READER AD: 1967 International Harvester 1200B

Reader Alex L found this International a few years ago in Iowa, where it had been parked outside for the past 10 years. He’s been accumulating parts for it, including everything needed to convert it to four-wheel drive.  There’s a lot of work still left to be done, but a ton of work has already been done. Finished, this will be a very cool truck, so if you’ve been looking for a classic truck project, be sure to give this one a closer look! You can find it in Beatrice, Nebraska with a $4,000 or best offer asking price.

What Makes It Special? It’s an International heavy 3/4-ton pickup from 1967 with the largest V8 offered that year, the 304. Originally a 2WD model with 4-speed manual transmission, bumper delete and still wearing the original Tahitian Yellow paint on the body panels. I purchased this truck about four years ago from the second owner. This truck lived it’s life up until then in Iowa and spent the past decade or so sitting along a fence in a field. I have spent the past few years collecting some very rare parts to put on this truck which I have listed on the CL ad. I also have more photos of the parts I’ve collected and the truck saved to a Dropbox folder that I can share with interested parties.

Body Condition: This era of IH pickups had issues with water collecting around the cowl areas, hence the vertical rust on the original front fenders. This water also entered the cab through the kick panels and defroster cowl and rusted the cab floors out from the inside. The cab needs floors replaced and cowl panels welded in, which patch panels are all available new. There is rust in the kick panels and there is a bad previous repair in the left cab corner. The bed needs a new floor, or a replacement bed or flatbed used instead. Very solid truck everywhere else as you can see from the photos where the truck is stripped down. Body parts I have source include; tailgate, heater box, left front fender, front and rear bumpers, NOS bed end caps, stainless steel IH west coast mirrors. used gauge cluster, AM radio, and NOS parking brake assembly.

Mechanical Condition: Stripped the original 304, bored out .020″, hot-tanked, new higher-compression dome-top pistons installed, CompCams RV cam installed with Chevy BB valves and Ford style valve seals, new IH America rocker arm assemblies installed, crank turned, all new bearings/seals, new freeze plugs and painted in IH tractor red. Swapped in 4WD axles and suspension with 50k mile Dana 44HD and Dana 60 with 4.09 fronts and 4.10 rear with a limited slip from another ’67 1200B. Since brake drums for these 6-lug 1-ton axles no longer exist, it took 3 sets of axles to build the installed set. New kingpins and seals in the fronts and new seals in the back, using original IH bearings that I repacked. Drums were lightly turned and new shoes and springs installed. Spare set of drums included. New steering upper kingpin sourced and installed (very hard to find). A used NP205 transfer case with mounting brackets and shift lever from the same truck axles were sourced is also included.

This truck is going to be a big project, but you don’t find these all that often. It has all the typical rust issues you’d expect to find on a truck that was left out in a field, but it looks solid enough to justify restoring and Alex has already sourced a number of the parts need to fix it. So, would you go ahead and convert it to a 4×4 or would you restore it back to original?

Seller’s Listing: Here on craigslist

  • Asking Price: $4000 OBO
  • Location: Beatrice, Nebraska
  • Mileage: 67,943
  • Title Status: Clean

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    So, I’m a bit confused on this one. It’s in it’s disassembled form right now? It’s always hard finishing someone else’s project. Great trucks, very hard to find decent examples like this. IDK, someone went to a lot of trouble converting this over, or half way over, and with this patina craze, and judging by the top picture, I probably would have done the motor, but left the rest of it alone as a 2 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive does add some appeal, but I think a bigger audience would like a 2 wheel drive truck like this, just more civilized.

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  2. Fred W

    Agreed, Howard. Note to Barnfinders: Before buying and disassembling a project, be very sure you can finish it. I can’t imagine anything harder to sell than one in pieces. The only upside here is, based on the looks of the garage, I suspect this particular seller is one of those that might have been organized and bagged and tagged his parts.

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  3. Karl

    My dad had a 66 3/4 ton Binder with a 4 speed and a 304. I remember he bought it in Winnipeg MB and him and I took the train up there to pick it up and drive it home. Great extremely durable tough old pickup. When my dad sold this one and bought one of the new generation 1/2 ton binders with the 345 ci engine there was never a good word said about them he loved the old ones and after the one new one with the 345 there was never another!

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