This 1953 International Harvester R-110 Travelall was
sold new in San Francisco, California, and was used for
trips to the original owner’s vacation home in the Lake
County mountains. It was acquired by our family in 1984,
and I took ownership in 2009.
A mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment was
commissioned in 2014, with work including minor body
repairs, a rebuild of the 240ci inline-six, and a teardown
and inspection of the four-speed manual transmission.
This Travelall is offered with service records, hand-
written logs, an operator’s manual, a line setting ticket, a
pre-delivery inspection report, and a clean California title
in the name of the seller’s company.
1953 was the first year of production for the Travelall,
which featured two passenger doors up front, and two or
three rows of additional seating. This example was
ordered custom from the factory with its side panels cut
out and roll-down canvas covers that snap into place.
The truck was refinished in red during its previous
ownership in 1980, and I had dents removed and areas
touched up as part of the 2014 refurbishment. The paint
on the rear doors was damaged when the graphics
advertising our real estate company were removed, and
other blemishes can be viewed in the gallery.
Steel 16′′ wheels wear chrome covers with the
International logo and were fitted with STA Super
Transport tires in 2014. The braking system was serviced
in 2009 with a new master cylinder, brake hoses, and
front and rear wheel cylinders. The line setting ticket
indicates that auxiliary springs were fitted when new.
The red from the exterior is carried over to the interior.
The front bench is upholstered in taupe vinyl, with
matching door cards and a white dash face. A three-
spoke steering wheel frames instrumentation including
an 80-mph speedometer and auxiliary gauges for fuel
level, amperage, oil pressure, and coolant temperature.
The five-digit odometer shows under 58k miles, about
13k of which were added by myself. Total mileage is
unknown due to gaps in service records from the original
The rear passenger area is accessed through the rear
doors, and a roll-down canvas divider separates the front
bench from the rear passenger area. The cardboard
headliner is missing, and there is some corrosion on the
exposed metal ceiling.
The 240ci Silver Diamond inline-six was rebuilt by
Antique Auto Restorations in Seaside, California in 2014.
Work included replacing the pistons, intake valves, and
exhaust valves, rebuilding the water pump, starter, and
alternator, regrinding the camshaft, crank, and lifters,
and more detailed in the five-page invoice shown in the
gallery. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-
speed manual transmission that was partially
disassembled and inspected during the engine work.
The front of the frame was washed, scraped, and rust-
treated during the refurbishment, and additional
underbody photos can be viewed in the gallery.
Included in the sale are an operator’s manual, the factory
line setting ticket, a pre-delivery inspection report,
handwritten notes from previous ownership, and service
records dating back to 2009. A cold-start video has
Currently 3,309 miles on new engine. This is a fine old
truck looking for a appreciative new home. Time to sell.