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Nice Old Truck: 1955 international R112 Pickup


This old pickup listed on craigslist really looks nice in this picture. There are only 2 pictures provided so we don’t know how the rest of the truck looks, but the asking price of $4,900 could be reasonable. It was stored for years but everything works and it is rust free. The seller has done a lot of mechanical work to get it roadworthy, including engine and brake work. Also included with the pickup is a complete engine, a three speed floor shift transmissions and and a 3 speed column shift with overdrive.


This picture doesn’t show us much either. The bed looks good and the seat has been reupholstered. If this truck is as nice as the first picture, does $4900 seem like a reasonable price? It looks like it might be a nice driver just the way it is. Do you think this is a case of selective photography or could this really be a nice old truck?


  1. Howard A Member

    I had a pickup exactly like this. Only I titled it as a ’53,( this series ran from ’53 through ’55) even though I believe it was a ’55. As mentioned, it has the SD220 OHV I-6, about a hundred horse. I’d have killed for an O/D, as 55mph, was really hollerin’. That motor took it, though. I bet you could hold the throttle wide open for hours, and nothing would happen. I can’t see the front, but the parking lights that many converted to turn signals, but were originally just parking lights, looks pretty much intact. That was a bad spot for these. I think it is the real deal. Could have been grandpa’s, and probably not a lot of miles. People just didn’t drive pickups back then like they do today. They usually used them, and put them back in the shed. Super find, you want a decent ’50’s pickup, here you go. And the O/D sweetens the deal( although not actually on the truck now, good luck with that, but well worth it)

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. I sure agree that this is a super find. Back in the day there were lots of these running around. Like the L-series, they were indestructible. Dad ran three L’s: a 120, 130 and a 160. He said you couldn’t kill them although my uncle borrowed the 160 to finish harvest one year and the motor starting burning oil after that. Dad still said that the L’s, R’s and S’s were the best trucks Binder made. I see this one’s got the single piece rear window. Was it you who said that it had to be late ’54 or ’55 before they changed to the single window? Anyways, I sure wouldn’t want to turn a truck like this one down. But too many projects. Looks like it’s up in the northern part of Oregon where it tends to get awfully hot and dry so it wouldn’t be much different to New Mexico or thereabouts.

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      • Howard A Member

        Hi geomechs, yeah, the jury is still out on that one. Most ’53’s I’ve seen had the 2 back windows, and it appears some early ’54’s too ( although there may be a year discrepancy in the photos). By ’55, all had the 1 back window. The O/D was 1st available in ’54, apparently. http://car-from-uk.com/ebay/carphotos/full/ebay811971.jpg

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  2. Grenade

    I have had several of these and power them with modern Hemi engines. This one is priced too high at 49, I pay 1500 for complete non runners. If you see one, let me know. :)

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  3. American_Badaz

    I had a ’55 R110 and it had the split rear window.
    What was the difference between the 110 and 112 model?

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi A_B, that’s a good question. All I can find is the 110, 120 ( 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton) but not much on the specific models. One site claimed the IH 110 series had like 87 different models. Mine was a ’55 R110 with one window. Perhaps that was the difference, or one of them anyway.

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  4. Mark S

    This is a good candidate for a body frame transfer. Put this body on a newer dodge frame that is equipped with a cumins diesel and 4×4 package. It would look cool and be able to keep up with modern day traffic. It would also be a good hauler which would be good for transporting that trailer queen that some more fortunate folks have hidden away. Nice find

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Mark, you know, normally I’d agree with you, but these trucks were so heavy duty, they were over-built, and I bet any motor and drive train would work. But I’d weld( or bolt) it to the existing frame. I’d even wager, this frame is stronger than any modern truck frame.

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      • Mark S

        HI Howard I’d agree with that thinking as long as the suspension can handle an 1150 lb motor and a 800 lb trans that was my reasoning.

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  5. BeeMoe

    The difference between the 110, 111 and 112 models was primarily just springs. All three used a 110 badge on the cowl. Just the VIN plate gave the actual designation. Another interesting but if trivia is that you could get a Silver Diamond 220 or 240 engine. Both used the same oil pan with 220 stamped in it. The only way to tell them apart was to check the stamped boss on the block under the manifold.

    The two rear window trucks stopped in ’54. A ’55 with two windows would have been an earlier truck that was sold in ’55. It was common to title vehicles in the year sold, not the year built.

    I disagree that this one is overpriced. The market for good original trucks has been climbing and this one isn’t far off the money. Can’t tell if the engine bay is original or restored at some point a while ago, but the engine, air cleaner and (optional) oil filter case are the correct colors and the steel fuel line is routed correctly. The oil breather shouldn’t be blue though. ;-)

    The drivability of these trucks on the highway is entirely dependent on the gear ratio of the rear. Four speeds were usually geared lower than three speeds. The OD was very uncommon and would be a nice addition.

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    • Howard A Member

      Thanks BeeMoe, that is what’s so cool about this site, someone usually knows something about anything. Thanks for the info. I figured the ’55 with 2 back windows could have been a leftover cab. There were at least a dozen trucks that used the “Comfo-Vision” cab,( IH, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Hendrickson, to name a few) and they( Chicago Cab Co) made a bunch of them, I’m sure.

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    • Richard

      Thank you for the above info, this seems to be real helpful info as I have 55 R110 getting ready to bring it up to full use. all numbers and parts match and runs. working to find all manual’s and other info.

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  6. Grenade

    Cool to know, and yeah- I mean anything that runs from the 50’s and is sub five grand, I guess it’s ok. I’m just really cheap because I buy the stuff that will never see the road again unless I tear ’em apart.

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  7. Darren

    FWIW, there are now four pics on the CL ad, including one showing the motor.

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  8. Cody

    Hi all –
    Looks like I’m in the right place for a little guidance. Have a 55′ R-112 all original pickup that has been stored inside and looking to sell. Very little rust on the body and in great shape. All original parts. I have no idea what to list this for. Any advice would be appreciated !

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    • Grenade

      I’m interested in it. What state are you in?

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  9. BeeMoe

    There are a number of international truck websites you can post it too:
    Classic IHC truck buy & sell
    IH Scout and ALL Truck Nationals
    International harvester Trucks
    IH Scout &Truck Parts!!!!! Buy, Sell, Trade
    Nationwide International Harvester Craigslist Ads
    Friends of the Binder Planet
    International Harvester Pickup Trucks
    The IH Trader! International Harvester Classifieds

    Also of the following IH sites:
    The IH Trader! International Harvester Classifieds

    And of course the usual all-make classified sites like Hemmings et al.

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