New 66 Scout 80 project

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  1. Travmart

    Travmart Farmall Cub

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    Hello all,
    Totally new to IH and 4x4 builds in general. I know little about scouts (Just what I read here) and am exited to tap all the knowledge here to help me through this new project.
    I picked up this 1966 (I think) Scout 80 last month from a farmer near my house. History on it is unknown. Very little rust on it as it was sitting in a barn in temperate Nor-Cal climate for the last 30ish years. It appears to have some sort of V8 engine, but the make is unclear due the entire engine bay being encased in the largest RAT NEST I have ever seen! The interior is complete, but also home to a large rat family. Looks to have the original trans and t-case (not sure what make or model). Front axle looks like a Dana, rear is a really narrow AMC (I think). Ill post more photos as I take this beast apart. Can anyone help with making sense of the VIN tag?
     

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    My god! that's insane!

    However the shell is fantastic!

    Look forward to seeing it come back to life.

    However that engine might be toast. prob has tons of rat piss down the carb into the manifold/ cylinders.

    Original v8 would have been a 266 I believe.

    But might have been swapped for a gm 350 at some point.
     
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    Make sure that you have one of your "Best" covid masks on when you clean that out! Oh, and some heavy rubber gloves, too! That is a huge rat's nest! It'll be nice after it is power washed though!
     
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    Hoohoo, that nest is a big one. You've got yourself a gem there, very nice. Hopefully its the original sv engine and it's okay. . . I've never seen a nest that eclipsed a v8 before, wow.

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    OH MY!! I wonder whats buried under there!

    Really nice scout by the way!
     
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    The VIN, FC112369, indicates it's a 1965 Scout 8o built in January of 1965. I see a few non-original parts in the interior but I guess if it has a V8 in it, that might explain why. If would have been powered by a 152 ci four cylinder making 86 net horsepower.

    I hope you were wearing a respirator cleaning it up. That is a Hantavirus special! Welcome Aboard the Planet!
     
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    Looks like you’ve got the overdrive transmission too!


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    Is that what that 4th lever is? I was scratching my head on what that could be! See... learning more everyday! I got the original rear axle for it (I think) its a Dana 27 with the diff cover removed and the whole pumpkin is rusted through. I think the front axle is the original Dana 27 but has no driveshaft connecting it to the t-case. I also grabbed a really narrow Dana 30 front axle that I think was intended to install under the front end to allow wider tires (the reason the rear axle is so narrow). Im still getting my bearings on what I want this truck to be. Im thinking a weekly driver with light offroad trail play, something easy to drive because my wife LOVES the way this truck looks and wants it for her.
     

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    Should be


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    Got the engine pulled out today. Turned out to be either a 302, 327, or 350 from a 67 Camaro (according to google). Has a single barrel carb on it... odd. The trans and t case look to be in good shape, but if they were subjected to that v8 for a long time im suspect. How strong are the stock trans and tcase?.
     

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    The gray piece on the rear of the transfer cast is your overdrive.


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    I think if you take a gaze down the throat of that carb you'll see that it is a 2GC rochester 2-barrel.
     
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    Nobody has brought up the remnants of the headliner and the witness marks on the defroster vents?
     
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    Sho-nuff! I was so heebie-jeebied out by that underhood shot, I didn't notice. Must have been a Champagne... unless it's had a body swap or something. The serial number fits right into a batch of late CS, most of which were not in the traditional Champagne Mist color and thus transitional to the Custom trim level introduced for the Scout 800. Good catch!
     
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    Was champagne an original color that scout 80's came in? Or is it an option or something?
     
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    Even better, it was one of the early special edition's.
     
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    It was called the Champagne Series (CS), internally known as a Doll-Up, and is the about as close as IH could offer at the time to a "luxury" Scout. It was second version of an upscale Scout by IH, the Red Carpet Series (RCS). They were very much the same but for colors. The RCS debuted in '64 and continued into early '65 and the CS carried on until the end of the Scout 80 line. The CS started off in an external color called Champagne Mist but they gradually expanded it to three other special colors. The interior remained in a Champagne color (about the color of the dash and that center trans cover) with relatively high end appointments, a dash pad, headliner, door panels, etc. It's all in the Scout Encyclopedia ( : < ), the Second Edition of which is due out in August.
     
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    Travmart, if you'll read thru this 6 page thread you will learn all about the Champagne Edition as well as lots of other stuff.
    65 Scout 80 Champagne Thread
     
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    Very cool! If it is a champagne option truck, would it be worth keeping original? I can cut apart and build any old scout. But if this one is worth keeping original I'm all for it!
     

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    Just build it! It's yours have fun with it.
     
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