On a recent drive through the redwoods of Northern California, after passing the Drive-Thru Tree and the One Log Cabin, I slowed down to check out the World Famous Tree House. But something closer to the side of the highway caught my eye.
As I thought for a split second whether I should pull over, having passed by quite a few inviting CC Outtake opportunities over the last few days, my wife made up my mind by saying, “Hey, do you want another truck?”. And when I slowed down, I realized there was far more to see than just the 1930-ish flatbed.
A large collection of International Harvester trucks, all with For Sale signs. Plus a Dodge. And a small utility vehicle of some kind. But first, the star of the show – and the World Famous Tree House. Believe it or Not!
The bold hood badge confirmed it was also an International, and the For Sale sign gave the date as 1931, and suggested that the price was 17500, or perhaps $7500, as the writing was just squiggly enough that the numeral 1 could have been a $ sign. A peek inside showed it to be clean and serviceable, but extremely cramped; this is one truck that could have used a wider cab, forget about extended or crew cab.
I wasn’t sure if I had seen the three diamond logo before. The one on the Forest Service green truck looked more familiar, though I thought it was missing the “I”. Turns out it isn’t an I-H, it’s a Dodge. I wonder if this was an inspiration for Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badging?
Quite a few generations on display, here, though the rest were quite a bit newer than the black ’31. I’ll let the I-H experts here fill in the details of model names/numbers and years.
The Tree House was open, “Enter Through the Gift Shop” then $2 admission to go inside the tree, but the cafe in the background looked about as working as this pickup. Behind the cafe was a good collection of more modern CC’s, none of them I-H, from the 1970’s and ’80’s, but I didn’t feel it was OK to go back there.
I had to look it up, but these “Dualmatic” hubs locked and unlocked by unfolding and turning each of the two blades, rather than with a simple twist like a Warn hub. There was another similar design known as Cutlass hubs, due to the blades. These radials were the most modern tires on any of the trucks.