Heavy Metal

1969 International Loadstar

It’s a 1969 International Loadstar cabover truck with a single rear axle and a super short wheelbase. When I saw this sitting in a junkyard, and got a good look at how good of shape it was in, I knew that I had to turn it into a project. Besides, there is just something about these old cabover trucks that every gearhead loves! The response was great when we stuffed in the hot Duramax diesel engine and custom air suspension, but people really went crazy when we put on the vintage Schlitz beer kegs for fuel tanks, and fit the vintage wrecker bed on the back. Since this is a former Navy truck, the name “Heavy Metal” was a natural fit.

  • Heavy Metal - 1969 International Loadstar
  • Heavy Metal - 1969 International Loadstar
  • Heavy Metal - 1969 International Loadstar
  • Heavy Metal gauges
  • Heavy Metal cab
  • Headlight-Buckets-In-Heavy-Metal
  • Stacey grinding Heavy Metal
  • Heavy Metal bracket detail
  • Heavy Metal bracket detail
  • Heavy Metal rear quarter
  • Heavy Metal
  • Heavy Metal Brakes
  • Heavy Metal Key
  • Heavy Metal logos
  • Heavy Metal Steering Wheel

Heavy Metal Partners & Products

Engine

2001 6.6 Litre Duramax Diesel Engine
Sparkplugs
4" Custom Stacks & Exhaust System

Wiring Harness and Engine Components (Turbo, Fuel Pump & Pulleys)

Modified Duramax Diesel Engine Tweak

Custom Aluminum Cross Flow Radiator

Universal Wiring Harness

Headlight switch and Ignition switch

Chassis

7100 Remote Reservoir Shocks
Custom Air Ride Suspension System 2005 GMC Top Kick Rear Axle
Chassis saver Paint

Transmission & Drivetrain

Allison Transmission
Custom Driveshaft
Modified Allison Transmission

Interior

Custom Gauges (American Tradition)

Speedometer and Multi-gauge

Custom made 60/40 Seat
Custom seat cushion for 60/40 seat

Universal Heat/AC Vents, Control Unit

Body

Holmes 500 Wrecker Bed

Schlitz Beer Kegs & Beer Tap

Purchased on eBay, modified by Stacey

Aluminum Bracks & Mounts, Custom toolbox, pylon & light bar
Customized Keg Gas Tanks
(2) 15,000lb Industrial Winches

Body and Paint

Paint: Hot Hues Candy Razzleberry from Axalta

Paint acquired and applied by Hot Rod Institute. Contact them for further information on this paint.

Tires, Wheels & Brakes

Custom Polished Aluminum Wheels
The Air Master: Air Brake System

Miscellaneous

Armageddon 120 watt tube amp

Project Episodes

  • Heavy Metal Paint & Body

  • Heavy Metal Dash & Interior/GearZ on the Road

  • The Return of Heavy Metal & Snowcat

  • Heavy Metal Tow Truck

  • Heavy Metal Tow Truck Returns

  • Sgt Rock & Heavy Metal Tow Truck Updates

  • Heavy Metal Suspension

  • Junkyard Truck