Trick Transtar: 1970 International CO-4070A

Are you an aggressive tailgater looking for your next daily driver? Do you have a really, really big boat or trailer to haul? If so, this 1970 International CO-4070A could be for you. This is one mean, cool truck! That’s not just a plain black paint job, either, you’ll have to check out the detail photos. It’s on Craigslist for $6,500 in Putnam, Connecticut. The seller has over $20,000 in restoration costs including the $10,000 custom paint. If the CL link goes away, the photos can be found here.

This is one good looking rig. This one photo alone is almost worthy of a “car spotting” exercise. Is that a ’59 El Camino on the left side? I sense a Chevy man here. This International has an incredible paint scheme with “custom flip flop ghost flames.” There are a few detail photos of the paint, but unfortunately there isn’t one photo of the interior at all, and just one partial photo of the engine from the side. I hope that the covers that aren’t shown in the photos are there somewhere. They mention that it needs “some minor finishing but a lot has been done.”

Speaking of the engine, this is an optional Cummins, an International DVT-573 would have been standard. A Detroit Diesel would have also been an option. There is no mention of what’s powering this tractor other than it has a “rebuilt Cummins and 10spd trans.” It sure looks clean under there. It would have been nice to have a couple of interior photos instead of a half-dozen paint-reflection photos, hmm.. From the seller, “truck has been sitting for a year and has some minor scratches and a small dent, both easy fixes also needs a pressure plate but it does run and drive. One spring broke on pressure plate.” Howard, Geo, Dave, and probably almost any one of you, will have forgotten more about these big rigs than I will ever know. I just know that I like it. Is this a good buy at $6,500?

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  1. Alex J

    It looks beast

  2. Al

    You could get good bucks for this in Europe. I have never seen a conventional cab in Europe. They are all (probably all) COE.

  3. Howard A Member

    Good Lord, look what Scotty found. These were very popular, probably the most popular truck in the ’70’s. My back aches just looking at it. I drove a truck similar to this, only a 4070 “B”,( not much different) twin screw, spring suspension, shook your guts out. I hate cab overs, but the 4070 was about as good as it got, without going the Pete/KW route. They did make an “Eagle” version, that was a really nice truck. They were good, dependable, hard steering, poor braking, hard to work on, hot, noisy, rough riding trucks. Trucks like this generally don’t bring much, ridiculously out of date, maybe for the “Carnival” guys. If this person has $20g’s in this, that’s too bad. They’re probably going to lose about $17,000 of it. Could have painted it a sharper color than bllllllaaaack. What the heck, are people color blind?? Cool find, tho, Scotty, thanks!!

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  4. LAB3

    Talk about lack of aerodynamics, looks like you’d be pushing a couple of 4X8 sheets of plywood down the road!

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    I wonder if any of them made it out with a 573? The 573 was a good engine for marine purposes; 100 ft. of chain and use it for a boat anchor. Cummins, probably a 290, was the primary mover although a lot of the F4070 (tandem) had 350s. They went OK but they had the aerodynamics of a brick. But then, all of the 2-storey trucks, be them 2-storey Scouts, 2-storey Edsels, Vegas, K-wobbly’s or Petes, had a lot of trouble with a head wind. Good truck but like Howard says, not a great investment.

    • raymond

      This being a 1970 it probably would have been an NHC250 Cummins. The 290, (formulia 290}, would have been mid 70’s, like 76 or so.

  6. Mike

    Thirteen letter manure spreader…..oh boy!

  7. chad

    Yeah, Mike…often used the single screw in the postals due to tight spots, sm/rapid dispatched loads.

    like ta skip the 5th wheel replacement listed ‘needed’ , ‘n put on a 25 ft (cab hi) box – 4 ‘camper’.
    Get da rails ofa uhaul truck ina junk yrd?

  8. Dave Wright

    Not a good buy…….plain old A model with spoke wheels… second Diesel semi was similar but a little B model, newer and a lot fancier. Mine was an early Eagle with Alcoa Bud wheels, a 400 Cummings, lots of polished aluminum and chrome. The best way we could tell an A from a B was by the door hinges, the B had a piano type hinge where the A had 2 strap hinges. This old girl might bring a couple of thousand dollars here in the West if some independent needed a yard goat. This guy really flushed his money down a rat hole. Geo……a 573 sounds like a Mac engine…….do they mean a 6-71? There was no “standard” engine in these trucks, you got whatever you wanted.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      The DV/DVT 573 was definitely a Binder offering. It was in the same family as the DVT 800. Probably more common in the industrial side powering the lead end of a scraper and the power unit in the Hough 90 loader. I thought this engine was offered in the Fleetstar line and was a little surprised to see it in the highway trucks. The DCO 405, just before this model, offered the Cummins NH 195 as standard with the NH 220 next. Up the line was a 250, 270 and 335. The 350 was released about the same time as the 4070. The only thing I saw a Detroit in was the Paystar. Of course as the 70’s progressed, the Green Leakers became more common.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi Dave, the “B” had a different grill and headlights, and the dash was different, otherwise, it shook you to pieces just like the “A”.
      While it wasn’t the best road truck, it couldn’t be beat for getting around in the city. They had a nasty blind spot on the right side, and many of the 4070’s I saw had a crease in the right fuel tank. When Schneider first started getting big, they had hundreds of these. Probably what made them into a successful nationwide carrier, was because of the ruggedness of these trucks. They took a lot of abuse, and got the goods to the market.

  9. Tirefriar

    Now, this is an usual and quite intriguing option for a daily driver. I work 5.5 mi from home so pretty much anything goes as long as it can be registered. I’ve never driven a trailer truck before and of course this may require taking a class to get the proper class license. It would be quite an experience I’d think.

    If I’d get something like this, I’d need a chimp named Bear and change my name to B.J. McKay

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    • angliagt

      Or CW McCall.

  10. Mountainwoodie

    Honey……look what I got……………(doors slamming)

  11. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Thanks for all of the great info, folks!

  12. Rob

    If I saw that thing in my rear view I think I would get off the road in a hurry. Looks like it belongs in a truck themed scary movie like Duel or Maximum Overdrive.

  13. JoeBazots

    Should convert to a hydraulic 5th wheel and it would make a great yard spotter. Still lots of life in it for that sort of work.

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