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1970 IH 1026 Hydro Demonstrator

Gold Demonstrator Series #4

This is the fourth in a series of five posts about the Gold Demonstrator Series tractors.
Read Part Five: The 1970 1456 Demonstrator, HERE.  


Gold demonstrators were special edition IH tractors released in 1970 (more on that at the bottom of the post). This 1026 Hydro Gold Demonstrator started life in Minnesota, and was later purchased by Ken and Dick Huber of Wisconsin. The Hubers were eager to show the tractor at the annual Red Power Roundup, the annual national tractor show for fans of red equipment. In 2009, the show was held in Madison, Wisconsin, only a few hours away from the Huber farm. 


The brothers had the tractor’s restoration complete only a few days prior to the 2009 Red Power Round Up. Unfortunately, there was a flaw. You see, getting gold paint done correctly is extremely tricky. If the air temperature is not perfect, the paint color will not be quite right. And the dedicated red faithful who attend Red Power will not miss a key detail such as an off-color paint scheme! 

The gold paint came out poorly—the Hubers said that the gold paint application is very sensitive to heat and humidity, and the original coat was the same color as Jeff Gordon’s car. The tractor was repainted, and the gold in the photos here is correct. The Hubers have a number of machines, and you can see them each June at their annual tractor party, when they open the doors of their large collection to the public. 


That’s Maggie May next to the tractor in the final shot, a country music singer who often performs at the Huber’s annual tractor get-together held in June. 

ABOUT GOLD DEMONSTRATORS
The Gold Demonstrator program was used by International Harvester to market their machines in 1970. Similar special paint schemes had been used in the past as sales tools, notably the white letter series machines in 1950. The only change made to the tractors was the paint scheme, and the only way to verify a gold demonstrator is to find original gold paint on it. This program was a somewhat confusing execution, as the idea was to promote their new hydrostatic tractors but demonstrators were available as gear drive machines. Also a bit odd was the fact that many of the models in the program were at the end of the model life. The models included were the 544, 656, 826, 1026, and the 1456. 

This is the fourth in a series of five posts about the Gold Demonstrator Series tractors.
Read Part Five: The 1970 1456 Demonstrator, HERE.  
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