Short and Wide: 1960 International B-100

The exact opposite of me, this short and wide 1960 International B-100 looks like a great truck. It can be found here on eBay with an unmet opening bid price of $5,500. It’s located in Carmen, Oklahoma and it sure would be fun to at least attempt to drive this beauty home on a two-lane highway. Life is pretty short not to enjoy the ride.

For the life of me, I can’t find one thing that I would change about this truck and that’s rare. The seller says that this beautiful “truck started it’s life as an army base pick-up. It has 44,600 miles. It’s been owned by a local farmer most of it’s life. Been in a barn in Helena, Oklahoma.” The second-generation I-H pickup was made for 1958-1960. The A-series for 1958, designating the 50th Anniversary of International trucks, came first and then the B-series, or B-Line, in 1959 and 1960 with four headlights and an egg-crate grille among a few other additions.

The seller talks about the body on this pickup: “Buffed the original paint, great patina look. Only rust I can find is in drivers cab corner. Very nice body and frame for it’s age. A very rare truck!” The inside of the short, wide bed looks like a truck bed should look. I’d want to try to treat that rust somehow so it doesn’t get any worse but I don’t think I’d do much more with this pickup. Maybe repaint the bumpers. The B-Series pickups were available with a “Bonus Load” box which was a bit wider than the previous models. I wish that I were a little shorter and wider.

There really are no interior photos other than this image of the speedometer and gauge cluster which shows 44,568 miles and reportedly those are the original miles. This should be International’s Black Diamond 240 cubic-inch inline-six with 141 hp. The seller says that they “rebuilt Completely, brand new brakes, new master cylinder, new wheel cylinder all the way around. New brake hoses, 5 brand new tires, rebuilt carburetor. Runs good down the highway. Idles a little rough till warm without the choke partially on. Rebuilt the original fuel pump with glass bowl.” The seller has the opening bid at about halfway between Hagerty’s #4 and #3 values and with the work that has been done and the condition, they may be right on the money. I sure like this corn binder, are there any other I-H pickup fans out there?

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Comments

  1. 71FXSuperglide

    Nice find, and different.

    Like 9
  2. Martin Sparkes

    Makes me wonder why pickups had to get so complicated.

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    • SlickB

      Simple, now people use them of family rigs not trucks. like I have a dodge 2500 cummins and I a friend of mine who has just a ford 150 asked my why my truck is dirty and has a couple dings in it… I kindly informed him what trucks are for.its kinda sad really

      Like 21
    • 71FXSuperglide

      And $$$. Flat out crazy these days.

      Like 10
    • Tom Justice

      My neighbor bought a new F-150 this year about the time the models changed. He said he talked them DOWN to 43,000! Can you even buy a plain old PU truck anymore? Remember when it was rare to see a crew cab?

      Like 10
  3. bob

    Wide ?

    Like 2
  4. Mountainwoodie

    I love the 58-60. When I was a kid I had a neighbor who had the salmon over white colored 4 door ’60. Oklahoma is a long way from California……………but…..

    Like 3
  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    Lots of these out west back in the day. You would see the odd long bed around but a short-wheelbase, stepside was the predominant factor in the early 60s even. I remember when the local dealer brought one of these in with a V-8. It really looked strange to open the hood and see a V-8. Dad had a ’59 very similar to this, only red. But he never liked it because he said the motor was too far forward over the front axle, which made it harder to control, especially on a rough road. He got rid of it for a ’61 Chevy Apache 10 long-box. He also thought it would be prudent for a rural family to have a Travelall, so he got a ’60 model with a six/3spd. manual. Mom wasn’t pleased–to the point where the Travelall went down the road for a ’61 Dodge station wagon…

    Like 6
  6. Howard A Member

    Nice truck, 0 bids, it’s a shame nobody wants it. It’s still too expensive. I would have much rather found a truck like this rather that the GMC, but I wouldn’t pay $5500 for it, maybe half that, it’s still a rough riding, iffy brakes, wander all over the road, worn “find and grind” column shift, 56 mph, oil burning truck( these BD’s loved oil, I had one). Needs to be updated to be useful again. It sure was a neat design.

