1966 International Scout
The International Scout is an off-road vehicle which was made by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980. It was one of the earlier SUVs. The Scout was created as a competitor to the Jeep. Remarkably, the Scout went from a basic idea to production in only two years. Like the Jeep it had square utilitarian styling but had cleaner lines. It initially featured a fold-down windshield. The Scout and second-generation Scout II were produced in Fort Wayne, Indiana as two-door trucks. They had the options of a half cab pickup or removable hard or soft top.
For consignment in the form of a Half Cab Scout 800 Pickup, we have a fully restored version, that has a very unique paint job, interesting choice of material for the interior, runs great, and can go virtually anywhere. This is a true survivor, and certainly could be called a custom!
8 stage (now we are talking a serious paint job) paint adorns the exterior, and the best way to describe it is a metallic green looking it was put on in a “rag rolled” camo style over a black undercoat. It may have actually been dipped, and the resulting pattern emerged, either way it is the most unique camo you'll find, and you will be the only one with such a paint job. A few inclusions are seen, as well as some small dimples in the steel, but the truck remains straight and true with decently minded gaps. The leaper, Jaguar hood ornament leads us off in the front of this truck, and some chrome in the form of badging, and bumpers, has been blackened. A bed liner was applied to this stubby bed, and a chip can be noted on the passenger rear wheel well. Bringing up the rear are the 2 simple round taillights, and another blackened bumper. Steel wheels with IH manual hubs are wrapped in Mudstar 31 x 10.5 all-terrain radial tires.
A swing of the doors and we are met with black shiny steel door panels with a continuation of the unique metallic camo on the top. Not to be outdone by the exterior paint, a faux ostrich vinyl, in black with a smooth green stripe racing right up the middle of the long bench, compliments the door panels, and provides a comfortable ride with its re-padding and re-upholstering. Fronting this unique bench is an exterior matching instrument panel gauge cluster with white faced Equus gauges. These float within an otherwise black dash top, and a steel gray metal strip runs along the bottom. Rubber floor mats in black flood the floors, excepting for the 3 shifter panel in matching exterior glory providing the base for the shifters. A black fuzzy felt headliner is tight to the ceiling, and gives the otherwise utilitarian interior some softness, and sound deadening.
A restored and nicely detailed and painted engine in the form of a 4-cylinder 196ci, is topped by a 2-barrel carburetor hiding under a small chromed air cleaner, and backed by the standard Scout 800 4-speed manual transmission.
When up on our lift, we can gaze at what looks like the original undercarriage, with appears to be a light spray of black paint, that covers upon some minor surface rust. The frame and undercarriage structure remain a definite strong and uncompromised. 4-wheel drum brakes are seen, and all brake hoses and any wiring is clean and functional.
A somewhat wild, unique, tough, yet elegant truck, not unlike the terrain it can ultimately conquer, and one of the first true SUV's. This ironically shaped vehicle is instantly recognizable as a classic 4x4. Get in, turn the key, and get a little mud on the tires, and certainly turn a few heads!