Junkyard Find: 1973 International Harvester Scout II

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

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.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Oct 19, 2011

    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.

  • Millerbarb Millerbarb on Nov 10, 2011

    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!

  • Daniel J Until we get a significant charging infrastructure and change times get under 10 minutes, yes
  • Mike I own 2 gm 6.2 vehicles. They are great. I do buy alot of gas. However, I would not want the same vehicles if they were v6's. Jusy my opinion. I believe that manufacturers need to offer engine options for the customer. The market will speak on what the consumer wants.For example, I dont see the issue with offering a silverado with 4cyl , 6 cyl, 5.3 v8, 6.2 v8, diesel options. The manufacturer will charge accordingly.
  • Mike What percentage of people who buy plug in hybrids stop charging them daily after a few months? Also, what portion of the phev sales are due to the fact that the incentives made them a cheaper lease than the gas only model? (Im thinking of the wrangler 4xe). I wish there was a way to dig into the numbers deeper.
  • CEastwood If it wasn't for the senior property tax freeze in NJ I might complain about this raising my property taxes since most of that tax goes to the schools . I'm not totally against EVs , but since I don't drive huge miles and like to maintain my own vehicles they are not practical especially since I keep a new vehicle long term and nobody has of yet run into the cost of replacing the battery on an EV .
  • Aquaticko Problem with PHEV is that, like EVs, they still require a behavioral change over ICE/HEV cars to be worth their expense and abate emissions (whichever is your goal). Studies in the past have shown that a lot of PHEV drivers don't regularly plug-in, meaning they're just less-efficient HEVs.I'm left to wonder how big a battery a regular HEV could have without needing to be a PHEV.