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Old 09-15-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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1974 IH Travelall

Hello all,

IH vehicles (mainly Scouts and D-class 69-75 Light Liners)have always found their way to me, and the last decade hasn't been any different. So let me explain my situation....

I came upon this 1974 Travelall Custom 100 a couple months ago. Saved it from being shredded for $500. As I'm going over it I took a look at the Line Set Ticket and found at the bottom, "Show Truck" printed as the final line-item. Got my attention fast, although I knew this was a relatively rare box since it is loaded, and I mean 392 V-8 (in a spell where most all of them went to the Loadstars), factory trailer brake controller, Trailering package, aux oil cooler, 6600 GVWR package, A/C, AM/FM stereo (first ever for me), auto-cruise control, custom interior and exterior (woodgrain sides), and....slotted Rallye wheels (never seen on a 2x4, by me anyway). This truck was built within the first week of production at Springfield.

It was slated to be delivered to dealer very close to Jackson Center; eventually it went to Ft. Wayne, then to me. It's pretty clear that it was garaged, as it is 100% original, down to the emissions control equipment, all in-tact.

Is there anyone here that might have some inside info on some of the demo pullers that AS used back then? I've seen some pics of Wally Byam standing in the midst of IH Travelalls pulling various models while caravanning. Perhaps this was corporate show puller or (as my IH friends suggest based on others with such a designator) a car show vehicle. Regardless, like my 75 200 4x4 Camper Special (one of the last built), this unit will be restored and eventually will pull the 14' International 28', just as it was built to do 40 years ago.

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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Airstream used the Travelall in the 1960's era ad's, International used Airstreams in the 1970's ad's.

I own a 1968 (round body) Travelall that has been rebuilt for the job.

Enjoy,
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:23 PM   #3
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Airstream used the Travelall in the 1960's era ad's, International used Airstreams in the 1970's ad's.

I own a 1968 (round body) Travelall that has been rebuilt for the job.

Enjoy,
Outstanding rig. My first IH was a torsion-ride Trav.

I had hope to find this rig in a brochure pic however no success so-far, although, as you've said, there are a few B and C class 60's units with the trailer behind recorded n various shots.

There is evidence that this rig didn't see much pulling, or if it did, it's not showing. The odometer reads 82k, which, given the original seats and carpet, lead me to believe is accurate. Not to mention, as thirsty as a 345/392 was UNLOADED, I can imagine under tow it likely got 9-11 mpg...so even 35 gallons didn't get you very far.

Thanks for the input.
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I believe the famous 7.3 liter (444 cid) International diesel used also by Ford was a takeoff from one of the International V8 gasoline engines. I wonder if yours is that engine.
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I believe the famous 7.3 liter (444 cid) International diesel used also by Ford was a takeoff from one of the International V8 gasoline engines. I wonder if yours is that engine.
The 6.9 and 7.3L series IH was an outgrowth of the MV family of gasoline IH engines. The SV - 266, 304, 345, and 392, are the most well-known of the IH gas V-8's, perhaps because they were used in the Light Line and Mediums for many years. The MV's were lesser known and used, with the LV series large-displacement gas engines being slightly-more known, yet representing a fraction of total SV production. Like the 6.9/7.3, they were produced at the Indianapolis, IN plant.

The MV's have a somewhat weak reputation, while, as many know, the 6.9/7.3 (and later HUEI Powerstroke kin) was a very successful engine. Funny, how IH called their engines "small or medium"...lol, the SV's weighed close to 750 lbs!
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I have a vague memory of reading something on a Streamline or Silver Streak trailer site a few years ago. It was a letter, or page from the owner's manual of the Silver Streak, about tow vehicles. I seem to recall they rated Ford and International station wagons tops.
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