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How Not to Buy a Project Vehicle: The tale of the 1975 International Pickup

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1975 International Pickup Project Vehicle
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Fifty miles. After 16 grueling hours of nonstop cursing, bleeding, sweating and huffing gas fumes from the open jerry can in the floorboard, I'm less than an hour from home, laying on the oil-soaked asphalt of truck pull off on the side of I-40 with antifreeze in my eyes. Both of them.

Admittedly, this was not part of the plan.

Confession time: I spend an inordinate amount of time in the autos section of Craigslist. That site is like Krispy Kreme doughnuts dipped in crack cocaine for any connoisseur of bad ideas, and I, loyal readers, am the world's foremost authority on poor decisions. So it should come as no surprise that when my wife took off for a business trip for a few days, I turned to my other mistress - the thought of securing an inexpensive, tough as nails long-bed pickup via the wonder of the internet.

I landed on a 1975 International 150. The listing read like my ultimate wish-list for a truck - International? Check. Three-quarter ton? Check. Four-speed manual with a divorced two-speed New Process 205 transfer case? Check. From California with minimal rust? Check. According to the post, it even had a mere 40,000 miles on the clock and had spent most of its life languishing on a farm out west. The posting even said it ran like a top. By all accounts, the truck was exactly what I wanted. Sure, I could have just as easily have nabbed a local Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado, but I suffer from a very rare genetic defect that causes me to be sympathetic toward the International cause. There is no cure.

The only real problem was that it was located three and a half hours away in Bowling Green, Kentucky - not exactly a quick trip across town. My options were to either let the truck pass, con a friend into dragging a car hauler all the way to Kentucky for a truck I wasn't sure I was going to buy, or wing it.

I'll take door number three, Monty.

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Great story. It reminds me of my father's Internationals... IIRC, he had a earlier pickup as a parts truck for his modified IH boom truck. They were total rust piles in the end. And yeah, the fender gas tank filler was really odd.

Over the years, I nearly bought a Scout... but they were all basketcases, and I'm glad I didn't.

This story also makes me laugh, because I have a ridiculous story for almost every one my car pickups. Oddly, a lot of time, it the vehicle being used to pick up the vehicle that give me some issue... like the recent pick up of the '99 Grand Prix, my Bonneville decided out of the blue that it wasn't going to start that day... and I spent the day jumping it with my hot shot, screwing with the battery cables and watching the volt gauge drag in the red. Had to leave the car running as we signed the title and screw the license plates on. :-( Damn you Murphy!

One day I'll have to write up the retrieval of the '70 Catalina. Its on par with this story and had "bad idea" written all over it.

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It appears in the closeup picture that gasoline spillage washed the paint right off the ol' cornbinder's fender. If she could be made daily-driver reliable, she'd be a hoot to tool around in.

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Had a friend in high school whose parents owned one of these, they are indeed a hoot!

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There was a light green 4dr one of these I used to see often when I lived in Colorado Springs.. driven around in various states of disrepair, including w/ no hood for several months..I remember it because IH trucks are such a rare sight.

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I grew-up with IH products in the family, and once owned a Scout. So, they will always have a place in my heart.

Yeah, they were rustbuckets, but they'd run forever. Really strong trucks.

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