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Figure 5: International Metro-Mite, introduced 1959 (Submitted by Marty Blessing)

The International Harvester Metro Van was produced from 1938 until 1975. It was originally based on the 1937-40 D-Series trucks. The body was built by the Metropolitan Body Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a company which International Harvester would later purchase. One of the first models built was sold to the Czechoslovakian Army and destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. The original design was by Raymond Loewy, of Studebaker and Coke bottle fame.

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Figure 6: Outside the TDTC offices stands a small non-descript building.  What was it used for???

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Figure 7: The answer to Fig. 6 - that building was the spin stand test chamber.  An engine drove rotating components at high rpm until they burst due to centrifugal forces.  The heavy steel lid sealed the test chamber in the floor.  (Submitted by Marty Blessing)

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Figure 8: Truck on the twist course - axels at full displacement, but still OK?

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Figure 9: Truck on the twist course - not OK!

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Figure 10: There was a great deal of interest in the use of gas turbine engines in cars and trucks during the 1960s. The TurboStar was International's venture into gas turbine propulsion.

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Thanks Howard_P   I did see that on the front of their building.

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On December 31, 2016 at 6:37 PM, 1snappyIH said:

Figure 3: Company plane - photo believed to have been taken at Baer Field (Submitted by Pat Murphy/Greg Sutter)

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I have picture of my dad and grandfather standing in front that plane with a group of other farmers that were headed to moline for tour of farmall plant. IH took a bunch of farmers that had all purchased the new 60 series tractors on this trip. Somewhere around 1960. 

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Neat to say the least.  You should share your picture and story.

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