This lovely orange with white stripe and IH 200 box truck stopped me in my tracks after dinner one evening a couple of weeks ago. Clearly a former maintenance vehicle of some sort, it now appears to have entered either its second career or been retired and is now just transportation. More likely the former with a little bit of the latter.
I don’t profess to be an expert on International Harvesters by any stretch (so please forgive any errors and correct me below!) but I have come to appreciate their good looks and general ruggedness over the years of being a reader here myself. And I’ve developed a liking for Fort Wayne, IN from which these hail. From what I can tell visually, this is either a 1974 or one of the relatively few 1975’s, that year being the end of the line for, uh, the line.
I couldn’t find much info on IH’s dually setup for the rear of this one and actually couldn’t even find much if anything about bare chassis versions. I don’t think this would have been a conversion, more likely to have been ordered bare and then upfitted for its first career.
It appears to have been a truck used by a company named “Cowboy Maintenance” which as far as I can tell doesn’t exist anymore in Laramie. But at least their legacy lives on. Slightly askew parking job aside, this is probably the only dually in Laramie that can fit in a standard downtown parking spot.
I’m not sure what it is, but something is causing me to really like this truck. Maybe it’s the cheerful paint, or just the squat cube affixed to the back, who knows. But as a package it has a lot of charm.
From my research, it appears that three different V-8’s were offered in the 200 series; the 304 as standard as well as the 345 and 392 as options. Purely as a guess, I’d venture this one with the dually rear end and the small box likely to haul heavy items probably has the 392 with fairly short gearing.
Driving this is probably a bit of a workout, so having a pizza nearby for sustenance is good thinking. I have no idea where the owner was, perhaps getting a drink?
Spotted in Laramie, Wyoming, May 14, 2018