tony in ca.

Progress report on my 66 I.H. pick-up restoration

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June of 14 I came across this 66 Binder 6 cylinder ,4speed ,torsion suspension front and no frills.

Being the first vehicle I drove to school day after receiving my drivers lic. was my Dad's six ,4speed International p.u. I thought the price & condition of this one was to good to pass up.

Few pictures of driving it around after buying it.

In Oct of 14 decided to paint it Red to go with my I.H. tractors and after seeing

the amount of work and commitment decided to go for a car show Binder and parking next to a Ford or Chevy we are going to have to make it compete.

Year later we are this far

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Little more progress

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This is where we are at today.

We installed a twist hide away gas cap.

I purchased a 1967 345 had it rebuilt and had the four speed rebuilt.

Body is a long process had to replace rocker panels & do rust work on dash bottom ends of windshield.

Decided today to weld over the stake pockets . Two of them were made slightly off and all four had seam problems on corners . I think it'll look cleaner without them.

I'll post as we move forward but its been very slow so far.

Its ready for block sanding so that's going to take lot of work with very little change in appearance.

Tony

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Looking sharp Tony. Slow progress makes for a pretty finish most of the time. A buddy from high school drove one just like that.

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That's going to be a neat truck when your done. Don't see them around here.

Keep up the good work.

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A set of those stainless IH dog dish hubcaps would really look good.

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Took my City Grandson from out of town for His yearly visit to see the old binder being spruced up.

They are in process of first block sanding . Two dry sanding's and two wet sanding's.

We filled in stake pockets for a cleaner look and keeping the seams straight. replaced gas filler with a flush mount twist on cap.

First is Zack, 2nd is Zack with Rob. owner of body shop doing the work.

Third is fella doing the first block sanding.

Zack has no concept of what we are doing being he was born in 2000 and lived in city his whole life . I am trying to teach him of old I.H. history & give him an appreciation for what goes into doing a old vehicle . I am sure when its done and sounding a little rumble it will get his adrenaline running. If the girls don't drain it all first.lol.lol.

Tony

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Way to go Tony. Always nice to see the knowledge being handed down.

Looks like it will be a nice ride

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These pictures were last December 2014 , was being stripped down and fitted with a donor I.H. 345 in place of its 6 cylinder. before proceeding further.

Tony

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As many of you know have been restoring a replica of the first vehicle that I drove to school after getting my Drives lic.

It was my Dads International 6 cyl. P.U. .He would not let me take the family's 1958 Chev. Impala with a 348 to school. lol.

This pick -up is not the actual but very similar , 6 cylinder, four speed ,short wheel base.

I bought this in late 2014 as a clean runner out of Arizona via Colorado ,by the grandson of original owner.

Decided to make it a show truck and make it fit into my I.H. tractor collection.

Replacing the 6cyl. with a 345 I.H V8 ,keeping the four speed , Replacing faded yellow with I.H. red. Beefing up week spots in body, etc.

Well, its been tedious to say the least but we are getting close to paint. Working the inside and under hood then another water sanding and barring any surprises it will be ready for paint.

Then the fun will begin. This body work is laborious.

Few pictures of where we were at yesterday. If you note we did away with the stake pockets & lined up all the seams & replaced fuel spout with a flush twist off cap.

Tony

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The engine has been rebuilt ,Tranny is rebuilt, planning on headers going into exhaust for more sound . We stepped up one on the cam . Planning on Four barrel & electronic ignition.

Plan on after market nice bucket seats with console. Planning on Vintage Air as only amenity it did not have radio, dash is virgin so I'll keep it that way I'll just do Pandora for country tunes.lol .

Planning deep rally wheel type with I.H. hub caps . perhaps 15's in front and 16's rear . I defiantly want my 1960's Rake. Chrome bumpers front & rear.

That's it . want it to look close to original as possible but have a substantial stance.

Tony

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After seeing this shops work last week I can assure everyone that it is in VERY good hands. These guys do concourse quality work. Out of a total non discipt warehouse. Tonys buddies 69 Firebird was just done and sitting there. The crew was detailing.....the frame and suspension on a rack. You could swim in its black chrome and blue hue. I WILL need to go back in a couple years to see this truck.

