By on February 11, 2013

Because I live in Colorado, I see quite a few Scouts in wrecking yards— this ’70 and this ’73, for example— and most of the time I don’t photograph them. IHC pickups and SUVs, sure, but the Scouts just blend in like DJ-5 mail Jeeps. This ’71 had a cool custom paint job, plus I’ve realized that all Scouts are interesting, so we’ll check it out.
It’s disappointing that you can no longer buy a new street vehicle made by a farm equipment manufacturer.
Did all Scouts get the Canadian seal of approval?
I’ve never been much interested in off-road machinery, but I must admit I’ve been tempted to buy a Scout (or a Subaru Justy 4WD) since I moved to Colorado.

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37 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester Scout...”

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    How that’s one heck of a Hofmeister Kink…

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    I think I prefer the later one with the mesh grille. Or a Travelall.

    Just think if they were around today to compete with GMC! New for 2014, the Travel XL Limited.

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    I’d give my left testicle for a modern version of the IHC Scout.

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    Love the front drums. Perfect for Colorado’s flat and straight roads. Although I have never been west of Denver, I assume it stays that way…

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    One of my Great Uncles has a Scout that he had very expensively restored, and now drives only on sunny days. About this vintage, has the metal grill. These things rust like they are Japanese. :-)

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    Our family had one that was completely restored. It was fun with the soft top folded down on sunny days and also a decent off-roader, but don’t get stuck in a rush hour with that clutch unless you are in really good shape. Not sure what the history was with ours, it was baby-blue with a white stripe, but also had what looked like a factory installed military radio style antenna, which made me think it was originally sold for commercial use.

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    It had been 13 years since Jake had seen the old girl. He made it a stopping point in the past for his tours of the family Colorado ranch during these visits for the holidays. It felt good to be on the soil he had spent so many years of his childhood. The car-less city life he now embraced turned his beloved chariot, the centerpiece of so many fond high school memories, into a distant afterthought. He caressed the heavily-bondo’d flank of the scout while wearing a melancholy smile. He remembered the spring of 92′, the Scout covered in mud, sitting outside the window of his science class in the school parking lot. The vice principle walked past, shaking his head in ire. But times change. He left the truck while going to college, planning to return later. He graduated and saw himself as a professional now. Professionals don’t drive Scouts.

    He opened the door. His son hopped in and crawled into the back. “Don’t go back there. It’s dirty.”
    The air inside was thick with the stench of rotten fuel. Somewhere, a loose sheetmetal panel on a nearby shed banged in the wind.

    “Hey mom. Go ahead and sell my old truck. Get whatever you can for it.”

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    i love that kind of vehicles, they are very difficult to get over here ( The Netherlands), I am sure ou never will find one of theme over here in a junkyard, to bad.

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    Thank you Murilee! I now know where I can find the best axles for off-roading there is.I was told they are hard to find. They are wrong apparently.

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      The front axle in this one would be a Dana 30 so the same as what was installed in Jeeps. 1972 put the Dana 44 on the options list for the front but they are kind of rare. Mid 1974 the Dana 44 was made standard and it was always standard in the rear, more often than not equipped with the traction lock diff in the early years.

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    ‘I’ve never been much interested in off-road machinery, but I must admit I’ve been tempted to buy a Scout (or a Subaru Justy 4WD) since I moved to Colorado.’

    Get an old GL wagon and a Scorpion lift kit from Australia and you’ll have the best of all worlds.

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      About three years ago, I flew back to my old home town, Portland, Oregon for a wedding. There, on East Burnside, was a used car dealer that specialized in selling IHC Scouts about the same vintage as the two boneyard cars on TTAC. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

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    I've got a Jaaaaag

    I wonder which engine this one has?

    My father bought one new in 1979 with the 4 cylinder, he used it as a plow truck in Maine. As I recall that engine was very unique and easy to recognize, so easy that my father, who was not that much of gear head, could spot one hanging from a lift in an empty repair bay from 10 feet away.

    Also one of my earliest car memories is riding home from the dealership in the front seat of the brand new Scout at 4 years old with no seat belt staring at that green metal dash. I also used to ride with him when he plowed snow, no seat belt and used my arms to brace for impact with the snow bank.

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    We had a ’64 Scout in ’67 in New Hampshire , it wasn’t a plow rig , it just hauled kids around the sprawling dairy farm and into Town , School etc. .

