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RedBull : the new Penny

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800bman

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Pushed, prodded, poked, however you’d like to say it I’ve been asked to reveal “one“ of my shiny new pennies. Well... his name is RedBull. In February I was fortunate enough to be on Facebook at the exact moment a 1964 Scout 80 was posted for sale, and in less than 10 mins of its inception I was on the phone with the seller in Montana brokering a deal.
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RedBull was originally sold in Oregon, and I don’t know much about the history other than it was in a dry climate. There’s a lot to like. I mean I rarely buy first generation scouts but this one really spoke to me and the price was cheap in my opinion and worth the risk. Highlights: 80xxx original miles. Exterior paint still original. Very little rust. Mechanical condition all in order, driving and ready for short trips without modifications. And very few changes from its production, at least nothing major I can’t reverse. Original line set tickets included woohoo!
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The seller liked restoring early Broncos with his father, and found the scout with an early bronco he was purchasing so he took both back to Montana. Seller also wasn’t in a big hurry for me to have it shipped so I was able to get some things ready here in Illinois for the arrival.
Really the only negatives I could see from the sales ad pictures were an incorrect rear seat, a rear floor repair already done, and maybe some little things like a dash oil pressure gauge. I set my expectations low and rolled the dice.
 

800bman

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Greg, what I didn’t share was the timing of this scout acquisition coincided with the loss of my green bean. I had a gentleman in Los Angeles that just had to have a Citrus Yellow 2000 Honda Insight, and he found me on that model forum. He offered a nice sunny home and what I thought was a very fair offer for a car needing more love than I wanted to $$ give. So I said goodbye to the Green Bean, reluctantly...
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Two months after I paid for RedBull I now had a space for him in the driveway woohoo 🥳
I lined up a shipper and they showed up a week later, but when RedBull was driving onto the carrier it stalled out and they couldn’t get it to run again. The transporter said see y’all later and the seller called to explain it all to me. After about a half hour the seller had RB up and running and driving and trailered him out to a truck stop where the transporter waited for round two of loading. RB died on the incline of the transporter again! Truck driver had enough and left him in the dust. The Seller was apologetic and offered a solution I accepted, electric fuel pump all wired up to the ignition switch and ready to go. Round three a week and a half later and RB showed up the last day of April.
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RB arrived days later and I got some photos of the undercarriage. I was very pleased to see the IH green primer still intact on the underside and a solid scout just waiting for my maiden voyage. I didn’t find any bondo or surprises really. Just a cool old super duper well preserved Scout 80.
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The transport driver had a hard time getting RB started and he didn’t speak English either. After about 10 mins he finally had him in my driveway, used google translator to finish the transaction, and loaded Ed’s Tesla back on the trailer. I hopped in RB and went for a drive, waving to the trucker as he looked at me with astonished eyes like I performed some sort of magic trick to get it running so well.
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800bman

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Jerry the plans were just to clean and polish my new penny and enjoy the simplicity of the Scout 80. Beyond that just odds and ends to address. So far....
 

mongocanfly

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dang it Josh...now your gonna have to get something else now for us to make fun of....
signora little tiny green car...!!!

full of bull Scout look like a great find..!!
 

MrKenmore

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Incredible! Looks great. Don't you just love the transporter tales? I had plenty of that with Colonel Mustard and the Terra.
 

oneof3k

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So what's up with all the "metal" in your purchases e.g., gold (digger), copper (shiny penny)? I personally prefer semi rare gems like moonstone! Other then the seat belt clip glove box door modification and the marker lights beaming the signal to aliens, that is one hell of a great find. I guess when one's life is spent on FB and Instagram, one can find some great deals?

Questions (as usual).

- Is that the original LST that the factory glued to the cowl/firewall inside the glove box? If so, why isn't it still there? Value just went down.
- So you say you don't know much about the history of Running Bull :tt2: yet you state those miles are original. Another used car salesperson you are! That being said, I would have believed 40K miles based on the overall condition.
- Why is a rear floor repair a negative?
- Speaking of used car salespersons, why are you trying to pawn off IHPA decals as original documentation?
- "loaded Ed’s Tesla back on the trailer" Correction, that would be Kate's car! BTW, that is a beautiful vehicle. The red one is not too bad either!

Running Bull is the first Scout 80 I know of that came with a hand throttle and 4.88s that wasn't originally from a high altitude state. Well maybe it was sold to a dealer/person in the Cascades? On a related note, I'm going through some 1904s and I'm finding 058 and 059 jet sizes, which I believe is appropriate for high altitudes. If Running Bull is as stock as you think, it might have a jet sized a bit small for your altitude?

All BS aside, a very, very nice find. Congrats!
 

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Josh, I'm so happy for you that you've got a positive shipping story and remote/distant purchase story.

Just so often, especially with stuff like eBay sales, people end up with vehicles that are more bondo than sheet metal and come here to share their horror story.

Redbull look like it will be a great vehicle from all perspectives!
 

800bman

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As most of us know it’s always fun discovering what previous owners have done to your scout. I wanted to spend a couple days getting to know RedBull. Ed said I wouldnt be able to go over 45 mph with the 4.88 gears. I wanted to test that, using a gps I was surprised how close the speedo was in accuracy. Was able to hit 48 mph the first run and 54 wound out the second run.
I checked the Fluids and all looks good. Battery cables were loose so I pulled them off for a cleaning and found a newspaper from 1992 folded in half from Oregon as a battery spacer LOL. Pulled off my ufo fender indicators too, thanks for noticing Ed!
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kingben01

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Hey Mongo, er, Greg? Ever have the experience where you hear a song, and your imagination builds the picture... then one day you see the video, and it changes your perspective of the song? Sometimes for the worst? Well, I somehow managed to go 4 ½ decades wondering when I'd see Sammy Hagar's face for the first time. I have never been able to put a face to the voice. Not sure how I avoided it for so long, or why I noticed that I've never seen it, and would not seek it out and just let it happen one day.

Well, you, my friend brought the face to the voice. Not sure it was for the better. I bet you didn't see that reply coming... LOL
 

scout2000

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disclaimer - moderators/Jeff - please delete this post if you deem it politically incorrect.

I've long been a fan of the "Red Rocker". Personally I like the live version of 'Trans Am - Highway Wonderland' over the "I can't drive 55" song.

Anyway, as of lately, many urban youth I've seen lately all seem to be sporting red shoes. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but at least in my mind, I'm pretty much convinced that they are all big fans of the Red Rocker - Sammy Hagar, and those red shoes are in tribute to Sammy.

But if someone here knows better, please fill me in.
 

J.J.

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stick around...theres no telling what you might see some of us knuckleheads post...haha...weve covered everything from spongebob on up...
i think ol Sammy looks a bit different currently

I love it that Sponge Bob has made it to yet another post HAHAHA

JJ in TN
 
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