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1963 International Travelette - Heavyweight Champion

MT Approved

John Mata Jr.
Feb 3, 2014
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
This truck is the ultimate tow pig. Although it was never intended to reach this level, Rob Vanluik went with the flow and let the truck carry him to higher heights … er, lower lows. It started off as a two-door, but a new cab and diesel swap became a must as the International became an everyday fixture in the Vanluik’s lives. Rob says, “Long road trips in this truck were fun but we never had enough storage space for all our camping gear and supplies. I tell my wife that now it’s a four-door, I don’t need to sell it when our baby arrives.” Sounds legit.
Photo 2/8   |   Bagged 1963 International Travelette Front Shot
The Lowdown
1963 International Travelette
Rob Vanluik • Grimsby, Ontario, Canada • Touch ’N Down
Wheels/Tires
22-inch milled Alcoa wheels and 285/40ZR22 tires (front) / 24-inch Alcoa wheels and 255/35ZR24 tires (rear)
Suspension/Chassis
3x6¼ wall full custom frame, stock king pin on solid axle, Goodyear 10,000-pound ’bags all around, rear triangulated four-link, sealed frame for air tank, ½-inch air lines
Body Mods
Firewall forward is a ’77 International Loadstar, from firewall back is a ’63 Travelette, first-gen MINI Cooper headlights, front bumper channeled 9 inches
Engine/Performance
5.9L Cummins 12V, compound turbos Holset Ht60 over Holset He351, 65-pound boost, custom 3½-inch turbo piping, Ford 10.25 rearend, ’95 Dodge 47RH trans
Stereo
Alpine head unit, RE Audio mids/highs, custom wooden fruit box enclosures, two RE Audio 10-inch subs, Phoenix Gold and Rockford Fosgate amps
Interior
Factory switches and controls shaved, stereo in glovebox, Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges, ’90s GM pickup bench seat
Special Thanks From Owner
“My wife Karri for the support and help, my brother Henry for the hours of design and fabrication work while he put his truck on hold, and Dave for always lending a hand.”

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