Updated – Earlier in the summer, a pair of South Bend Lathe Company traveling salesman’s cars were featured that turned out to be popular with readers. The best was saved for last, and today this impressive International tractor and traveling display trailer are presented. This set of four images appear to post-date the earlier photos, but when the photographs were taken is not known; hopefully a reader that has a knowledge of IHC tractors will be able to tell us when this model was produced.
The trailer has been specially outfitted to enable South Bend to take its product line on the road and let prospective customers see, touch, and operate its range of machinery that includes, lathes, a milling machine, drill presses and a grinder. In addition, tooling and attachments for the machines are displayed in glazed cabinets on the walls.
Mounted behind the cab on the tractor is an engine-driven generator that produced electricity which illuminated the interior of the trailer with ceiling lights and spot lamps and allowed the machines to be operated. It also appears to have a heating and air conditioning unit built into the front of the trailer. The rig apparently was run year round as it is fitted with sanders in front of the drive axles for winter traveling.
The salesman’s cars posted earlier can be viewed at Before The Internet – South Bend Lathe Co. Salesman’s Cars. The photos courtesy of Jason B are via the Practical Machinist.
Update – Ace Zenek discovered an ad in the “Tuscon Daily Citizen” (AZ) on December 11, 1956, promoting an appearance of the South Bend Lathe Demonstration Unit. Wilson Machinery Corp. a local machine tool dealer sponsored a two-day showing of the “Mobile Demonstration Unit with South Bend machine tools in operation by Factory representatives.” Ace has also determined that this particular International tractor model, shown in the lead photo was first made available in 1956.