My Scout Rebuild

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  1. zangtong

    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    Have been a member lurking for a long time so I thought I'd give this a go and see if it can't help organize me a bit. I bought my first scout; a 1977 Traveller with the pull button 4wd, in 1982 when I was 16 for $500. I drove that on and off over the years and put about 300000 miles on it. I would buy a car that met my fancy every couple of years that I would blow up in one manor or another and then drive the scout again until I had paid off the last automotive adventure and start another. In the mid 90's I decided to rebuild the scout so I bought a 2wd traveller from San Jose Cal with a really nice body and had it shipped to Niagara Falls NY. I picked it up there and drove it home about 350 miles. I then bought a a 1980 Midas Traveller in Brockville ON that was a wreck but had some really nice parts. I also picked up a Terra top and bed wall in Glen Falls NY. I then pulled them all apart and built my 76,77 and 80 frankenscout.

    It looked pretty good and ran well. In the early 2000's I took it apart to get some body work straightened out and get it repainted because I had been playing a little to rough with it as people tend to do with 4WD's and unfortunately the new paint went south. Since my wife and I were starting a family there was not a lot of time/money to correct the problem and I decided to just chuck all the parts in it and put it away for later.
    Well it's officially later, so I thought it time to get it out of storage.
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    A little dusty, fuel system completely borked and needs a starter, a ring gear, battery, paint and to be reassembled. As it turned out some little critters had made a home in it which created several other issues that leads to a complete rewire, new guages as well as a new stereo system.

    To that list I decided to:
    add wood bed rails,
    a solid tonneau cover
    an android auto touch screen that fit into an 8-track player from the proper era.

    At this point I have replaced the gas tank and lines, replaced the coil and points, replaced some of the shock boots and replaced the universal joints everywhere.

    For the tonneau cover a found a wrecked SolidFold aluminum cover from a guy in Ottawa and cut it down to fit the scout. It was a tri-fold but is now a bi-fold with a little extra that I am thinking of creating a toolbox under.
    This shows 1 panel cut down to size and reassembled and the other still the original size.
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    This is after I cut down the other panel
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    I screwed up at the beginning because I assumed the truck just ran straight back and made my first cut square. Turns out scouts aren't square, either are full size trucks for that matter :)
    I have started to create covers for a tool box behind the roof. I drew new versions of the connectors on the original tonneau cover in Sketchup and then redesigned them to move around the truck roof. I 3D printed them and they worked pretty well.
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    I have recreated the corner pieces as well and just have to create a new part for between the 2 lids (driver side/passenger side). I'm not sure exactly how I want it to work so I stalled here.

    I have rewired the front lights and the engine and it is running once again. Just the dash and tail lights left to wire.
    For the gauges I wanted to buy a new dash with the holes already in it but the shipping was as much as the part to Canada and our dollar is next to worthless at the moment so I decided to do it myself.
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    I'm a pretty crappy welder and a worse body repair guy so hopefully the gauges cover enough :)
    The other thing I have started to work on was adding a 10" touch screen that I can disconnect and through in the center console easily.
    I bought a bunch of 8 track tapes and an old broken 8 track player off of ebay before all this virus started up. I gutted the player and 3D printed some parts to make the needed electric and audio connections to:
    scout-radio.jpg I also printed a mount part that attached the screen to the tape:
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    Well that's where I'm at up to now. I will update as I make progress.
     

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    Greg Cejka Farmall Cub

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    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks a scout can go 160mph. All joking aside, I love the idea of a tonneau cover I just want to figure out how to do it with a roll cage
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    Use a Terra show bar and build the cage forward to the windscreen :^)
     
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    TravelerMan79 Farmall Cub

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    Nice to see another Canadian, especially one with a Traveler. Where abouts are you?
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    Hi. I'm in Maxville just east of Ottawa about halfway to Montreal.
     
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    TravelerMan79 Farmall Cub

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    Perhaps when things settle down with this COVID 19 stuff, we can meet. I would like to see what another one looks like that is in better shape than mine. I'm looking for doors and a tailgate amongnst other things, so if know of any it would be great.
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    I definitely have doors, I had a midas top with double moon roofs but I'm not sure I still do. I might have a traveller tailgate but not a short body tailgate.
     
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    Cool. I've heard of moon roofs, but have not seen any. I'll PM you later today.
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    I thought they were kind of neat so I had kept the roof. Never used them because I converted the truck to a terra. I'm not sure the roof is still on the lot. It might have been tossed. Thanks for the link, a Canadian supplier!
     
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    NorOntSCout Farmall Cub

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    Still have mine. Been planning to repair the roof to get ride of the leak for years. Still planning :)

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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    Semi working android auto for my scout 8 track touchscreen, pretty excited about how well the 3D printed bezel turned out.
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    I just use a RAM amount to rest my iPad on the dash of my Lexus. This is a really cool project. Looking forward to seeing it installed.
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    Well the scout is all apart and at the painters, should be complete this week. Using epoxy primer and then a roll on bed liner in the back. I am going to do the bed and bed rails in black walnut, anyone here have any advice on doing the bed in wood?
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    That will look awesome. Are you getting it from KJP Select Hardwoods in Ottawa?
     
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    zangtong Farmall Cub

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    No I deal with a local kitchen shop. I will buy 4/4 raw and mill it myself

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    Well the old girl is back on the road. Still a few things to finish up: install windshield motor and wipers, truck bed and rails, finish tonneau cover and stereo and need to find a side view mirror I like. Also have to find a 2.5 to 3" wide black moulding or buy the missing pieces of the original mouldings and install them.
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