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mporter52

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I started my Scout rebuild over a decade ago. Kids, life etc got in the way. My son turned 17 and doesn't want to drive the Scion XB. I wish I had taken better before pictures here is some pictures of it underneath. Its a 1973 Scout 2, 345 2bbl. T-90, Dana 20. Swapped in D44s front and back. 3.45 gears.
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mporter52

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Rear Drum Brakes rebuilt. This is my first time with these drums. I am more familiar with Chevrolet drums. It wasn't horrible once we figured out where everything went. And now the scout is back on its feet! We were able to roll it back to get the engine out.
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mporter52

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Started on the engine teardown. No gasket just rtv on the thermostats housing. Apparently it still had radiator fluid. And holy cow, thats some caked on grease.
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mporter52

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So this happened, I was moving the engine and I guess the board I had under the balancer slipped somehow. Bent the engine stand. Guess I'm getting a 2000lb one. Fun times!!
 
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Darrel

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It's nice to see a solid Scout for a change. Good luck with the project.
 

mporter52

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Started rewiring the dash. Brought it inside so I can take advantage of the AC. Im putting the fuse box in the glove box.
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mporter52

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What to do with the old bulkhead connectors. I tried to drill them out to reuse them. That didn't work, so my son made some plates to go over the holes. Used epoxy to get them attached.
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mporter52

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More wiring done. Wired up the side marker lights, brake and turn signals. I added a ground wire to the housing so I can centralize the grounds. Added a temporary spot for the relays. I might use some kind of Pelican box to make it water resistant in the future.
 

TorqueMonster1

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An regrets about your choice of wiring harness? Clear instructions? Did you compare it to other brands? Can you post the link, brand or a picture of the harness you went with? I’ll be doing that hopefully this fall. Thank You! Mark
 

mporter52

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An regrets about your choice of wiring harness? Clear instructions? Did you compare it to other brands? Can you post the link, brand or a picture of the harness you went with? I’ll be doing that hopefully this fall. Thank You! Mark

I used a Top line wire and cable harness. It was cheap and small enough to put in the glove compartment. It also had the labels printed on the wires, that was a life saver. I have another harness in a box that I lost the instructions too and its worthless. The instructions were barely adequate. Someone on here made a wiring guild for a kwik harness to a Scout and I would have had a much harder time without that guide. My only real complaint was that there was no easy way to mount the harness. And some of the wires were not nearly long enough. I bought a LOT of wire, and then had to buy more.

Same with the solder connectors and the shrink tube. I also bought the 3:1 shrink tube with glue.

And I can't say enough good things about the wire stripper. Must have!
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