The D-Series trucks from International Harvester came out in 1969 and were now square bodied and looked more like Scouts. Equipped with International’s own 304 cu. in. V8 and a floor mounted manual shifter this truck was made for getting work done.
You may have already seen the 1955 International Metro around Iowa State the last two weeks and if this food truck Makes You Wanna some Macubana then you can find it on the Iowa State campus and around the Ames area throughout the week.
This International Metro went from a smashed up rust bucket when it arrived to a classic looking food truck with modern amenities. Running on propane and electricity from a generator this truck also includes a digitally controlled hood fan system and full Ansul fire protection system.
We have had the DynoJet for just shy of a year now and by the end of the year it will have seen a fair share of interesting makes and models. The DynoJet is great for much more than just finding out how much power or torque a car makes. You can analyze the fuel to air mixture, ignition condition, finding leaks, engine break-in, and even aero dynamic effects on gearing.
It was just one of those days we had vans running around all over. All four of these beauties run and drive and it is a lot of fun to see this many of them together now sixty years after they were built!
The International Harvester Metro food truck is coming along at a quick pace now. The interior walls are almost finished and the last of the exterior accents are being painted. Starting as a wrecked rusted mess this van has come a long way and is almost ready for service again.
Half of this truck was so rusty that we had to cut it off, throw it away and rebuild. Inside all of the floor and frame was rebuilt as were the insides of the doors. Sixty years of modifications and damage were removed during the process to bring it back to it’s original shape.
The first food truck was back for service while we were building the next. From two different manufactures these two vans, Grumman Olson on the left and International Metro on the right, might be the most iconic shapes of a the 1950s delivery vehicles.