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Discussion in 'General IH Tech' started by Chris Cooper, Jan 9, 2020.
It would make a cool food truck!!
Looks like Reading Ohio's old rescue truck. Gerstenslager built some quality trucks. They were big into the cab/body integration look. Credit to Steve Hagy, the original photographer.
I love it!! From the very first pic I thought it was a Gerstenslager walk-in rescue body. I have been around some others of these but never on an IH chassis. The one I was most familiar with was on a B model Mack. They are a very well built body. Clean, low mileage, don't let it get away!
Sweet Ride ! Mobile Storage Unit for all your IH parts ?
With the Tiny home/rv movement some hippy will take this off your hands when you are ready to sell it !! I can see it already.. Ditch a couple of the external doors, put windows in place.
You should buy it
That would be a cool conversion to an RV.
Buy it & bring to ft wayne, in. To the harvester homecoming. Somebody will buy it.
Did you buy it yet? If you pass on it let me know, I'd be interested to add it to my other Loadstars.
Yes Chris don't even think twice...
JJ in TN
The turn signal lights below the head lights peg it as a pre-1969 or so. Last year I brought home an old Loadstar horse van, similar dimensions. Needed to hire a trucking company to move it using an equipment flatbed, and the cost was a little less than $200/hr. So factor in moving costs, worse if its not running... good luck. And its hard to place a value based on the info provided, but my hunch is <= 3K is pretty good.
Was figuring the same range at first look with the mid/early sixties in mind based on that and a few other small things. With more pics the body has a late '63 build date. Believe a close guess on the year would be 63/64. Your's must be close to that as well???
Probably a 63 based on the body build date. Though some of the odd stuff I've worked in had a truck chassis a year older than the body build. Doesn't look like it has a 2 speed rear, at least from the transmission shifter. I would say it's probably a 345. Wonder if it has a rear locker, my 53 Reo heavy rescue truck has a Detroit in back.
Make a helluva mobile mechanic rig if thats what you wanted to do. Put ac in rear on roof and have a nice small workshop.
Food truck (I love doing BBQ and have given a food truck some thought over the last couple years) or mobile handyman workshop are uses that come to mind. I'd have to keep the paying gigs pretty lucrative, though, given what I think the gas mileage would be. A trip to Ft Wayne would be about $600 at 5 mpg, for example.
I'm going to try & go check it out today. I'll make a decision at that point whether I want to pursue it, and get some more pix either way.
Man, I like that truck.
Checked out that Lodestar today, and my biggest question remains unanswered:
I thought my eyesight was going, like I couldn’t see the secret code, until we checked the Aristocrat plow horse at the bar I’m drinking at. A guy here wanted to know what engine it had after he got it running the other day, and sure enough:
I’m not going crazy after all— that Lodestar engine is unstamped.
We had 62 t'all that was unstamped . Guess it was somewhat common for some 266's to be blank. I 'think' I remember talk about some blocks being stamped on the left side instead of the right. Our 62 266 had nothing on either side but it might be worth a look on that one.
The 304 in my '68 1200C has no s/n or CID stamp.
I understand this means it is a replacement/warranty engine.
That makes sense as the date code cast into the block behind the valley pan is 1972.
This is how the 266 in my 1962 C120 is stamped. The front of the left side of the block, just under the head.
Rats— that truck is 40 miles from my house.
Is it safe to assume since it’s unstamped in the “normal” location, and the body dates from ‘63, that it’s a 266?
More than likely. 40 miles is a " hop skip & a jump " go look at it. Get intake manifold # off it and will help narrow it down.