| July/August 1968

1615 San Francisco St., San Antonio, Texas 78201

'Where San Antonio is celebrating it's 250th Birthday, with a WORLD'S FAIR, here in San Antonio, Texas, April 6 thru Oct. 6, 1968'

Dear Readers: Check again the picture of page 25, in the Jan-Feb 1968 GEM. My letter printed in the May-June 1968 GEM, page 7 states the tractor in the picture referred to above, is a cross-motor HUBUR SUPER-FOUR. In this letter, I am adding that the tractor is at least a 15-30 hp., with a 4-cyl. vertical, valve-in-head motor, and, I am inclined to believe, just as strongly, that it could be rated 18-36 hp. I would like to get the correct answer, if any of you have it. Some may think the tractor is a FRICK; but, since the FRICK has its belt-pulley on the right-side, and the rear-wheel fenders coming down nearer to the ground in the rear, that lets the FRICK out. Anyway, the tractor is not an AULTMAN-TAYLOR. I think there is a caption mix-up, involving two pictures in two different GEMs. These pictures are: top of page 25 in Jan-Feb 68 issue; and, the other picture is on top of page 31 May-June 68 issue. Trading captions with these two pictures would make more sense. HUBER tractors, of the design pertaining to these comments, started out with the. cross-mount HUBER LIGHT-FOUR 12-25 tractor with L head Waukesha motor, which probably appeared as early as 1916 and first tested at Nebraska in 1920. Then, in 1921, the cross-mount HUBER SUPER-FOUR 15-30 with valve-in-head Midwest-motor appeared; and this new tractor was tested at Nebraska, in 1921. This 15-30 developed so much power in test No. 74, that I believe, already in 1921, the HUBER COMPANY re-rated the tractor 18-36 hp. I don't know, right off, if the cross-mount HUBER 18-36 was ever tested at Nebraska; in fact, I don't think it was, only as a 1 5-30 tractor. I would like to find out how long these HUBER cross-mount tractors with 4-cyl. vertical engines were built. The new HUBER SUPER-FOURs, with motors mounted parallel to direction of travel, I believe started appearing in 1926. The first one of this latter type was an 18-36; with larger sizes following. The HUBER cross-mounts are attractive collector's items. Tractors of similar design were the .PARRETT; the FRICK; the BESSER; and, the (Canadian) MASSEY-HARRIS, the latter is very similar to the PARRETT. All have 4-cyl. vertical cross-mount motors, and extra large front wheels.

A rear view of the I.H.C. single cylinder engine at Rathert's Reunion.

On page 12 of the May-June 68 GEM is the subject of the FAIR-MOR 10-20 tractor. That is a nice picture of a nicely restored FAIR-MOR 10-20 tractor. Now don't you just agree that the FAIRBANKS-MORSE & CO. just probably jobbed these tractors, and sold them under the name FAIR-MOR, for the short period they were on the market, rather than equip their factory to build them, when a firm named 'The Reliable Tractor and Engine Co., Portsmouth, Ohio, was already building them, the same thing, known as the RELIABLE 10-20? Reliable started building them in 1919, not 1917. The first ones had 3/8 in. wide piston-rings. In 1921, Reliable changed to 5/16 in. wide piston-rings. The Reliable tractors were built in the 10-20 size only. While we are on the subject of FAIR-MOR tractors, how about the FAIR-MOR 1.2-25 tractor built by the TOWNSEND TRACTOR CO., Janesville, Wis., which size also came out about 1919? Don't you think the F-M co. just jobbed them, too, rather than set up to build them? I think so; but, maybe Carleton M. Mull, ex F-M salesman, in Seattle, Wash., could give us some concrete facts on the FAIR-MOR 10-20; and the FAIR-MOR 12-25 tractors that the FAIRBANKS-MORSE & CO. once sold.

Did you know that some jobbing companies will go to quite some lengths to make an impression on the consumer public? Take as an example, the DeLaval Separator Co., Chicago; and, New York; they jobbed three sizes of engines from the John Lauson Mfg. Co., which engines DeLaval called the 'ALPHA' engines, in 1-1/2; 2-1/2; and 3-1/2 hp. sizes, to power some of the DeLaval Pulso-Pumps, by belt drive. DeLaval may have had a hand in getting some certain engine specs, changed to better suit their special application, that is well and good. And, naming the LAUSON engines DeLaval finally selected as the 'ALPHA', is quite alright, too. The tricky part is where DeLaval used the same LAUSON factory-picture which LAUSON used in their 1916 LAUSON Engine Catalog (long before 'ALPHA' engines were) on their 'ALPHA' engine parts-book, where the picture shows the LAUSON factory-name changed to 'ALPHA GASOLINE ENGINES'; otherwise the picture is an identical aerial-view of the LAUSON factory!