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  • Check Out This Rare International Loadstar Crew Cab For Sale

Check Out This Rare International Loadstar Crew Cab For Sale

Have you ever seen one of these classic International Loadstar 4x4 Crew Cabs on Craigslist before?

Christian Hazel
Mar 17, 2021

We have to be honest in that we don't really know all that much about classic International Loadstar trucks. But we do know International didn't make too many 4x4 crew-cab Loadstar trucks in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, so this one is probably pretty rare. We dig the look of them and appreciate any classic pickup, Jeep, and 4x4 trucks, so when we were searching Craigslist the other day (yes, some people still do that) and found this really cool ad for a vintage International Loadstar crew-cab 4x4 for sale, we figured we'd save the images and share with our audience so you could gawk right alongside us.

The ad didn't go into too much detail other than the fact that the seller is claiming this International Loadstar 4x4 Crew Cab is clean, is a 4x4, was built for the US Forestry service, and the pump on the back may or may not work. There's no price given, so we're guessing it's one of those "if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it" type of deals. While the massive leaf springs and antiquated front and rear bench seats most likely aren't built for comfort, we can't help thinking about how we'd build this if we purchased it.

For starters, this truck doesn't appear to have an engine, so we'd source a 6.7L Cummins inline six-cylinder turbodiesel turned up to make about 400 hp and 1,200 lb-ft. Transmission? Maybe a seven-speed Eaton Fuller with overdrive, thank you very much, and we'll mate it to the factory divorce-mounted T-case. Hopefully it'll be able to hang at 75-80 mph highway speeds. The paint is perfect, so we wouldn't touch it a bit, but we would refresh the interior with better upholstery, soundproofing, a decent stereo system for long hauls, and a modern heat/air conditioning system. Finally, we'd remove the massive pump and bed assembly for a low-deck flatbed that would allow us to haul our trail 4x4 around the country. Does that sound fun to you?