Searching Your International Trucks

February 12, 2009

Instead of paying $93,000-to over $100,000 for a new International truck that has not yet been tested nor abundantly reviewed, truckusers can go to several websites and purchase a 1975 model International trucks for $6,500. Instead of paying with an expensive loan from a bank or loan company, many truckusers could pay this sum with cash. And for those who don’t just have $6,000 lying around, a loan for less than $7,000 feels a lot better than a loan for over $100,000.

This is the scope of the International used truck market, a place where buyers and sellers can meet to negotiate fair prices on acceptable products. Though the 1975 farm truck may not be the most beautiful piece of machinery known to man, it gets the job done, and for a farmer or regional trucker looking to start a small-scale business the price and the manufacturer are right.International has been long known to produce high-quality, durable trucks, and paying under $10,000 for a truck is always an excellent deal.

Neither are the sellers on these classified web sites where used International Trucks can be found scammers with no intention of providing a reliable vehicle. The seller of this International model is a small used truck sales company featuring a web site and agreements backed by an extensive parts department.

But for those who aren’t exactly looking for bounce-backs from 1975, the used International Truck market features a great deal of newer, shinier, and fully-loaded International Trucks for a portion of the price that would be paid for a new vehicle. For example, one website offers a 2006 International 9400i for less than $60,000 and a 2003 International model for less than $20,000. With these great prices on trucks less than six years old, the Used International trucks market is booming on the Internet, and all truckusers need to do is start searching now!

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International Truck and Engine Corporation to Enter RV Market

November 6, 2008

The auto industry is a continually growing trade with companies expanding their businesses to other parts of the auto market. International Truck and Engine Corporation, a leading manufacturer of medium and heavy trucks, recently announced that they will be branching out their business in the RV territory.

The truck manufacturer recently entered into an agreement with Conquest Motorhomes which will see International Truck and Engine as the sole provider of chassis and cab to the Conquest. The Conquest Motorhomes is a division of Gulf Stream Coach, a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles or RVs. This partnership between the two huge companies will surely make waves in the RV industry.

The partnership was announced by Steve Guillaume, the General Manager for Medium Truck, International and during the announcement, Guillaume was saying that: “This partnership is a tremendous growth opportunity for us. The Class C motor home market represents a substantial portion of a growing industry – approximately 33 percent of the total motorized RV market. Once again, International is challenging convention as this is a great opportunity to leverage the scale of our core business and generate growth outside of the commercial trucking sector.”

International will be providing cab and chassis for Gulf Stream’s Class C diesel motorhomes. International already received an order for 625 DuraStar chassis which shows that the partnership is indeed benefiting the two companies. The number of orders placed by Gulf Stream is expected to increase as time goes on and their partnership becomes stronger.

International Truck and Engine has been working with Workhorse Custom Chassis in order for International to break into the profitable RV industry. The effort paid off when they partnered with the leading manufacture of RV motorhomes. Models from the Gulf Stream that will be using the chassis from International Truck and Engine are the Super Nova and the Gladiator.

Jim Johnson, the Vice President of Operations, Conquest Motorhome Division for Gulf Stream Coach, has this to say about their partnership with International Truck and Engine: “When a leader in the commercial truck industry collaborates with a leader in the RV industry to build a great product, RV customers are going to be the big winners. Moreover, our industry is coming into its sweet spot for growth as population and demographic trends favor long-term RV market growth. Buyers aged 35-54 are the largest and fastest growing segment of RV owners. Every day, 11,000 Americans turn 50. This is a huge plus for International, because the International nameplate is viewed very favorably by that demographic.”

The partnership between these two companies will surely benefit the consumers of the RV industry. With the combined expertise and experience of the two companies, they can provide good service to their consumers. Innovations in the RV industry in terms of chassis design may also be a result of this partnership. With reliable chassis, as reliable as Nissan struts, and the know-how of Gulf Stream in motorhome manufacturing, the partnership can indeed bring the RV industry to a profitable future.


Ban on heavy trucks reduces fuel supply

October 6, 2008

THE flow of fuel into the country has been interrupted since the Kenyan authorities impounded all four-axle trucks destined for Uganda.

Hundreds of impounded trucks have been parked on the highway between Mariakani, Malaba and Busia border posts following a ban on heavy trucks effective from October 1.

Both Kenya and Uganda decided to slap a ban on four-axle (eight wheels) trucks after engineers argued that they damage the roads and make the governments incur high costs to repair them.

But while the Kenyan ban became effective on September 30, after it had been extended for three months, Uganda has given its truck drivers a deadline of November 31 to adapt to the new regulations.

The Kenyan action has caused fears of a looming fuel shortage in Uganda and the neighbouring countries, including Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A number of filling stations in Kampala over the weekend reported that they had not received any supplies since Thursday. Many were seen waving away motorists since their tanks were empty.