    Like all Scouts it rusted out pretty fast but it also kept on chugging along , after the crappo sliding aluminum window frames simply snapped off the second time , we didn’t have any side windows (nor seat belts)

    One summer the right side door came off in Scully’s hand , the fix was to close it again & reach down inside the door with a pinch bar and sledge hammer and break the handles off internally , problem solved .

    When it needed it’s annual Saftey Inspection we’d drive it into the Barn & tack weld all four worthless shocks back on and drive into Town @ 7 MPH , get the sticker and forget about them for another year , by the time we got back to the farm they were all broken off again .

    In 1971 (IIRC) Chuck Hadaway bashed into it in his late model Land Barge Chrysler by the Upper Lake , the Scout stalled out and was abandoed there for many years on a lonely dirt farm road .

    I like CrabSpritits story better than mine , I can only write what happened , not make it sound interesting .


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    Where is Scout73/ScoutDude when you need him?

    From personal experience I can say that Scouts with the 345 are great mudders, especially if you weld the differentials to where all four wheels pull all the time when the front hubs are engaged. Kinda rough going around curves that way, though, but it crow-foots with the best NP-203s out there.

    My choice for an IHS vintage vehicle? The 1971 TravelAll 1010 with the 392. Better than a Suburban any day, but not nearly as reliable. Hated to give ours up but it was too large to be taken overseas to Europe. And parts would have been a bear to get in a place where SAE didn’t exist.

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      Yes…… I have to take exception to the not nearly as reliable as a Suburban, the SV (IH speak for Small Vee) is much more durable and reliable than a SBC and a Torqueflight is way way more reliable and durable than a TH350 or TH400. Personally I prefer and have the 1972 1010 first year with the aluminum grille and better AC system and last year with the woodgrain (or two tone) that only covers the lower half of the sides. There are quite a few Scouts in Europe but the Travelalls are less common. For European Scouts google Felber Oasis Monteverdi worked his magic on them too, two different versions and he spec’ed out some of those he converted w/o the SV and a 727 with the Chrysler big block bellhousing so he could slip 440’s in them.

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    Felis Concolor

    “It’s disappointing that you can no longer buy a new street vehicle made by a farm equipment manufacturer.”

    You can – for a quarter million dollars.

    I believe Lamborghini is still Southern Europe’s largest manufacturer of farm equipment.

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    Internationals are very cool trucks. There is a 1965 sitting at the Stockton yard, saw the pic on

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    “There is still an Italian farm equipment manufacturer that also makes street cars, but the Grecav Sonique is hardly most people’s idea of an exciting ride.”

    Fiat owns International Harvester now part of the CNH division. Case and John Holland are their best known brands.

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    What was under the hood? Sure, probably IH’s ‘small block’ V-8, likely a 304 or 345. But then again it could have IH’s nasty little 196 slant 4 (do the math, it was half of the 392). Sometime around 1979, a bunch were built with 6 cylinder Nissan diesels. Anyway, you don’t see them much anymore, like IH’s trucks these things were experiments to see how fast sheetmetal could rust. As for the engines (particularly the V-8’s), my ears were bashed as a young ‘un about how superior they were to anything else. I didn’t quite see it that way. Pretty tough, but not known for a whole bunch of useable power, and boy did they have (fuel) drinking problems. Parts were always tough to get. Nice to see one again, but not a lot of great memories.

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      Parts were never hard to get. You can still walk into any parts store in the US and they will have on the shelf the alternator, cap, rotor, points, condensor, spark plugs, ignition, dimmer and turn signal switches, U-joints, brake pads, master cylinder, belts, wheel cylinders and rear shoes, for the later disc brake models front and rear wheel bearings and seals. Gaskets, seals, water pump, starter, hoses, brake booster headlight switch and a few other things are available but you’ll have to wait a day or two. The problem has always been the person behind the counter and the crappy electronic cataloging today.

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    Yes all Scout II and 70’s full size trucks carry the transport Canada maple leaf on the certification sticker. What we really need to see is the metal data plate to see if it is one of the ones stamped Scout 810 instead of Scout II or to see if the grille is spot welded or bolted to the valance panel to know if it really is one of the last 1971s or the first 1972s.

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      Didn’t the VIN system switch for MY 1972? When I was doing some research it looked like if the first position was an “8” it was a 1971 800B and if it was a “1” it was a 1972 Scout II.

      I know IHC tended to be like Jeep when it came to model year changeovers though so I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the first 350 made for ’72 were still using the old identification methods.

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    I’ve always been curious where exactly you BOUGHT an International Harvester vehicle.

    It’s hard to imagine trucks being sold alongside tractors, especially since car and truck dealers are far more ubiquitous than tractor dealers…

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