Warren and Sue Sallee discovered their 1937 International Harvester pickup on her mother's farm in 2009. Sue's grandfather had bought the truck brand new and used for years before it was finally parked and forgotten. The old binder now features a mid-engine Cadillac Northstar V-8 and nearly a thousand louvers in its skin.
The modifications never end on the '37 IHC, from the combination '59 Cadillac/'63 Fairlane tail lights to the louvered rear window and the massive wheelie bar, which consists of old leaf springs mounting a go-kart wheel and slick. The skull serves as a third brake light, with the eyes glowing red when Sallee steps on the pedal.
After they dragged the tired old truck home, the Sallees discovered it came with a complimentary skunk, which chased them out of their shed before being captured. So they accessorized the interior of their truck with stuffed toy skunks. The nifty divided bench seat was a donated minivan leftover.
The Sallees get a kick out of befuddling folks who look under the hood of their truck; some think it has a turbine engine out of a helicopter, but the `engine' actually consists of a repurposed beer keg and a set of semi-truck cab stacks. Note the handbuilt headlight brackets and the lighted frame rail cutouts.
Neatly tucked out of sight under the pickup bed is a 4.9 liter Cadillac Northstar V-8 engine developing approximately 300 horsepower. Warren Sallee fabricated the engine cradle and used the original luxury car's suspension in the rear end.
Sallee, a skilled metalworker with 35 years experience in the aircraft industry, built his own display board for the '37 International Ratillac using old VW valve covers and front end suspension pieces.
Old school brushed 5-slot custom wheels with spider caps are used all around, with wide porta-wall whitewalls up front and even wider whitewalls in back created by buffing the top layer of rubber off the sidewalls.
Check out the shifter mechanism sprouting up from the custom louvered center console: its a pair of wide-jawed metal clamps fitted with a Frankenstein skull. That's another skunk hiding out in the glove box.