Spring 2014 - IHC 38 Western Canada
RR#1 Barrhead Alberta
Sherwood Park, AB
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
2014 SHOW UPDATE - NORTH BATTLEFORD!
MEMBER PROFILES, TECH ARTICLES, BUY/SELL CLASSIFIEDS
Welcome New Members!
Susan Black, Arlee, MT; Neil, Mary Ann, Brodie, Jason, Russell & TerraLynn
Charteris, Kerrobert,SK.; Joanne & Janelle Faulkner, Lang, SK.;
Greenhough, Spruce Grove, AB.;
Willis Groshong, Sherwood Park,AB.; Rae
Hobbs, Penticton, BC.;
Neil Hopaluk, Olds, AB.; Doris Irving, Calgary, AB.;
Albert Kuipers, Red Deer, AB.;
Tom Kydd, Saskatoon, SK.;
Saltcoats, SK.; Louise Lundberg, Turtleford, SK.; Mike Mort, Athabasca, AB.;
Sharon Vater, Rimbey, AB.; Brian, Wayne, Max and Spencer Roche, Winnipeg, MB.
PRESIDENT: Darald Marin, Radville, SK (306) 869-2262
VP: Gary Algot, Derwent, AB (780) 741-2115
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Marty Nervick, Craven, SK (306) 775-0879
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Barb Bender, White City, SK (306) 781-2000
Gerald Haight, Erskine, AB (403) 742-5228
Gerald Magnan, Sherwood Park, AB (780) 417-0369
John Richardson, Semans, SK (306) 209-2425
Iain Richardson, Semans, SK (306) 524-2027
Claude Roeland, Winnipeg, MB (204) 222-5110
David Saville, Rosetown, SK (306) 882-3938
Ken Wood, Barrhead, AB (780) 674-5073
Bernie Yakimyshyn, Sherwood Park, AB (780) 464-1030
Lyle Garratt, Milestone, SK (306) 436-2178)
Terry Grover, Penhold, AB (403) 886-4988
Harry Helgeson, Southey, SK (306) 726-4617
Terry Johnson, Campbell River, BC (250) 923-3118
George Kirkham, Lethbridge, AB (403) 381-1617
Looking out the window here at the end of April makes one think that the old
wives tale is wrong; it sure does look like April will come and go as a lion in 2014.
Those of you who survived the -50 degree wind chill days of winter will be very
anxious to see spring flowers. As a matter of fact I did see some pussy willows
yesterday, so spring is on the way.
The spring auction season is well underway and those craving an old IH to
purchase have had some interesting pieces to contemplate. In mid April there was
a double Farmall A for sale at Melita, MB, I have seen pictures of the tractor
before, as it sold a few years ago, but this time I did not see the sale, so I don’t
know the price or where it went. Yesterday I was at an auction at Saltcoats,
Sask., I visited with a couple of Ch 38 members and some of the folks that put on
the show for us in Yorkton in 2012. Of course they were anxious to find out
where our shows are taking us and when we will be back to the WDM in Yorkton. I
assured them that once we have a rotation figured out they will likely be part of
our permanent show circuit because they put on such a good show for us.
And on to yesterday’s auction; Dave and Angie Sawkey had an excellent
presentation of vintage engines, snow machines, machinery, trucks, cars and
tractors, about 50 tractors in all and about 15 of these IH models from 15-30's
to a 706. Club member Larry Littman
was able to purchase three tractors,
one of them his father’s first tractor,
a 15-30; so nice to see a family tractor
I was able to get the only W30 on the
sale, one driven by Larry’s uncle for
many hours breaking the prairie sod
around Saltcoats. This particular W 30
was built about December 1, 1937
Serial # 23225 indicating it was an
early red model.
The one my dad
purchased new for the spring of 1938 must have a serial number very close to the
one we got yesterday. The people in the March 1938 picture are my dad second
from the left, Everett age 20, and his brother Wayne age 24 on the extreme
right. A neighbour boy is sitting on the hood and the other two are my dad’s
The auction W30 needs some attention, but it was running at the sale, as were all
the tractors, a tribute to Dave and his mechanical genius.
functions were excellent, very rare in a sale this large. Not only the tractors but
the snow machines all started as well. This W30 needs a manifold, a gas tank, a
mag, and a set of fenders. I think
I have most of the parts if a
rebuilt mag for a 15-30 will work.
I have a good set of fenders and
perhaps a gas tank, but my best
manifold I donated to Gerald
Parker for his F30.
