1947 International KB3 Truck
Famous more for its farm equipment than its consumer pickup truck line, the Post War Diamonds, as they became known, were always behind when it came to design, and offerings through a dealer network. Not to say they were without the quality, but because of their focus on the farm equipment market, which they did well at, the consumer line took a back seat. As a result, there are many fewer leftovers currently in the classic market, than there are say from the Big 3. Can you say sleeper?
It was 1950, and a hardworking farmer was presented with, from his wife, this Post War Diamond pickup truck on his anniversary. Needless to say, it became his favorite working toy, always being used, but always being taken care of, by putting away in the barn, and giving it a weekly wash (the dairy cows did not even get that). I give you the anniversary gift, that never stopped working, but as a result, has stayed in good shape!
A farmer built and installed dump truck style wood bed, constructed and installed in 1960 (but it does not lift, manually or hydraulically) replacing the original pickup bed is seen. A respray of No 10 Dark Green presents nicely since it is from the early '90's covers all steel panels, hood, and cab. Original pressed steel wheels, with original International Diamond moon caps, and new black sidewall tires are seen all around. A tall grille with the 1948 added design cue of the “wings” which stretch and curve from headlight cowling to headlight cowling. Black step up style running boards adorn each side, and front and back bumpers present in “working” condition.
Available only in green, the interior is green with a green Naugahyde bench seat stretching across in front of a beautifully presenting cream aged color square style instrument panel, within a green painted dash. An original steering wheel is seen, as well as the original fire extinguisher looking canister…function unknown? Door panels are green metal and ceiling is...green!
An International Green Diamond 214 engine which was an L head 214ci 6-cylinder resides in the original engine bay. A sliding gear 3-speed manual transmission is attached to the back and is shifted inside on the “tree”. A recently overhauled downdraft carburetor is attached to feed the mill.
Underneath appears good but is unverifiable due to the truck not fitting on our lift!
Maybe it's true that International Harvester is the house that bright red Farmalls built (not to take anything away from the company's heavy-duty trucks). But its rugged and reliable–albeit sleepy–light trucks certainly helped haul in the raw materials. Consigner wants us to know that the original bed (no fenders or tailgate) is available and can be negotiated in the selling price if interested.