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I have been looking on craigslist, ebay and bargain news for an older 4x4 with a manual trans for a long time. My dad bought a 1969 IH Scout about 10 years ago and we only use it for plowing in the winter. It is not street legal but is mechanicly solid. I asked my dad today if I could get it on the road and he said if I put the work into it then go ahead. It's got a 4 cylinder engine with a 3 speed stick. No power steering, no power brakes, no a/c. It ain't pretty, but it's built like a tank. It needs a few things like an exhaust and new gas tanks. Due to it's sitting over the summer, the clutch has rusted to the fly wheel (this has happened before and is an easy fix) and mice have made their way into the heater box (also happens every year). I'm going to get it going tomorrow and take it for a quick spin. I will take some pics tomorrow and post them.
 

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I love International Scouts. We had a 1966 800 with a built Chevy 350 and a 4 speed for a few years. Loved that truck. Hate we had to sell it.

Any how I can't wait to see your 800A. They only have different head light bezels from the 800 so they are basically the same truck.
 

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They are a cool truck for sure. This would be my first vehicle so it's not fast and you really have to pay attention when you are driving it.
 

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They are a cool truck for sure. This would be my first vehicle so it's not fast and you really have to pay attention when you are driving it.
We had to pay attention with ours because of the super swampers on it. They stuck a foot out past the fenders on the truck. I think it will make a great first vehicle.
 

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Having that for a first vehicle will give you the confidence to drive other trucks and machines you may come across. I personally believe that having to pay closer attention when driving older rigs actually makes you into a safer and more skilled driver. After a few months of driving it, you won't notice the lack of power steering or power brakes, but you will be able to do a few more chin-ups. You might consider adding a steering damper if it doesn't have one- they sometimes have a tendency to shimmy.

For a little bit of fun, take the Scout down to the tire shop next time it has a leak. Park it in the lot and hand them the keys, then watch them try to find reverse. The last time I did that with my 3-speed truck, the guy had it in the flower planter before he figured it out.
 

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I had a 63 scout about 34 years ago or so. It had what International called the snow package which consisted of posi-traction front and rear and 4.27 gear ratio in both diffs. That thing was unbelievable in mud and snow, it would go through soggy plowed fields without the first sign of trouble. It really got interesting when I put a 400 ford cleveland engine and a c6 automatic with an advance adapter to hook it up to my spicer transfer case. Made my own lift kit, had a couple of drive shafts made for it and had a blast.
 

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Sounds like a fun project to take on, I'll definately be watching your progress! I love it when people see the value in old things, and try to bring them back to good use. I have never had an old Scout as they seem to be pretty rare in these parts, so if you get it up and driving, it'll be a head turner. Be sure to keep us posted on the progress, and keep at it. I built my old CJ 16 years ago and still have it today. When I brought it home, it was no more than a burnt frame with junk axles under it and nothing else. It lives an easy life now, just riding us around in the summertime. No more beatings, just washes and waxes. :D

 

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I did a few things to it today. I pulled the fan out of the heater box to clean it out for winter and not suprisingly it had a huge mouse nest in it. I changed the oil out of the air cleaner because the old stuff was filthy. I also fixed the clutch today which I am very happy about. I put it in gear and turned it over and thats all it took to break it free! All I need to to is get gas and she will fire right up. I took some pics today. Sadly a dead tree hit the roof a couple years ago. Thankfully it didn't take the window out.
 

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The floors are rotted away but my dad bought floors and never got the chance to put them in, so they will be in soon. The clutch is also good on it, no slipping at all. It needs to be rewired so all the lights work, not a big deal.
 

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I have always like the old stuff and I will definatley be the only 17 year old with a scout. How is the gas mileage on these 4 cylinders? It's hard for me to tell what it really gets because we have never gone far on the street.
 

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Thats it? For a 4 cylinder I thought it would have been a little better than that. I wonder what the V8's must have got :Stop:
 

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bout the same, little less.. Scouts were designed for hard work. gas was cheap then.. They have steep gears and low geared transmissions
 

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This one was bought to work on a farm. Zero options but it does have the comanche package (not really sure what it is). It has a little over 126,000 miles on it.
 

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Looks really good for being a plow truck. Scouts were known to rust out before the drive train wore out. Just to let you know ours got 3-4 miles per gallon with the Chevy 350.
 

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bout the same, little less.. Scouts were designed for hard work. gas was cheap then.. They have steep gears and low geared transmissions
There's your answer. The little 4 banger has to work quite a bit harder than a 6 or 8 will, so they were set up to be torque'y low HP engines. Add the fact that they used low gearing, and there goes your mileage. Even with the same top gear ratio of 1-1 like any other non over drive transmission, the gearing is low.
 

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Considering the age and shape of most Scouts, yours is in very good condition. It is something that you can work on and learn on, be proud of, and make fond memories. Just a word of caution- an old vehicle like this, especially being your first one, will be extremely nostalgic- don't get rid of it! You will regret it- most guys on here have a vehicle from their past, that they wish they'd never gotten rid of. It happens to all of us. Fix it right, take care of it, and keep it! They are more and more rare every day, especially in that condition.
 

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:thThumbsU Thats a sweet Scout I have been lookin for one in good shape to give to my daugther for she wants one but I can't find one all have blown trannys or need rewired which I hate doing both. :Stop:
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