Here’s How Much I’ve Spent Keeping My 2.5-Ton 1963 International Loadstar on the Road for Six Months
Looking back on the purchase of my 1963 International Loadstar, I realize now that it might not have been the greatest idea at the time. My almost-as-old 1966 Ford F600 had been broken for a few weeks and, in reality, I was still a month or two from really sorting things out on that front. Take into consideration that the IH was located about five hours away from me and not exactly in road-worthy condition, and you’ll probably agree with me. Still, that wasn’t enough to keep me from dragging home another hefty hunk o’ metal. So, how much has it cost me?
At first, I was concerned. While it drove dang-near perfect during my initial test drive, everything went downhill once I parked it on my property. Perhaps the troubled trip home with the Loadstar behind my dad’s F-250 should’ve been a sign, too. In my first week of ownership, it almost left me stranded—had I not learned to limp my Ford dump truck home in the past with careful throttle application and diligent prayer, I probably would’ve needed a tow. The ignition system was toast, and thus I had my first experience with an old-school Holley distributor.
Rather than swapping the burnt-up points and condenser for new ones, I read around the web and found that fellow Binder owners favored Pertronix electronic ignition units. That set me back $135.44 according to my e-receipt, and the accompanying Pertronix Flame-Thrower coil was an extra $50.72. Not cheap, but it was
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