Shell Uganda chairman Ivan Kyayonka said many of their tanks loaded with fuel had been impounded. Shell, one of the leading importers of fuel, transports over 95% of its fuel products by road.

“Truck movement has been interfered with. Many of our trucks are stuck in Kenya and this will definitely affect us,” he said.

He, however, added that they had asked the transport minister to intervene.
“I think the two governments will reach a solution. Our request is that they allow those tanks that had been filled with fuel to come and we modify them before they go back,” Kyayonka said.

Transport minister John Nasasira was not available for comment yesterday but a senior official in the ministry confirmed that the fuel dealers had contacted them. “All I can tell you is that the issue is being handled at a diplomatic level,” he said.

Many truck drivers at the border posts were yesterday seen modifying their axles.

Over 100 others were still parked at Malaba border and at Amagoro weigh-bridge as they were waiting for instructions from their bosses to remove the axles.

Kenya’s transport minister, Chirau Ali Makwere, has vowed not to relax the ban, saying Kenya was the only country in the world where “we are damaging our own roads.”


International Trucks – Ahead in Customer Satisfaction!

June 4, 2008

The interesting logo of the International Truck and Engine Corporation inspires confidence in truckers and truck lovers across over 90 countries around the world. The company manufactures automotive trucks, buses, school buses, diesel engines and chassis. It also designs and manufactures private diesel engines for SUVs, pick-up trucks and vans. Like other reputable companies such as Ford, Isuzu and GMC Navistar International also manufactures rental trucks for Budget Rental Truck.

The International Harvesting Company was formed in 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, as a result of the merger of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and the Deering Harvester Company. In the following three decades the company diversified to include manufacturing of farming equipment, gar turbines, construction equipment, trucks, buses and allied components. It was in the mid 1980s that the company began to downsize and concentrated its operations on International truck and engine manufacturing. It retained its original logo and also its excellent reputation in customer satisfaction. The Navistar International Corporation is the parent company of the International Truck and Engine Company.Today International truck and engine are regarded as the best and assure customer satisfaction each and every time. International Truck and Engine Corporation understands the financial constraints that customers often face and hence has a subsidiary, Navistar Financial Corporation that takes care of this aspect. It also sells through its wide and diverse International truck dealers network new as well as used trucks. Whatever the choice the customer is always guaranteed the utmost level of satisfaction in service.

The diesel range of International engines have now been named ‘Maxxforce’. Thus the name of the truck engine will be Maxxforce, followed by the approximate number of the engine’s displacement. The company endeavors to provide its truckers the best driving experience and hence offers interior packages to suit the driver’s needs. The International Chrome Package for International Class 8 trucks offer a trendy look and reliable service with top grade 304, non-magnetic, non-corroding stainless steel.Medium and heavy duty International trucks are used in many different vocations and markets such as hauling freight, construction, pickup and delivery, over the road, military, corporate, school buses, emergency services, utility and governments. Some of the heavy duty and medium duty trucks offered by International include the International 9900, International CityStar, International ProStar, International DuraStar, International PayStar and International TranStar

It has always been International Truck and Engine Corporation’s effort to provide their customers the very best service. They have even designed the International WorkStar in a multi-piece manner, which essentially means that in case of any damage only one part will have to be replaced rather than the whole unit. International truck parts are available easily and are characterized by their superior quality and reliability.The International truck dealers network ensures that truckers are able to find the parts they want in minimum time. International won the 2006 JD Power Award and has the highest customer satisfaction rate among Vocational Class 8 customers. When it comes to brand loyalty International is far beyond its competitors and 91% International vocational truck drivers say that they would replace their current truck only with an International because of the superior performance of the trucks and excellent customer service.


Chevy that’s more than the sum of its parts

February 12, 2008

Diesel trucks are often more than the sum of their parts. They all have great engines, bulletproof transmissions, axles rated for more than 5 tons of weight, and pickup beds built for loading up and dragging around whatever it takes to get the job done. Naturally, each one of the Big 3 diesels has its own strengths, but what if what you’re looking for in a truck isn’t something that can be sold on a dealership lot?

Ty Freed of Bruceville, Indiana, was in just that kind of predicament. Back in 1981, Ty’s dad bought a Chevy pickup for use around the homestead. Since the day his dad rolled down the driveway in that truck, Ty’s been sold on the ’73-’87 Chevy. It’s kind of a sentimental thing. So, when it came time to buy a pickup of his own, Ty knew he’d have to take the unconventional path and restore an ’80 K30 dualie instead of buying a late-model rig. When he tore into the project, he even decided to repaint it in the same two-tone treatment as that of his dad’s truck.

