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International Trucks On the Job in Vancouver, B.C.


The nineteen-twenties and thirties were periods of innovation and growth for International-Harvester. Their 1924 introduction of removable wet-sleeve cylinders that substantially reduced the time and cost of engine rebuilding was an industry first. The superior hill climbing ability that the two-speed rear end offered in the 1928 Six-Speed Special proved to be very popular. Custom extra heavy duty rock trucks built for the Hoover Dam project in 1931 ran twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The company was one of the earliest producers of diesel engines introducing the four cylinder D-4o in their TD-40 crawler tractors in 1933 and their first diesel truck, the D-80, in 1937.

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But their modern thinking was not confined exclusively to mechanical systems. Our photos show a variety of “A” and “C” models from the nineteen-thirties and an “S” model from the previous decade. The handsome “C” model marked the company’s first foray into styling that would reach it’s peak with the streamlined 1937 “D” model. From that point until the present day, I-H has been in the business of producing trucks for both on and off-road applications, from half ton pickups to some of the heaviest mining and quarry equipment in the world. You will find more posts about unusual trucks, buses and equipment on The Old Motor. Photos courtesy of the City of Vancouver.


2 responses to “International Trucks On the Job in Vancouver, B.C.

  1. It’s interesting that IH used cast spoke wheels, sometimes called Kelsey-Hayes wheels, on every truck larger than three quarter ton. I don’t recall seeing a D,K or KB model with disc wheels. The disc wheels were more common on the medium duty trucks from the L model (1949 onward). I have wondered about this but haven’t been able to get an answer. Also I found a story on the net awhile back that the Green Diamond engine was a Willey/Whippet design but can’t find the link now.

  2. Willys contracted with International – or vice versa – to build “light duty” units in 1932 & 1933. As Willys was in receivership, the Willys 99 with either a Sleeve Valve 6 or the Poppet Valve was not okayed for production. Thus the Willys 6 became the International Green Diamond 6 – some parts from the International will interchange with the Willys 6. Willys was allowed to manufacture the Model 77 from 1933-1936 – it was/is a smaller rendition of the Model 99 – about 13% smaller so I’ve read.

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