1968 International Harvester Loadster 1700 Bookmobile

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Tree mural visible on the back right - bought this vehicle as an author working with my own books and others. Did a brief tour collecting "The Book That Changed Your Life." We've got some great stuff here, but pandemic made goals/career shift. Feels great inside.

Some visible paint damage/slight rust on rear back left - the rest is just poetically dappled sunlight in required 600 pixel format, not smeared paint. :)

Did a fuel line and filter replacement in 2021. Also professional carb rebuild that helped significantly with start up/smooth idle.
by Jeff Geiger
Published: September 29, 2022 (1 year ago)
Loadstar 1700
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A clean, maintained 1968 International Harvester Bookmobile Loadstar 1700 with standard equipment plus original Gerstenslager body, 345 CID V-8 engine, and crank-open clerestory windows. Recently upgraded with LED conversion and new wood laminate flooring. Professional carburetor rebuild in 2021. Rare find at 50,500 miles and strong running shape. Exterior front-porch light and extendible boarding platforms. Manual transmission, unleaded. Perfect for tiny house conversion, food cart, or as originally intended – as a bookmobile!

Finished 20’ interior (from behind driver’s seat to rear of main compartment) with built-in shelves, functional power/lighting systems/interior outlets, 100 amp breaker, shore power. Locking gas tank and rear storage. Some cracked door seals, minor body damage, minor rust, and peeling paint. Vehicle seals well, as it was originally built to preserve and maintain print materials in all conditions. Hundreds of curated books in great shape complimentary w/vehicle, or can be removed in advance. Vehicle sale comes complete with trickle charger, cables, spare tire, and power inverter for extended off-grid run of interior lights.

Bumper to bumper: 29’
Interior main compartment: 20’
Exterior width: 7.5’
Exterior height: 10’5”
Interior height: 7’

**FAQs** — 10/17/22

Yes, the vehicle runs great. Engine evaluated 2021 and rebuilt carb. Yes, should make the trip cross country. Climbs hills very well in and hasn’t let me down at any point over the last 5+ years – I would not do it in the snow on the Oregon mountain passes but that’s my personal level of comfort. Also, I tend not to take this beauty much over 55 mph.

Thanks to all who have been in touch and look forward to seeing where she lands!

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