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  1. There were once multiple copies. But when many files were being purged at the Engineering Center as Case took over, the Navistar Product Integrity group that was going to provide the technical support for legal cases involving tractors produced before the sale saved one copy from the dumpster. 20 years later it was determined that the records were not being used, but if they existed and a plaintiff's lawyer asked for data from them, much time could go into searching them whether the results would help or hurt the case. If you don't have them, you don't have to search them was the thought.
  2. The Navistar legal department who had responsibility for IH tractors built prior to the sale to Tenneco had the last surviving set of tractor build sheets, but ca 2000 it was determined they no longer had a need for them and they were scrapped.
  3. Who knew that the world needed that many pumpkin seeds? Fascinating machines.
  4. When grain was hauled in regular boxcars on the railroads, some large places had a somewhat similar setup to dump the grain out the door on the side of the car. This one tipped it 30 degrees to the side, 45 degrees end to end. Not nearly as efficient as the rotary coal dumpers. Those cars have rotary couplers so they don't even have to be uncoupled to dump.
  5. I don't know for sure, but I doubt if it came from WS. I would expect there is some processing needed to produce 18 (or whatever) gauge sheet metal from the output of the mill that I doubt if WS could do-- and I doubt if IH usage was enough compared to the Detroit car makers to justify this processing. I've heard it was purchased on the open market. One problem is the specs for the material weren't as good as they should have been in the early years so purchasing could buy the cheapest steel available until the specs were tightened in the mid-70s. Note that Scouts were not that much di
  6. Or https://pdf2jpg.net/
  7. What you're seeing is pretty normal for a truck like this. Loaded to 25-30,000 pounds, perhaps with a big box body for wind resistance and it had to turn those rpms to have enough power to run highway speeds. That engine was designed to run 3500 rpm all day to do this, not like a car engine in your pickup. There is some discussion of what is seen in a Loadstar in the comments at https://www.facebook.com/groups/internationalharvestertrucks/permalink/10158351674989748 To find the IH axle designation, you need to order a lineset ticket which will give the IH code for that Rockwell axle.
  8. Southland International in Lethbridge, AB does a sizeable business in older parts. If you haven't found what you need, contact him. www.oldinternationaltrucks.com. And as you said, you probably won't find what you need on the website, but contact him as he has lots of sources.
  9. Pickups and Loadstars would have been from Springfield, Ohio. Larger trucks and Scouts were built in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sometimes the driveaway company would combine trucks from both plants for longer trips like to MT.
  10. Navistar objected to the use of the name when it was first announced, but eventually backed off. I suspect it might have been a weak case if taken to court as a trademark applies to similar products that can be confused and that may have had something to do with it. I'm not sure what the ruling would be for an ATV vs. a full sized motor vehicle. The fact it was Case/IH may have entered into it too.
  11. Navistar and Scout Lightline Distributors have maintained the trademark and were prepared to go to court if necessary so Ford dropped their application, apparently thought they could pull a fast one and get it. Or maybe they knew, but looked it as a chance to get a lot talk going about the upcoming Bronco which it did. There have been other attempts by others to use the name in the 40 years since it's been in production, but they have been stopped.
  12. A search reveals that they are not illegal in any of the 50 states. In some cases, they are required for handicapped drivers.
  13. I don't see it as the end of the world or the end of the company as we know it as some do. There is a difference in being owned by Traton, a heavy truck company, rather than by VW directly although VW does own Traton. I expect there to be few changes in the near future. The corporation itself has not changed, it is just owned by Traton and rather than Warren Buffet and hedge funds. Over time, Traton will make changes, but it will not make sense for them to destroy their entry into the US market. Certainly there will be cooperation, particularly in new areas such as electric truc
  14. Vertical integration was the way all big corporations worked in the 20s, 30s, 40s. Look at GM, Ford, and many others, all building all parts of their product. Everyone including IH backed away from this starting in the 50s as they bought components from suppliers that specialized in particular items. One of IH's problems was they tried to be too broad with too many products in too many fields. But the biggest problem was the lack of a financial plan that would give adequate returns from these products over the long run. Some should have been dropped long before the end.
  15. Long rumored VW/Traton purchase of Navistar moving ahead https://www.ccjdigital.com/volkswagen-buying-navistar/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=10-16-2020&utm_campaign=Commercial Carrier Journal&ust_id=[-MD5-]&oly_enc_id=1461D3024534B6U
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