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1964 International Light Line Pickup

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief


Tags: IH, International Harvester, pickup, truck, commute,

I can’t say for sure whether the 1965 2-wheel-drive IH 1200 pickup that’s in the garage will become my backup daily driver or not. It is in the garage, on jack stands, with its hood raised. And Kate has become accustomed to parking her new Subaru wagon outside. So for now anyway, the 1965 owns the bay and is, at least in spirit, on its way to becoming a runner. But if it isn’t to be the parts truck, then what truck is?

Aaron, my friend and partner in old-truck crime, sent me an email the other day. The subject line went something like this: “Your New Parts Truck.” The email was heavily burdened with images of ancient wooden-framed trucks and automobiles that were so old that I certainly didn’t recognize them.  I thought Aaron was making a joke, but when I got to the last three images out of about 30 there it was.  

IH Light Line Pickup

The truck is probably a ’63 or ’64 judging from its grill. It has a long step-side box. The hood and doors are missing, but the left-front fender appears to be in pretty decent shape. I can’t tell whether it is a 2- or 4-wheel-drive model or whether it is an 1100 or 1200. I suspect it is a 1200. It is impossible to tell though, because it is covered with all kinds of vegetation.

1964 IH Pickup

I looked at the photos with interest and, like a normal person, put it out of my mind. But the truck just wouldn’t stay there. I dream now, each morning, of how excellent it would be to secure this third IH pickup and all of its good parts. I find myself daydreaming about which engine and which transmission this old truck is equipped with and whether it has the 4.10 or 5.88 rear axle ratio.

So I just Googled its location and found the owner’s phone number … it’s not that far away. Should I go for it?


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

streetrodder
3/5/2015 7:03:17 AM

I took a 62 IH C-900 out of a junkyard. I found out two years later what an oddball I had. It had the sheetmetal and suspension of the newly designed '63. It was custom made for the CEO of IH. It's the only one ton shortbox, stepside C-900 they ever made. It weighs 5,850 pounds dry. Mine lookd the same condition of the one pictured. I have had many chances to sell it for a profit, but I will never sell it. It's such a conversation piece. I have many IH's, trucks and tractors. I do enjoy them...StreetRodder


roger
3/21/2014 12:05:52 PM

Hi Cornbinder fans, Well i'm restoring a 1963 3/4 ton 4X4 step side PU I've owned for 45 of it's 51 years. I'm having trouble finding parts for the 241 six that has 250k on it and I have a good 345 V8 that came out of school bus. Will i need to change the transmission or will the 241 transmission mate up to new V8? The transmission that came out of the bus has a larger driveline. Thanks for the advise. Roger


joe gillham
10/22/2012 12:12:14 PM

where can one see truck joe@gillhamsglass.com


rc
3/27/2012 10:11:16 PM

Hi, I have a 1964 International 1100. I don't know anything about it but it does run and is in pretty good condition. Does anyone know how I can find out how much it's worth? rach17a@yahoo.com


doug heffley
10/30/2011 6:12:04 PM

the stepside up above is a 63 im almost possitive i have the same one any info on this truck im trying to chevy power please email me at waxl1@yahoo.com i can exchange pic of mine if it will help anyone


doug heffley
10/30/2011 6:04:05 PM

hi i have a 63 international step side model 900 it still has the 4 cylinder in it getting ready to convert to v8 chevy trying to find emblems and grill for this truck and any other info you may have please email me thanks doug


mark g
4/22/2011 1:19:55 AM

I have a 1964 3/4 ton International pick up'long wheel base.original split rims,original Black Diamond v8 motor,runs good,no dents or rust wholes.Would like to know if someone could tell me were I need to go to find pricing on it.Would like to sell..Make offer at markgeffert@yahoo.com


darrin
1/6/2011 11:01:36 PM

I was looking info up for my neighbor who just got a 1965 C1100. He is trying to find out what motor it has. He found numbers as follows. Model C1100, Serial SB421148A Net HP 180-4400, Gross HP 1931-4400, GVW 4700, W.B. 119 Anyone know how to find a manual or more information about this truck? Thank you


gary mandeville_2
1/2/2011 12:08:28 AM

i need to know possible the value,the truck runs ,and everything is there down to the 3/4 inch beauty rings.


big bike dave
3/13/2010 1:12:20 PM

i have a 52 international 1200 1ton flat bed dually completly restored witch ive done all myself. i also have my baby witch is a 64 half ton 4wheel drive that im in process of restoring now. i have the chassy completeded now but still need to do body. i reacently bought a 66 1600 ihloadstar truck to use for the cab that is pretty much the same as my 64 cab have to make couple changes. cant find any pickups around here that isnt rusted away. i do have some extra parts. could also use some parts.


