By on December 9, 2011

This whole craze with the leather-trimmed luxury trucks, I’m against it. In my opinion, a real passenger truck is a big steel box with rear-wheel-drive, a floor-shift three-speed manual transmission, an AM radio, and a metal dash. Oh yeah, and it has to be built by a farm-equipment manufacturer.
The Travelall was obviously doomed by the time this truck was built. IHC was really struggling to compete with the Detroit Big Three, and the Oil Crisis of 1973 pounded several hundred additional nails into the lid of the Travelall’s coffin.
This truck came standard with a 232-cubic-inch inline-six engine. IHC 304- and 345-cubic-inch V8s were optional equipment in 1971 (and I keep thinking that IHC used AMC 304s, but apparently they only AMC V8 used in the Travelall was the 401; this engine sure looks AMCish. though!).
Somewhat cramped seating for 9, or extremely comfortable (though bouncy) seating for 6. No consoles, DVD players, cup holders, or airbags. Want to be safe? Don’t crash!
The only modern touch I would add to this truck, were I to own one, would be front disc brakes. Imagine the ride down from Donner Pass in summer with nine passengers and 20 cases of beer aboard!

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43 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester Model 1110 Travelall...”

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    After fading the drums and wrapping the 1110 around a tree a few hundred feet off Donner Summit Rd., you could certainly survive the winter by eating your eight passengers.

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    I bet the International Harvester salesman back then would be bewildered if you ask about availability of DVD players for back seat passengers…

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    bumpy ii

    “This whole craze with the leather-trimmed luxury trucks,”

    Grand Wagoneer?

    Are you sure the floor shifter is only a 3-speed? Seems odd if it is, but that would fit with the general IH wackiness.

    The main advantage these had over the contemporary Suburban is the second door on the driver’s side, which the Sub wouldn’t get until the new body in 1973. This one must have been a local runabout, since it only has one gas tank.

    Super bonus points: who knows where to find the filler cap?

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      Its right there, forward of the passenger side door. IHC used saddle tanks long before GM did in light trucks, but the rubber filler pipe eventually gets pinched closed as the body mounts disintegrate.

      A buddy of mine in Dunsmuir has a 3/4 ton 4×4 Travelall in his cornbinder collection. The engine is a 392ci V-8 and 727 Torqueflite.

      I dont think IHC used AMC engines.

      My best friend’s dad bought a Travelall in ’63 to replace a ’57 Buick wagon. They traveled in Mexico a lot and the dirt roads back then had pretty much destroyed the Buick. The Travelall, while definitely a truck, was a lot more “carlike” than the Suburban or any of the Big-3 passenger vans of the time.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      I remember thinking at the time how odd it was that the fuel filler was forward of the passenger side door. Part of me thought that was an optional auxillary tank with the regular tank in the rear but no that’s where it was.

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    My best friend’s family owned one of these from 1971-73. I believe that the IH 392 was in most of these. Everyone forgets that the Suburban was still a 3 door oddball in 1971-72. If you were looking for a big truck-based passenger wagon, the Travelall had the market to itself until the 4 door Suburban appeared in 1973. Maybe it was that I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana where IH had Scout and heavy truck plants (and an engineering facility), but these were fairly common in that area in the 70s.

    The one I rode in was a high-level 6 passenger model with woodgrain trim on the sides. These still used the wheelcovers that IH repurposed from the 64 Studebaker. It was a great vehicle for their family of mom, dad and 3 kids. But then, the kids started bringing friends places and it was replaced by a 73 Dodge van that seated 8.

    I have fond memories of these, and this generation of Travelall remains one of my favorite vehicles of the 70s. What killed it? I think that it was the Suburban more than the high gas prices. If IH had been able to keep the fire going into the mid 80s, I wonder if these could have gotten a second wind like the Suburban did.

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    I would certainly prefer 4wd for this sort of thing, especially in the mountains in winter….

    My crazy Great Uncle (lives alone in the back woods of Maine in a cabin with a LOT of guns) has a concours-quality restored Scout. He bought it new, drove it until the tinworm ate it, then spent God-knows how much money on the restoration. It is a beautiful truck.

