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Time Warp Truck: 1973 International 1210

Time Warp Truck

There are, at the time of posting, 16,794 original miles on this beauty listed here on craigslist.  If you are looking for a clean ride here you go! There are no images of the underside but I believe that if you ask for some they will be provided.  It’s great to see this example of the 3/4 ton camper special.  It is powered by a 345ci V8, with duel fuel tanks.  The only non-original part on the truck is the radio.  The bumper was removed to put the camper shell on and was lost.

Checkout the spotless interior:

The trim is all there and looks great except for the missing rear bumper.

And here is the one image of the engine bay.


The owner will consider reasonable offers.  This appears to be a great truck!



  1. Rob

    Too bad it’s not a 4×4 as well, it’d be useless for yr ’round here in Montana.. :(

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  2. francisco

    What a beauty. I always loved Internationals. This is almost a museum piece.

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  3. Charles

    This does belong in a museum!

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  4. Cattoo CattooButt Member

    My grandparents had one I think it was a ’74. Theirs was 4 wheel drive, blue in color and the canopy had green slat windows. Grandpa had only bought International Harvester pickups and Buicks. Good trucks and cars.

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  5. James

    This one brings back memories.. It was likely built it Springfield, Ohio the same year I hired into International Harvester. Quite a few parts such as electrical and drivetrain were common with the Scout. V345 engine with Chrysler 727 Torqueflight Automatic was a strong combination.. And yes, the color was quite common those years. Great example: Frozen in Time!

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  6. Howard A Member

    Sorry to be a “wet blanket”, but I never had any luck with these, and the old man had a Travellall like this, that was miserable. I can smell the gas from here. Some had good luck with these motors, but I found, in heavy duty application,( drove several dump trucks and straight trucks with these motors) they didn’t hold up well. Most sales, it seemed, went to farmers who had IH blood in their veins, but not too popular with the “Ford, Chevy, Dodge” group. This is a very nice example, from what we see. I’d be a little wary of what we don’t see, after all, it is 42 years old.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. I thought that Binder engines tended to have weak lifters because it seemed that they all had noisy tappets. I agree that there were some carb issues because we had some of the same things happen that you’re describing. Overall though, I thought that Binder made some good motors; maybe leaving something to be desired in the lugging ability. When I was a kid, a good third of the local farmers ran Binders for grain-haulers. We had our share of them and they did the work. But I’ll add that I knew some contractors who owned some Loadstar 1800 gravel trucks with 345 engines in them. Not good. A couple of them traded up to 392 engines that were definitely better…

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      • Howard A Member

        Hi geomechs, I knew I’d get a reaction from you on these. Truth be known, most gas V-8’s didn’t do well with their throttles wide open for days on end, like in a dump truck application. I was spoiled with the “Red Diamond” 450 gas inline 6 in a ’63 R-190. While it wasn’t the 1st truck back from the pit with a load, it ran wide open, load after load, with nary a complaint. ( I did get pretty good at shifting a set of sticks with that truck, however)

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Ha ha! Those twin sticks. The best I got was to only grind off half a pound between shifts. I might have gotten better but all the driving of those was in road testing prior to/or right after some repairs.

        That immortal Red Diamond. You couldn’t work one of them to death; you had to kill it with a BIG stick. I was told that the 450 could be converted to a 501 by pulling the liners and installing the O/S pistons directly into the block. I often wonder what gas pot would do a better job? The Red Diamond or the Mack (I think) Thermodyne? Out west all I saw of the big gas jobs was the RD, later to be replaced by the 549 (series) V-8. Unless you wanted to count the GMC 637 with the no-cost optional boat anchor…

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  7. jim s

    nice to see one in this condition. i wonder what the trailer ball on the front was for. great find.

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  8. G.P. Member

    They put a trailer ball on the front so they could put a boat in the water and keep the rear wheels on solid ground. Only two wheel drive, don’t get stuck in the water. Also some people can’t back up very well and it’s a lot easier to move things like this.

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    • krash

      Thanks Jim S/ GP….I was wondering the same thing….

      ….What a beautiful truck…..amazing condition…

      Such a 70’s color….it grows on you..

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  9. Rick

    RE: front trailer ball – you couldn’t see to back up a trailer let alone launch a boat if you had a big camper and you were alone

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  10. seth

    back then a rear bumper was an option. Remember ordering one for our Dodge from JC Whitney and having it show up parcel post

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  11. Chuck Foster Chuck F 55chevy

    This truck is cool, doesn’t need 4wd, who would drive this collector in the snow? I was born in Fort Wayne IN, where the Scouts were assembled, and I think this truck on Ebay would match or exceed the asking price, especially if you put a correct rear bumper on it. Great info on front trailer hitch, never noticed but makes so much sense, would work on my 2wd tow truck Dodge quad Dakota, my back window has a US flag and Eagle, hard to see out of like it’s tinted.

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  12. geomechs geomechs Member

    My Dad had a mixture of IH, Chevy and some Dodge trucks during the 50s and early 60s. Mostly Fords and Chevys from late 60s to early 70s. Dad liked Binders until ’57 when the A-series came out. He said that they were miserable to steer and handling in general was poor, especially on a gravel road. He gave IH one last kick at the can in ’69 when he bought a fully-loaded 1210 crew cab. It had a 392 with the super gas guzzling option (I think between 7-9 mpg). Actually he liked the way it handled but they could never get the A-C to run for more than 10 miles. The dealer (and the IH service reps) went nuts trying to keep it working and failed miserably. When Dad had his truck, I thought it was butt-ugly but lately I think they are actually OK.

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  13. dj

    This truck is cool. I worked at a power plant that had two of these engines used to drive the fire pumps. They were checked weekly and ran full throttle for fire protection. Never had a minutes problem with them.

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  14. Jasper

    Nice. Picturing it with an Avion slide in camper!

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  15. Charles

    My uncle had one of these with the 392. He bought it new to tow an early 5th wheel camper. If I remember correctly IH bought their transmissions from Chrysler. The 392 engine failed out of warranty, but early in the truck’s life. We swapped a low mileage 440 Chrysler engine into the truck, and it fit well with minimal mods. We used the Chrysler accessories with the engine, and everything worked well with the IH truck. That truck ran like that for many years until the body rusted and begin to fall apart.

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