I Think Maybe I Should Buy This Lodestar

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  1. stroker3

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    Never safe to assume anything with IH..:laugh:....Possibly a factory 266 or it's a replacement engine of any size or the size is stamped on the left instead of the right. When or if you have chance to look again check the left pad for an ID and do as Jeff suggested , get the intake manifold #. Dipstick holes also help determine 266/304 from a 345/392
    http://www.binderplanet.com/forums/...ernational-scout-engine-identification.61386/
     
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  2. Randall Barringer

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    The next time I check this thread I need to read that you purchased the truck.
     
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  3. Chris Cooper

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    Neither hop, skip, nor jump can 40 miles be in the traffic of the Front Range of Colorado, not now that most of the rest of humanity has seemingly taken up residence here. It’ll be a while until I get up the nerve to get back over there.

    Isn’t a 266 kind of small for a truck that big? That’s a lot of truck with a lot of storage for a lot of gear.
     
  4. shortbus4x4

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    It won't keep up with traffic at modern speeds but it shouldn't be to hard to swap a Cummins 5.9 and 10 speed in it. Some firewall cutting will be required but you have lots of room for it unlike a Loadstar cab.
     
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    Not so much for back then. Our 58 300 series GMC stake body which was about the same size/weight as a 1600/1700 series loadstar had a 6cyl with less HP than a 266. A bit slow but gearing makes things work out OK as far as moving fairly heavy loads. With the five speed it has a 266 would be able to do what it needed to, again by 1963 standards.
     
  6. Chris Cooper

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    Yeah, and I'm guessing that truck was designed for urban duty, city streets & all. Not much high-speed use, but then I've never lived in an actual city so I might well have the wrong idea of that kind of emergency response.
     
  7. Chris Cooper

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    Here’s one that I bet you guys will get as much of a kick out of as I did:

    If you google “Gerstenslager”, this will be among the many images that result:

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    This got posted up on another forum I’m on, I saved it, and didn’t think much more of it...

    ...until I saw this:

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    Then I looked up at the DS A-pillar:

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    See that dent?

    Same truck.

    That kind of blew my mind.


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  8. Randall Barringer

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    Holy smokes!
    Yeah, that's incredible.
     
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    Didya buy it yet??
     
  10. Chris Cooper

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    I'm waiting to get the opinion of my partner-in-crime & fellow binderhead in WY. I'm pretty much at "pass" because the initial infatuation phase has passed, and I realize I should probably focus on the 1310 (more useful), and that I can't have everything that catches my eye (I hate that).
     
  11. Chris Cooper

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    Just talked to Harry, and he thought it was a really cool truck, but he couldn't come up with a use for it, either, so I'm out on this one. If I didn't have one RV project already going(ish), I think I'd feel different about this Lodestar.

    I really do appreciate all the input, encouragement, and insight-- thank you.
     
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    Well, if nobody else is going to buy the truck, I'm interested.
    How do I reach the seller?
    Thanks.
     
  13. jeff campbell

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    I thought it was in the cl/ebay section of classifieds ??
     
  14. Chris Cooper

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    I think shortbus4x4 might have beat you to it. You might follow up with him to see if he bought it.
     
  15. shortbus4x4

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    Yes I got it. I should be dragging or driving this north in May to its new home in north Idaho. I'm going to try to swing by the end of March to take a look at it and figure out the logistics of getting it home. It's only 1000 miles one way, wonder if I could drive it.
     
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    Cool.go for it. Just have some body follow you.
     
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    Would prolly be cheaper to have it hauled in the long run, time & $$ wise !
     
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    I remember seeing a freeze plug that was rusted through. I've never replaced one, so I don't know if that's possible as it sits. Also, the clutch reservoir was bone-dry.
     
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    Yeah the owner said the clutch was messed up. Then I looked at the pictures and saw the clutch master and wondered if that's the problem. Freeze plug rusted through can be fixed before I drive it but it's the freeze plugs you can't see that could get you and if one is rusted through I wonder about the others.
     
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    To add to the fun, the fuel tank was half-full of gnarl, too.
     

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