International Trucks for the American Work Force
The International trucks have been around for over a century. They have spent a big chunk of their existence under the supervision of the International Harvester Co. before becoming the Navistar International Corp in the 1980s. The transition is like a renewed commitment to provide reliable service to the American work force. Part of this commitment is developing capable engines to power its trucks, designing cabs that offer better creature comfort, and flowing lines that lessen wind resistance. Whenever you make a quick break at truck stops, you will surely find International trucks parked along with Freightliners and Macks. The brand will continue to be a recognizable name among the logistics and utility segment of the market as long as it is up for the task. Now, let’s take a look at some notable models from the past and the present.
International Harvester Co. Auto Buggy
The IHC Auto Buggy does not look much like what you would expect from today’s utility vehicles. You can also say that about its performance. But back in 1907, this machine was one of the vehicles depended upon by people. It had a two-cylinder engine that produces only 20 horsepower paired with a two-speed transmission. Its utility version featured a driver’s seat and a cargo box. The suspension gave the Auto Buggy enough height to pass through uneven road surfaces that were frequent that era. Its production run lasted from 1907 up until 1911 only.
The Cab-Over-Engine trucks
Starting in the Depression Era, International trucks started becoming more like the modern conventional trucks. The trucks are designed in such way that the engine is placed in front end of the chassis and the cab over it. It maximizes the remaining space on the chassis. Therefore, these trucks are more compact in a sense. Moreover, engine options included a 213ci and 233ci blocks among others. These engines are straight sixes and V8s that enabled the trucks to pull heavier loads and perform up to expectation during the time.
Tractors getting bigger and powerful
Following the events that took place over the 1970s Oil Crisis and the transition into Navistar International, the International line of trucks had to make serious adjustments to comply with new demands and emission standards. The designers and engineers in the brand began exploring the integration of turbochargers in the trucks’ diesel engines. It also opened the American brand to collaborate with Japanese contemporaries like Nissan Diesel. Developed engines during this phase included the turbocharged 452ci block capable of 210 horses. It powered the International 900 while a less powerful version of the 452ci was planted in the International 700.
Current International Truck line-up
At present, Navistar International has eight trucks in its line-up. These trucks are designed to haul trailers and carry other loads. While the front engine design still prevails among its current designs, it is noticeable that the drawing board was inclined to place more futuristic lines that were integrated into the classic American truck appeal. If the brand continues to play its cards right, it will remain to be one of the premier manufacturers of trucks in the market.