Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club proudly
features, great classic vehicles, which belong to the good folks of
Oklahoma Classic is a highly mechanically modified but very original looking 1967
International Harvester Travelette truck that belongs to Royce Stephens of
Royce had this outstanding
Travelette truck on display at the annual Hops Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
held on the historic square in downtown Perry Oklahoma. This was the first time
I have seen a Travelette IH and the quality build of this beauty was an eye catcher.
Royce says his truck was
originally sold in Wichita Kansas to a private party which was unusual because
most were sold to the railroad or to the Air Force. International Harvester made
the first factory built “Crew Cab” in 1957, which were three door models until
1960. The 1961’s were the first four doors and this body style was continued
until 1968. This truck was an original V8
which was a 345 cubic inch with a four speed manual transmission.
After buying the truck in
2012 from the second owner, Royce began the transformation. He converted the
truck to four wheel drive using all International parts. He converted the
braking system to a “Hydroboost” with front disc brake as part of the total
For the power plant Royce
selected is a 12V 5.9L Cummins Turbodiesel with a Getrag five speed manual
transmission. One of his friends built a custom cross member and mounts which
made the engine and transmission modifications possible. The block and head for
this engine were cast by International for Cummins. The turbodiesel puts out
around 215 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque.
Royce shows more of his skills
doing the interior himself using a 1969 IH front seat and a 2000 Dodge pickup
and a friend did all of the body work and paint.
Their skills are very obvious when looking this unique truck over.
The Travelette rides on LT
315/75R16 Falken Rocky Mountain tires mounted on Wheelsmith Custom wheels with
The “Old” new International
has a thirty two gallon gas tank will make twenty one miles to the gallon
highway mileage and is driven about four thousand miles a year.
Royce says, “I have always
been a pickup man and this is my twenty first International Harvester vehicle”.
Cimarron Starlite Cruisers sincerely thank Royce Stephens for sharing his
outstanding 1967 International Harvester Travelette as our Great Oklahoma
Classic for May 2016!