No Reserve: Detroit Diesel-powered 1977 International Harvester Loadstar 1800


Seller Username theballjoint
Sale by dealer or Private party? Private Party
Reserve? No
Make International Harvester
Model IHC trucks
Year 1977
Mileage (kms) 19,969 miles
Vin Number DO532GCA12764
Motor 453T
Transmission 4-speed manual
Exterior Color Yellow
Interior Color Black vinyl
Seller reported accidents No
Any Liens? No
Sold for $24,600 to highwoodclassics

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This is a 1977 International Harvester Loadstar 1800 body that has been mounted onto a 2002 GMC 1-tonne chassis. The seller mentions the truck was sold new from the Chatham, Ontario factory and was put into service in Thorold, Ontario as a Pumper truck for the Fire department. The seller mentions he has owned this truck for approximately one and a half years and has added 200kms under his ownership. The truck is offered for sale privately by the seller and it is currently located and registered in Abbotsford, British Columbia.


Highlights of the truck include a 453T Detroit Diesel turbo-charged engine, a custom air-starter system that is plumbed and hidden under a custom reclaimed Douglas fir wood bed, Chrome 10-lug wheels with low-profile 36" tires and custom Chrome exhaust stacks.


The “Thorold Fire Dept.” lettering and the paint on the exterior, while it's faded, it’s said to be original. A chrome front spoiler is mounted above the windshield, while custom air-horns and five amber/chrome lights are mounted on the roof. In true fire truck fashion, a chrome fire extinguisher is mounted on the passenger side. The rear fenders are said to be from a 70’s step-side pickup truck and as previously mentioned the frame is from a 2002 GMC one-tonne truck. The front of the body opens up in a clam-shell fashion displaying the engine bay and a custom-chrome front bumper is mounted below the chrome ten-row grill. Emerald-tinted eyelids finish the headlights and the front end.


The 10-lug wheels are a wrapped in Aeolus tires in the front measuring 255/70R22.5 and Goodyear Marathon LHS 2+ super single rear tires measuring 355/50R22.5. Both the front and back tires are said to measure 36” tall.


The steering is powered and braking is managed by hydraulic disk brakes at all four corners. The interior features a vintage Uniden CB radio mounted on the headliner with emerald tinted fold-down sunshades. The four-spoke IH steering wheel fronts a cluster with five-gauges, individually displaying speed (mph), battery voltage (amperes), oil pressure (PSI), water temperature (F) and fuel. The odometer shows just under 20k miles.

The Loadstar changes gears via a black urethane shift knob that commands a 4-speed manual transmission that the seller mentions is from a C70 Chevrolet truck.

A custom C02 air shut-off system is installed below the centre console in the event that a “run-away” situation occurs with the diesel engine. Various switches and knobs on the dash are said to all be functional and an original sticker with the writing “Notify control when RR tracks are clear of last firetruck” is a reminder of the trucks history. Undercarriage pictures are viewable in the gallery below along with a video overview of the truck that was conducted with the previous owner and builder. All credit of the videos go to De Boss garage, you can find their channel on Youtube @debossgarage and Instagram under the same username. 


Powering the truck is a Detroit Diesel 453T turbo-charged engine that is said to have been rebuilt once before and is mostly stock with the exception of a K&N intake air filter, a REMY alternator, and a custom Air-start system. The radiator and fan/shroud is said to be original Loadstar 1800. Power is transferred from the 453T engine through the manual transmission to the rear wheels via a 475 rear differential.



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Overview video
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Bid Summary

High bidder: highwoodclassics
Total bids: 36