Johnson-Era SUV – 1967 International Travelall 4X4

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Featuring a host of new parts, this rough-and-ready 1967 International-Harvester Travelall looks well-prepared for some high-country adventures. This sturdy companion seeks a new owner here on Denver, Colorado craigslist, where $6000 will make it yours. Thanks to Roger for spotting this never-restored classic.

Need a tow vehicle for your vintage Airstream travel trailer? The Travelall made a premium choice for such duty in its day, offering four doors and plenty of cargo room. Detach the trailer for a day of off-road exploration. The apparently-repainted hood and interior pictures suggest the vehicle’s likely original turquoise color.

International-Harvester made tractors and other farm implements, and developed a reputation for no-nonsense vehicular appliances. My Grandfather had a string of three IH trucks beginning with a ’67 Travelall 4×4 like this one except in dark green, then two Scouts. The rubber flooring and simple, functional dashboard provides controls in a “form follows function” design.

The 345 cubic inch V8 mated with a five-speed manual transmission, an option on later Travelalls. Many vehicles of the day made do with three or four forward gears (sometimes as few as two), and usually the top gear would be a ratio of 1:1 but according to wikipedia.org, some later Travelall models offered a five-speed with an overdrive fifth gear to reduce engine RPMs at highway speeds.

The fold-down tail gate had a power rear-window for convenience (thanks to wikipedia.org for some details). It would be disappointing and wrong to rub off original paint to create a weathered look, so let’s hope this International-Harvester came by its patina honestly. The listing includes no claims about whether this vehicle runs, drives, or stops, but presumably it is a driver. At the $6000 asking price, this rig costs less than one-tenth of some newer SUVs. For another $6000 you could probably add most of the technology and comfort of those newer vehicles. Meanwhile the new one will lose $6000 of value by the time you drive it home. What adventure would you plan for this ’60s work horse?

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Comments

  1. BRAKTRCR

    I like it. I hope the seller gets the price they want. Looks solid. I picture talking really loud as you go down the road, as I’m sure it’s noisy inside. The seller says it’s a 5 speed, plus a 2 speed transfer case. Guessing it will practilly climb a wall. Fun truck, and that 345 engine is a good one. Looks rust free from what I see.

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    • Tony, Australia.

      I had a Scout Traveler with the 345, they were a slow revving heavy truck motor that could pull anything, anywhere. In the Scout Club each year we would spend an Easter weekend pulling all the Toyotas, Nissans, Range Rovers and even Jeeps out of the sand dunes, with tires down to 12 pounds in soft sand there wasn’t much that could stop them. The auto trans was great off road too, it changed when it was ready, keeping up a constant drive, not when it was too late, like a manual, if you got the gears wrong or missed one.

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  2. luke arnott

    I had a ’68 with a 392 in it.Only 2 wheel drive though,lots of fun!

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  3. Kenneth Carney

    You saw these a lot in the Midwest where
    I grew up. Most of them were bought by
    farmers, contractors, or government
    agencies that wanted a tough, no-nonsense rig that would last a long time.
    The fact that so many are still on the road
    bears mute witness to their relianility. I
    also recall that these were also made into
    ambulances and other special uses too.
    We had a ’73 model with a 392 V-8 and
    auto tranny and man, that thing was a
    beast! It pulled our 28′ camper with no
    trouble at all. If this were mine, it would
    be redone to original specs so the young
    folks could really see what an SUV was
    really all about.

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  4. Matt steele

    Where I come from the only people who purchased internatonal vehicles were people who knew they needed something extremely durable that would navigate in places most other vehicles would not style was not the focus utility was they were farmers and these vehicles serve their purpose very well. Have always like them

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  5. Mark

    Patina looks to be of the man made variety. Too uniform on both sides and far too blended and glossy. Compare it to the paint on the firewall.

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  6. Kevin Tapply

    I went and looked at this last week. Seller is a super nice guy. Like most “unrestored” travelalls of this era it has its fair share of rust and will need quite a bit of work to be a reliable and comfortable driver. This era Travelall is becoming very desirable and the prices are on the climb. Every buyer had their own estimation of “good value for their money”… this was a bit more of a project than I wanted to take on, but that could be different for someone else.

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  7. RexFoxMember

    Now that’s a shifter! Slow, purposeful and fun

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  8. 433jeff

    These to me were always the black sheep of the family, it seemed these were an embarrassment compared to the big 3, especially in 68 when the chevy and ford and prob dodge got more square, and int still had the extremely ugly….. but now i like it round leftover body style. I like the int backhoes , i also had an int log loader, it was at least 10 wheeler maybe more was a big long rig, and it had a 345, it had to not be original, noone in thier right mind would put a motor that small in a truck that big, by the time i got it the motor was so beat it barely started.

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  9. BeeMoe

    In a 60’s Road and Track review, it was stated driving one of these up hill was less like it was climbing and more like it was dragging the hill down to you. Powerful beast these were.

    Watch for rust in the cowl (outside of the view of the camera) that leads to deathly cancer in the firewall and floors. Not a fun repair.

    The hood is more likely a replacement than a repaint.

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  10. Daniel Farrell

    I had one just like it except 2 wheel drive with a 304 V-8 and a granny 4 speed transmission. We took a trip to Tahoe from the L.A. area a long time ago and got 19 miles to the gallon on the way, not so great around town though.

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