International Harvester Company 1900s-1980s - Chicago, Illinois
|The International Harvester Company of Chicago, Illinois started offering
modified sedan deliveries to hospitals and municipalities in the late 1930s. These all-purpose emergency vehicles
were built using the standard wheelbase IHC chassis and included all the necessary emergency equipment and could be
used as funeral service vehicles as well.
International built a line of 16-20 passenger school buses using modified Metro bodies during the 1950s.
xxxxxInternational Harvester Travel-All Ambulances - Most if not all International Travelall ambulances were built by Springfield Equipment Co. International marketed these units through IH dealers, so until the very end of production, Springfield didn't market them, only built them. They were quite popular in certain regions, and PA was one place where they were used quite a bit.
There were several variations, they could be built in standard wheelbase or lengthened (as the one in John K.'s photo is) and with or without a raised roof. There was even a panel rescue version. Most did not have four wheel drive.
That's the one I just bought. I have two others, a '68 low-top not
stretched, and a '70 stretch high-top. The '70 is pretty much junk (I bought
it out of the junkyard), but it was the first ambulance in Pennsylvania to
carry a cardiac monitor and medications, though at the time (1969), they had
to be used by a nurse (pre-Paramedic). :rolleyes: Right idea, wrong
Known Travel-All ambulances from 1961-1976
Travelall made from 1957-1980?
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