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Sold1956 International 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup

UPDATE: Seller reports it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home on a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley!

1956 International Pickup

S-120 model

3/4 ton, 4×4

rear short wheelbase

Vintage ‘50’s International pickups are typically rusty, rotten and worn out, this one’s not!

The truck is a true survivor of 58 years in the dry climate of western Nevada. It has minimal surface rust, no holes or cancer.

Purchased in 1956 by the Washoe County Sheriff’s department for use as a search-and-rescue vehicle, it carried supplies for rescuers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With its tough, tank like build, and low-end power, it was certainly up to the task!

Since 2012, the truck has been undergoing a rolling restoration, much of the work done by a shop that specializes in fire truck maintenance and repair. About $3,500 invested in recent restoration work.

The truck is converted to a 12-volt system with a new wiring harness. Full safety lighting includes turn signals, brake and driving lights.

Brakes are completely redone, including new rear drums and a rebuilt master cylinder. The 1950’s Sun tachometer was updated with modern computer components and thoroughly cleaned, balanced, and recalibrated, at a cost of $450. The truck has saddle gas tanks, the driver’s side tank was cleaned and inner sealed.

Has four new tires and a new battery.

It runs very well, and will climb a telephone pole if asked to.

This truck is in drive-and-enjoy-it condition – or it’s a solid base for restoring to whatever standard you choose.

Located near Santa Barbara in Santa Ynez, CA 93460  (MapQuest the zip code)


[ ID# INTL56PICKUP4X4 ] Asking: (call?)

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BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.

NOTE 2014: According to current ARB guidelines, a 1956 pickup – because of its age – would not be subject to emissions testing.


UPDATE: Seller reports it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home on a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley!

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