Hello everyone, I live in Santa Monica, Ca and bought a 1978 Scout II a few months ago. She is in need of repairs, but I cant do it myself I do have some tools, the willingness to help or do it all with guidance, I also have some money to toss at her. I could also send her to a shop, but really only will do that if I see that its a reputable scout shop or off roading enthusiast repair facility. I need help though. I am hoping to meet some others locally who either can show me how to identify what is wrong with her currently and then how to fix it, or perhaps someone knows of a trusted skilled scout shop. I would rather repair her myself as I do have minor auto mechanic skills. 1978 SCOUT II Low Compression v304 engine Manual 4 speed 4X4 Problems currently - 1. Shaking in rear when releasing clutch in starting gear. 2. Vibration in rear when downshifting to 1st gear when stopping. 3. Timing is off 4. Shocks are shot and suspension is pretty bad too. 5. Lubrication seems duely necessary as well. Note: The engine actually seems really strong and is very clean, can still see original paints in engine compartment. The underbody has the normal road grime and grease Some stuff I want to do after fixing - 1. Paint the Scout she is currently all primer with original interior and refurbished seats. 2. Suspension lift 2 inchs maybe. Please, If you can help me at all with any info please post here and I will get back to you immediately. I want to start ASAP on her and enjoy the ride.