Former Barn Find: 1972 International Harvester Travelall


I happen to like International Travelalls. This one is a true barn find that has been turned into a daily driver. It’s located in Alpine, Utah and is listed for sale here on eBay. The opening bid is $2,700, and there is a reserve, but the seller states they want $4,300 obo for it in the text of the auction.


As is unfortunately typical for a Travelall, there’s a fair bit of rust present on the body shell. The seller has sourced a good pair of rear wheel wells that someone would definitely need, but there’s plenty of other rust as well, especially in the rear of the shell.


Here’s some of that rust. You’ll also notice that this picture shows original rims and wheel covers, as do some of the other shots. However, the early SUV has wider wheels and tires on it now and it doesn’t state whether or not you get those original ones or not.


There’s rust in other places as well. This looks like it might be a body mount. Any Travelall experts able to identify this spot? I may not know where it is, but I know it isn’t good. That being said, the seller states they have spent over $11,000 so far; and if they have spent it on the mechanical components that’s exactly what I recommend to most folks.


The interior looks much nicer than the exterior. The odometer is showing 48,000 miles and based on the interior that may be accurate. The paint actually looks original and might be.


The dash looks nice as well, although if you want perfection you’ll need to refurbish the worn spots on the steering wheel. But honest wear like that–I’d leave alone! I have a Triumph Spitfire that has a groove cut into the steering wheel where the original owner’s wedding ring wore into the wheel–I wouldn’t dream of refurbishing it–it tells the story of the car!


Here’s the 392 cubic inch V8, which surprisingly to me has the air pump intact. In addition to the wheels and tires, the seller has also recently replaced the radiator, alternator, duel exhaust system, belts, hoses, master cylinder, windshield, headers and wipers. The carburetor has also been rebuilt. The seller calls the project 85% complete. Without arguing whether that assessment is correct or not, do you want to be the new owner and move that percentage upwards?


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  1. Jesper

    That rusty mount, look like its where the tailgate hinge sits.
    Where body is boltet to frame.

  2. Ck

    I like it it looks tough,a Preppers dream .LOL

  3. james hall

    this brings back some memories.
    My dad had 2 of these in the mid 80’s one was kept as a petrol and the other was converted to diesel by my dad.
    he kept the diesel one until the late 90’s

    I would love to have it now as I do love the look of them. being here in the UK though it would need to be the diesel one..

  4. DEC

    Master cylinder doesn’t look too new to me.


    Dream on $4500

  6. Dave Wright

    I have owned a bunch of these, actually prefer the older body style but this model is huge compared with today’s similar vehicles. The 392 is a great engine although a bit thirsty. It was designed for use in medium trucks and does an incredible job in pickup/travelall size vehicles, particularly when towing. If you are not towing it really has excess power to most needs. A 345 or even a 304 will do the job just as well with better fuel economy. These really are a beast, very durable and capeable. I might look for one with less cancer to start with, they are around. Prices are all over the place so with some intense shopping a person can still find a deal. I am parting a pickup version right now that I bought for the axles.

  7. Allen Member

    I had a ’72. So quiet, smooth, and comfortable – what a shock the first time I drove it! Wide bench seats – right side would have a different zip code. ‘ Loved mine, although 392 ran 13 mpg pretty much all the time. At that, with the dual fuel tanks, it would run 450 miles between fuel stops. That’s more than the bladder could tolerate! Many fond memories of this luxury truck!

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