Bread Truck: 1941 International Harvester KB3

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Brian BirknerBy Brian Birkner

Beginning life as a bread truck, there are many thoughts that circulate the mind as to what this International Harvester could be repurposed for. There is plenty of patina present, but rot is at a minimum, and the floors and chassis are solid. Bidding has climbed to $3,650 with a little over a day left in the auction. Find it here on ebay out of Bogata, Texas.

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Although the flathead inline 6 engine is present and complete, its condition is unknown. This International was driven to its place of rest, but it is undetermined how long this truck hibernated before being rescued. The engine bay itself is a little crispy, but there appear to be no holes in the engine bay. This is a manual transmission truck, but we can certainly envision this IH getting a drivetrain make over.

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The interior is barebones and simplistic, but that makes for a great blank canvas.  The floors are solid in this truck and there is certainly a lot of glass to look through, likely making visibility pretty good. All of the glass is present, though one or two pieces may be cracked. Difficult to tell from the photos, but it is flat glass so no big deal. We like the bus type door opener. The rear cargo space is bare, there is no shelving, or anything of the sort. From the outside this truck has such an alluring look. Surface rust has taken over most of the exterior, but there is still a little bit of paint holding on. The fenders front and rear look nice and to be dent free. Rot is at a minimum according to the seller who mentions there is a small hole in part of the running board.

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Overall a solid starter for a project, but what may this International become? The seller mentions the possibility of a food truck,  and we can see that. But we can also see this International as a shop truck, a camper, a motorcycle hauler, race car tow rig with lounge, etcetera.  What would you do with this 1941 International Harvester Bread truck?

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  1. packrat

    ended with no bids? http://archive.is/6KhFh Not having spark plugs in the cylinder holes for many years is not engendering positive vibes about the original engine.

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  2. Van

    Rat rod camper.

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  3. David Whelan

    I agree with the rat rod camper full of potential, new engine disk brakes cool.

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  4. Howard A Member

    I don’t think this is a 1941, if it is a KB3, like it says under the hood, it has to be a ’47-’49. Perhaps there’s a smudge on the title, a 7 could look like a 1, I suppose. You know, I bet that old flathead would run, but not sure why you’d want to go that route. These were made to crawl around city streets at 20 mph making deliveries. The only thing I can think of, is a camper with a modern drivetrain, and even then, be a big job. Cool find. Someone wanted it.

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  5. geomechs

    I definitely agree with Howard in that’s it’s much newer than a ’41. Definitely a stump-puller for driving around the city but I’d give it some credit and say 25 mph. Probably 45 on the highway flat out with the doors rattling. I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to put a modern drive train in it and build a cool camper. Trust the likes of myself to keep it original. Maybe shoehorn a Black Diamond and a synchro 4 spd. into the engine bay, and gear it up to 55 mph; maybe even 60.

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  6. Chris

    I always look at trucks like this and think how cool they would be as a hauler for my band’s gear. Add a modern drivetrain, brakes and wheels and tires and go rock n roll!

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  7. stillrunners

    A buddy up in Anna,Tx has one just like this….the patina and all….he has his running and yard drivin….I even found him two hub caps….these guys all know each other….and yes should be 46/47 up….guess it sold

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  8. tugdoc

    What would one of these weigh? Pretty heavy, small engine compartment= Food truck!

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