It’s good to see local towns holding on to old trucks when they still have some life left in them. I’m sure there is a some kind of state grant or matching money that would allow Madrid, NY to grab a new Mack or Western Star with a 400+ HP engine, 18 speed transmission, air suspension, and aluminium rims but they have ignored the temptation. Newer is not always better.
The heavy duty part of the S-Series lineup was introduced to the world in 1977 at a special showing in the Super Dome. Originally code named “Tristar” the S-Series was an all new line of trucks for International.¹ It was a product line that would help establish the company as a major player for decades to come. Upon closer inspection of this photo I believe the emblem may read S-2200. If correct, this truck could be a 1984 model, the final year of the 2200. Original engine choices included eleven varieties of Cummins engines or six Detroit Diesel selections. A Spincer 5 speed was the default transmission choice with an Allison 4 speed automatic or a Fuller 10 speed Road Ranger as other options.²
¹ Crismon, Fred. “1977.” International Trucks. Osceola, WI: Motor International & Wholesalers, 1995. 485. Print.
² Crismon, Fred. “1984.” International Trucks. Osceola, WI: Motor International & Wholesalers, 1995. 531. Print.