1968 International Pickup Truck Specificationsby Marlin Quintana
The International Harvester Corporation (IHC) offered a range of pickup trucks for 1968. The 908C, 1000C and 1100C were the company's 1/2-ton trucks, while the 1200C was a 3/4-ton truck and the 1300C was a one-ton truck. Several engines were available, including two four-cylinders, two six-cylinders and an eight-cylinder.
The 1968 International pickup trucks were available in a wide variety of forms. The most basic was the chassis and cab, to which customers could add their own pickup bed or cargo box. Next was a standard pickup, with beds ranging from 6.75 feet to 8.5 feet in length. A wider "Bonus-Load" bed was also available. The 1100C, 1200C and 1300C could be ordered with four-door cabs, known in IHC marketing parlance as "Travelette." The 1100C and 1200C were available as panel trucks. Finally, the "Travelall" style, available for the 1000C, 1100C and 1200C was a four-door truck with fully-enclosed cargo area, similar to the Chevrolet Suburban. The Travelall was available with four-wheel drive. The 1/2-ton 908C had a wheelbase of 115 inches. The 1000C pickup and all Travelall models had a 119-inch wheelbase. The 1/2-ton 1100C had a wheelbase of between 115 and 140 inches, depending on configuration. The 3/4-ton 1200C's wheelbase ranged from 119 to 166 inches. The one-ton 1300C's wheelbase was between 131 and 156 inches.
The smallest engine offered in 1968 was an overhead-valve, inline four-cylinder displacing 152 cubic inches. It had a cast-iron block, with a bore of 3.875 inches and a stroke of 3.218 inches. The compression ratio was 8.19 to 1. The engine produced 93 horsepower and 143 foot-pounds of torque. A larger four-cylinder, displacing 196 cubic inches, was also available. It was similar to the 152 cubic-inch engine, but had a 4.125-inch bore, a 3.656-inch stroke and a compression ratio of 8.1 to 1. It produced 111 horsepower and 180 ft-lb of torque. Two overhead-valve inline six-cylinders were offered, one displacing 220 cubic inches, the other displacing 240 cubic inches. Both used a compression ratio of 7.5:1. The 220 made 112.5 horsepower and 194.4 ft-lb of torque, while the 240 produced 140.8 horsepower and 223.5 ft-lb of torque. All four and six-cylinder engines used a single-barrel Holley carburetor. The largest engine available was an overhead-valve V-8 displacing 266.76 cubic inches, but typically referred to as 266. It had a cast-iron block, a bore diameter of 3.375 inches and a stroke length of 3.218 inches. Running with a compression ratio of 8.4:1, it produced 155 horsepower and 227 ft-lb of torque. It included a two-barrel Holley carburetor.
The standard transmission for International's 1968 trucks was a manual synchromesh unit with three forward gears and one reverse, with a floor-mounted gear shifter. A four-speed manual was optional, as was an automatic. Several different automatic transmissions were sold, manufactured by IHC, Borg-Warner, New Process and Fuller. Options included whitewall tires, power steering, a roof rack for Travelall models, deluxe interior appointments, two-tone paint, outside rearview mirror(s) and custom exterior trim.
- "Standard Catalog of Chevrolet Trucks: Pickups & Other Light-Duty Trucks, 1918-1995"; John Gunnell; 1995
Marlin Quintana began writing professionally in 2010. A programmer and web developer, he has worked for Motorola, IBM, FameCast and his own small company, which from 1999-2002 built custom, highly interactive websites. Marlin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art and a Bachelor of Science in computer sciences, both from the University of Texas at Austin.