A Super W4 also followed me
home; the W4 has the best set of
tires I have ever been able to buy
on an auction tractor.
I had intentions of buying a S MD, but another fellow from Swan River wanted it
as a pair to go with his Super M that I
let him purchase it, and I will be
following him up for a membership in
Ch 38. There are a couple of auctions
I want to be at yet before summer
shows begin for a few truck parts,
complete tractors for wrecking and
who knows what else.
I have been in Edmonton during the
past month and did meet up with
Bernie Yakimyshyn and Gary and
Sharon Algot actually at the time that
charter member Don Johnstone passed away, and at this time I wish to relay the
sympathy of Ch 38 members to the Johnstone family. I also plan to get up to Ron
Gerlinski’s after the weather turns to summer; there is another auction north of
Blaine Lake on May 8/14 with some interesting pieces, so who knows…
So for now Ch members that brings my doings to a close for now. Remember the
Darald Marin, President
NOMINATING COMMITTEE UPDATE
Our Annual Meeting and election of officers will take place this summer at our show in
North Battleford. This year we are partnering with the Western Development Museum in
their “Those Were the Days” annual show.
We have three directors whose terms are up this year.
Gerald Haight, and Marty Nervick.
They include Darald Marin,
Please consider this an invitation to put forth your name or that of a fellow Chapter
member and become a Director in Chapter 38 of IHC Collectors.
You can send your nominations to any of us on the nominating committee and please
include a brief biography so we can all get a chance to know you!
We all have a strong connection to International Harvester and through the support of
you – the membership – we can continue to grow and promote this legendary brand.
Thanks from the nominating committee.
Gerald Haight, Claude Roeland, and Marty Nervick.
VICE PRESIDENT’S VIEW – FROM THE PARTS COUNTER
**2014 SHOW UPDATE; WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM, NORTH BATTLEFORD**
We look forward to our next show this August 9-10, 2014 at the Western Development Museum
in North Battleford. Lots of truck, trailer, and RV room for our exhibitors and friends at the
grounds - dry camp. !
A serviced campground is available just 2 km east of WDM; contact the David Laird campground
at 306 445 3552. !
A block of rooms for our collector’s club has been negotiated at the Gold Eagle Hotel, just 2
blocks West. You must
Phone 1 866 446 8877. !
reserve your room before July 9, 2014.
Other hotels/motels available. For more information contact Show Chairman Gary Algot at 780 741 2115 or email [email protected]
FROM THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
It is my pleasure to write another report for another newsletter because I have so many things
to write about! Today is April 29, 2014 and I think Spring is just around the corner because
the rabbits are partially brown, friends have returned from Arizona and most of the Chapter
38 renewals and donations have arrived for me to process and record in fashion.
Thank you all for your prompt renewals; as of today 181 primary renewals and 81 associates have
been processed. Welcome also to every new member to Chapter 38! I have enjoyed opening
your envelopes, and remembering you because I KNOW that I know you! That is the best part
of this job.
When Jack Beamish of Hamiota, MB renewed his membership, he shared that his father farmed
with all IHC equipment and with what he bought new and what Jack purchased they have
amassed a huge collection of IHC machines. Jack’s main work tractors are two 1206’s, an 806
and Farmall 706 with duals. They have been collecting tractors well over 50 years. They own
pretty much every model between 1921 and 1958 plus lots of his work tractors are 1960’s to
1975. This past winter they have done a lot of work on a nice Farmall 560. Jack said they
would have come to our place on April 13th but he was too busy with the birthing of baby calves.
Thank you, Jack, for your visit on the phone and on the renewal page.
Sunday April 13th was a great day in our Quonset when 31 IHC people joined and visited and
shared an afternoon and potluck supper with us. Thank you to everyone who came, and I can say
that there has never been so much IH CHATTER in our shop before! It was our pleasure to be
hosts. We should have had trophies for long distance, as 3 gentlemen came from the Winnipeg
area, 6 hrs away, and another couple from Hudson Bay, 4 hours away.
Terry and I are looking forward to attending the Red Power Round-UP in Huron, South Dakota,
June 26th to 28th. I have booked a Chapter 38 table! Please come and find our table and the
rest will just happen! It will serve as a great meeting place for Canadian members. I will have a
communication book there for anyone who wishes to leave any notes or contact information so
that we can gather together for a visit or a meal (supper).
