68 Scout 800 in Montana

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  1. MontanaMac

    MontanaMac Farmall Cub

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    Hello everyone!

    My name's Scott, and I live in Bozeman, Montana. I've just started to build this 68 800.

    It's got the 266 V8 with the 4-speed. There not much particularly unusual, except that I am very pleased with the minimal rust on the body. It's got the typical rust-through on the floorboards, and just a little along the edges of the rear box, but that's about it!

    My mild build plans for 2015:
    1. Replace both floorboards and cut out rust in the box.
    2. Install roll cage from D&C Extreme.
    3. New seats.
    4. Replace dual tanks with rear-mounted fuel cell.
    5. Rebuild brakes, steering linkage, and make sure everything is safe.
    6. Have fun driving it this summer!

    Post-summer:
    1. Rebuild engine.
    2. Rebuild tranny and axles.
    3. Fabricate new dash panels with fresh gauges.
    4. Body work and fresh paint.
    5. Replace all the weatherstripping, rubber, etc.

    All in all then, a moderate build. The best part though is the journey, and I look forward to learning a ton from you all, and sharing the progress over the next months and years.
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  2. eldustino

    eldustino Farmall Cub

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    Great looking truck! Here's to progress over the next few months. This looks like a great starting point! Throw some steel wheels on?
     
  3. scout2000

    scout2000 Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Very nice truck.

    And welcome aboard. I think you will have a lot of fun with your new truck.
     
  4. Robert JetFxr

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    I am in Billings and there are several good guys that are into 800s in Kalisbel.
     
  5. MontanaMac

    MontanaMac Farmall Cub

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    Well, as I dug into this project, I find that there is a lot more work than originally met the eye! Isn't that usually the case though?

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    The rust in the box isn't too bad, just on the bottom corner seam. Unfortunately, the rust also claimed the C-channel box frame members for nearly the entire length. After cutting out that steel, my plan is to weld a length of angle iron on top, and then tie this in to the crossmembers underneath. Ya think that is a reasonable repair?

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    I don't think the remaining rust in the box is too bad. Yes, it has pitted the steel, but not close to penetrating. Eventually the entire floor will be covered in Lizard Skin. What primer or other product is best to stop this rust from progressing further?

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    The floorboard rust was a bit worse than I thought. It's not just the flat bottoms, but also into the sides, especially along the transmission hump. I removed the entire interior and much of the front clip to make it easier to cut out all the rust and replace it with fresh metal.

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    Any comments and suggestions are very welcome!
     
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  6. Scouter66

    Scouter66 Farmall Cub

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    Congrats on the Scout!

    I am one of the guys from Kalispell Jetfxer mentioned.

    I think the repair to the bed will be very nice and stout. Your bed is enviable! Mine was way worse as far as overall shape goes. It had factory installed bed and floor board liner that kept the moisture right there on the metal and rusted away for years!

    I replaced all the floor boards in my 800 from the bend that goes to the firewall back to the front of the bed. just remember not to move it around to much and keep it braced when cutting things loose so you don't get any flexing.

    I work with a product called Master Series Coatings Silver. It is an excellent industrial coating that has made the move into the auto resto market. Incredible stuff. Let me know if you need some. It truly is the best I've used.

    I sent you a personal message as well about our upcoming show and shine.

    Let me know how I can help you!
     
  7. MontanaMac

    MontanaMac Farmall Cub

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    Thanks Scouter66. I did go ahead and weld some 2x2 angle iron in the bed. I was a little afraid of welding two different thicknesses of metal either not heating the angle enough or burning through the sheet metal, but it worked out okay. I'm by no means a welder, but I skip welded this together which is not pretty, but I think it will hold up well.

    The photos are before grinding, so they are presented here in all their ugliness!

    The angle iron did work well, and I tied it in underneath to the bed crossmembers.
     

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    Cool Scout! I always get a little envious of guys that do not have a lot of rust in their Scouts. Oh well...

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  9. MontanaMac

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    Finally got some time to work it some more. Removed front and rear axles in to prep for body and frame work. Started some body work on the rear...

    I realize I am lucky to have just a little rust, but I want to repair all the cancer. Here's the left rear:

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    Repaired similar rust with a bit of an added dent on the right rear:

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    I apologize in advance to the purists who who really like the side gas fillers. I don't, so I decided to cover them up:

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    That's about it for now. Gonna undercoat the rear and get to work on the axles as soon as all the welding and body work is done on the back half.
     
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    That looks fairly pristine and I like the color.. like Scouter I am also from kalispell. Don't no much about the 800 however. Here to help if I can .
     
  11. 64desertscout

    64desertscout Farmall Cub

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    Nice 800, I've always wanted an 800.
     
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    Not sure how you posted these pics to show progress but that was cool to watch. Please share.
     
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    Montana Mac, great pics and so is your welding, Greg
     
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    scout2000 Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Hello Tracy,

    It looks like just a standard animated gif file.
     
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    Great looking Scout!!! I wish my 800b Comanche was in that good of shape! I'll be following along on this build for sure. Thanks for posting.
     
  16. MontanaMac

    MontanaMac Farmall Cub

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    Yes, as Jerry said a couple posts up, it is just a animated GIF. I did that mostly to show progress without having to take up a lot of space.
    There are a lot of free online tools you can use to easily make these. I used ezgif.com
     
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    Last year I proclaimed that I had "mild" build plans for this Scout. Apparently I lied. But while restoring the rear brakes, I pulled the axles and found rust inside, which led to a rear-end rebuild. With the rear axle out, it made access to the rusty rear quarters easy, so why not fix that? It would be silly to rebuild the rear end without doing the same to the front end, right? Okay, with those jobs done, I could now concentrate on replacing the rusty floorboards. But wait, it would be so much easier to get all around the floors and tunnel if the engine and rest of the drivetrain were out of the way! Well, shoot, now that the engine is out, it's not much more work to just remove the frame. Now that the frame is off, I can completely restore the body, sand and paint the frame! Whew there is literally no end to the fun this wonderful machine provides! So much for the mild build....

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  18. MontanaMac

    MontanaMac Farmall Cub

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    Cleaned up and painted the frame. Used Rust Bullet on the bare frame, top-coated with flat-black from a rattle can.

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    I'm not sure I've ever seen project creep so clearly described in words and pictures.
    Now for the mechanicals - after all, with the engine / trans / TC out .....
     
  20. supermerle

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    Yep, Ain't the sickness great when you buy a scout. ;)
     

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