posted by William Oliver
Even though this truck is Silver it is still a great sight to behold indeed! I’m surprised that even with a step side bed there is still wheel well intrusion, shows how much I know. Say, in Ontario isn’t the license plate with the year sticker supposed to be on the rear of the vehicle?
In Ontario the sticker is on the front for commercial vehicles like this one. Everything else has the sticker on the back.
OK children, THIS is what is known as a pickup truck.
Well, at the $7,500 asking price for this one according to the window sign, it’s certainly in line with asking prices for the current crop 🙂
Thank you Paul.
$7500 Canadian is about $5500 U.S. dollars. The strange thing about this truck is the fuel fill location. These trucks usually filled on the passenger side very low on the cab. This one is mounted higher, even with the bottom of the side window glass. It looks like an empty hole where the fuel filler neck was. Maybe that tool box is a gas tank in disguise?
The fuel filler in the cab corner is where it was located from the factory for the main tank of regular cab pickups. If you got the aux tank with your regular cab it was in the driver’s side fender. If you have a Travelette (crew cab) then the main fill is in the pass side fender with the aux in the driver’s side fender. Travelalls had the main in the rear and the aux in the pass fender.
Trust someone with a handle like Scoutdude to know all the minutiae of Inter gas filler locations! 🙂
OK, am I the only one who has never found the proportions just right on these? Forget the bed length, there has always been something ever-so-slightly “off” to me about the cab proportions. It’s like from the dash back the cab is a little lower than from the dash forward. I see how the windshield base dips downward as it heads towards the side windows, so maybe that’s it.
That said, I do love it. If ever there were a “man’s truck”, this would be it.
I agree on the cab proportions. All these trucks look as if the rear cab mount have collapsed from rust, causing them to sag as the back.
I think that the reason the styling is a bit “off” is that it was styled as a Travelall and then they morphed it into a pickup using as many common pieces as they could. The styling flows much better on the Travelall.
Kinda reminds me of the early 60’s Studebaker Champ pickup that used a cab based on the Lark bodyshell and two different bed styles (one bought from Dodge) that didn’t have much of a design relationship with the cab.
They were trying too hard to make it look low. That was the styling theme for trucks at the time: make them look as low as possible. How quaint. 🙂
Hey Paul, this is off the subject of the truck article you have here, but I have reading for years your stories of the Chevy Vega. I was on you tube yesterday and ran across a fully functioning 1973 Chevy Vega with original aluminum engine that has only 5401 miles on it. The way the man who owns it came across it is kind of sad. Back in 1973 the original owners bought the car for their teenage daughter. She drove it a short time and then she passed away. They kept the car as a time capsule and never drove it ever again and it stayed garaged until recently when they decided they had to let the car go.
So the car is being driven around by the owner and the mileage is quite away from the 30-40k where this engine would self destruct. If he decides to drive it to that mileage, he may experience all the problems people originally had only 40 years later.
The owner brought the car to be viewed by You Tuber Lou Constabile and he gave him a ride in the car. You really should view it. Seeing this car run with the original aluminum,unsleeved engine is fun and you can hear how noisy those engines were. The link to this youtube video is:
Thanks! I enjoyed that. I had a friend who had one just like that but with the PG. I drove it several time. Fun times!
If we’re going to talk about Vegas, a little over a year ago I was in Grass Valley, California when I spotted an orange Vega Kammback wagon with the 1974-75 grille in my rear view mirror about a block behind me. I pulled into a parking lot with the intent of letting it pass me and then following it, but by the time I got turned around and exited the lot a couple of cars got between it and me, and the Vega went left at a stop sign, and by the time I got through the intersection I had lost it. I can’t say for sure if it had its original engine, but I can say it definitely sounded like a Vega engine. I was sure I’d found the perfect entry for the Great Vega Hunt, too.
Funny you should mention that. The previous International ‘B’ series light trucks had a similar cab, but when the ‘C’ series came out in 1961 International ‘channeled’ the floor and dropped the frame rails under the cab. They also shortened the doors a bit, but kept the same greenhouse. I think it did make the International light trucks look a little more contemporary like the ’60 Chevy or ’61 Ford trucks, but that tall greenhouse did wreck the proportions.
Oh no, it’s in Toronto too. That’s too close for comfort.
Hmm, we were discussing that if my daughter gets a summer job she’ll need a vehicle, I’m sure she won’t mind driving this to work 🙂
Yes it is wearing a grille that was only offered in 1967. That would make this an 1100B even though these are commonly all lumped together as the C-series which is what it started and ended life as. Of course the usual caveat applies that in the 50+ years this truck has been around it may have been repaired and with an IH it would be likely to be fixed with what was available, not necessarily what was original to the truck.
The owner did the same thing with the taillights that he did with the gas filler. Mounted them higher, with serious protection for the wiring. Was he using the truck in deep water or heavy brush?
Either way, he was using it as a truck, which makes it right in my book!
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