MARCH 2, 2012: A 1946 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER LEFT FOR DEAD IN A FIELD FINDS NEW LIFE

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The odds were stacked against this 1946 International Harvester pickup truck when it was left to die in a field for 35 years.

 

Fortunately Harold Dyck knew the owner pretty well-the former owner was Harold’s brother in law and he was willing to let Harold rescue and revive the forlorn old Corn-binder.

 

It was no small feat to breathe life back into the old truck, but somehow Harold managed to complete the project in two years. Most projects of this magnitude can take much longer, particularly when Harold decided to tackle most of the heavy lifting on his own.

 

 

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Harold is very quick to point out that he also used the generous goodwill of his car buddies along the way. However Harold was the point-man for the lion’s share of the transformation process with the post war International Harvester truck.

 

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The truck is a very nice resto-mod that now rides on a Dodge Dakota chassis and is powered by a Mopar heart. The marriage of Corn-binder and Mopar is pretty unusual, but Harold had the right donor vehicle for his project and it fit well in his budget.

 

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The only serious glitch in the marriage was a fuel injection issue with the donor Dodge engine because it never worked properly in the new truck.

 

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Harold finally solved that problem with a conversion to a carb setup when he and several auto-tech pros in his small town were unable to get the fuel injection system to inject fuel into the small block.

 

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The final result of Harold’s two year project is a visually stunning truck that turns heads whenever he hits the road in his beautiful resto-mod.

 

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We love a happy ending where a lonely old pickup from a bygone era gets a new life with the right owner and Harold Dyck is definitely the right owner.

Jim Sutherland

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