If I were in the market for a classic truck (and I’m decidedly not), I would probably start my search with some sort of IH product. There’s just something right about an agricultural implement manufacturer making pickup trucks. Who cares if it drives like a combine, it’s a tool and meant for doing work. Thanks to a combination of draconian federal regulations and automakers’ marketing, modern trucks are more often family haulers and toys than they are work vehicles. That’s fine, but I want something that feels like it could wear flannel unironically and have a fishing pole hanging out the back that actually sees use. The no-nonsense styling of IH trucks fits that ideal to a tee, and the dog-dish hubcaps and bright blue paint are just shiny enough that you could drive this anywhere without shame. I’d lose the ill-fitting cap and pretty much drive this as-is.
April 3, 2012
As Seen on Craigslist – 1972 International Harvester Truck