jason_2
2/12/2010 1:04:31 PM

i too have a 1964 international pickup stepside 1/2 ton the front and side emblems have been removed and it is fitted w/ a chevy 350 and tranny but the rest of the running gear is international, i am looking for a leftside rear fender that doesnt have the sparetire cutout in it could anyone help me out thanks jason


jason_1
2/12/2010 1:01:10 PM

i too have a 1964 international pickup stepside 1/2 ton the front and side emblems have been removed and it is fitted w/ a chevy 350 and tranny but the rest of the running gear is international, i am looking for a leftside rear fender that doesnt have the sparetire cutout in it could anyone help me out thanks jason


gene james_1
11/12/2009 3:20:09 PM

Looking for elect wireing in the dash panal 1964 international pick up.1000 seris.


diana fisher
5/25/2009 9:11:40 AM

It is absolutely unbelieveable for me to see this truck. I did not think there was another one like it!! I have a 1964 3/4 ton IH 1200 series. IT belong to my daddy. It will literally climb the side of a tree. It is a 4 wheel drive. Yours is a 1964 but I am not sure if it is a 4 wheel or 2 wheel. I am looking for a truck to buy for parts. I need a gas tank and a brake master cylinder. I could also use a door hinge for the right front door if you decide to salvage it for parts. Please let me know. Mine also is light blue and I thought at first it was the same truck. IF you decide to fix it up.....enjoy. They are wonderful ole work trucks. ( You can't run a race with them, but you sure can get some work done!)


diana fisher
5/25/2009 9:11:21 AM

It is absolutely unbelieveable for me to see this truck. I did not think there was another one like it!! I have a 1964 3/4 ton IH 1200 series. IT belong to my daddy. It will literally climb the side of a tree. It is a 4 wheel drive. Yours is a 1964 but I am not sure if it is a 4 wheel or 2 wheel. I am looking for a truck to buy for parts. I need a gas tank and a brake master cylinder. I could also use a door hinge for the right front door if you decide to salvage it for parts. Please let me know. Mine also is light blue and I thought at first it was the same truck. IF you decide to fix it up.....enjoy. They are wonderful ole work trucks. ( You can't run a race with them, but you sure can get some work done!)


j. dawson
4/23/2009 9:42:21 PM

Would you like to sell the bumper? I am getting ready to restore mine and thats all I need. I hope.


valerie_2
3/29/2009 8:33:21 PM

Hi! We have a little '62 IH Scout 80 pickup. My husband and son bought a little gem several years ago, but they have lost interest and funds :-( So they are now looking to sell it. Wish we knew the value of these....you just don't see them on the road. Whenever I have shown co-workers or friends photos, they always wonder what in the world it is! Thanks for sharing yours....


gary mandeville_2
9/30/2008 8:40:58 PM

I sent the pictures about 9-20-08. There are about 16 pictures, I didnt take any full size pictures for some unknown reason but will send asap.


hank will_2
9/23/2008 4:46:38 PM

Hey Gary - I didn't get the photos. When did you send them?


gary mandeville_2
9/22/2008 9:26:11 PM

hank did you get the pictures. If you did what do you think.


gary mandeville_2
9/14/2008 10:01:23 PM

my question I guess is there anyone out there that knows anything about a 1965 ihc 4 cyld. 3spd. tranny snb. . If you do please respond with info. thank all of you readers and ihc. people ouit there very much.


gary mandeville_2
9/2/2008 10:42:07 PM

Is there not anybody out there that doesn;t know about this 1965 ihc. pickup.It has a4 cyld. engine 3 spd. transmission on the floor its c900 series and only has 22,ooo actual miles on the truck. any info would be very appreciated . thank you very much.


timothy guy
8/29/2008 10:17:54 AM

Sorry for the repeats- technical difficulties!!


timothy guy
8/29/2008 10:13:18 AM

This is a true classic,and old parts are a bear to find,even on line. You would be a fool to bypass this. As a bit of advice, for more info on old binder trucks, try www.oldihc.org.


timothy guy
8/29/2008 10:12:10 AM

This is a true classic,and old parts are a bear to find,even on line. You would be a fool to bypass this. As a bit of advice, for more info on old binder trucks, try www.oldihc.org.


timothy guy
8/29/2008 10:11:05 AM

This is a true classic,and old parts are a bear to find,even on line. You would be a fool to bypass this. As a bit of advice, for more info on old binder trucks, try www.oldihc.org.