We are also looking forward to the Annual meet in North Battleford on August 9th and 10th; and
I will be at a Membership table, with a my donated prize: a “one year Family membership to
Chapter 38” to give away, among others. Sign the guest book to enter to win!
In the “For Sale ads” are 2 tires that my husband is ready to sell; please keep in mind that
perhaps he might want to buy me something?
’Til we meet again; stay busy, keep well, be happy and please keep in touch!
Barb Bender, (Membership Secretary)
Remembering respectfully members and families :
Edmonton, AB. (April 8, 2014) survived by his wife Elizabeth, sons Bruce,
Don, Rob & Bill, 5 daughters-in-law & families.
Moose Jaw, SK., formerly from Weyburn, SK. (February 7, 2014)
survived by his wife Jean Ann, daughter Sharilyn, son Jeff, step sons Jay & Joel & families.
Submitted by Barb Bender
SHARING THE PASSION FOR RESTORING AND COLLECTING IH !
Carl and wife Louise Lundberg have extended an invitation to the entire Chapter
38 membership to visit their farm and IH collection at Turtleford, Saskatchewan,
which is approximately one-hour drive northwest of North Battleford.
Any time after the annual show on Sunday evening and Monday, August 11, 2014.
I sure am getting excited about Summer 2014! Besides our annual gathering, I hope to have my
1966 Travelette completely refurbished, with new driveline, new interior, new paint…new
everything! Looking forward to cruising with my new truck!
Here’s how she looked last
And you’ll have to wait to see her in her new dress in North Battelford!
I attended the annual Red Deer swap meet on May 2/14. On display was an original, still
partially in the wrapper…McCormick dealership sign - looked like painted canvas with a wooden
frame. The fellow said it sold pretty quickly for around $4200 Canadian bucks! Wow!
For you fellows who have a Travelall, and always wondered what it is REALLY worth….I’ve been
following the recent attempted sale of John Wayne’s War Wagon, his custom built 1966
Travelall. Offered for $1,000,000 on the retail market, it has found a new home through the
Russo Steele auction in Phoenix….hammered home at $102,000 USD. See more here:
Our good IH friend on the Pacific Coast..Nikkinutshop…has been busy installing a 4BT Cummins
diesel with GM 700R4 automatic transmission into his L series pickup truck. You really have to
follow along on this build:
I’m happy to say that this spring has been a really active one for tractors and trucks changing
hands within the club, and some from the outside too! Hope you’re all happy with your new toys!
Obviously….ADVERTISING WORKS! So keep sending me your tractors, trucks, equipment and
other articles for sale.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in North Battleford!
Happy wrenching…motoring…tractor pulling!
MEMBER PROFILE: Larry & Colleen Urick of Perdue, SK.
I guess I got my interest in IH equipment from my Dad Peter Urick, who is pictured standing
beside his 1953 R110 at 28 years of age. He was around IH equipment from 1950 until his
passing Christmas Day 2006. Working with him, he always
told stories of the past. His first working with crawlers
was for Bernie Stumborg of Naicam, SK. He cleared land
with a TD14.
Around 1954 he went to work for Skar & Ector
Construction and they built the airport at Prince Albert,
SK. which was also the site of the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) repair shop. They had a TD24 and two
2T75 pay scrapers. Peter and his wife are pictured on the
pay scraper below. IH had previously purchased Heil
In 1956 he started at DNR repair shop. They had TD14’s,
TD18’s and later TD15’s and TD20’s.
Around 1964 he
stopped working for DNR and purchased a TD6 and a
breaking plow to start his own business. A year later,
Peter traded his TD6 for a Cat D7.
About the same time we went to
Saskatoon and he bought a black R190
single axle truck tractor. He and I
bobtailed from Prince Albert to
Regina to pick up a tandem low bed.
What a ride when you’re 8 years old!
We are still on the lookout for that
Dad sold his R190 to the late Floyd
Glass of Prince Albert. My dad and I
and our hired man George Carruthers
went to Edmonton and bought a VLiner tandem with a 549 V8. We had
a visit with George in April 2014. He
said he remembered the trip very well
and it didn’t take long to get home as
the V-Liner had long legs!
In 1967 he purchased a new 1100B pickup from Northland Trucks in Prince Albert. He didn’t
like the 6 cylinder, so in 1968 he traded it in and got a new 1100C with a 304 4 speed. I can
remember being picked up after school and went to the dealership and saw this shiny new white
pickup. Then they got the bottom painted yellow. Dad always liked that colour. (Larry at 12
years of age standing beside the new truck in 1969.)
