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My New '75 Scout II 81,000 Mile Truck

2021 Arizona International Harvester Rendezvous

J.J.

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Yeah, I know. How many projects can I work on at once? All of them I suppose. As long as I take time for lunch everyday, then all will be good, right?

We have a second home in Ouray Colorado, and go back and forth from Tennessee to Colorado. When we were out there mid October, I spied this beauty, it was hiding up behind a church and was for sale.

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They had been using it as a plow truck for years in the cemetery and the church parking lot. Needless to say, yes, I am a sucker and made arrangements to buy it.

81,000 miles are actual. The minister also told me the older gentlemen who had purchased it new had also been the plow man. Sadly, he had been asked to not plow anymore because he was going too deep and hitting stuff. Sad. Looking at the condition of the truck, I believe it with the body damage in the rear quarters/bumper/endcaps. RIP Bill, Ill do my best for your truck.

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Little to no rust expect in said quarters and one of the cab mounts is soft. The seams look good and I can see a small bit in the rear cargo area in the corners near the tailgate. The floors, windshield frame, and top look fantastic! Its never been painted and its still 2020, how many of these are still around? Its getting fewer and fewer.

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1975 XLC 727 Auto 345 373s AC and PS. 81,000 miles and has never left the high country of Colorado.

JJ in TN
 

J.J.

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So, off to my friends shop in Grand Junction Colorado to asses what is going on with it. It had no issues on I70, I was spotted and posted on social media and no less than 2 offers from people I knew within 30 minutes of owning and driving it down I70. Dang. So much for secrecy.

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The truck made it to Grand Junction, and the shop. Since I knew that I was going to potentially drive it back to Tennessee, I had packed everything that I thought I might need along the way:

tools/water pump/fuel pump/belts/hoses/starter/alternator/fuel filters/front loaded hub including wheel bearings/front disc caliper/bolts/tape/clamps etc

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Alas, not meant to be. Although it did just fine on I70 it overheated near Delta Colorado on the way to Ouray, so back to my friends shop on a trailer.

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Better to work inside on it anyway.

First thing to go was the plow. A friend of my friend has a winter plow business and uses a couple of Scout IIs, and was in need of a new blade. Come and get it Jack!

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Now the front end is sitting a lot higher than the rear, but more on that later..

JJ in TN
 

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I was all good, except it had the big nut water pump. BOO! Talk about non-existant and I had never asked for engine pics, so my bad. I called my friend Jeff Ismail at IH Parts America and ordered a new style fan clutch and fan. Yes, I have those parts in Tennessee but there was no way that I was going to ask Mrs JJ to pull those parts and send to me in Colorado--I need to stay married HAHA

The radiator was questionable as well. The local radiator shop said $799 for a recore and a 14 day turnaround. Yikes and no thanks. I ordered a new aluminum one with Amazon Prime to be delivered the next day for $134. Unbelievable.

So along the way in that process, I went ahead and replaced the fuel filters, belts, hoses, fuel pump, water pump and right front brake caliper along with replacing the brake fluid. The oil had been changed in 2011 (true story) so I felt like it could make it back to Tennessee. The 2210 is not happy from sitting, so every time we fired it up the doors had to be opened.

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Haha

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I also reached out to MelJay, her and Jordan are rebuilding their Scout in Grand Junction too and the live about 1/2 mile from my friends shop, so they came over, I let them drive mine, then we drank beer HAHA

JJ in TN
 

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Long story short, and family dynamics's. I decided to ship it back to Tennessee and drive a Toyota home. Yes, I know, anyone can drive a Toyota.

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But, I did swing thru Evergreen and get to hang out with Ed and Kate and see his build in person. Wow.

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And I sorta drove a Scout home because I had sourced a hard top for one of my other projects here in Tennessee and bought a little Harbor Freight trailer to pull behind the Camry, so that is sorta Scout driving.. again thanks to Ed for his help!

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J.J.

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Because I have needed a break from my 200 project, this has been more fun.

Last night, to correct the rear flat saggy springs, I had another stock set that were just fine, so I installed them. It lifted the rear up a couple of inches and the nose down less that 1000 pound plow on the front!


Before:

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After:

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Probably echoing the thoughts of most of us here, but..... I'm jealous JJ! Nice find. I know you'll do it up right!

Thanks Jon!

I’m going to try. To be fair too, I offered him more money for it than what he was asking and he declined.

JJ in TN


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That's cool that you were going to drive it back. You're a brave man. If you ever get stuck coming through Denver you can contact me.
 

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I would have left in Colorado, done an SOA and put some 33s on. Then drive it on the Million Dollar Highway as fast as you can! My wife and I have always had this thought we would buy a second home out west somewhere. Never has happened. I told her I would have to own a scout out there for the house.
 

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Long story short, and family dynamics's. I decided to ship it back to Tennessee and drive a Toyota home. Yes, I know, anyone can drive a Toyota.

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But, I did swing thru Evergreen and get to hang out with Ed and Kate and see his build in person. Wow.

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And I sorta drove a Scout home because I had sourced a hard top for one of my other projects here in Tennessee and bought a little Harbor Freight trailer to pull behind the Camry, so that is sorta Scout driving.. again thanks to Ed for his help!

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JJ in TN
Smart move in this weather. Hitch it a ride !
 

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Although it did just fine on I70 it overheated near Delta Colorado on the way to Ouray, so back to my friends shop on a trailer.
Not questioning that there were cooling issues that needed attention anyway but simply for some input. Plow blades and highways don't always mix well. With the blade kept in the straight position it can mess with airflow on some vehicles. Over the years I've had a few run hot after a longer run on the highway with the blade on. The scout was one, angling the blade would make the temp drop almost right away. The SD does fine but the outside air temp gage goes wacky. It'll read 90 degrees when it's in the twenties outside. I assume it's getting engine heat pulled up by it. Believe that shows how the air flow changes a lot with the blade on. There's a huge up pull of air from underneath rather than though the front. Almost like the circular flow right behind the cab in the bed. Just saying for any similar future experiences. Better to leave the plow off on a long road trip. If there's no other way, keep it angled. May or may not help but it's worth a try.
 
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