So after some debate I’ve decided to swap the 4 speed in my 71 Scout II for a 700R4. To summarize the why, basically because I’ve got tired of driving a nice Scout with an old truck transmission, which needs work anyway. Her days of hard wheeling are over so I don’t find myself wanting a real low first gear. And driving it in town, while totally doable, isn’t that great. Would be nice to be able to pop out into traffic a little easier. Yes, I could swap in a 727 for less time and money, but if I’m doing all that work, OD would be nice. For a little reference, this is the build thread for this Scout up to this point. And this is another I started on the merits of doing this swap in the first place. I’ve got a good local trans guy who knows 700’s that’s doing most of the heavy lifting, basically building the trans and transfer case and getting it bolted up. Then I’ll be taking care of whatever is left. I’d like to do it all myself, but just don’t have the time. First off some parts planning: Shifter console – I want to keep the stock Scout II shifter console and have every gear (OD, 3, 2, 1) selectable. Mike Moore at ScoutCo has a kit for it. This is a bracket that goes on the trans, a modified shift gate, and an arm that goes on the transmission. All you need is the stock console, shifter cable, two cable clamps, and the small clevis fork at the transmission end of the cable. Transfer Case is going to get a similar setup in that I want it to look stock, so I’ll be fabbing up some linkage later on. Also needed a flexplate, hub and bolts. Got those from a guy locally. Going to need the pedal assembly for an automatic as well. Then the adapter kit that bolts the 80’s GM technology to the 60’s IH technology. (lol, why am I doing this again?) This comes from IH Parts America. Nothing too complicated there, just call them and order it. Then we need to deal with the TV Cable. If you don’t know about that, just know that it’s super critical to not destroying a 700. Plenty of info out there on it, but basically it moves a cable in response to the throttle position and has everything to do with the shifting in a 700r4. The carb I’ve got is the ‘new’ Holley 2300. They make an adapter that bolts onto the throttle bracket. The TV cable connects to that, much like the original GM setup. The transmission itself is a ‘K’ Case my trans guy found and rebuilt. This is a heavier case that GM used in the trucks, vs the case they used in cars. This also has what they call a 'structural' cover for the torque converter. I'll need to do some fabrication to make that work with the 304. Transfer case is an NP208. This has the rear slip yolk output, which adds some length to the setup. My trans guys is confident this won’t be too long for a Scout, but that seems to contradict a lot of anecdotes I’ve gathered from other folks. Fine with a stock set up, but with a lift it just depends. So we’ll see.