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Old IH pickup gets a makeover

I have been doing barnyard paint jobs for over 40 years,” says John Mikal, who, along with his family operates River View Farms north of Sundre, Alta. “I taught my son, so he does most of them now.” And one of the latest projects to come out the family’s “barnyard” painting program is this 1952 International pickup.

“We got this truck from a friend that just was not into Internationals,” explains John. “So Andy decided to put a shine on it. We did get all of it painted, Including the interior. As I recall, we removed the whole dash for painting as well. We are still missing a front grille and tailgate. The rest of the truck is in good shape now, as the brakes were fixed as well as a new gas tank. The motor runs good too. The plan is to find the parts we need to finish it original. Andy, my son, worked on it for about six months just some evenings and the odd day off. Andy wants to haul a load of grain with it. But most of the time it will sit in the shop and come out (only) on parade day.”

Now that the International has gone as far as it can without those new parts, the Mikals have turned their attention to another project. “We are doing another ’79 ford short box in dark green and real-tree camo,” he adds. “It will be my new service and hunting truck.”

The kind of results of the Mikals were able to achieve on the old International is proof that it’s possible to do some pretty good paint work in the kind of workshops most farms have. But the Mikals are making the investment to build a dedicated painting facility. “We are in the midst of building a new shop with down draft paint booth,” says John. “Everyone should have one on the farm.”

John, I couldn’t agree more.

Do you have a restoration project on the go in your farm shop, or do you have an old machine you’ve kept running? If so, let us know. We may feature it in an upcoming issue of Grainews. Send an email message to [email protected] with a good, high-resulotion photo and description of your project or machine. †

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.



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