The International Metro picture thread

Discussion in 'Triple Diamond Trucks' started by Jim Grammer, Mar 28, 2008.


  1. NudeAutoMall

    NudeAutoMall Farmall Cub

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    I measured her this afternoon and already forgot, but she wasn't an even number, 9' 7" I think she was.
     
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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    OK, that's what I refer to as "9ft", but yes its actually a 9 1/2 ft body with 292 cubic ft of cargo space which also means that you have a 115" wheelbase according to the Metro body chart...

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  3. scalhotrod

    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    Hey,

    Does anyone have or know of a close up photo of an intact rear door hinge rubber gasket?

    I think I found someone who will make them...

    http://www.diamondtrubber.com

    Chris
     
  4. NudeAutoMall

    NudeAutoMall Farmall Cub

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    Finally got her home.
     

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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    Nice, the body looks like its in good shape. Too bad about the rear doors unless their tucked inside. But since its a square back, you could probably fabricate doors and use modern step van hardware.

    If it were up to me, one of the first things I'd do is strip that ugly paint off the grill and polish up the stainless that's underneath.
     
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  6. NudeAutoMall

    NudeAutoMall Farmall Cub

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    Sorta like the patina, and a Slammed Rat is the direction I am headed with her.
     
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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    Cool, looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    Look up the "extreme Metro" build. I think it was a shop in Reno, NV that did the work, but they slammed, chopped, channeled, and sectioned a Metro.
     
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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    I saw this too, looks interesting. I'm still bummed about losing out on the most recent Metro bus that's in Southern Cal.

    Funny how there seems to be a bunch of running Metros around lately...
     
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    NudeAutoMall Farmall Cub

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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    Anyone know who bought the Coke Metro? I know he/she lives in Oregon, but that's about it.
     
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    snowrench Farmall Cub

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    there's a nice one of these, sitting on a residential street, looking straight and rust free, in Goldendale, WA.
    It looks like the one at the top of the picture column, like a big blue toaster!
     
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    scalhotrod Farmall Cub

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    Got any contact info? Is it listed anywhere?
     
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    Think this sectioned & chopped Metro is German. They're deceptively difficult to cut imo: the proportions squash down with too much height loss, and all the horizontal curves get very exaggerated.

    I prefer them tall, even if they're Z'd and bagged...plus you keep all that head height....
     

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    G-force Farmall Cub

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    Man this place is dead.

    Last post almost a year ago????
     
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    jeff campbell Lives in an IH Dealership

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    not too many metro's around anymore.
     
  17. Jim Grammer

    Jim Grammer Editor at large Staff Member Moderator

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    More like 8 months. :rolleyes:

    Not happy with the frequency? Post pics! :eek:
     

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    Jim - is that your Metro, formerly painted red?
     
  19. Dana Strong

    Dana Strong Lives in an IH Dealership

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    Well, if nobody else will, I guess I have too, even though I know little-to-nothing about it beyond what is posted on the Shorpy site where it resides). One of the interesting comments there says:

    International Harvester
    Submitted by Zcarstvnz on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 9:59pm.

    The truck is an International Harvester Metro Van. The Metro Vans were made by the Metropolitan Body Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Metropolitan supplied these bodies, in a variety of styles, from 1938 to 1948 to IH. In 1948 International purchased Metropolitan and Metropolitan then continued to run as a wholly owned subsidiary of IH. The beginning of the full model number (KB) can be seen behind the man in the checkered shirt. The last Metro Van was produced in 1972. After 1972 chassis were available to independent body builders to make their own vans.

    The Metro Van pictured here was made from 1947, when the protruding headlights were introduced, to 1949, the last year for the original style grille. Note the large block of wood below the van's step - possibly to provide additional support while loading and unloading heavy camera and satellite equipment.

    If you go to the link provided above, you can click to see a greatly enlarged view of the picture, and in the original view, can see the rest of the comments below the picture.
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  20. G-force

    G-force Farmall Cub

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    My current metro. Just got it running for the first time in 25 years.

    1961 Metro

    This truck is also super solid with not even a hint of rust through anywhere!
     

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