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'67 1200B Project

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Just received this truck last week for a project to keep me busy for a few years. 1967 1200B with a deluxe cab, 304 V8, and 4spd. 67k miles and was a daily driver until 15 years ago when it was parked outside at a farm in central Iowa. Found the crank to turn by hand so it isn't froze, and the oil pan was full of clear looking oil surprisingly. Inner fenders, firewall, cowl, frame, and rockers were all solid and rust free which made it well worth it for slightly more than scrap value. There are some before pictures attached.

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The truck had an entire layer of grime and moss growing on most of the panels. Interior was full of trash and the glove box was one large mice nest. A spray bottle of bleach/water, Shopvac, rags, and a respirator helped me take care of all of those issues. Actually found decent paint under the moss/grime. Got the pass. door and seat removed, as well as the trim on the side of the bed. Took the split rims and tires off to get a better look at the wheel wells and brakes. Just started getting the front lights out and taking the grille/front clip off tonight. So far, I know I will need a front driver's side floor patch panel, new front fenders, door hinges, bed endcaps, and a tailgate for it. Plan is to strip it all down, replace/repair panels, and paint it. Then move onto the motor/interior. I'll keep ya'll updated as I go along.

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Looking forward to watching your build

Super Nice Truck :wub:

PS make up a jig to pre-oil your engine before firing it up ,after resting a while the cam bearings

have a habit of adhering to the cam and de-laminating even while cranking ,

Spin the oil pump ,Valve cover off, rotate engine by hand until oil has appeared at rocker shafts (may take a bit)

Or a typical pump up garden sprayer can be readily made into a pre-oiler (oil bomb) and piped into the oil galley

Good Luck

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We all done it vacume that stinky old mice crap but be carefull not to breath the dust people have died from it ,but at the same time love that truck my first truck was a rusted out 65 in about 1975 I had the world by the tail with the help of 2 gallens of Bondo.

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Does anyone have an idea of what color this is? It looked white when it was covered in filth. PO said it was a light yellow. Im thinking a faded light yellow or cream from the factory.

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731H810,

That 1200B is a beauty!

I just bought a 1966 1200B was local deceased blacksmith's truck .

It is 304 with factory propane . Have it in storage for now while I finish my 1000A 1966 restoration.

The 1200b needs brakes gone through they fade all the way after sitting and throttle sticks otherwise runs great.

Would like to follow your project and visa-versa!

I am out of town will get pic's later.

Tony

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in 1967 IH had Alpine White and Tahatian Yellow. it may be a faded tahatian yellow. but its hard to tell

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731H810,

That 1200B is a beauty!

I just bought a 1966 1200B was local deceased blacksmith's truck .

It is 304 with factory propane . Have it in storage for now while I finish my 1000A 1966 restoration.

The 1200b needs brakes gone through they fade all the way after sitting and throttle sticks otherwise runs great.

Would like to follow your project and visa-versa!

I am out of town will get pic's later.

Tony

Tony, this one will need just about everything replaced on the brake system and I havent decided if I'm going to rebuild the 304 after I get it running or look for a good International diesel to swap in. If I happen to come across a 6-bolt front axle, I may also do a 4x4 conversion with a divorced transfer case. Would like to see pics of what youre working on and your '66 1200!

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in 1967 IH had Alpine White and Tahatian Yellow. it may be a faded tahatian yellow. but its hard to tell

Since the PO who owned it for the last 20 years called it a faded light yellow, im thinking it was Tahitian Yellow. In person, it just doesnt look like any shade of white.

Thanks for posting those color samples Kevingweq!

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731H810,

That 1200B is a beauty!

I just bought a 1966 1200B was local deceased blacksmith's truck .

It is 304 with factory propane . Have it in storage for now while I finish my 1000A 1966 restoration.

The 1200b needs brakes gone through they fade all the way after sitting and throttle sticks otherwise runs great.

Would like to follow your project and visa-versa!

I am out of town will get pic's later.

Tony

Tony, this one will need just about everything replaced on the brake system and I havent decided if I'm going to rebuild the 304 after I get it running or look for a good International diesel to swap in. If I happen to come across a 6-bolt front axle, I may also do a 4x4 conversion with a divorced transfer case. Would like to see pics of what youre working on and your '66 1200!

This is my 1966 1200

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Interior. Notice no fuel gauge hole due to factory propane.

I plan to restore it much as it is just re-fresh & repair and new paint job, interior upholstery, would like better looking wheels in front.

Tony

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Tony, that is a nice looking truck! I think yours is a lot better along than mine is haha.

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Well it's been a busy couple of weeks on the project. Cleaned out the whole interior with bleach and water. Removed the side stainless trim off the bed and found no surprises underneath. Got both fenders off, which involve breaking more bolts and cutting off seized nuts with a Dremel than I'd care to admit. The firewall under the fenders were surprising rust free, as were the inner fenders. Once the fenders were off, I tackled getting the bolts out of the door hinges and removed the doors. Took the door sill trim off and found the rockers to be as solid as I'd hoped, just covered in a lot of good Iowa dirt! With the doors and fenders off, took the hood off this evening after work. Once I return home from a work trip, I will start on removing the front clip.

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Here are some pictures of the new heater box I picked up complete with a heater core and a fan motor. As well as the sad looking heater box that came in the truck. Last picture is of my new shop helper I have had the last two weeks.

