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1931 International Truck, AW2


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Hello All,

 

My 1st post on this forum.  I actually own a Late 30 Ford Model A pickup.  My questions however are about the above truck.

 

It was my fathers, and passed down to my nephew,.  He knows nothing, is not a mechanic but is an eager learner.  The truck had a frame off restoration which is not completed, 95 % complete.  10 years ago we got it started off a small gas tank hung in the engine bay, so we know it should run.  This time i want to do things proper.   change fluids, drain/ add fresh gas, grease, oil in the cylinders and and crank of a couple of days without starting, etc, etc.   

 

Are there any commercial sources for parts?  Initially gaskets are my concern - oil pan, valve galley, differential cover, etc, etc.  Would like to do a visual on things as much as possible for wear and sludge. 

 

Would using a form a gasket product be OK?   If yes, product recommendations?

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9 hours ago, g-g-g0 said:

As an OLD IHC retiree, I would like to see pictures of your truck. Also if you drop down further on the AACA site  there is an IHC section.

Have not any Pics at this time.  I am in Southern WI, truck is in Southern IL.  Am trying to get up to speed on the AW2, preparing to visit nephew this summer to help him get it properly started, and to tutor him on what I know.   The Vacuum fuel tank is something I think I understand, and am trying to get a complete understanding of having both a spark lever and centrifugal advance in the distributor.   Thanks for the tip on the 1HC group.

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Your AW2. along with various other A series models,  lists in my old catalogs as coming with a Waukesha XA or XAH engine (Wauk was a proprieatary engine builder--IH used some of their engines as well as some Lycomings along wiith their own) OR you may have an XAX, listed in a 38 catalog as being a version used in IH trucks, but no mention of which models... 

Wauk Eng Hist Soc can provide manuals and advice (wehs.net) Email all info on your engine tag (small plate attached to engine block )...they're Wauk retirees and very helpful...

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Most of us do not know all models, series, number of cylinders even wheelbase of all older pre war vehicles. If you could take the time to educate us a bit and not make us do the research to even look to see what you are talking about maybe we have something here to assist you but don't even know that.  I do not know what an AW2 is . Photos as mentioned are essential , they would have been a good idea to get before you asked the questions. this is not a complaint, just a suggestion that I believe many here may want to know the answer to.

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I can offer Walt and others a bit of information on this International model.  The first truck I ever bought was an AW-2, many years ago . The AW-2 was  short-lived , replacing the Six-Speed Special. The major difference was that it used the updated sheet metal and cab that would continue on the soon to follow A and B series trucks. An AW-1 was a 3/4 ton truck, and the AW-2 was rated at 1-1/2 tons. The AW-2 used a 4 cylinder L-head Waukesha XA engine as Bud mentioned. This engine used  thermosyphon cooling. The XA was later replaced by the XAH, which was basically the XA with a slightly larger bore and water pump cooling. I believe the standard wheelbase was  136 inches. The transmission was a three speed, mine was made by Motor Mechanics. The rear axle had two speeds, and was well regarded for offering both low speed torque and higher road speeds.  These were very good trucks.   I wish you luck with your nephew and his project. As a teenager I spent a lot of time and energy on my International. The education it gave me was priceless

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There was a 1932 International 1-1/2 ton truck for sale by Craigslist ad in Bakersfield CA in February.  I assume it is an AW2 as well?  I’ve included the contact email address from the ad; not sure whether it sold or if the email address is still valid.  I would have tried to buy it if it was closer

 

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The Bakersfield truck is most likely an A2, which basically replaced the AW-2. The giveaway is the four-speed transmission, a Borg-Warner T9. The AW-2 and its predecessor, the Six Speed Special, used three speed transmissions with two speed rear axles.  The A-2 had a single speed rear axle. This truck looks to be very complete and original, hope it finds a good home. Steve

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