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Thursday, January 29, 2015

1940 International Harvester Takes us to Simpler Times


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1940 international harvester d30 photo

Our cars are full of crap, think about it. We’ve got radios, belt tensioners, lower-lumbar heaters, dual infotainment screens, back-up cameras — the list goes on and on. Sure, some of it might be life-saving crap, but it’s more stuff nonetheless.

This is a 1940 International Harvester D30 pickup truck. It doesn’t have a lot of crap, namely because it doesn’t have much of anything at all. It’s simple, utilitarian, over-built, and gives us a longing for simpler times. You can find it up for sale on eBay, with a number of good quality photos.

1940 international harvester d30 ebay photo

The truck, registered in California as a ’41 but showing 1940 manufacturing codes, is said to run and drive well, and certainly looks remarkably good for a 75 year old rig. The exterior shows a few dents here and there, some faded paint, but nothing remotely major. Inside, there are a few bits missing (horn cap, floor coverings, and glovebox), but nothing that can’t be sourced online.

The seller notes, “The truck drives just like it should; like an old large truck.” Judging by the hefty leaf pack on that rear axle, we’d bet it does too. Underneath the hood, the International features a 233ci ‘Green Diamond’ straight-six, which backs up to a manual gearbox and a two-speed transfer case, permitting top speeds in the low-50 mph range. If it went any faster, it might just go back in time.

1940 international harvester d30 interior photo

At some point the International was converted to a 12-volt electrical system. The headlights, brake lights, and blinkers all work, though the left one needs occasional convincing due to a loose wire. The odometer however does not work. All in all, we hope it enjoys a nice leisurely retirement on some sleepy old farm.