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A 78 Traveler build

2021 Arizona International Harvester Rendezvous

Sozzy

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Cool Traveler. I, too have an Idaho Scout. Of course, mine is still here... Any update on the suspension u bolt fix? Wish I could fit my spare in the stock location like you. Too big. I like those General grabbers better than the BFGs... My BFGs started to crack.
 

amp831

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Cool Traveler. I, too have an Idaho Scout. Of course, mine is still here... Any update on the suspension u bolt fix? Wish I could fit my spare in the stock location like you. Too big. I like those General grabbers better than the BFGs... My BFGs started to crack.
I’m waiting on the part to come in, should show up Wednesday and then I’ll work on it by the weekend. Yeah I might look into some of the missing parts to fix the tire a little cleaner than I have now. How old are the bfg’s? I like the grabbers so far gonna be interested to see how long they last.
 

J.J.

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Cool Traveler. I, too have an Idaho Scout. Of course, mine is still here... Any update on the suspension u bolt fix? Wish I could fit my spare in the stock location like you. Too big. I like those General grabbers better than the BFGs... My BFGs started to crack.

I don't have a Traveler but if the spare is in the same spot as a Scout II, why not go up with it, then it would fit. I have a '79 out here that has this step up block in it that the spare would ride on, thus moving it up off the floor a bit further so a larger tire will fit in the stock location. You would probably have to rethink the way it holds onto the inner bulkhead of the truck. Just a thought.

JJ in TN
 

amp831

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That makes sense. Disclaimer was "I don't have a Traveler" HAHA

JJ in TN
I'm surprised you haven't found one yet! I think for my 31's the step up block would help make mine fit better. I have been fancying the bumpers with the tire and jerry can holder but I like the stock too much and have plenty of other things pulling at the purse strings.
 

amp831

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I had gotten a tailgate from JJ back in August and am slowly cleaning it up. It has taken a few attempts with my orbital sander to make a little progress so I decided to try something else. I got some chemical paint stripper and did a test patch and liked what I saw. After letting it sit overnight the paint just peeled off with ease in a paste like consistency. Today I tackled the rest of the back which was biting off a lot more than expected. It worked, but due to the mess it makes I would probably keep it to smaller chunks. Below is a before, then and after picture. I used a few wire brushes which clogged up way too easily, then hit it with the sander to clean it up. Will take a little more work to do the edges and front with the angles. And I just saw a white one on marketplace here in GA, but I'll keep at this. Now just need to find a traveler hatch to cut down, there is one on ebay but I have to setup freight. So the search continues.

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So still a little clean up, but much better than before. Here is the product I used.
 

amp831

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Been a while since an update with the holidays and such, but progress has been made. After little deliberation went with new Bilstein shocks as mine were mostly for show. I saw i had the 4in rough country springs by the numbers stamped on them so I went with the 10' travel 33-240412 in the front and the 10.7" of travel 33-185552 in the rear. The fronts are still on backorder but I got the rears in yesterday and installed today. So far speedbumps are already a lot less bouncy, can't wait to get the fronts in.

Also due to my dead #2 cylinder I had another 345 rebuilt to swap in for mine. That will go to the shop next week to get installed. That will knock out my leaky radiator, old fan shroud thats held on by 3 screws and get a nice fresh 345. I hope to get the tailgate cleaned up more but we'll see how that goes with the cold starting up here. I'm hoping to get the tailgate ready for the spring, but be highway ready for a trip to Greenville for the SEBA meet up that might be in Feb. Still looking for a new hood/considering the liftgate conversion for the back.

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amp831

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Also this might just be me but I don't think pictures do Traveler's proportions justice. I remember when I first started searching for Scouts when I would find a reasonably priced one and open the listing to find a traveler I'd be disappointed and move on. Took me seeing one in person to have a change of heart. Now owning one I love it (as well as the II's) but think I'm a full convert.
 