Around 1970 our first TD20 200 Series came along. In 1974 we started using Mack Trucks.
Now when we go to Chapter 38 shows, some ask us why Mack Trucks? I usually answer with
“have to draw the line somewhere!”
Peter testing the crawler after
recent engine and paint job in
Larry demolishing a
house in Purdue, Sk in
In 1976 we purchased a
TD20B. Sure was nice
to operate; power shift
and no more gas-start.
In the 1980’s there was
lots of land clearing
In 1985 we moved to Perdue, SK. In the 1990’s we bought a few TD20’s in need of repair, fixed
them up and they were sold.
The 2000’s saw a Hough 30, TD15C bought
and sold. The TD15C we picked up from
A lesson well learned.
crawlers work in lots of rock which shakes
everything loose so bolts tend to get welded.
Peter is pictured to the right, demolishing a
barn in 2002.
We also bought our 1967 1100B in 2000. In
2003 my Dad and I purchased our TD6 which was in pretty good shape. Just some odds and
ends to fix and repaint from tracks down. 2006 a 149 Cub Cadet was also purchased in good
2010 we purchased a nice 100 1/2 ton with a 400 V8 auto, 34,000 miles. It was purchased new
by Bahnmann Bros., the IH Dealership at Rosthern, SK., and was used as a service truck until
1978 when the dealership sold out
to MNS Equipment. Then used on
In 2012 we came
across a Cub Cadet 782 and it
came home with us.
2013 was a good year. First came
a KB7 restored by the late John
Vargo. Then in the fall a 1968
TD6 62 series that was farmed
with from new at Dugald,
Manitoba. It pulled an 18 foot
The original owner
passed away in 2012 at 89 years
We have all the history
including maintenance dates on
The highlight of 2013 was the
trip to Olds, AB for the Chapter
38 show. We just packed a few
bags, jumped in the 100 pickup
and we were gone for 5 days.
What a blast!
Peter loved land clearing with his TD20, so a picture of
him and the crawler etched onto his headstone was fitting.
Our list of IH treasures include a TD20B, TD35, two
TD6’s, Cub Cadet 782 and 149, 1100B and 100 pickups,
1949 KB7, a walk behind snow blower and rototiller, fridge
and some odds and ends.
We are looking forward to our 2014 show in North Battleford, Sk. Hope everybody brings lots
of IH treasures.
See you there!
DEALERSHIPS OF THE PAST
Greenhough Brothers / Greenhough Brothers and Sons / Greenhough's Ltd.
McCormick Deering / IHC Agents
Story by George Greenhough
In 1920, The Greenhough Brothers, Hargreaves and Fred along with their parents moved from
their farm in Keephills Alberta east across the North Saskatchewan River to Genesee. The
move was only about 3 miles as the crow flies but in spite of the river barrier their contact with
the old community was maintained via the Genesee Ferry crossing of the river. The new farm
was about a mile from the ferry crossing and the main road ran past the front gate.
At that time, a new era of farming was beginning, with farmers making a change from horses to
tractors. The Greenhough's too were part of the changing times and in 1924 the bought a
McCormick Deering 15-30 from the IHC agent at Duffield Alberta, Percy Faulks. This began an
association with International Harvester that continues to today.
In about 1929 the 15-30 was exchanged for the new, more powerful 22-36. It was in the early
1930's that the manager of the IHC Edmonton branch asked if they would consider becoming
agents for the area. By 1936 the decision was made, which was somewhat influenced by the
cost advantage of buying equipment for their
own use. One of the first pieces of equipment
for the farm that was purchased through the
dealership was a WD 40, the first diesel
around and a D 15 truck. The old 22-36 was
sold to one of their new customers. !
Their trading area extend south in the
Genesee and St Francis area and north across
the river into the Keephills and Duffield area,
that northern region being served by the
ferry crossing. !
As part of the agency requirements and
their relative isolation, they were obligated
to maintain a significant inventory of parts
for the IH machinery and trucks sold as
well as for the short line equipment they
carried. The original shop was used until
about 1946 when an army surplus steel
quonset was put into service. In 1951 a
further expansion saw the addition of a
showroom and much larger parts section.
Over the years the business was operated in conjunction with the farm, primarily grain and pigs,
and as time marched on, the next generation eventually took over, Glen, Fred's son and Bill and
Harvey, Hargreaves sons. Harvey and Bill attended SAIT in Calgary and became journeyman
mechanics and welders. Additional mechanics were hired to in the shop and significant time was
spent setting up equipment and picking up tractors and trucks from Edmonton.
