Harvest Time: 1962 International Harvester Travelette

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Barn Finds reader Jim S. sent in this terrific-looking IH four-door pickup that’s looking for a home this Thanksgiving. You could even use it to bring the harvest to the table! Located in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, it’s listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has been very spirited with almost 50 bids so far, but the auction is still below $3,000 with no reserve.

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The seller had the truck shipped in from Arizona four years ago, and has put it back on the road for short distances since then. However, it’s sat for a while now and the seller states it will need carburetor work or replacement and de-bugging of most of the lights. The only rust beyond surface rust is described as a couple of holes in the floor board where the mats kept water trapped over the years.

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While the tailgate is missing, the seller states that the buyer will be able to purchase one of two that they have for the truck (neither one being the original). The bed looks solid with only surface rust, like the majority of the rest of the truck.

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And here you can see the double dose of American Indian blanket seat coverings, something quite common out west. It was pretty unusual for a pickup to have four seats back then; considering how many do now, it makes this vehicle that much more practical for occasional classic use.

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I’m guessing this is the original 266 cubic-inch V-8 as the truck has less than 77,000 miles. The seller says it runs well with no unusual noises and that the clutch and transmission also work well. So, would you go pick up your holiday food in this great truck?

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Comments

  1. Bobsmyuncle

    They might not be the most handsome but I like the IHs and a quad cab (or whatever designation they used) makes it a real winner in my eyes.

    Not including a tailgate just seems petty and in bad faith.

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  2. grant

    Right? If you have a tailgate for the truck put it on, or at least in the bed. Offering to sell it separately is classless.

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like this truck, and the price so far is reasonable. This truck might even have a 304 engine. Both are pretty good engines. Use the oil with zinc because the camshafts are subject to failure.

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  4. FUBAR

    Wow never seen a 4 door like this before. Is this factory or custom?

  5. Howard A Member

    This is actually a historic truck, as it was the 1st 6 passenger pickup to be made. ( now most are like this) While I agree with geomechs, ( who has forgotten more than I know) this is probably a 304 ( which I never cared for). Tail gates, for what ever reason, are hard to find for these older trucks. Tail gates took a beating, and usually removed ( when they didn’t close anymore), so the ones the seller is offering may or may not be original. These “C” series trucks were some of the best trucks made by IH, until replaced by the “D” series, which was the kiss of death for IH pickups ( although, the Scout soldiered on for a few more years) Great find here.

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