The International Metro picture thread

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  1. Jim Grammer

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    As we have discussed here before, the International Metro line is slowly slipping away from awareness into the mists of time. They were vocational vehicles that for the most part got used up and scrapped. It's up to us to preserve the memories as best we can! :)

    This thread is for images of Metros and Metro related items, along with any historical information you have to contribute. I will start with an AM-150 Metro Standard:

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    The Metro Lite was an interesting rig, being made of lightweight materials and establishing a styling standard for step-van trucks that continues to this day. The front panels were fiberglass, and the roof and sides were a combination of aluminum and magnesium alloy panels/structural framework:

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    The Metro Mite used a unitized chassis and initially was powered by an Austin 4 cylinder engine:

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    Metros were also available in a Walk-In Cab model, very unique and useful:

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    A 'cowl and chassis' model was also offered:

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    This shows the difference between the standard doors on the regular Metro and the flat back doors which offered greater access. Unfortunately they make the rounded body style look odd:

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    Here's a cutaway that shows a lot of detail about the Standard body construction:

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    I don't know if it is because my Father had a Poultry and egg business in the 40-50's, but I am nuts about Metro's. So much so I am having a 1956 S-120(flat back) restored to original. I am a Physical Therapist and furniture builder, so the bodywork is costing me, but I am doing it anyway.
    How do I p0st pics?
    I have had the truck for a year and am amzed how well it goes down the highway!
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    I neglected to add, my Father had Metro trucks for hauling eggs and baby chicks. I use to ride in it anfd my obsession started then.
    I just think the body is unique and real cool!
    Dan Backman
     
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    geewiz45 Farmall Cub

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    Those are neat trucks. I love seeing these things!

    Am I reading picture 36 correctly in Geoff's photo album...You would fill the gas tank from the interior of the truck, right above the engine? Or is the engine cover missing?
     
  6. Jim Grammer

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    SM-120 I presume :)

    Hit the 'FAQ' button on the menu bar and read the section about using images in BB posts :D

    Were you in Mike's truck yesterday when I called?
     
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    Nice collection of pics, Jim and Geoff !

    That's the radiator cap. Pretty unique, huh! I had no idea that was the location - later Metros had a miniature "hood" on the outside above the grille, where the M E T R O letters are attached (see my avatar). Maybe this change helps keep steam from filling the cab and creating film on the windshield.
     
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    woo hoo!

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    saw this at a pump one day

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    huntington beach sunday get together

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    then there are serious restorations...

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    cha ching

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    and metro swag too!

    cool clocks!

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    promo stuff

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    brochure?

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    ads

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    Rummaging through my files I came across these pictures of a Metro school bus that I had borrowed off'n ebay
     

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    IrisHMike Farmall Cub

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    Hello, this thread states it would like photos and info of and about Metro's. I have a couple pics of an old one here in my area and some I have saved from ebay as well. I will add some other Metor info as I can, any thing to help save and or help others to save and know about great old trucks.
     
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    I will try the photos again...
     

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    couple more

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    gas station sighting
     
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    Here is a nice ad of a Metro bus, approx 1958-59
     

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    Rod & Custom '48 Metro

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    just scanned this in for the thread...
     
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    Hey Mike is that Pepsi Metro a A130?
     
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    Here are some pics of my 65 Metro I picked up a few weeks ago. Also a couple pics where I sanded off the lettering and sprayed the sanded areas with Rustoleom. Can't wait to get it running.

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