Tony, remember me telling you of the travelette on binder planet? He had the bumpers tucked up within a 1/2" of the body. Very subtle trick that really cleaned up the frt and rear. Then if close enough the gap will match the doors and hood seams.

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Thanks Troy. I'll need to check that travelette out because front bumper is easy IMHO but rear bumpers on these were mostly the heavy duty farm bumper which it had but I want the smaller city slicker rear bumper. lol.

We talked of ,for hitch, hiding a receiver in body then fold down lic. plate to insert hitch. not sure I'll need hitch, actually would Not prefer one

Tony

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Tony, on the 1210 I used to have with a 392 I originally installed a set of headers. Nothing I could do would stop them from glowing cherry red and I eventually switched back to center dump cast manifolds. I've talked to others who had the same problem and a few who didn't. Maybe someone here knows more about it.

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Tony, on the 1210 I used to have with a 392 I originally installed a set of headers. Nothing I could do would stop them from glowing cherry red and I eventually switched back to center dump cast manifolds. I've talked to others who had the same problem and a few who didn't. Maybe someone here knows more about it.

Thanks for heads up.

I'll be doing some research in that.

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Can't wait to see some paint on it Tony , your guy most of got busy again ?

Danny

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looking good, tony! you have so many really nice tractors and trucks, how can you decide which one to drive today???

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Have you thought about making a low-rider out of it?

No Low Rider!

But the front will be lower then back. That's just my GENERATION.

Tony

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Looking good, Tony!!!

I'm with ya on the No Low Rider thing. I had 12" shackles on the rear leaf springs of my '55 Chevy when I was in high school back in the '60's. Thought I was really cool.

Curious if you are planning on making any changes to the stock suspension and brakes.

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Taking shape! I would have gotten my Massey done faster if I would have hauled out to your guy. Ugh!

Jerry

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Looks good Tony, the beds on and it's coming together. How's the paint selection going?

When I saw this shop and the work being done I was amazed. In a simple warehouse off a normal street and inside the fence was a firebird, the paint job underneath the car was better then the average shop puts on the hoods! The shop is the home of real craftsmen. When they filled the stake pockets they sanded the back side smooth! The attention to detail is beyond belief.

I want to ride in the bed on a warm night with a couple of the RP crew while Tony cruises. How's that for a kick in the memory lane?

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Taking shape! I would have gotten my Massey done faster if I would have hauled out to your guy. Ugh!

Jerry

You may wanna,ask Tony how long it's been there and eta of finish.

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Taking shape! I would have gotten my Massey done faster if I would have hauled out to your guy. Ugh!

Jerry

You may wanna,ask Tony how long it's been there and eta of finish.

I took it in OCT.2014 on Jan 2015 he said another year and half ! UGH, I told him I would like to drive it before I am gone.lol. Patients is a Virtue , I think that's what the Nuns told me in grammar school.lol.

The good thing about taking so long is that he bills me based on how many hours spend, (He puts so many hour in then bills)It spreads out the cost and makes it not feel so bad.lol.

The thing here is INTERNATIONAL if your going to park it next to a Ford Or Chevy done every which way, you have to have a Binder that will stand its ground.

I think the way to do it is through a very solid Body & paint job (RED) keeping it as original as possible while incorporating a little MUSCLE look to it. Having the 345 with hopefully a nice sound, We'll see where we go. lol.

Tony

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Looking good, Tony!!!

I'm with ya on the No Low Rider thing. I had 12" shackles on the rear leaf springs of my '55 Chevy when I was in high school back in the '60's. Thought I was really cool.

Curious if you are planning on making any changes to the stock suspension and brakes.

Not sure John,

The body has been off etc. He has made motor mounts for the 345, but he has left frame as is to make sure everything fits as should be.Its a Torsion Bar suspension so we have more options. When the body & bed go to paint then He will start the frame .It will get tore down Powder coated black . Then as we go back we will do what seems prudent.

His comments so far is This running gear ETC has brought it to here with no problems why change it? just renew it as need make it dependable. My intended use is drive it to local shows , perhaps a cruise night or two . Traveling to distant places will haul (Trailer)it.

So to answer your question John Not sure yet.

Tony

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