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Hoosier Perspectives: In this edition of Truck Treasures: This International Harvester repair truck is even outfitted with an authentic 1924 license plate.

Tom J. Bechman

September 21, 2023

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 A red International Harvester repair truck from 1924
RED AND READY: The owner describes this as a “baby red International Harvester truck.” It’s decked out as it might have appeared in the mid-1920s as a repair truck for an International Harvester dealer. In 1924, the first Farmall tractor appeared on farms. Tom J. Bechman

Focus on the red truck in the photo and forget everything around you, and for a few minutes it might seem like 1924 again. This truck was brand new in that year, commemorated by the 1924 Ohio license plate on the front bumper. It’s restored as it might have looked as a repair truck for an International Harvester equipment dealership.

This truck was spotted at the Pioneer Engineers’ Club annual reunion in early August. The event is held each year at Caldwell Acres, southwest of Rushville, Ind.

The 100th birthday celebration of the International Farmall tractor was celebrated in 2023. Technically, the first Farmall didn’t roll off the assembly line headed to a farm until 1924. According to Wikipedia, International Harvester trucks already had a long heritage by then. The original Model A Auto-Body appeared that year under the IHC brand. The Model A became known as a Motor Truck in 1910, and beginning in 1914, they were known as IHC trucks.

The 1924 models were part of International’s effort to produce speedier trucks. International developed a reputation for making both lightweight trucks like this one, the forerunner of the modern pickup truck, and heavy-duty trucks. The last light-line truck for the company was made in 1975.

Heavy-duty truck production continued. Reorganizing due to hard times, the truck division was the only portion of the original company that survived. Renamed Navistar in 1986, since the company sold the International Harvester name to Tenneco, it still produces International trucks today.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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