L132 project


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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:42 am

L132 project

So I just made a deal for an L132. She's completely disassembled but in labeled boxes and baggies. The body is nearly rust-free. No gas tank, no bed and the frame is trashed (was cut to install dump bed and now rotted all under the dump bed. Includes a new windshield, new body door and window rubber. Has a rebuilt SD 220 and 4spd. Comes with Canadian papers, Bill of sale, and customs papers. Truck currently in Ohio, I'll pick up after covid lockdown.
With the frame screwed up, should I look for a replacement IH frame or put it on something modern?

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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:05 am

Re: L132 project

I suppose I'd start by asking what are the odds of finding the correct frame in good shape?
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:23 am

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I wouldn't think it would be too hard to find one, but there are two other factors. How far are you willing to drive and how long are you willing to look?

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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:58 pm

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Binder Mike wrote:I suppose I'd start by asking what are the odds of finding the correct frame in good shape?
I'd be willing to step outside the original size. L110, 120, or 130 would suit.
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:00 pm

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dean466 wrote:I wouldn't think it would be too hard to find one, but there are two other factors. How far are you willing to drive and how long are you willing to look?

Dean


Considering its at least 30-45 days til I can even pick this up, I can wait a while. I don't mind road trips, although may not be super willing to go on one for just a frame.
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:03 pm

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Thing is, I have my dump truck that runs and drives like an old international. Im thinking something a little more resto-mod. Original looks but modern comfort/speed/handling. Since the frame is junk already, I dont feel as guilty but id hate to let a rebuilt motor just sit....
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:34 pm

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wndsofchng06 wrote:Thing is, I have my dump truck that runs and drives like an old international. Im thinking something a little more resto-mod. Original looks but modern comfort/speed/handling. Since the frame is junk already, I dont feel as guilty but id hate to let a rebuilt motor just sit....


Seeing as you have an original truck and this one is not complete. I vote resto-mod, build a cool hot rod or slip a 4x4 under that sheet metal. Truth be told the one disappointment I have with my S120 is how flimsy the frame is on that truck IH seemed to get everything right but that.
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:51 pm

Re: L132 project

These Old IHC frames are a simple straight ladder design. Use the OEM frame for a pattern and build a new frame with square tubing. You will not need the mild factory curves.
My friend has a twin compound turbo Cummins in his short wheel base "L". He built the frame for his truck. The OEM frame is not strong enough for his application. This build is a three day project and on the scale of 1 - 10, I would give this a 5.
You can lay the new material over the OEM frame for an easier layout. Keeping the frame "square" is the number one must do.
The cost will be about $500 or less.
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:55 pm

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Wow, looks like a great project,

That grill is worth it's weight in N95 masks alone,

I have a fondness for the 130 series pickups
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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:06 pm

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nikkinutshop wrote:These Old IHC frames are a simple straight ladder design. Use the OEM frame for a pattern and build a new frame with square tubing. You will not need the mild factory curves.
My friend has a twin compound turbo Cummins in his short wheel base "L". He built the frame for his truck. The OEM frame is not strong enough for his application. This build is a three day project and on the scale of 1 - 10, I would give this a 5.
You can lay the new material over the OEM frame for an easier layout. Keeping the frame "square" is the number one must do.
The cost will be about $500 or less.

That thing is wild!
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1957 Buick Special
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