I always thought International Harvester was a really interesting company. They made such a wide range of products, from farm equipment, to military vehicles, to refrigerators and air conditioners. Somewhere in the midst of all the weird shit they were doing, they managed to pump out a few really cool light duty trucks as well. And I do mean only a few. Although they were in the light truck business from 1907 to 1975, when’s the last time you saw an IH driving around?
I’ve always had a thing for the Scout and Travelall, but never really paid too much attention to International’s pickup offerings. I’m definitely a fan now though. This truck is really cool. I wish I knew for sure whether it was a ’63 or a ’64 model, but it’s one of those years. It reminds me a little bit of what Dodge was doing at the time, only with a more utilitarian style. The paint scheme is a little bizarre, but i think it works, I mean, you’ve got to be a little bit quirky to be out scoping out Goodwills in an old restored International in the first place, right?
I wish I knew which motor was in this truck. They offered so many that I’s impossible for me even to wager a guess. The available motors included a 155cid V8 (!!!), a 240cid L6, a 241cid L6, a 266cid v8, and a 304cid v8. If the badge on the side of the truck is to be believed, this thing is actually all-wheel drive and not a 4×4, which I find pretty cool.
(Interesting unrelated sidenote: Remember the Dodge Ramchargers? Did you know that they were all full-time AWD as well?)
It takes a certain kind of person to understand how rare his sheet metal is on his super obscure truck, and then still not give a shit and just cut a big square out of it because, “Hell, I’ve gotta put gas in the son of a bitch somehow- here, hold my beer…”
I’m in love with this truck, goofy green paint and all. I hope I get a chance to talk to the owner sometime. If I do, I’ll keep you updated with more information about the truck. Until then, enjoy the pictures!