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Got back to the truck after a few weeks hiatus due to work and traveling. Got the front clip removed from the inner fenders and radiator. Then continued by removing the inner fenders. Had no issues getting any of the bolts loosened and out which was a nice surprise. Getting everything out of the way gave me a chance to scrap and vacuum all the crap off the top of the engine, around the valve covers, and down by the spark plugs. The original IH radiator looks to be in pretty good shape. I'm am still going to get it pressure tested and cleaned out though. Going to try and drop the fuel tank tomorrow and then get the bed off and carry it over to the garage for temporary storage.

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Few pieces I picked up over the last couple weeks. Decent tailgate for the fleet side bed. And a nice matching set of functional gauges off of a 37k mile '66 IH. Also snagged a great set of seatbelts from that truck to replace the ones mine currently has that were chewed through by a mouse.

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Thanks for the pictures and update on your project.

I'll be looking forward to more reports on the progress.

My 65- D1100.

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Love these old binders.

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Thanks for the pictures and update on your project.

I'll be looking forward to more reports on the progress.

My 65- D1100.

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Love these old binders.

That is one nice looking IH you have there!

Got back out into the shop today, and all of a sudden had an itch to hear this 304 run sometime soon... So, pulled all the plugs, check the cylinders for rust and coolant present, sprayed some penetrating oil into each cylinder and put the plugs back in for the time being. Then went ahead and pulled the valve covers off both sides. Found some oil deposit buildup underneath that I think some rags and choke cleaner would clean up nicely. The oil galleys did not looked blocked and I saw no damage to the pushrods or valve springs. Finally took the Holley 2300 off of the intake, which every part of it seemed to be seized in place. Not sure yet if I am going to rebuild it or just buy a new 2300 from Holley. Nice to see the air cleaner kept any crap from getting down into the intake. When I pulled the heater hoses off of the engine, they were still full of coolant as were the hose ports on the engine, so that is a good sign. Found the one rear freeze plug on the left head to be weeping so I ordered a new one. I am starting to think that some new hoses, new water pump, and a rinsed out radiator may be all this needs coolant system wise. Also gave the seatbelt bolts a try today, which after soaking them and putting my impact on "1" all came out without searing off which amazed me. I figured at least half of them would have snapped. Later on, I removed the bolts to the rusted out heater box and got it off of the firewall. It brought with it two pounds of rust, old insulation, and the rest of the rats nest I could still smell but not find. Going to drop the oil pan so I can rebuild the oil pump later this week due to the PO mentioning that it was dropping oil pressure after running for a while. I figure a new carb, fuel pump, hoses, and ignition parts and I should be able to see if this thing runs, which I definitely plan to film.

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Here are the old IH seatbelts and fuel filler neck I took off. I have the fuel strap bolts soaking with penetrating oil so hopefully I can drop the tank this week.

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Great job,

Thanks for including us in your project.

Many people really like those 304s.

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Since it was in the mid-60's today, figured I better get out to the truck and do some more work. Got all the coolant/heater hoses off, and found the radiator to still be half full and pretty darn clean inside. Checked out the coolant passages on the block and found those to also be lacking of rust buildup as well. Pulled the radiator off and will get it cleaned/pressure checked. Attempted to remove a weeping freeze plug on the back of the block but ended up only puncturing it. Any good ideas on removing a hard to get to plug such as that? Drained the oil and found nothing extra mixed in. Took the valve covers off and spent some time with rags and carb cleaner going over the rocker assemblies to get all the old caked on oil off, verified that the oil passages were clear too. Opened up the distributor and found newish looking rotor and cap. Still went ahead and put on new plug wires, cap, rotor, points, and condenser. Labeled all the wires, marked the distributor shaft, and then pulled the whole assembly. Now I can get my oil pump shaft tool in to prime the bearings. Planning to drop the oil pan next, verify it's not full of bearings, prime the oil system ,replace the ignition system, and then move on to the fuel pump and carburetor. Closer and closer to seeing if it'll start and run!

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Few more pictures. While scrapping dirt/grease off the frame and front of the engine, I found the original IH red on the timing cover and original black on the frame. This will give me a good excuse to buy a pressure washer to clean up this engine so I can paint it.

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I had to replace one of those freeze plugs on my 241- inline 6.

Hardest one to reach, in behind the starter.

I punched a hole in it with a screwdriver and just kept working it around,

twisting on it and punching on it some more with a hammer, till it finally came out.

Putting the new one back in was kind of a challenge too.

I put some sealer on it and used a socket to get it set in place. Hit the socket with hammer to keep the plug straight.

I had to grind the outer edges of the plug, just a little, to get it started.

Got it done, but not easy since it was the hardest to reach.

Your truck has a lot of positive things going for it.

Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Mark

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I had to replace one of those freeze plugs on my 241- inline 6.

Hardest one to reach, in behind the starter.

I punched a hole in it with a screwdriver and just kept working it around,

twisting on it and punching on it some more with a hammer, till it finally came out.

Putting the new one back in was kind of a challenge too.

I put some sealer on it and used a socket to get it set in place. Hit the socket with hammer to keep the plug straight.

I had to grind the outer edges of the plug, just a little, to get it started.

Got it done, but not easy since it was the hardest to reach.

Your truck has a lot of positive things going for it.

Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Mark

Thanks for the info on that freeze plug. I am thinking that I can get to it better from the bottom of the truck. Once I had punctured it and lost 1/2 gallon on the shop floor before I grabbed my pan, I didn't feel much like laying in it to see if my theory is true. Otherwise, I may just lay on top of the engine and try to work on it upside down.

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