By 'IHV', I assume you mean the Initial Hash Vector; that is, the state of the hash function before you start hashing.
Well, if they aren't using the standard initial values (specified by the hash function definition), well, there isn't much you can do. The problem is that the compression function used by Merkle-Damgaard hash functions (such as MD5 or SHA-1) is specifically designed to be noninvertable; that is, the problem of "finding the previous state, given the final state and the value being hashed" is a hard problem. They design things that way because if that wasn't true, the "second preimage problem" is easier than expected.
This hard problem of "running the hash function backwards" is precisely the problem you would need to solve to reconstruct the hash function's starting value.