Ty's Cummins engine swap may be the cleanest conversion we've ever seen. The 5.9L engine is relatively stock, save for a 4-inch turbo back exhaust without a muffler, but look at Ty's attention to detail in his routing of the plumbing, electrical wiring, and custom-machined aluminum valve cover.

The more you know about Ty, the more his decision makes sense. Ty is a professor at the Vincennes University, where he teaches courses in automotive technology and collision repair. Who better to know the steps it takes to completely strip, rebuild, and repaint every component on the truck until it looked and functioned as good as new. Ty figures he’s put around 1,200 hours of work into building the truck. One of the reasons his buildup took so long is its unique powertrain.

Cummins Engine Swap

Unlike his dad’s old Chevy Trucks, Ty’s K30 received some modern updates to ensure that it could ride and drive like a new pickup.

Instead of rebuilding the original gas V-8 engine under the hood, Ty swapped in an early 12-valve 5.9L Cummins with the VE injection pump with an intercooler from a ’96 Dodge Ram. He built custom motor mounts and mated a Dodge 47RE four-speed automatic transmission behind the Cummins to make the swap go smoother.

Ty's '80 Chevy K30 dualie was built for sentimental reasons and modeled after his dad's old Chevy truck. Unlike his dad's pickup, though, this 1-ton packs amechanical injection 12-valve Cummins under the hood.

Ty’s attention to detail is nothing less than stunning. The engine compartment alone is a work of art. The wiring, plumbing, and integration of the swapped-in Dodge hardware is first class and makes the Cummins, dare we say, look even more at home in this ’80 Chevy’s engine compartment than it does in the Dodge it came out of.

Work Truck That’s a Work of Art

The rest of the truck is equally as spotless. Rather than turn the truck into a chromed-out show vehicle, Ty took the time to build the truck into something he could actually use. The 1-ton drivetrain was built with heavy-duty use in mind. An aluminum flatbed replaced the bed. Goodyear MT/R mud tires on 16-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels were fitted to give the truck the ability to drive anywhere Ty needs it to go. And for those times when even that’s not enough, a Warn winch was fitted up front to pull him the rest of the way. Kinda makes you wish Chevrolet built them this way back in the ’80s, doesn’t it?


Salt truck laid overturned on the side of Route

February 12, 2008

Salt spilled onto the frozen ground as a MoDOT salt truck laid overturned on the side of Route W-W. On the other side of the road, falling ice froze to the side of a red pickup truck with a smashed bumper.

Salt trucks help protect drivers in winter conditions, but even those drivers have to deal with the weather.

On the afteroon of Feb. 11, a MoDOT salt truck collided with a red pickup truck sending two of the trucks‘ passengers to the University Hospital. The Millersburg Fire Protection District responded to the call for a motor accident with injuries, but found an overturned MoDOT truck when they arrived on the scene.

Derek Back was one of the fire fighters who responded to the call, spending two hours in the middle of the road to direct traffic until crews cleared the scene. Back says that while salt trucks are heavy, a slick road makes it possible for anyone to get into an accident.

“This is the first one I’ve responded to in my career, but we hear of it every so often,” Back said. “Heavy equipment dump trucks, salt trucks; it’s a danger for them to be on the roads like this.”

The MFPD responds to an average of 30-50 accidents during the winter season.

“We see accidents like this quite often,” Back said, “Especially when the weather starts to change.”

While the accident occured near Columbia, it was outside of the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. However, Columbia is working on clearing the roads as well.  Operations Manager Mary Ellen Lea says that they are prepared for the weather.

Columbia currently has 17 salt trucks and five smaller trucks to clear the roads. The trucks have a chain system mounted under the axle. When the wheel spins, the chains underneath offer added traction.

Lea said that before the weather comes, the trucks lay just salt. Once the precipitation begins, the trucks lay a salt and cinder mixture for added traction.


PECO Trucks

February 12, 2008

PECO trucks have gone green. In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions, PECO has equipped all of its 580 utility trucks to run on a locally produced biodiesel fuel blend, according to a press release. The trucks are now using a blend of petroleum diesel and refined vegetable oil. PECO has contracted with the Energy Cooperative, a local non-profit, to supply the biodiesel.

The fuel blend is 20 percent soy-based and 80 percent diesel which has the end result of reducing PECO’s carbon emissions by 16 percent for every gallon of biodiesel used over regular diesel, according to the energy company. On average, PECO trucks use 15,000 gallons of fuel a week. PECO now boasts 630 alternatively fueled vehicles in its fleet. It also has a hybrid bucket truck, 43 hybrid SUVs and seven natural gas powered vehicles.

The use of biodiesel also reduces the release of other nasties into the environment, such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and particulates. PECO’s parent company, Exelon, has made a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent from its 2001 levels by year’s end.