1965 scout 80 advice needed

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  1. Oldscout

    Oldscout Farmall Cub

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    Hello HCB, Bussy recommended I post here. I am newbie to scouts and picked up a 65 scout 80 , 152 w 3 so and stock 27's. drive train works but needs work. Eng leaks oil from a lot of places, and couple freeze plugs crusty, but it starts no smoke. Trans grinds and also needs new mounts, may be helping grind from some posts. Axles are 27 and some like and most hate em. I just want to put around and maybe hoss on it a little but no rock climbing , mostly putting around Bulverde TX area, beach cruiser. So question is just refresh what I have or save and try to replace IH drive lines with something else? Novice mech skill level, no fab skills, just basic skills. Appreciate your feedback . Oh and most important- very limited budget:cowboy:
     
  2. Randall Barringer

    Randall Barringer Y-Block King

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    use what you've got until it breaks.
     
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    jeff campbell Lives in an IH Dealership

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    scout2000 Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    I wouldn't disagree with Randall or Jeff's comments, but IMHO, you have clearly identified some focus area's on your Scout that are in need of some love & attention. The IH SV engine, and its 4-cyl little brother are pretty tough items.

    The major items listed might give out this summer, or they might run another decade. I would personally put my money on the latter.

    Do you have any long term goals for your vehicle? Even if it is just getting your 152 to be the best 152 it can be.

    It might make sense to just start accumulating parts. 4-cyl engines become available as others upgrade to V6 & v8 platforms, or as other Binder owners come across vehicles too far gone to save, so that vehicle is parted out.

    Small stuff, like new transmission mounts and freeze plugs are generally easy, low cost repair items.

    Dana 27 axles - I will respectfully disagree with you here, no one likes the Dana 27 axles. Regardless, assuming yours are original, your Dana 27's have lasted 50+ years. It couldn't hurt to be looking for some spare axles in the same place's you might hunt for a spare 152.

    If you haven't already found it, both the Hill Country Binder forum (this one) and the North Texas Binders have a trading post thread. Not sure about the Gulf Coast Binders. Incidentally, these are the (3) predominant Binder clubs in Texas.

    Hope there's something in this rant that is of value to you.

    In closing, welcome to Binder Planet, and congratulation's on your new Scout.
     
  5. Oldscout

    Oldscout Farmall Cub

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    Thanks for feedback- plans are to just get drive train as solid and reliable within reasonable budget. I don't want a big rock crawler or anything just something that is usable for that 20% time I may need 4wheel drive. Nothing hardcore. Mostly easy cruiser
     
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    ziggybock Farmall Cub

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    Welcome to the club and congrats. I wheeled with D27's for several years and had no issues in my 800. I would also recommend to addressing concerns to your current stock configuration as needed. Address the oil leaks, brakes, freeze plugs etc and make it safe. These trucks are very capable in the original design.
    If you have issues with your transmission I have one that works sitting at the house for the 152 and ready to go. PM if your interested.
    Post some pics when you have a chance, we all love pics and will give us a better idea what you are working with.

    -Z
     
  7. Kaprota

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    Hello OldScout... I have three model 80s . Two running - one I am working on/ fuel pump.
    I have twisted two of the D 27 axles off and wish I would have upgraded.
    Let me know if you are looking for 80 parts.
    They are stored off Borgfield Road near Timberwood Park
    My scouts are in Pearsall and Tarpley and used for hunting rigs and are not meant to be road ready.
    If you are "putting" around -- I have been told to use a hotter plug - to prevent fouling?
    Good to know there are some 80 fans around, Lee
     
  8. Oldscout

    Oldscout Farmall Cub

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    Thanks- I have been picking up some parts to get started. I have axles to rebuild, trans swap. I need to keep an eye out for a good 196 for future upgrade:cool2:. Soon the rebuilding fun starts, just reading Bussy JS thread and others. I need to get a parts list from Bussy for 30 and 44 rebuilds because I'm going to try and follow his steps. New so learning as I go
     
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    The first things to buy if you haven't already are the LST, the Service manual and the Parts manual. Books can be purchased at several different light line dealers, including the ones below and SSS also sells the LSTs. As for parts for the axles, NAPA will have most of the bearings, races, seals, brake parts, etc. but never throw anything away as you may not be able to find a replacement.
    https://www.superscoutspecialists.com/store/c-40-manuals-scout-light-line.aspx
    http://www.ihpartsamerica.com/store/MN.html
     
  10. Greg R

    Greg R Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    You'll have fun and learn a lot refreshing your present shortcomings. Drive it, enjoy it. The skills you will pick up are basic and will equip you for later heavy duty stuff and mods.
    Drive it as is, that's the point of post 1? Just putz'in around you'll get to know it and might like it as is or start planning to make it better.

    As noted, get a Service Manual. The schematics alone are worth the money.
     

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