timothy guy
8/29/2008 10:06:10 AM

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gary mandeville_2
8/28/2008 9:24:14 PM

hank well I do have some pictures and will send as soon as possible


hank will_2
8/28/2008 5:06:05 PM

Hey Gary -- As far as I can remember, the C-900 was available in the mid 1960s. this was a bare-bones machine with the 152 CID engine, 3 speed gearbox and a short (6-foot I think) step-side box. I have no idea what it is worth, although super scout specialties lists its value at $6500 for a beautifully restored version all the way down to $250 for a tough partser. I would love to see a photo of your rig. You can email it to me at hwill@grit.com if you have a notion to. Thanks.


gary mandeville_2
8/28/2008 4:52:06 PM

I own a 1965 intl. pickup. its a c900 half ton snb 4cyl 3spd on the floor all the glass and gauges are there it also has 22,ooo actual miles on it. I would greatly appreciate any info on this truck and maybe a value of my truck.


hank will_2
8/12/2008 7:34:06 AM

Hey Dean -- Your truck sounds great. My daily driver is a 4-wheel-drive 1200c with 4.10 gears, but it has a later overdrive transmission in it and will cruise right along at 70 mph at around 2200 RPM. I don't know what my 2-wheel-drive 1200 will do since I haven't driven it yet. I suspect it will top out around 50 or so. I am struggling with the left kingpin on that truck. Any ideas on how I might get it out of the axle without removing the whole thing and sticking it in a press?


dean burgess
8/11/2008 11:45:36 PM

i think that is kind of strange .i have the same truck and it has a 6 cyl with a 3 speed on the collum.my truck with the 410 gears winds when im doing 50,its great around town and it can pull the house down,but any trip over 15 miles will drive me crazy.im always thinking there hideing another gear somewhere.i cant imagein what its like with that v8.thack dean


hank will_2
8/11/2008 9:43:01 AM

Hey Dean -- You are right that it is an 1100, but it has a 304 V-8 in it. The transmission is a 3 on the tree, although the tree has been removed. I visited the truck last Saturday ad Easy Jack and Sons antique salvage yard in Junction City, Kansas. I didn't check to see whether the fuel tank was still there or not. I took the grill, turn signal lenses and bezels and the headlight bezel and bucket. Do you have an old binder too?


dean burgess
8/11/2008 1:05:26 AM

that truck is a 1964 model 1100c 2wheel drive 410 geers and maybe 241 6cyl would you like to sell the gas tank? dburgess55


hank will_2
8/7/2008 4:59:37 PM

I know Kris -- I am becoming obsessed with the idea of retrieving it. We shall see.


kris_3
8/7/2008 9:04:58 AM

It's calling to you!! ;) You definitely need to go for it!! ;)


hank will_2
8/7/2008 8:13:59 AM

Hey Cindy -- Yes, this is the same company that built the Scout and all kinds of farm machinery and construction machinery. Today, International Truck and Engine is all that's left (in direct lineage) of that company. The construction equipment was sold to Dresser in the early 1980s, Cub Cadet was sold to MTD about the same time and the farm equipment division was sold to Tenneco and merged with Case in 1985 (I think it was '85). My daily driver is a 1964 3/4 ton IH 1200 pickup. I have a warm place in my heart for old machines ... I especially like old IH machines. So driving old IH pickups works nicely for me. I think it is very cool that you had those great experiences with your dad in the Scout. You should look for one for your own garage I think.


cindy murphy
8/7/2008 5:53:15 AM

Oh, my gosh! I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid. I had to do an Internet search just to be sure it was the same make; it was only the "International" on the grill that I recognized. My dad had a Scout pickup; it was a short-bed, and had to be an earlier model than the one shown in your picture. I was born in '64, and by the time I was seven or eight, the powder-blue colored Scout seemed really old. Of course, it got quite a work-out, so maybe that's why it seemed so ancient to me; it saw many adventures during its day. Dad had a heavy chain and wench attached to the front, (maybe the back; I can't remember too clearly), and during the winters, he'd head out in the Scout to pull wayward cars from snowbanks. Just for fun. If it wasn't too late at night, my brother and I got to go with him. There was an electric excitement in the air of the cab as we drove through the night with the snow falling in the glow of the headlights. The Scout is long-since gone. I wonder if it sits overgrown with weeds in a field somewhere like the one in the picture; Dad sold it for parts to a guy who re-built old vehicles. Dad's gone too, but he and those "scouting" adventures are still fresh in my mind when I think about them. Thanks for bringing back those memories this morning; a nice way to start my day. Oh, and I think you should go for it.....as long as it doesn't take up Kate's Subaru parking spot.