The farm diversified too with a land clearing
business and oil hauling trucks added.
Farm equipment was in short supplying the late
'40s and early 50's due to the war. That trend
changed in the 1950's and 1960's and they did
a large volume of business in IHC's full line of
equipment during that time. Equipment
servicing and overhaul kept the shop full. For a
time they specialized in souping up WD 9
They could take a stock 46
horsepower tractor and get up to 72 HP from
Picking up new trucks in Edmonton, AB, 1963/64. In the picture below, my Dad Bill Greenhough
is third from the left , 4th from the left with the coffee cup is my Grandfather Hargreaves.
Remember that old river ferry? The one that help build their business? It was replaced in
1966 by a new bridge
several miles away which
eliminated the flow of
traffic past the farm.
Seeing the writing on the
wall, the dealership was
terminated in 1966. !
The shop continued to be
used in the farm
operations till today. Bill
spends a lot of his spare
time restoring old IH
tractors. Some of which
the dealership sold
originally. His current
projects include a T6 gas
crawler and his one and
only John Deere, a 1939
By Ralph Jorgensen
“Get your bags packed tomorrow morning you’re off to Illinois. We have a bean combine
down there on which we are trying some experimental attachments. We want you to
assess it.” So started a one way conversation with my boss.
“Yippee, a field trip.”
Bean combines have a tough life. Digging pods out of dusty abrasive soil, special
bearings to handle the grit, and unloading augers that don’t crack tender bean morsels
are their lot. But that is a story for another time.
My field mechanic and I landed in Decatur on Tuesday and spent the next few days
adjusting, cajoling, and urging the machine to greater achievement.
On Friday we were bushed.
“I’ll take you to a night club and show you the ropes” the mechanic said, with a glint in
his eye. Now being a relatively religious sort, one well sheltered from such ‘ropes’, I
smiled weakly. After all, this was my first foray into life in the field.
As the evening progressed my friend bent his elbow more and more. If I hadn’t noticed
that, then the slurred speech was the dead giveaway. “I’ve got someone for you t’meet”
the mechanic said. There in front of me was a tall, well cut fiftyish man. Beside him was
an amazing, well proportioned svelte beauty. “This is my-uh-daughter and I want you to
dance with her. (Wink, wink.”)
Now I had a fair idea what wink wink meant, but actually dancing with such a goddess
eluded my sensibility for the moment. (After all, I had been married less than a month.)
Being verbose under such pressure I struck up an animated conversation. ”Oh, you’re
going to university are you? Where, what, when, blah, blah, blah.” After one slow round
on the dance floor she excused herself to go who knows where.
This was all being monitored by my bleary-eyed associate. I crossed the floor to him
and said I didn’t want to be at this party any longer. After much disjointed conversation
he haled a cab and we headed back to our motel rooms. Just before closing the car door
I heard that now famous mantra “Darn engineer, you try to giv’um an eddycation and
that’s all the thanks yu get!”
MEMBER PROFILE: BILL McMURRAY, Spruce Grove, AB
This is the story of “Black Bart”, my 1975, 200, 4 X 4 pickup.
In August of 2010, I bought Bart in north eastern Alberta, and as was the usual downfall of
these trucks, he was very rusty, and of course, there was more than I thought! But, I had a
I started taking him apart in September, for a total frame off restoration. As I have a very
small shop, most of the work was done outside (and in Alberta this can be somewhat of a
challenge, due to the weather). The body was sanded down to the bare metal before it was sent
for paint, which was done at Big Country Repair & Paint in Calmar, AB.
Except for the paint, I did all the work myself with only hand tools and a mig welder.
The frame was sandblasted and painted at home. I had to cut out floor boards, rocker panels,
cut corners etc. I got the front fenders off a parts truck, and purchased rockers and floor
panels, and a few other parts from both Travelall Parts and Super Scout, both out of the USA.
Some body parts I had to build, including the tailgate, except for the center section.
The inside door panels are original. I recovered the
original headliner and installed custom seats and new
The rear view mirrors are factory original,
but from a 1973, 1210, with a Trailmaster package.
The rear bumper is the original Barden Bumper, from
which I cut off the checker plate, reinforced the
bumper and powder coated it. I replaced the checker
plate with polished aluminum. All the body parts that
I made, including the polished aluminum, were bent
and manufactured at home without any fancy tools.
