Nobody is prouder of their truck than Harry Williams, owner and builder of this ’55 International.
“While stationed at Luke AFB, Arizona, in 1997, I happened upon this ’55 International R120 pickup truck that looked like Mater. It had a cab-over camper stuck in the back; the previous owner smashed the cab down to get the camper to fit. I purchased it for $700 and immediately drove it to the dump, where the bulldozer operator yanked out the camper.
“After tinkering with it a little, I decided not to mess with it for several years—12 to be exact. In 1999, I retired from the Air Force and hauled it to Florida where it sat as a yard ornament for many years. The wife conveyed that I needed to do something with it, and in 2008 I listened. It took two years from the time I removed the body from the frame to git-er-done.
“I did most of the work on the ’55 with help from a friend, Scott Brannom. The only thing outsourced was the purple and grey tweed interior. I even painted my own truck with purple and silver DuPont basecoat/clearcoat replacing the original IH pea green.
The body is original except for the tailgate and hood. The tailgate was transplanted from a Ford stepside where the FO and RD was cut out and replaced with some decorative air-flow metal. The hood was altered with side vents and attached with a Jeep concept of brackets and latches.
“The original inline-six and granny four-speed were replaced with a 0.030-over 318 Mopar bolted to a rebuilt 904 automatic tranny. It sucks down 87 octane through a 600cfm Holley strapped to an Edelbrock intake and exhales through shorty headers and 2.5-inch dual exhaust with Thrush mufflers.
“The only stipulation the wife made was that it had to have A/C. She also picked out the 15-inch tire and wheel combination. A few other options that were added are power brakes, power steering, ’99 Dodge Neon dome light, ’01 Dodge pickup sun visors, Auto Meter gauges, Lokar pedals and throttle linkages, LED rear lights, tilt steering, Cadillac front bumper pads, S-10 arm rests, S-10 hood prop rods, a 15.5-gallon beer keg gas tank, battery mounted in the bed in a DuPont explosive hinged box, and JVC stereo.
“It’s not perfect, but it was built to drive, and it is a daily driver. My stuffed dog Goofy rides with me everywhere, so I call the truck Plum Goofy. Wherever I go I end up taking on a conversation about the truck. I love it!”
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