Heavy Metal

The Story

It’s a 1969 International Loadstar cabover truck with a single rear axle and a super short wheelbase. When I saw this sitting in a junkyard, and got a good look at how good of shape it was in, I knew that I had to turn it into a project. Besides, there is just something about these old cabover trucks that every gearhead loves! The response was great when we stuffed in the hot Duramax diesel engine and custom air suspension, but people really went crazy when we put on the vintage Schlitz beer kegs for fuel tanks, and fit the vintage wrecker bed on the back.Since this is a former Navy truck, the name “Heavy Metal” was a natural fit.

Original Manufacturer Specifications

  • Built by International Harvester between 1962 to 1979 primarily used for local delivery, construction and agricultural applications as well as utility and fire trucks.
  • Most had medium-duty 4×2 chassis, but 4×4 and 6×4 models were also built.
  • Engine: Gasoline
    • 154-210 hp (115-157 kW) Diesel
    • 113-200 hp (84-149 kW)
  • Transmission:
    • 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10-spd manual
    • 4 and 6 spd automatic


  • Accuair
  • Banks Engineering
  • Bilstein
  • Carolina Driveline
  • Classic Instruments
  • Corona's Auto Parts
  • Diesel Wheels
  • E3
  • GMC
  • GoodYear
  • Heartthrob
  • Holley
  • In The Ditch
  • Kelderman
  • Power Brake Service
  • PPE
  • Rick's Tanks
  • Warn


    Remote Air Leveling System with Chrome Compressors

Corona’s Auto Parts

    Holmes 500 Wrecker Bed


    4″ Custom Stacks & Exhaust System


    Duramax Diesel Engine

Banks Engineering


Diesel Wheels

    Custom Polished Aluminum Wheels



Rick’s Tanks

    Customized Keg Gas Tanks


    7100 Remote Reservoir Shocks:
    Front & Rear

E3 Spark Plugs


In the Ditch Towing

    Aluminum Brackets & Mounts,
    Custom Toolbox, Pylon & Light Bar


    (2) 15,000lb Industrial Winches

Carolina Driveline

    Custom Driveshaft


    2005 GMC Top Kick Rear Axle


    Custom Air Ride Suspension System

Classic Instruments

    Custom Gauges (American Tradition)



Power Brake Service

    The Air Master: Air Brake System