yields a higher (lower numerical) “gear” ratio.
Beautifully restored 1915 Heider Model C built in Carroll, Iowa.
Dick found this Rock Island Plow Co. brochure rack at a swap meet and continues to find appropriate literature pieces to fill it.
Front cover of a 1930s Heider Coaster Wagons brochure.
The Carroll County Historical Society owns this beautiful Heider Coaster Wagon with automotive-style steering. Although the company also sold wagons with the more usual fifth-wheel front axle, this style was considered less likely to cause the wagon to tip, and therefore safer.