By Robby DeGraff
Many automotive enthusiasts constantly search Craigslist for a project vehicle. Whether it’s a 30-year-old Porsche or a rusted-out Ford F-100 pickup, any time you commit to a Craigslist buy, a good story usually comes out of it.
“That site is like Krispy Kreme doughnuts dipped in crack cocaine for any connoisseur of bad ideas, and I, loyal readers, am the world’s foremost authority on poor decisions,” Zach Brown wrote in an Autoblog article.
Browsing Craigslist for a tough, big pickup, Zach came across his dream project: a low-mileage 1975 International 150 with a four-speed manual and two-speed New Process 205 transfer case. Even better, this three-quarter-ton pickup was California-bred, meaning almost no rust.
We tend to know when a Craigslist ad is telling a lie. A stock four-door Honda Civic EX does not have a racing-inspired V-8, and a 1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max pickup truck with 150,000 miles in “great condition” cannot tow a 6,000-pound power boat up hills with “great ease.” We just need to be careful with what we find.
Zach contacted the owner of the International, drove three-and-a-half hours with two friends down to Bowling Green, Ky., and came face-to-face with the International. Almost immediately did things start to seem a bit strange.
The seller, whom Zach nicknamed "Shady Bobby," didn’t have the vehicle available at the time. Turns out Shady Bobby — who we later discover is a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang — hocked over the International Harvester’s title to a friend, and the truck was actually sitting behind a locked gate at his car lot.
When Zach and his friends finally checked out the truck, they were fooled. It wasn’t a low-mileage (104,000 miles) or a three-quarter-ton truck, and it only "ran well." Besides a rear bed filled with diapers, cigarette boxes, McDonald’s bags and various auto parts, the International 150 had a leaky fuel tank combined with a broken fuel pump, a bad steering box and worn wheel bearings. But at least it wasn’t rusty!
Read the rest of Zach’s story at Autoblog and find out what Rambo-esque object was found in the bed and how Zach and his friends rigged up an Advanced Auto Parts gas jug to the fuel lines to get the International on its way back home to Knoxville, Tenn.
This truly is a great story for all car enthusiasts.