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5.3 LS '79 Scout II

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Anything Scout

Farmall Cub
Joined
May 21, 2013
Messages
12
Points
3
Location
Ames, Iowa
Check out our "new" stock build of this 1979 Scout II.
Built to look stock but perform like a new vehicle, this Scout is equipped with a 5.3 Liter Chevy Vortec motor with a 4L60e transmission and NP241 transfer case.
Other safety upgrades and modern comforts include:
-Show bar
-3 point seat belts
-Retrosound radio with blue tooth and many other features
-Upgraded speaker system with Sub woofer
-R134a AC system
-Sound barrier under the carpet

 

Anything Scout

Farmall Cub
Joined
May 21, 2013
Messages
12
Points
3
Location
Ames, Iowa
What we did:
This Scout came to us in pretty good condition. The plan was to upgrade the drive train and freshen up the interior. As we started working on it we quickly discovered that it was further deteriorated than was previously thought (classic Scout scenario). We ended up needing to replace both cab mount wedges, the driver side rocker panel (check out our HD rocker replacement panel http://www.anythingscout.com/part/3505-rocker-panel-ii-sure-fit-hd), driver side lower rear quarter, door seal lips on both sides, and sections of the rear floor.


After we finished the rust repair we were able to focus on the drive train upgrade. We removed the old 345, 727, and dana 20 and cut off all of the mounts for them. Then we cleaned the engine compartment and frame and repainted the inner fenders, but left the firewall in its factory condition. Using our LS-conversion cross-member and some modified AdvancedAdapters motor mounts, we installed the new drive train.
Next we began the process of full integration without obvious modification to the Scout. First we integrated all of the factory gauges to work with the 5.3. Including using the stock speedometer with the VSS (fantastically accurate). Also we used the stock under-dash air conditioning unit, connected it to the Denso compressor, put in a new condenser and dryer, and converted the system to R134a. We love to keep the stock look on the dash especially on a Scout like this. We modified the stock gas pedal to work as a drive by wire pedal. After that we used our LS-conversion transmission shifter bracket set in order to hook the stock shifter up to the 4l60e. We also used our LS-conversion transfer case bracket and handle set for shifting the NP241. Again, we love to keep the stock look!
We also did:
- Fuel system
- Exhaust
- Air intake
- Cooling system


On the inside of the truck we did sound barrier and new carpet in the front. We installed a Retro Sound radio with an amp, new speakers, and a sub woofer. We even went so far as to file down the pegs on the new radio so that the stock radio knobs would fit (keep'n it stock!). We also installed one of our 5 piece show bars and 3 point seat belts.

Thank you for checking us out! If you have any questions about purchasing our LS-conversion products or having us do a build for you, please give us a call or email us (515-233-3020 or anythingscout@gmail.com)
 

bridif

Farmall Cub
Joined
Jul 7, 2014
Messages
0
Points
0
Location
Beacon, NY
It's so nice to read over all of the amazing work Sean and the guys at Anything Scout put into my 79 Scout II. Thanks guys! The truck runs perfectly.
 

Anything Scout

Farmall Cub
Joined
May 21, 2013
Messages
12
Points
3
Location
Ames, Iowa
Re: 5.3 LS '79 Scout II (pictures)

PICTURES ARE UP NOW! Sorry, we accidentally had them hidden away in a private album, only visible to us. Now you too can enjoy them! Cheers!
 

MrWolf

Farmall Cub
Joined
Jul 18, 2011
Messages
274
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18
Location
Norway
Nice work indeed! Love the way you guys made it work with the original look and function inside the cabin.
 

Kwikcoupe

Farmall Cub
Joined
Jun 11, 2016
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I've been curious if you can adapt the twin stick transfer case to the 4l60e or what the pros/cons of the newer components. I have electronic shift transfer case. Is that swapped to the manual lever
 
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