Junkyard Find: 1971 International Harvester Scout

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1971 international harvester scout

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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  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Feb 12, 2013

    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.

    • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Mar 11, 2013

      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.

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Jul 12, 2013

    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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  • Robert Good! Those things are hideous.