INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

Street TrucksApril 2020

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
Work Hard, Play Harder
JOHN MATA JR.

THE APPEAL OF OLD AMERICAN WORK TRUCKS IS CONSTANTLY REACHING NEW LEVELS OF POPULARITY, AND BUILDERS ARE DIGGING FAR DEEPER THAN C10 AND F-100 MODELS WHEN CHOOSING WHAT TO RESTORE NEXT. When it comes to old workhorses, the International Harvester brand was synonymous with tractors and trucks that were used day in and day out within the agriculture industry. Designed to work in parallel with IH’s impressive lineup of heavy machinery, a selection of lighter-duty pickups was also available up until the mid-1970s and has proved to have a made a lasting impact on today’s truck fanatics.

John Peña of Spring, Texas, is just one of the big IH truck fans who we have come in contact with throughout the years. He has been an active seeker and builder of International trucks for years now, and through his years of restoring these not often seen pickup and utility models, he has come to be somewhat of a reliable resource when it comes to the historical significance behind the brand.

“I have been into International Harvester trucks for roughly 12 years now,” John says. “Over the years I have put together a ’66 IH and was really hoping to add to the collection with a ’60s Travelall model, but locating one with a solid enough foundation to build upon was proving to be difficult to track down. I did know of a family member who wanted to part with a ’70s model, which I ended up going with after searching high and low for years for the older version I was holding my breath for.”

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April 2020