I am a long-time lurker, but never posted before. This forum and the contributors are an amazing resource. I'm not sure how much I can add. Hopefully, it is more than comic relief. I had been looking for Scout project for a long time and finally found one (my first ever Scout). I bought it sight unseen from a good dude in Colorado. He was kind enough to send loads of pictures, a video, and answered all of my hundreds of questions. The name of the build is homage to him. In his ad, he described it as "Rusty AF". About the Scout: 1974. 258 I-6. T-18. This was a one-owner Scout, bought new in Colorado, and lived its entire life there. The clock has been turned over multiple times. Engine and trans have been replaced multiple times. Other than that, this Scout is bone stock/original. It runs and drives, albeit a little rough. The body has a bunch of dents and is indeed rusty AF. Front cab mounts, front floors, rear corners of bed, fender lips, etc are all smoked. Thankfully, the tinworm seems to be confined to the lower 6" of the body. Hardtop, windshield frame, hood, and upper part of quarters are all solid. About me: I have been wrenching as a hobby since I was a kid, but have never done any bodywork. I am a wannabe metalshaper-- I have very rudimentary hand tools. I am also a wannabe TIG welder. As yet, I have only been practicing this witchcraft on coupons and scraps. I plan (hope?) to fabricate/repair what is there as much as I can instead of buying replacement panels. My long-term plan is predicated on whether shooting at a rabbit in the back yard results in black gold bubbling up from the ground. I am aiming for a stockish, mall crawler on the outside (is that what the cool kids call them?) with possible engine, trans, xfer case upgrades way down the road. I have no desire to climb any rocky mountains with a 45-year-old truck. Short-term plans, that I will hopefully complete before spring, are to rebuild the front cab mounts, rockers, floors, and patch the bed. Also, fluid changes, ignition tune up, carb rebuild, brakes. Essentially, just make it more drivable and safe so I can cruise with the wife and kids, and, with any luck, they will have fun in it and stop telling me that I am going through a midlife crisis. I know, I know. Pictures or it didn't happen.