If one is still working a half-century old ruck, even an International, a possible breakdown has to be factored into the equation. This IH Loadstar is exactly like the dump truck one I drove in 1973 for the Baltimore Department of Sanitation’s road-sweeping crew. Its 392 V8 pulled hard and sounded healthy through its shorty exhaust pipe exiting just behind the cab, and the five speed with a splitter rear axle shifted slickly. The cab wasn’t overly large, given its origins in 1957 and shared with the IH pickups. Ours never broke down, but that was 40 years ago. Even the best machinery is not immune to the forces of entropy.
– September 8, 2014