  • avatar
    Vance Torino

    “Imagine the ride down from Donner Pass in summer with nine passengers and 20 cases of beer aboard!”

    That’s what the 3 speed manual on the floor is for! Drop ‘er in 2nd and just ROLL with the engine brake.

    Also, nice job with the wood-grain vinyl applique in the passenger compartment! Really classes the joint up, IH!

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    That’s not where that truck belongs. I had a ’75 IH one-ton crew cab step-side that had done years of Texas highway dept duty. Great truck, reliable as could be, and a brute. Manual steering, manual transmission, and a metal steering wheel. Leather? Only the skin you left behind on the vinyl seats on those +105º days.

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    I’d better never hear anyone complain about modern woodgrain after seeing the fourth picture! Look at the luxury! I would have preferred they leave it body-color metal, even back then, to that peeling sticker nonsense.

    Very interesting vehicle!

    • 0 avatar

      I was thinking, or maybe hoping, that the woodgrain in the way-back was an owner-installed item (of the “must have seemed like a good idea at the time” category).

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    The family of my main gf in high school had one of these to tow their big travel trailer over the summer. They preferred it to the Suburban – arguing that it was *more* comfortable!

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    I can always count on you for a dose of common sense. Right up there with my morning coffee. That is what trucks are supposed to be. Don’t think I would want to pay the gas bill though.

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    Does anyone have any stats as to whether the Travelall was larger than a comparable year Suburban? Could it haul/tow more or less than the Suburban?

    I remember the Travelalls being one of the largest 4 wheel vehicles on the road at the time.

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    A neighbor lady had one of these when I was about 17. I drove it around a little when I got the job of waxing it. It was the first 5-speed I ever drove but with the big V-8 it didn’t make much difference what gear you were in. Quite a change from my car at the time, a 38hp SAAB with 3 speeds.

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    Who needs airbags when the sheer mass of this thing would obliterate anything it hit? It’s a shame the hood is off and the carb is gone, water is filled in the engine rendering it useless.

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    I find it incredible that such a rare vehicle is at the knackers. The body is in good shape! Here in MA these are a distant memory, as are all IH products.

    I had a boss who owned one, he was always working on it. He loved it though. His must have been a high trim line because it had AC.

    I once drove my great-aunt’s ’66 Travelall (manual trans) when I was 15. A terrifying experience for a callow youth.

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    We have a large IHC museum in a town about 40 miles away from my town. I attended an international International Harvester meet there a few years ago and was blown away by the numbers of corn-binders at the show

    • 0 avatar

      @I attended an international International Harvester meet

      If there had been a relay race as part of the festivities, would it have been an International International Meet Meet?


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    That’s an IH engine, in Farmall red. The 232 & 258 AMC engines were the available 6-cylinder engines toward the end. IH had a shortage of V8s, for some reason, and for that time, some IH light trucks had the AMC 401 available.
    These were quite often referred to as the “Rattleall”,

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    Growing up in Chicago, I never saw these vehicles unless I left Cook County for a road trip. So they were completely foreign and prehistoric-looking to me. Chicagoans drove Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs if they had any money, AMC, Chevrolets and Plymouths if they didn’t.

    So, about this time, 1971, my dad started to consider one of these to pull our travel trailer during vacations. As passengers, one look at that interior made us tell him we’d rather go by stagecoach than spend weeks in it. We weren’t interested in riding around in a vehicle that had the ambience of a school bus.

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    No way is than AMC engine. The distributors were low in front on top of the front cover and canted to the left, a little a Buick or Caddy.
    My BIL had a ’74 in the early 80s with the 401.

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    When I was in pre-school, there was this girl who liked me. So my mom thought it would be a good idea if I carpooled to preschool with her.

    Well, her mom drove one of these. I rode in that thing one time and I knew at the age of four how hideous of a vehicle these were. I hated it. Hated how it looked, hated the interior, it had this awful old car smell to it. For some reason I remember it not having any heat. Or at least it was not turned on.

    I rode in it once.