What really makes this truck unique is that it has a “numbers matching” power train, with a 392
engine, a T496 five speed transmission and 3:73 gears, with a translock rear diff, as well as IH
Other factory options include air conditioning, cab grab handles, deluxe interior, cargo light,
cab lights, dual exhaust, sliding rear window, deluxe interior trim, electric clock, am radio, and
001 special order black paint, which is the original colour.
I finished this truck in July 2013, about a week before our Western Canada IHC Chapter 38
Annual Show, which was held in Olds, AB, in conjunction with the 60th Annual World Plowing
At this show, Bart won the `People`s Choice` Award for outdoor display of
approximately 200 units of equipment.
I am very proud of this truck and it was worth every minute of labor I put into restoring it.
IH trucks were some of the toughest trucks ever built, and I am glad that Chapter 38 is
trying to help preserve their heritage. It is very easy to restore a Dodge, Chev or Ford, as
you can build a whole vehicle from replica parts, but to rebuild an IH, it takes a lot of work
and a little imagination, but oh so worth it in the end. I feel ten feet tall and bullet proof,
when driving this truck!!
MEMBER PROFILE: KEN KNIGHTS, SYLVAN LAKE, AB
For The Love Of A Truck!
The date was 1976 in Delburne, Alberta. My dad had a dairy farm and he bought a 1967
International 2 wheel drive. Which I fell in love with.
That truck and I went everywhere, including places where a 4x4 should not be. Out hunting
muskrats, ducks, deer,in the Rocky Mountain House area. Yes we did get struck, but somehow
we always got out, not even using a winch to get her out.
I even did some work around the farm with her. She had the throttle cable, so I could load hay
in the box, put her in first, pull the throttle out, jump out and go in the box to spread the hay.
When I was done I jumped back in and continued on. A one-man job done. Sweet; try that with
your new truck.
We also hauled hay. One time I came back with a load of 5 or 6 bales higher than the cab. Dad
said you could make 2 loads out of that, but I figured, if you can get it on , she must be able to
handle it and that proved to be mostly true.
When we left the farm in 1978 the truck was sold. We moved into Red Deer and I started a
roofing company. The first truck I had was a GMC 3/4 ton. But really I wanted a international.
I found one the same colour as dad's farm truck. So I did the logical thing; I bought her and
got rid of the GMC. I dressed her up inside with the black diamond vinyl roof and door panels
to match. !
I was in LOVE, but then.....................part two to come in the next newsletter!
for a girl
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AMERICAN TRUCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Father and daughter
restore a 1960 B-100
with ‘wide whites.’
rom the time she could walk, Shelby Kirkham
has loved hanging out with her dad George,
whether it was at his International dealership
in Lethbridge, Alberta, or working alongside him on
an old truck in his shop at home.
George affectionately refers to Shelby, 18, the younger
of his two daughters, as his “gearhead.”
Pam, 20, a nursing student, likes driving trucks and
going to truck shows but isn’t interested in working on
them. Shelby, on the other hand, by age 13 was itching
to get her hands dirty on some wheels of her own.
After two years of near-constant harassment, George
finally gave in. An ATHS member since 1988, Kirkham
has about 50 antique preserved or restored Internationals in his collection, and more than a hundred “maybe
do’s” waiting in his yard. But Shelby had something very
specific in mind.
“I want a blue-and-white pickup with wide whitewall
tires,” she stated.
The truck had to be an International; that was a given.
George Kirkham Sr., Shelby’s grandfather, worked for
International as a zone manager from the late 1930s until
he retired in 1977. George Jr. began working for an International dealership in Lethbridge in 1978, and opened
his own, Southland International Trucks, in 1985.
Shelby had in mind a 1953 to ‘55 half-ton R-model
International, but George wanted her in something a
little newer — and safer. He was already buying parts
for a 1960 International B-100 that he had picked up
in 2003 in Carmangay. The B-100 pickup was in decent
condition, and didn’t need a lot of bodywork.
“This will do,” Shelby said after a careful inspection,
“but it has to have wide whites.”
A week later, she and her dad had the pickup stripped
down to the frame. As each section of the truck was
taken apart it was placed in its own plastic tub, with
carefully labeled freezer bags for nuts, bolts, screws,
and other small pieces.
That was in April of 2010. Father and daughter fixed
what they could, and replaced the rest.
“I was really surprised that we were able to find a lot
of new old stock (NOS) parts,” George said.
