Six-Speed Special: 1928 International Truck

1928 International

What started off as a father-son project 20 years ago has now become a project truck you can acquire to hopefully start the restoration process. Not far from its manufacturing location in Ohio, this 1928 International Six-Speed Special is located in Goodells, Michigan and is listed for sale at an asking price of $3,500. There is no title for the truck. Thank you, Ikey H., for the tip. You can view more on Craigslist.

1928 International

The four-cylinder engine is claimed to spin freely, but there is no mention of it being able to start. Listed, of course, is the mention that it did run before it was parked over 20 years ago. According to the listing, the transmission spins freely, which speaks towards the charm of the name of the truck, the six-speed, based on the transmission. That is technically a three-speed, with high and low for each, and then reverse.

1928 International

There is nothing to the interior of the truck. Looking at the photos, there are no floors in the cab. This really is primarily just a cab shell, engine, and frame. There is a lot of work that would need to be done, but it might be somewhat basic work. One of the photos shows the truck in a steak bed state. There is no word on if that bed comes with the truck. Clarification and details would have to be ironed out.

1928 International

With the price not being outrageous, what you are getting seems to be a worthwhile deal. If you are into vintage trucks and want a clean base to start with, this is a great truck for that. I have always thought it would be cool to see older trucks driven more on a daily basis. Even if you take modern luxury parts from a full-size truck and install them into this, it could really be a fun vehicle to drive and show. There would be plenty of stories.


  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    This is something that only a purist could fully appreciate. It would be difficult to drop in a modern powertrain and not compromise what’s there. A purist could still have a lot of fun driving it to shows and even using it sparingly. I’ve seen a guy using a ‘29 Chevy 1 1/2 ton like that. I saw him at the local machine shop picking up a Cummins 855 block, heads, and other related parts. Didn’t move away too fast but he sure had a crowd watching him leave…

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      And hopefully the Cummins wasn’t for the ‘29 Chevy!
      That’d have been a sight to see-a truck, probably older than anyone (or EVERYONE) being used as a real truck, underway….

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        No, that Cummins was out of the guy’s tractor, and was headed right back in. The guy has a number of old trucks and he uses them for what they were designed to do, but mostly to have fun with them…

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  2. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    That’s the best reward. Thanks, geomechs.

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  3. Chunk

    *STAKE bed, fer Pete’s sake.

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    • Capt. Doug

      I just figured a steak truck was used for hauling a cow home.

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      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        A MOOOving visual, Capt. Doug!

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    • MGSteve

      Maybe it was a delivery truck for a butcher? If not, then yes, that was a butchered sentence.

  4. Del

    This shows how far ahead International was. 6 speed.

    GM never accomplished this many useless gears until a few years ago. But only with Mexican tech

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  5. Mike

    Not sure how my 28 international made this website but I can tell you that I have the seats, all the glass, the floors, and the missing parts in the photos. The truck is for sale in Michigan. I just wish I had the time to do the work on the truck. I hated to leave it sitting idle for another 30 years.

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    • Mike Schultz

      I am in desperate need of a drive shaft for my 1928 International 6 speed special. Would you be interested in selling the drive shaft?

  6. Ronald Jacobsen

    Is the truck still for sale

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    • Mike

      Yes it is

  7. Ronald Jacobsen

    How much are you asking for it,

    • Mike

      I am asking 3500. I do have all the interior parts and the glass.

  8. Ronald Jacobsen

    We are in Nebraska,what state do you live in

    • Mike


  9. Ben Reynolds

    Hi Mike, Do you still have the truck? Can you send me more pictures of everything? My cell is five one eight-three two one-three four eight three.

    Thank you

  10. Mike

    Having some trouble uploading photos to the site. If there is something you interested in I will send them.


  11. Joelle B

    Is this truck still available?

  12. Mike

    Yes I still have it covered up in the barn….maybe for my grandkids to discover. Haha

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