Heavy Metal

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.

original manufacturer
specifications

1962 - 1979

Built by International Harvester primarily used for local delivery, construction and agricultural applications as well as utility and fire trucks

4x2 chassis

Most had medium-duty 4×2 chassis, but 4×4 and 6×4 models were also built

Engine

154-210 hp (115-157 kW) Diesel
113-200 hp (84-149 kW)

Transmission

4, 5, 7, 8 and 10-spd manual
4 and 6 spd automatic

Partners and Products

Chassis

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Bilstein

7100 Remote Reservoir Shocks

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Kelderman

Custom air ride suspension system, 2005 GMC top kick rear axle

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Magnet Paints

Chassis Saver Paint

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Engine

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E3 Spark Plugs

Spark Plugs

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Bully Dog

2001 6.6 Litre Duramax Diesel Engine

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Heartthrob Exhaust

4" Custom stacks & exhaust system

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Holley

Carburetor

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PPE

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

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RND Fabrication

Custom aluminum cross flow radiator

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Transmission/Drivetrain

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Bully Dog

Allison Transmission

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Carolina Driveline

Custom Driveshaft

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Interior

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Classic Instruments

American Tradition Custom Gauges

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Handmade Seat Co

Custom 60/40 Seat

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Recovery Room Interiors

Custom seat cushion for 60/40 seat

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Tires/Wheels/Brakes

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Diesel Wheels

Custom Polished Aluminum Wheels

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Goodyear

Tires

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Power Brake Service

The Air Master: Air Brake System

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Body

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Corona's Auto Parts

Holmes 500 Wrecker Bed

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eBay

Schlitz Beer Kegs & Beer Tap for gas tanks

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In the Ditch

Aluminum brackets & mounts, Custom toolbox, Pylon & light bar

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Rick's Tanks

Customized Keg Gas Tanks

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Warn

15,000lb industrial winches

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