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1967 908b project truck

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Hey all first real post thought I would share my '67 908b. Got it from my grandpa a few years ago and been slowly building it up. Painted and tuned up,replaced dead carb, added cab lights, fixed wiring. The list of projects to do gets longer every time I finish one it seems. Right now trying to find a fix for the traditional cowl rust holes under the dash in the cab, and thinking of making some vent ducts since they all seem to be missing.

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I think 67 was the first year of the 908b and I am fairly certain 69 was the end of em. Shame they were so short lived, its really a neat little truck. Hard as **** finding proper parts and numbers though. Only regret on the build so far is the mirrors. Not my best idea for placement.

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Nice. Yeah I had a guy give me a long history lesson on the truck on Reddit a while back. 

"For those who may not know, this is quite a rare model.

The [IH C-900] was a value-leading base model that was made by taking a half-ton C-1000 and replacing the 7' short bed (IH short beds on '61-68 models were 7', not 6.5' like the Big 3) with a special 6' narrow ("stepside") bed. The only other IH trucks that used a 6' bed were the [Travelette crew cabs], but those were almost exclusively wide straight-sided (or as IH called them, "Bonus-Load") beds, and the C-900 was narrow bed-only except in Canada (because of *course* Canada gets the weird things). In 1965 the pickup line was renamed D-*x*000, then *x*00A in 1966, then *x*00B in 1967. This is where OP's truck comes in.

The engine in the C-900 was the 152 slant-four out of the Scout (a 304 V8 cut in half). The little engine was so weak (for a pickup) that it needed an insane 4.09 rear end just to get moving, which meant that it wasn't very economical. So for 1967, it was replaced by the 266 V8 from the regular pickups, and the 900A became the 908B. The bed and wheelbase were also lengthened slightly, with [a new 6'8" straight-sided bed] and 115" WB (compare to the 7' short bed and 119" WB on a regular 1000B half-ton). This may have been because the super-short wheelbase (107") on the 900 gave it a rather ...disruptive ride on washboard gravel roads.

There are very few examples of 908s with a narrow bed. In fact, until now, I wasn't even 100% sure IH made a 6.5' narrow bed for the 908. The only distinguishing factor between 6', 6'8", and 7' beds is the distance between the back of the cab and fender, and this is easiest to spot on the narrow beds.

The line was renamed *x*00C for 1968, then the whole Light Line of IH trucks was redesigned for 1969, in what would be its last hurrah. The 908 pickup didn't survive the transistion, but the bed lengths were standardized at 6.5' and 8', just like the Big 3."       

Not sure how accurate it all is but seems well researched :)

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On 4/15/2018 at 8:23 PM, Natulv said:

I think 67 was the first year of the 908b and I am fairly certain 69 was the end of em. Shame they were so short lived, its really a neat little truck. Hard as **** finding proper parts and numbers though. Only regret on the build so far is the mirrors. Not my best idea for placement.

So where have you found parts for this I have a 67 908b that im rebuilding currently

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