    Like 5
    • Duaney

      Beg to disagree! I drove a 58 A-100 for several years, pretty much the same truck at this one, and it had none of the negatives that you say. The truck you had needed work, then it would have been a great truck for you.

  7. Lance Nord

    Holy crap! That’s a nice looking Binder!

    Like 5
  8. Steve A

    I had this exact same truck back in the mid 70’s with exception of the color. Mine was a sorta off white/cream color. It was a great truck! Used it for my job working construction. (Back when trucks were used as another tool of the trades and not a friggin fashion statement!) That old 6 cyl would always fire right up for me. Hop in, pump the pedal twice and hit the key! I can still remember the hesitation I had when I sold it. She never let me down but I still let it go. Found out about a month later that the guy I sold it to put it into a telephone pole. I almost cried.😥

    Like 15
  9. AZD

    Wouldn’t surprise me if it sells for twice the opening bid. This thing is clean and ready to go. I’d want to check out the electrical system though because it seems many people either find it mysterious or don’t devote suffucient attention to it when refurbing a vehicle.

    Those IHC inlines are cool. They tick like a (loud) sewing machine and have a nice deep growl at the pipe.

    I think the concerns over handling and top speed are a bit overdone. I certainly wouln’t drive it on the freeway, but around town and on secondary roads these trucks are still perfectly capable.

    Like 7
  10. Beatnik Bedouin

    That’s a really nice ‘Binder..!

    Interesting comment about freeways, AZD, as I remember them being driven on SoCal freeways back then the example above was considered a ‘late model’.

    Like 5
    • AZD

      Yeah, it’s not the trucks themselves that changed, just the world around them. The brakes, in today’s freeway traffic, would be dangerous. And around here you better be capable of at least 80mph and stopping on a dime. I once got forced onto the freeway in my 51 Studebaker 3/4 ton. A very nerve wracking ride to the first available exit. It’d do 60 on the open road just fine, but nothing more. I still see a few 80s pickups without overdrive buzzing away in the right lane. Fast, but not fast enough.

      • geomechs geomechs Member

        I guess it all depends on which freeway. Take I-15 or I-90 through Montana and I’ve got no qualms whatsoever about driving the ’49 Chevy or the ’57 Poncho down them. I’ve had the ’49 to Spokane, WA, with no problems. The only troubles I’ve had is on some 2-lane blacktops and some jerk in a personal luxury car decides I should get off the road, or in town with a bunch of kids in a 2-liter Honda with a 4-liter exhaust…

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  11. Gaspumpchas

    Cool cornbinder. None of this style here in the rust belt. Far as the handling goes, make sure the front and rear springs are tight and the king pins and steering linkage is tight, If you have a seized king pin it will make it all over the road and difficult to steer. Good set of radials also! This is a REAL truck. That Black Diamond could pull down a house!! Cood luck to the new owner.

    Cheers

    GPC

    Like 5
  12. luke arnott Member

    I have a ’51 L112 which has a BD264 as a later addition.Serious torque!

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  13. Ken

    International made some great-looking trucks over the years. This wasn’t one of them. This truck is butt-ugly.

    Myself, I’m partial to the L and R series rigs. I grew up working on my uncle’s wheat farm, and he had three L-160s and a nice, light green ’52 L-110 pickup. I wanted to buy the 110, but it had belonged to my cousin Jerry, who died in a car wreck in 1967, and my uncle didn’t want to part with it.

    Like 1
  14. boxdin

    Another name for stepside was “short narrow bed”. Not wide. Stepsides allowed the farmer to put it in 1st gear granny low, walk along side and step up to get hay bales or what ever to feed the stock. The wheels fit neatly into the rows so no steering was needed.

    Like 5
  15. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Nice old truck there

    Like 4
  16. Wayne

    Cool old truck! I dig it!

    Like 3

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