By on October 18, 2011

Scouts are still pretty commonplace in Colorado, for reasons too obvious to get into here, and that means that some of them are going to wear out and take that final tow-truck ride. This one is a bit rusty, but should have been good for a few more years of farm-equipment-style abuse.
Is there any vehicle better suited for a gold prospector? Other than a wagon towed by mules, that is.
It started life in Colorado, and it will end it here as well.

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12 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1973 International Harvester Scout II...”


  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    This vehicle is what Colorado was like thirty years ago. It is a junkyard snapshot of a Colorado vehicle typically roaming around west of Golden heading north to Boulder on Colorado 7 west of Rocky Flats.

    This is just the Scout II version. There were hundreds of thousands of CJ 5 and 7 versions and Blazer and Bronco versions. Before the SUV or CUV, or damn Subaru craze, these Colorado vehicles were it.

    Bumper sticker, window decals and all – this vehicle inside and out was what I spent time in while exploring the Rocky Mountains all those years ago.

    Time moves on!

    • 0 avatar
      mad_science

      The Scout, Bronco and CJ, 4Runner, Wagoneer, etc _are_ (were?) SUVs. They were the original, real SUV: Non-truck body on a truck frame.

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        *WAGON* body on a truck frame. Just like the original Chevy Suburban in 1935.

      • 0 avatar
        mad_science

        I was going to say wagon, but wasn’t sure the 2-door bodies really fit that description…seeing as most 2-door wagon cars were called sedan deliveries or shooting brakes or something funky. Something like a CJ2/3/5/6/7/8 (which is definitely an SUV) stretches “wagon” even further.

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    This one’s lived a long life. I

    t looks like and has remained very straight in the process so it simply looks like it simply wore out but it may have had some other issues like the frame or whatever going bad to warrant it being junked.

    I had a crush on the old Jeep CJ-7 but learned to drive a manual in a ’76 Jeep CJ-5 with the 3spd floor mounted manual that my cousin had or may still have. I think it was a 6 cyl. model too. The thing was several years old when I visited and learned to drive in it (1982) and the first gear syncro was worn out so it’d pop out of gear easily but I still learned how to drive a stick and have a manual in my truck as I speak!

  • avatar
    Jimmy7

    On a road trip I spotted a tombstone with a Scout carved on it in a graveyard in Durango (or maybe Cortez.) They really loved these things in Colorado.

  • avatar
    mad_science

    International: Just enough domestically-sourced semi-common parts to make you think it’d be easy to own, just enough different bolt patterns to assure that’s not the case.

  • avatar
    Moparman426W

    bumpy, all ford pushrod V8 distributors also rotated counter clockwise.

  • avatar
    Nick

    International used their own engines right up to the bitter end, didn’t they?

    My friends back in the day had one of these with the folding roof. But that was a LONG time ago. I haven’t seen one of these, even wrecking yards, since forever.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    That truck sure looks like it could have had what ever was wrong fixed and been good for another decade or so of CO winters.

    It is interesting the Anything less is just a car sticker makes you think it was owned by a hard core IH guy. On the other hand I see so many $$$$ looking at all those parts. The rare item that sticks out as something I realllly reallly want is the hand throttle. I’ve got them on a couple of my rigs but always snag those when I find them. The sliding side windows are worth a fair amount. I see hundreds of dollars worth of stuff w/o getting in to the drive train.

    It is a 73 or at least it has a 73 Deluxe exterior package grille trim. The front drums means it isn’t any newer than 73.

  • avatar
    millerbarb

    You’re right, She DOES still look decent to put back on the road, if the right person found her and did what needed to be done. Actually everything about them are pretty easy. IH motors almost identical to AMC, easy enough for a woman to work on. Just restored a 1979 CJ5 (304) that was bought, by my husband, off the showroom floor. Now beginning the restoration of a ’74 IH Scout II (345), amazing that so far, everything is identical. Axles torn apart, for now, all frame, tranny, misc parts in for sandblasting, body stored in a barn, doors and hood plus a million parts in basement, topper in garage with drivetrain parts to begin the clean up, then re-build. Drove her into the garage two months ago and decided to give her her life back. Amazing that everything is still original, only two spots of rust (front fenders/floor boards, helps she was in AZ for 37 years) on body, needs some new lines and hoses, gaskets, lenses, just from rot, but she’ll be able to keep up with the Jeeps from off roading to car shows! The parts I’ve needed, I’ve been able to locate from a couple Scout graveyards and craigslist.. not as much $$ as it seemed, when I bought her and was waiting for her to arrive in WI from AZ. She’s a bit of history that should be preserved and she’s now become a part of our family of Jeeps!


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