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The Ken Smithson collection of nineteen restored
International pick-up trucks begins with the 1935 model and continues through to the 1974 model. The manufacturing
of half-ton trucks was discontinued by the company in 1974.International did not bring out a new model every year,
which explains why the collection of nineteen vehicles, while complete, spans forty years.
Most of the nineteen are four speed, but a few of the early ones are three speed. All but two are
stick shift. It is interesting to note that for the nineteen models of trucks, there are only three models of
windshields. All Ken's International trucks are painted in authentic colours with Dupont paint. On the average, it
took parts from five different trucks of each model to restore one of them.
The project began with the restoration of two of Ken's old gravel trucks, both International like the
half tons, in 1980. The satisfaction that Ken derived from seeing these two in all their original splendor, led him
to purchase a 1951 pick-up which he had owned many years before. He acquired this truck in 1981 and restored it to
show-room perfection in 1982. After that he never looked back, except back to the particular year of the vehicle
with which he was involved in at any given time.
In 1990 the Rimbey Historical Society purchased the collection and constructed a building to house the
trucks that is now called 'The Smithson International Truck Museum' and is the most complete collection of
International 1/2 ton Trucks in the world. Also in the collection is a 1957 Anniversary Edition that the Town of
Rimbey purchased, refinished and donated to the Museum in 2002, for the Town's 100th Anniversary.
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International Truck Collection, or click on each picture to view each Trucks description.
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