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1 more picture of the old rough country shocks. Measured about 10in of travel so size wise should be the same. I don't know whats older these counter tops or the shocks. This is how compressed they have been since coming off yesterday around 2.

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J.J.

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shocks are def time for the recycler. Sorry to hear about your 345 ugh. Motor issues suck. But, a fresh 345 means it will be around longer than most of us HAHAH

JJ in TN
 

amp831

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shocks are def time for the recycler. Sorry to hear about your 345 ugh. Motor issues suck. But, a fresh 345 means it will be around longer than most of us HAHAH

JJ in TN
That is the hope, really excited to have that and a new radiator under the hood. Current motor had issues back in the early 2000's from the old service records I have from its time in Boise.
 

amp831

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The new 345 is in and sitting pretty, time to break her in. Put about 40 miles myself on it on the ride home from the shop. Also didn't get a good angle but have a new champion aluminum radiator as well.

Carb needs a little adjusting, was hesitating on acceleration but it didn't have much in the float, increased that and it helped a lot on my one trip around the block. Still getting used to adjusting it, no idea how anyone showed up on time when it was cold out back in the day.
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Front Bilsteins are hopefully going in tomorrow and I can't wait to feel the ride after that. Still a little squirrely on the highway so hoping the fronts help the situation. If the shocks don't help that then time to investigate the front end.
After that I have new door felts for both doors, a headlight relay kit to install and need to chase down why my passenger side marker light doesn't come on with the lights. The blinker works, but when the lights are on it won't turn on. I cleaned the contact on the housing but will need to look into it more. It also just decided it was winter here in GA, so I hope it warms up. Still plugging away at cleaning up my tailgate for a conversion for the traveler, but might lean towards just keeping it for when the top is off. Having a hard time finding a liftgate to cut up around here that isn't too nice to cut or close enough to buy.
 

amp831

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The new fronts are on! Shop up the street threw them on for me and took it around the block, man what a difference! I have suspension again! It sits real good too IMO. Lots of speed bumps in my area.

Might be my inexperience but is it just me though or on these is the travel in the part attached to the Ubolt plate? I expected to see the boot at the top with the stem at the top of the travel but maybe I am wrong? Bilstein 33-230412 shocks.
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I'm going to drive it more this weekend to get a better feel for the improvement. Need to test it on the highway again to see if theres still a shake. I'm hoping that was it, I jacked it up with the new shocks and shook both tires, no up and down movement and the left to right seemed like normal play as it turned the other tire aswell. I attached more pictures underneath the steering components as well.

Here's how she sits now.
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winchested

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Cut a nice big hole in the bottom of the boots so they drain or remove them.

Bilateins are a monotube shock can be mounted either way, look best they way they are I stalled.
 

amp831

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Cut a nice big hole in the bottom of the boots so they drain or remove them.

Bilateins are a monotube shock can be mounted either way, look best they way they are I stalled.
Just what I needed to hear. Also walked outside and put a hole now too.
 

amp831

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Took it on a Highway run today up to the north Georgia outlets about 45 miles north of us 1 way. Did good on the way up, maybe a little tweaking of the accelerator pump needed but once warm accelerated fine. Still something I don’t like in the front right at about 60-70mph but had the smoothest ride since I got it. The bilsteins are great.
On the way back different story, about half way home on a 2 lane busy road it just died on me, stopped getting fuel but I had just filled the tank earlier. Finally got it started and into a lot and it was running fine, so said okay after about 10 min of testing the throttle and watching the fuel slowly trickle into the filter, but decided to continue home. 15 min later died again, so clearly some fuel delivery problems. Doesn’t look like the fuel filter is really filling up and the float looked fine. So had it towed back to the shop. ‍Also looks like a small oil leak by the passenger low temp valve. Hope it’s a simple fix but was really encouraged by the start of the trip. Tow took forever today to get one! Even had the cops called to see what we were up to after sitting in a random neighborhood waiting for 2+ hours, hell I don't blame them for calling.
 

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