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1976 Scout Terra Restoration

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IHEngineer76

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Good morning everyone. First a little introduction. My name's Tom Rehberg and I'm from Southern Wisconsin. I've owned my Scout since I was 19 in 2006. It was my daily driver when I lived out in Southwest Colorado, then went into long term storage when I moved back home to WI. It originally belonged to my great-grandfather. My grandfather then purchased it from him and then gave it to me. The picture below is of the truck when I was driving it while working on a cattle ranch.
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IHEngineer76

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The Scout has about 110k miles, a 345, automatic trans, and 3.55 gears. It was originally an Arkansas truck (where my great grandpa lived) and has some rust above the rear wheels. It was patched with bondo and painted over some time in the 90's. The doors are fairly solid but have typical dents associated with off road life. The driver side fender has rust in the lower dog leg. I have a perfect body from Arizona that will replace all the parts that have issues. Other than that, it is a pretty solid truck.

Build Details:
I will be doing a complete frame off with some tasteful upgrades to better suit its intended use.
1. Convert it to a Traveler configuration. (I have a wife and 2 kids and will be using it on family trips back out West.)
2. Install an I/C 392 with EFI and computer controlled ignition. I will be speaking with Mr. Hamilton on this once I start into the engine which will have its own thread.
3. Convert it to a 4 speed. I like to row my own.
4. Add air conditioning.
5. 2.5" Alcan lift springs with corrections to driveline geometry.
6. Soundproof the entire interior. (I like loud, but again, wife and kids...)

There are a lot more details that will be going into this as I've had 13 years to plan it. I will get into the specifics as I come to them. This will most likely be a 2-3 year project for me.
 

IHEngineer76

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Here are a few pictures of the "donors" that will be contributing to the project. This is who the 4 speed setup came from.

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And the 392.
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IHEngineer76

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Here is a picture I took as I was hauling my donor body Scout home. This was taken along I-10 a ways East of Tuscon. Don't worry, it's not as nice as it looks in picture. But the body is arrow straight and the parts I don't need will be sold to help fund my restoration.
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My hauler truck is an '84 F350 with a Banks turbo'd 6.9 and a 4 speed. Original paint California truck and runs like a top!
 

rustfreeTX

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Looks like the beginning of a cool project. I assume you want to build up the original truck and not the AZ one due to sentimental reasons? My only suggestion at this point is to swap out that mountain dew for beer(s) :beer: and make sure those engine chain bolts are grade 8, IH SV motors are heavy beasts.
 

IHEngineer76

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Looks like the beginning of a cool project. I assume you want to build up the original truck and not the AZ one due to sentimental reasons? My only suggestion at this point is to swap out that mountain dew for beer(s) :beer: and make sure those engine chain bolts are grade 8, IH SV motors are heavy beasts.
You hit it on the head. I've become pretty attached to the old girl. It was about 8:30 AM when i yanked that trans, otherwise it would have been beer! :yes: The bolts were definitely grade 8, and what you can't see in the picture is the extra reinforcement I welded on my cherry picker to lift this baby. I broke an identical one with a 430 Buick and the IH is a bit heavier than that!
 

IHEngineer76

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I was looking at the door tags on my Scouts and noticed one I hadn’t seen before on the parts Traveler. At first I thought it was just a dealer service tag, but it says “Campaign Number” on it and now I’m curious. Does anyone know what this sticker signifies?
 

IHEngineer76

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It's been a while since I posted on this project. I had a few projects snowball this winter, so the Scout got delayed a little. I had about 5 vintage snowmobiles that I had to get sorted out for a few different people. All that's wrapped up and the Scout is now in the shop. She hadn't moved in 6 years, and not been on the road since 2006. One brake drum was stuck, but other than that, she rolled into the shop without a lot of issue. Here is a couple pictures of it before cleaning and disassembly. Barn fresh!
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Chris Cooper

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A buddy of mine is restoring a Terra of the same MY up in Wyoming. You'll get some good money out of that top, I bet.

Looking forward to the build.
 

IHEngineer76

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I got some free time to work on her this weekend. I pulled the top off, pulled the dash and wiring harness, and worked on pulling the front bumper and winch. It was interesting to see all the little things my great grandpa did to it over the years. He was a tool and die maker, so there is a lot of pieces he made himself on it, including the brush guard.
 

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IHEngineer76

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Made a bit more progress. Doors are off and disassembled, hood, fenders, grille, and front bumper are off.
 

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Gioscout2

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Just been doing some reading in the forum and found your project, that was a cool story you started with. You are lucky to have this in your family for so long, I'll be watching your progress, :yes:
 

IHEngineer76

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Thanks, guys. I appreciate the comments. I hope to have the body off the frame this week, and have the frame stripped down by next week. I wanted to get the frame out for chemical stripping and e-coat right away, but with the country being shut down for the virus, it may have to wait a few weeks. I can start on the axles and trans rebuild in the mean time.
 

garyRI

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I have never seen the front seat configuration. Sort of buckets with fold down arm rest/full bench capability. The base is IH for sure and by the shape of the headrest I would guess the entire configuration is IH. Does the sticker on your glove box describe the seating option?
I have always preferred front bench seats but I like yours more I think.
 

IHEngineer76

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Gary, although it looks stock, the middle seat is something my great grandpa made. He replaced the factory console lid with a padded piece of steel and made the back out of plywood and upholstered it all to match the factory buckets. He had an eye for detail and even added aluminum edging to it to give a finished look.
 

IHEngineer76

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Quick update. The body came off the frame today. I found only a couple modifications to the frame which is in otherwise really good shape. There were a couple extra exhaust hangers tacked on and what appears to be perches for airbags over the rear axle. Next step is to start steam cleaning it and pull the driveline.
 

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