My name is Bob Spooner and live in East Hampton, CT. "Belltown". I am new to the Scout world. Two months ago, Scouts were not on my radar. Then in early January my son showed me a picture of a truck a freind of or had in his garage - a Scout II. My boy thought that it wold be a good project. We went over and found a pretty nice Scout that our friend had owned since 1985. It had been parked in his garage since 1994. Seemed rough in spots, but doable. It happens that I build custom bicycle frames and this friend really wanted a new mtb race bike - so we traded the scout for a bicycle frame and some cash and both walked away thinking we got a good deal, which is the way it should work. So a little about us. I'm an engineer for work and as I mentioned up there, build custom bicycle frames as a hobby. I've been at that about 10 years now and we are working on frame #99. We build mountain bikes, and cyclocross racing bikes and have even built a few touring bikes over the years. I have been brazing the bikes, but we are moving towards TIG welding. I have also restored a couple of cars in the past: a 1973 VW Thing and a 1969 DeVille convertible. I said that Caddy would be the last restoration I did, and I would not have taken on this project except for my son. My son is 14 y/o and not your average kid. He's been MIG welding since he was 10 and then picked up the TIG last year. After tons of practice, he has taken on some of the framebuilding. We both were practicing the TIG together, but he was just so much better than me (good eyes, good steady hands, etc) I just stepped back and let him take it on. So, he's the welder when we join using TIG. We have made a few frames completely TIG joined, and some with both TIG and brass. He also has an RC crawler problem, and have been designing and welding his own RC tube chassis. He also has a 3D printer and designs and prints out most of the compnents he needs for his crawlers. Just hanging out in the shop building bikes and things with this guy is about as good as it can get for a Dad. I think the biggest benefit I got from the frame building was being able to pass some skills on to him and then watch him take it to the next level. So, after we looked at the Scout I scoured the internet - found this place and started digging. What a treasure trove of knowledge here! Reasding through the threads gave me a baseline of data, and the start of a plan. The Scout was an hour away from home, and I looked the truck over before I read all I could here, so I'd need to look again to see what we faced. Though i knew of the common issues.