    Sometimes I wonder what would have been had her parents had a nicer second vehicle…

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    The shot of the back seat reminds me of all the road trips I took as a kid across country in our suburbans. 36 hours over two days can make a kid a little stir crazy… If only we’d had such style as an old Travelall! All joking aside, the comfort of late-80’s suburbans was not far removed from these early generation vehicles, except maybe sound deadening. I seriously think these old behemoths are my favorite vehicles in the world, although as much as I’d love to drive one daily, I don’t think I could afford the upkeep and gas.

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    No apology necessary jpcavanaugh, I served it up so somebody could put it out of the park. Thanks for noticing the international word duo.

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    Carlson Fan

    “This whole craze with the leather-trimmed luxury trucks, I’m against it. In my opinion, a real passenger truck is a big steel box with rear-wheel-drive, a floor-shift three-speed manual transmission,’

    Not me, I made that mistake with my first new truck but not my second! Give me all the niceties, leather heated seats, Bose sound system, ect., ect. Doesn’t affect the trucks ability to tow or haul one bit. Plus they’re that much easier to get rid of once your done with them as no one wants strippo trucks anymore except the people on TTAC that own cars!….LOL

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    You’re looking at an IH mill there– the location of the coolant neck and water pipes are a dead giveaway. A 4-barrel manifold says it’s either a 345 or a 392. My heart weeps at the sight of it.

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    For some Scouts and Travelalls in a little better shape, in the collection of the NATMUS museum in Auburn, Indiana:

    • 0 avatar
      Diesel Fuel Only

      I rode in the back of a scout just like that on trips to the country many times as a teenager! I recall it being geared way way low, down in the valley below so to speak. It was a desert tan colour.

      I’m not that old, it was the Scout that was old – pretty much held together with bailing wire and duct tape!

      BTW, I’m guessing that the steel came from the Wisconsin Steel Works in Chicago, which IH owned until the 1980’s (when pretty much the entire Chicago steel industry went “away”).

      All gone.

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    Wingnut Warrior

    It’s funny, everytime I see a Ford Flex, I figure Ford looked at one of these old Travelalls and made a modern version of it. The side profile of each is so much alike. I guess IH was actually ahead of it’s time for the style of the Travelall ;)

  • avatar

    Does the “10/31” written on the windshield indicate the date this Cornbinder was junked? As in less than 6 weeks ago? Let’s even assume it quit running for some reason — what sort of rock do you have to be living under to own one of these in the fall of 2011 in rust free condition and still not know that it is worth more to I-H enthusiasts, even in tow-away condition, than it is to the scrap yard?

  • avatar
    Joe McKinney

    Nice find. When I was in elementary school I had a friend whose father owned a Travelall. Where I live International Scouts are still somewhat common, but I have not seen a Travelall in years.

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    Diesel Fuel Only

    If the brakes were anything like AMC cars of the day, you’d better get new ones. My uncle Rob. had a Gremlin in college – lime green. He was pining for it on Turkey day saying how he saw one for sale and how easy it would be to whip it into shape. I mentioned how bad the brakes on those things were and he said that there was a kit you get to put power discs in it – so obviously he’s (a) aware of the problem and (b) looked into how he’d go about getting one again.

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    Diesel Fuel Only

    And yes, having grown up in the country, the idea of leather and power everything in a farm truck (because I’m sure that more than a few of them get written off as “work trucks”) is chicken—-. If you’re going to write it off with the IRS as a farm vehicle then it should be a stripper. If it has luxury fixings and a designer apparel label then it’s obviously a personal vehicle, not a real work truck. I know farmers who have multiple trucks registered to their farms that do as much work hauling kids to college and wives to malls as they spend in bean fields.

    And that’s the truth about trucks as I see it.

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    I used corn binders as work trucks many years ago. These trucks would go half a million miles if you maintained them. Their motors were very strong and very thirsty. 7 miles to the gallon, loaded, empty, uphill, downhill, towing a trailer, it didn’t matter. I still have nightmares about stopping a fully loaded IH truck in traffic.

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    I just want to know where it is so that I can get some parts for mine off of it………………

  • avatar

    the shoes. the shoes. there is a story about the shoes. o, where is crabspirits when you need him?

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