A NOS power brake system came from Maine; a NOS
gauge cluster (metric) from Vietnam. Local shops reContinued on next page
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above, 18, had a hand
in restoring her 1960
Her parents, George
and Melody Kirkham,
are ATHS members in
and Shelby has grown
up around old trucks.
For prom, she and
three friends rode in
her dad’s Travelall,
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built the 264-c.i. Black Diamond engine, radiator,
and heater. Bob Unsworth, an Englishman in his
70s and a mechanic at Southland, rebuilt the rear
end, fixed the wiring problems, and “fine-tuned”
As the weeks went on, though, the teenager’s
mind began to wander … to friends, school, clogging (a type of folk dance that Shelby has done
for about 14 years). Now it was George who was
doing the harassing, constantly encouraging —
read “threatening” — his daughter to keep working
on the truck.
“I have a social life!” Shelby moaned.
“Well, I don’t, so let’s get down there and work
on the truck!” George countered.
A bribe or two may have passed hands, says
Melody Kirkham, Shelby’s mom. With the restoration now going on 9½ months, tempers were
running high. One night, as George was working
on the driver’s door lock without much success,
Shelby yelled at him from across the shop, “Just
tear the g-d thing apart and fix it right!”
Asking himself quietly where his daughter got
that attitude from, George spent another hour on
the door lock and got it fixed.
Finally, in January 2011, the truck was finished,
and the end result is stunning. Of the 1,200 hours
in the restoration, Shelby did about one-third of
the work herself, including most of the body work.
“I hated sanding body putty and primer, but
I loved learning how everything went together,”
Shelby graduated high school earlier this year,
and is working with her dad at Southland, with
plans to go to business school. She loves driving
her “blue-and-white pickup with wide whites,”
around town to work, the grocery store, or picking up parts for her dad.
And there may finally be time for that social
life. But this little gearhead has one important
requirement: Must love trucks!
— Stormy Wylie, Editor
AMERICAN TRUCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TECH TIP/Truck Build (Part 3)
Submitted by Clayton Kucherawy
A rear disk brake conversion is not for someone who wants to keep their truck stock. But if you
are concerned with finding replacement brake parts, stopping ability and even ground clearance,
disks could be for you.
My truck is using a cab and chassis GM 14 bolt rear end with 4.56 gears. The 14 bolt
differential has full floating axles and is one beefy rear end. But it had huge drums that stuck
out far past the wheel; this did not look the way I wanted and it took up lots of ground
clearance. So a disk brake conversion was the answer.
First I had to remove the entire brake assembly from the
differential. The hard part was pounding out the wheel studs
to free the hubs. But with some work with a hammer they all
were removed. The first part needed was a bracket made by
Ruff Stuff Specialties. It bolts onto the same bracket the
old back plate mounted to. I used slightly longer grade 8
bolts to fasten it.
Next are the rotors. The rotors come from a 1975 GM ¾ ton
4x4. The rotor attaches to the existing hubs and the wheel
studs are pounded in. The hub and rotor assembly is then
mounted on the differential. The calipers are from a 1975 GM
¾ ton 4x4 also. The calipers and pads install easily; just make sure the bleeder screws face up.
When I ordered my parts the part numbers were right but I had 2 of the same part. Left and
right are different.
One thing I should note is the parking brake. I did not need to set up a parking brake on the
differential as my project has the band style parking brake on the
transmission. If you want a parking brake on the differential you
need to use Cadillac
plumbing and possible
replacement, the disk
brakes are complete. I
am very impressed with
how well the rear disk
brakes went together.
For Sale: TWO TRUCKS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
1979 Scout Traveller, V8 auto, original owner is Don Place of Viking, ex IH dealer.
1969 International 1500, V8 4 speed, duals, runs well. BOTH trucks for $9500.
Contact Don Place at 780-336-3183.
For Sale: International 706 tractor. HELP ME!!! Take me home before they take me for
scrap! No rear tires or rims, but can provide rear tires for loading. Was running before the
kids put a garden hose in the exhaust! Excellent tin. Give me a reasonable offer. Contact:
Gerald Haight, Erskine, AB Res 1-403-742-5228
Wanted: Set of track rails for a T6 or TD 6 international Crawler. George 780-717-2382
For Sale: 2 New Tractor Tires, 9.5 – 24”, old style tread, $425.00; Terry Bender
For Sale: IH 102 Cub Cadet, 3 spd trans, rototiller. Asking $800 obo.
