’79 4×4 Looks Good and Works HarderSep 17th, 2010 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Truck of the Month
This 1979 4×4 International model 1824 has a 26,000-lb. GVW and 49,000 miles. Owned by George Hill of Hill Autobody & Towing in Ocean Park, Washington, the truck was originally a Washington state Fish and Wildlife dump truck. George Hill writes:
“We found it on craigslist on a farm in Cathlamet Washington. It had been parked in the late 1980s with a bad tranny. I bought the truck and we rebuilt the tranny and upgraded the hydraulic pump.
“We then advertised on craigslist for a Class B wrecker. I bought the wrecker from Dollars Corner Auto Salvage. The bed is a 620 Vulcan and the truck has a 20-ton hydraulic winch on the front. Western Wreckers in Portland, Oregon, got me all new sliders, bushings and pins for the boom and wheel-lift. Barney at Les Schwab tires in Astoria hooked me up with the tires and wheels. We stripped the bed, tore down the truck and repainted everything with PPG Base Coat clear coat.
“It was a one-year project, working around customers cars. We started January 15, 2009, and put the truck on the road operational December 22, 2009. It is currently being used on the Washington State Patrol Class B rotation. I am pretty proud of the work my guys did on this truck. It looks good and works even harder.”
Editor’s Note: Look for George Hill in the October Tow Times issue Moment of Impact series, where he shares his story of survival in the shooting of a Washington State Trooper.