Big E, Little E Scout build

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  1. Big E

    Big E Farmall Cub

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    Ok everyone, picked up an old Scout for a father and son project.
    Here is what I know about it:
    1961 Scout 80 pickup body
    Currently has a full top (looking for a half cab)
    Scout II frame (told it was 73, but I’m not sure)
    Dana 44 front and rear with 3.07 gears (open axle)
    Great running Chevy 350
    TH350 transmission
    NP208 transfer case
    Power Steering
    Manual brakes with disc front and drum rear
    Body needs some work, but not that bad.
    Need to redo some of the work the PO did
    5” shackles, not sure if springs are original
    Caster needs fixed, it wobbles bad on the highway
     

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  2. Big E

    Big E Farmall Cub

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    Here is what we want to do (not necessarily in order):
    Remove interior, remove body from frame, clean everything up, remove rust, repair damage etc. and then undercoat and reinstall body.
    Clean up frame, probably go SOA with cut and turn and high steer.
    Redo most of the body mounts
    Minor engine work, mainly cosmetic. Looks like rear main is leaking bad.
    Considering 700R4 and 3.73 or 4.10 gears
    The whole dash needs replaced
    All new wiring
    New gauges
    New seats, add bench in rear
    Remount radiator
    Beef up engine mounts
    Maybe put in a roll cage
    Paint it all and put on some 33” tires
    We have about 6 years planned to get ‘er done
     
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    Big E Farmall Cub

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    Here is where we are on the disassembly:
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    Next step is to remove the hinges for the doors and tailgate. Then we’ll pull the steering column, brakes, a few other things, and then pop the body off. The plan now is to have the body sandblasted. Haven’t gotten quotes yet. What do you think, under a grand?
     
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    mongocanfly Binder Driver

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    welcome...... looks like a good un
     
  5. Big E

    Big E Farmall Cub

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    Thanks, it should be fun
     
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    Don B Farmall Cub

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    Looks good for a serious rig. Very impressive front and rear bumpers! Sandblasting might be ok but I would go with dipping as it gets into al the crevices. I didn’t do either with my build and am hand/heat gun stripping plus some wire wheel abraiding. We do not have a chemical stripping shop nearby either. If the body is off then you might as well strip the frame as well. Lots of options out there. Good luck and look forward to the build thread.

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    Big E Farmall Cub

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    Thanks for the tip, I looked into the dip and found a galvanizing place nearby. May end up going that way with the frame.
     
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    Looks like a great Father/Son project. :punk:

    Those 5" shackles are the root cause of your poor steering/handling. Stock Scout caster was only like 0*-2* positive which isn't all that great to begin with and Because of those shackles your caster is tilted too far forward (negative caster), you want the top of the knuckles tilted back about +5* (5-8* seems to work well) Fixing that caster angle would be high on the list. you *might* be able to get acceptable caster with shims, but your pinion angle will be off. Will proabbly need to do a cut and turn on the knuckles to get optimal caster and pinion angle.

    Might look at doing a SOA (Spring Over Axle) and reverses shackle while you have it blown apart.

    https://www.ihpartsamerica.com/store/CPT-S80-800-RVRS-SHKL-KIT.html
     

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