Contact Ken Haight at email: [email protected]
Wanted: Half Cab (Pickup Cab) for a scout 80 or 800. Contact: George Greenhough at
780-717-2382 or email [email protected]
For Sale: Stainless script for International W400
tractor. Mostly straight, minor scuffing. $125 Contact:
Bernie Yakimyshyn at email: [email protected] or
For Sale: Two freshly rechromed 3/4 hubcaps for L120 pickups. $175 each.
Contact: Bernie Yakimyshyn email: [email protected] or 780-464-1030.
For Sale: 80's IHC 28ft swather Canvas stored inside good condition $2500 OBO.
Machine located in Briercrest, Sk. Contact Stuart Day 403-512-7210.
Wanted: Oil filter housing for 1948 KB7 with Blue Diamond Engine.
Contact Andre Roelofs, Sangudo at email: [email protected]
For Sale: Early 80's IHC 1482 PT combine w/ pick up, spare tire, control box and hyd.
reverser, stored inside $5000 OBO. Machine located in Briercrest, Sk.
Contact Stuart Day 403-512-7210
For Sale: 1969 1100 pickup, V8 304, 4 spd, needs tailgate. $1000. Also have auto trans for
$50, 264 motor for $100, 4 Spd trans for $100, grille from 1973 and 1964, $50 each.
Contact Ken Haight 403-742-1979 or cell 403-323-3323 in Erskine, AB
For Sale: 1963/64 International Pickup, parts truck. $500 obo.
Contact Stuart Day at 403-512-7210. Located in Briercrest, SK.
For Sale: 1954 R110 Travelall. $1250 Contact: Iain Richardson, Semans, SK (306) 524-2027
or email: [email protected]
For Sale: 1971 International pickup. 6 cyl, 3 on the tree. $1100 Contact Brian
780-288-5026, Sherwood Park, AB
For Sale: L – 110 short wheelbase, asking $950. Also have L1 50 SD 220 engine complete with
hoist, asking $550. 3 hp M-series engine in a box.
Contact: George Frieser 780 916 4314 Stony Plain, AB.
For Sale: Many parts trucks and restorable units being offered by
Contact: Ron Gerlinski 1-306-883-2458
NB What doesn’t get sold by October 2014 will be crushed!
Parts trucks at Crusher Prices:
1938 D-2, no box
1953 R-110 short box
2- 1956 S-110, good bodies, each
1940 D-15 one ton
1951 Metro 3/4 ton van
1957 A-100 short box step side
1959 B-110, no power train
1957 A-100 Golden Anniversary
1959 B-11- complete
1961 C-110, short box swept side
1962 C-110 step side, very good
8.5 foot box
1962 Travelall, front collision
1970 1000 304 automatic
1973 1000, no motor, good body
1974 100, no motor, body okay
1972 Travelall, body good, end
gate with glass
1979 Scout II 4x4 345 auto,
1962 C-110 cab/front clip on
1962 C-110 Panel
1967 Travelall, seized 304, rusty, $250
good end gate with glass
1974 100 with 345 automatic
1974 200, cab and front clip on
1929 S-26 complete, have all new wood cab
pieces, good power train
1935 C-30 1.5 ton dually complete.
Some rust but not bad
1957 A-100 short box, step side, B-240 3 spd,
very little rust
1957 A-120 3/4 ton 4x4, B-240 4 spd, good
power train, rusted badly. Have spare cab,
1959 B-100 short box, swept side, B-264 3 spd,
runs and drives almost no rust
1959 B-100 Travelall, complete, has all chrome
pieces, B-264 3 spd, very little rust SOLD!
1968 1100, 345 auto, custom interior and
exterior. Has all its chrome pieces,
drives really nice, body rusted badly,
have spare box.
1971 3/4 ton 4x4, 345 4 spd, good power train,
rusted badly, have spare box $1000
1973 1010 Travelall, 392 auto, custom interior
and exterior, rusty body.
1975 200 3/4 ton 345 auto, custom interior and
exterior, excellent power train, no box, rusty
body, drives nice
1975 200 3/4 ton 392 5 spd, custom interior and
exterior, excellent power train, rusty body,
drives really nice
1977 1800 Tandem, V8-446, 5 +4
Good tires, drives nice
1979 Scout Traveller, 4x4 345 auto
3:07 differential, Factory Midas
Package, excellent power train,
body, drives nice
1979 Scout Terra 4x4, 345 auto, factory winch
with factory winch bumper, good power
train, rusty body
1980 Scout Terra 4x4 345 auto, factory winch
with factor winch bumper, good power train,