Light Line Manual: 1970 International Harvester 1000D

This 1970 International Harvester 1000D isn’t the sexiest pickup alive, but they aren’t the most common domestic pickup to pop up for sale. Plus, this one has a manual transmission which makes ever-so-slightly more obscure than it already was. The seller notes the truck is able to crank over and run, but dodgy brakes require that you trailer it home. Find the International here on eBay with a suggested opening bid of $2,500 and no takers.

Now, I don’t have production specs so it’s hard to verify conclusively that the manual is truly “rare.” But given we see far more Ford F100s and Chevy C/10s from this era of pickup truck, I’d say a 1000D is a hard truck to find in any condition. The bench seat needs work, but the door panels look usable, and hopefully years of garage storage means the dash is intact.

This truck is part of International’s “Light Line” of pickups, available with a variety of V8 engines. Given the 1000D was at the bottom of the rung, I’d assume this truck has the 266 or 304 V8. The engine bay looks pretty grimy, and the engine – while running – has an unloved appearance. Mileage is unknown, but at least the seller claims it has a clear title.

I remembered upon viewing this listing we have one of these trucks for sale as part of the large Georgia collection listed here as a Barn Finds Exclusive. This truck needs a bed but is largely rust free. They are not what you’d call handsome trucks, but they’re an ideal choice for someone looking for an American pickup that marches to the beat of their own drummer.


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  1. 70SuperSport

    I like it – a square body of another breed.

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  2. Sam61

    Dig it…a man’s truck. Nice project, take your time, learn welding, convert to 4 wheel disc brakes, etc…the reward will be a unique driver.

    A diesel conversion would be interesting.

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  3. Rube Goldberg Member

    So unappreciated in it’s time. All IH’s during this time were the best trucks. I have a personal gripe with the V8’s . They made a lousy dump truck motor, but no question the best truck made. I think they made a 345 and the 392. I believe they all looked the same, but as mentioned, the 304 was probably the most popular that I dealt with in pickups and Travelall’s. All these motors looked like this. Oily messes, dripping gas and popping through the carb. They did offer an AMC 401, which would have been the motor I would have got, although, I’m not sure a 401 would have withstood full throttle applications all day either. Cool truck. Any farmer that ran IH stuff, for sure had an IH pickup. Not many other folks bought them.

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  4. FordGuy1972 Mike ROONEY Member

    I like this IH, it’s a good-looking pickup with clean lines. These trucks were built with work in mind, not for the urban cowboy. The cab and bed look pretty solid though the rockers and maybe the floor need work. The bed may not need too much metal work either. If the motor is sound, get the brakes sorted out, clean up the cab and enjoy it. Love to see this one with new paint and a fresh original interior.

  5. luke arnott Member

    I had a ’71 with a 258 & 3 speed manual.Great fun, but the build quality was poor.

  6. john

    I have a 1970 dodge D100 and it seems like most of this trucks sheet metal parts are interchangable.

  7. chrlsful

    “…not what you’d call handsome trucks…”
    o0OPPp, now Jeff…c’mon…

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