Looking at my Junkyard Find articles for 2020, I discover that I have actually been ignoring American vehicles for much of this year (I do not take into consideration the PT Cruiser to be a real vehicle, in spite of being classified as one by the federal government). For that factor, I have actually made a decision to share this completely used-up IHC Metro-Mite stepvan prior to the year finishes.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, dashboard - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIt shows up that the initial proprietor of this van was the Mountain States Telephone and also Telegraph Company, a Bell System arm or else referred to asThe Phone Company MST&T ended up being Mountain Bell in 1969.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, sign - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAfter that, this vehicle entered into the fleet of an electrical expert in Estes Park,Colorado That’s the place of the Stanley Hotel, motivation for the Overlook Hotel inThe Shining Perhaps this van was made use of to carry materials for electric repair work in one of the most haunted spaces at the Stanley.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, interior - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsNow it stays in a self-service backyard in Denver, regarding 60 miles southern of Estes Park.

The old tires are rock-hard and also completely squashed, and also the within the van has around 6 inches of dust build-up on the floorings, recommending years resting outdoors in the rough High Plains climate.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, engine - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsOne factor that this van might have been retired back in the 1970s lives simply alongside the vehicle driver: a 1.5-liter BMC B engine, ranked at 51 horse power in 1959. Some actually fascinating British vehicles made use of B power, consisting of the MGA, MGB, and also Nash Metropolitan … however such a little and also primitive engine verified inadequate for difficult usage in a shipment van driven on American freeways. Interestingly, the models of the IHC Scout were greatly affected by the Metro-Mite’s style and also made use of the B engine. IHC recognized that couple of Americans would certainly get a Jeep rival with a worn British engine, so the base Scout obtained a 2.5-liter four-banger made from one financial institution of the business’s 304-cube V8.

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1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, dashboard - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIt’s hard placing a flooring shifter on a manual-transmission-equipped forward-control van, so the Metro-Mite obtained a three-on-the-tree guidebook gear.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, dashboard - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars I question a supply Metro-Mite might obtain a lot past regarding 50 miles per hour on degree ground, specifically with the power-robbing slim air in Front Range Colorado, however probably some risk-taker Mountain Bell motorists obtained some severe energy taking place lengthy downhill qualities.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, speedometer - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsHowever, I assume that Dymo top-speed tag existed to allow the motorists understand the range of the speedometer when a lot of the characters diminished, not as main Bell System plan.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, driver's seat - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe Metro-Mite was rather tiny, evaluating simply 2,800 extra pounds, and also its strength was constantly slow-speed shipments around community. You would not intend to being in this vindictive vehicle driver’s seat for the haul in between Pueblo and also Grand Junction, also if you might endure the 20 miles per hour treks up high qualities and also the terrible disturbance from 18-wheelers on open freeways.

1959 International Harvester Metro-Mite van in Denver junkyard, owner's manual - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAmazingly, the initial proprietor’s guidebook stayed with this vehicle till completion.

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