View Full Version : Looking for info on a '53 R-110 panel w/ windows
12-29-2005, 10:04 PM
Ok fellers, I brought home what I believe to be a '53 R-110 panel truck that has windows like a suburban. I can not even find a picture of one of these things (been searching for an hour). I'm assuming these are a bit rare, what is it even called? The R does mean '53-'55 right? And 110 is heavy half? Any one know any production #'s for the "suburban" looking panels? I just sold my '53 'burban and it was hard finding parts for it, should I just part this thing out? I can take pics tomorrow if it helps identify it. Thanks for your time, and to Old Scout from pbb for showing me this forum.
12-30-2005, 10:53 AM
This is a 4x4, but is this sort of truck what we are talking about? If so, you have a rare vehicle, and parting it out would be a crime. Restoring it would be your best avenue, or selling it complete to someone who would.
If you have a VIN#, Binder Books ( www.binderbooks.com )can get you a linesetting ticket (birth certificate or "Build Sheet") for your truck telling you what it was, what it was built with, and where it was originally delivered to.
A "110" is more or less a half-ton truck. But IH's GVWR's were always under-rated, based on the number of us that tow and haul things vastly heavier than the door plate says the truck is capable of dealing with. :)
Hope this helps you out. www.oldihc.org can help you as well, but do start a dialogue here, as I am sure we can help you as well. The BB has been working very hard to include more and more IH iron than just Scouts.
Keep on Binderin',
12-30-2005, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the links, I'll set aside some time after work today to go through all the info. I won't part out the truck. I thought about rat rodding it, but I may not if it's that rare. Any more info would be much appreciated, here's some pics:
12-30-2005, 01:24 PM
Rough, but all the major parts seem to be present :)
According to the data plate pic that you posted, the engine is an SD240. The pic of the engine shows an early "straight valve" engine, along with the old Marvel sock-type oil filter.
The carb is a Carter "YF". Very common, especially on Ford 300 L-6's. The linkage on yours however is very uncommon and passes through the engine block and then a rod pushes "up" to actuate the carb. It is imperative that you try and rescue your carburetter, rather than try and purchase a new one.
The engine is a very reliable unit, and all rebuild parts are available for it. Most times if the engine needs a re-bore, the block is sleeved and the original pistons are re-used.
The straight valve engines were a bit notorious for dropping valves, but this comes from over-revving more often than not, and not due to a serious design flaw. IH later went with a canted-valve cylinder head called "Tilt-Valve" to address the valve dropping problem, and it seems to have been a good cure.
This engine was also used in 450 and up number series IH tractors as the C-240-242 (my information on the actual number for the tractor engines is a bit unclear, some manuals say 240 and others 241/242/243) .
I think you have a great restoration candidate on your hands there. Some similar gage metal, some body hammers and tools, and a good SP1354 mig welder, and you will have the body fixed in no time.
Congratulations on a great find in an IH truck!
01-01-2006, 05:19 PM
I'm gonna pass this one on, thanks for your time.
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