Junkyard Find: 1974 International Harvester Scout

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1974 international harvester scout

With so many IHC Scouts here in Colorado, many of them wear out, rust out, get crashed, or get replaced by trucks with modern conveniences such as sub-100dB interior noise levels and air conditioning. In this series, we’ve seen this ’70, this ’71, this ’72, this ’73, and this ’74, and now today’s well-used ’74. I saw this truck when I went to a Denver yard to celebrate Half Off Everything Day on the first day of the new year.

If this is the original engine, it’s an AMC 258-cubic-inch straight-six. Given how Scout owners tend to mix-and-match engines, though, this could be just about any AMC six.

There’s rust. Oh yes, plenty of rust.

One good thing about trucks of this era is that there wasn’t much soft material in the interior to smell bad. Still, this Scout’s final owner decided that the truck needed That New Car Smell.

Complicated heater controls aren’t needed— just good old cable-operated levers.

Scout production made it into the 1980s, just barely.

One of my accomplices at the Half Off Sale party grabbed the grille for hanging on his living-room wall. Only $12!

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  • Pastor Glenn Pastor Glenn on Jan 29, 2015

    International Harvester's own "Black Diamond" 220 cid and 240 cid OHV long-stroke inline sixes were TRUCK engines, and weighed more than a big-block Chevy V8 engine (750 pounds). They were also too long for the Scout chassis. To save money (I presume), IHC began buying AMC sixes for their full-sized pickups in 1969 and added the option to the Scout, since the engine fit and some folks wanted something other than the very rough slant-four, or the super-tough IHC V8. Yes, these were indistructible - except against rust!

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Jan 29, 2015

    I actually just remembered that there is a Scout for sale, not too far from here, that is the rarest of them all! A 1980 Scout II with a Nissan SD33T turbodiesel! Now that's something Murilee should try and find.

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    • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Jan 30, 2015

      @NoGoYo There was also a stripped down soft top and vinyl door model designed for off-roading. The Rubicon of Scout II's.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.