Black Plate: 1962 International Scout 80 Pickup

This 1962 International Scout 80 pickup is a non-running example that the seller has owned for seven years ago with big plans for that never materialized. The old-school company name on the doors and the relatively stock, rust-free appearance indicates this pickup is a survivor, and given the seller includes pictures of a set of large, aftermarket wheels he planned to fit to the Scout, it’s perhaps a good thing the work never got started on this seemingly bone-stock Scout. The truck is a non-runner but the engine isn’t seized, and the seller promises the price will rise significantly if he gets the truck to run reliably again. Find it here on craigslist for $4,000.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for the find. It’s mildly amusing to me when Californians list survivors like this for sale, as they sometimes don’t even hit on the fact that whatever vintage ware they’re selling is completely stock with seemingly no significant rust. These vehicles would be marketed completely different in the snow and rust belts, with the sellers screaming at the top of their lungs about what an incredible find it is (and it would be, in these wintery weather parts). The pickup looks incredibly straight up and down the sides, and it’s amazing to the see the original International Harvester logo still clear as day on the back of the tailgate.

The seller notes it hasn’t run in about 24 years, and if the truck has been parked outside for the last seven or more, it’s surviving incredibly well. The interior is in shockingly nice condition, another feature the seller doesn’t even bother mentioning in the ad, other than to highlight that the truck retains its sliding side windows. The painted portions of the interior show virtually no sun fade or other cosmetic damage. The upholstery on the seats likewise looks fairly mint, and the more I see of this truck, the more I’m amazed it’s not been garage stored and off the road for over two decades. Not only that, the seller mentions the bed is beat up from hauling wood – so this truck was a worker at some point.

The paint matches incredibly well under the hood, lending further credence to the likelihood it’s never been painted or otherwise suffered from accident damage significant enough to warrant repainting large portions of the body. The picture of the modern aftermarket wheels that the seller was going to fit to this survivor Scout give me some shudders, and it’d be a shame to turn this into some sort of restomod. He even notes needing to enlarge the centers to fit over the original locking hubs – no way, man. The only wheel swap that should be happening is a set of slightly oversized steel wheels that mimic the original design, and otherwise left alone. Who’s with me that it’s a blessing disguise the restoration work never started on this clean Scout 80 pickup?

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Comments

  1. sluggo

    What engine is in that?

    • alphasud Member

      It’s 1/2 of a International V8

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      • Dave

        In 1996 we were working at the Navistar plant in Indianapolis. We were walking through a seldom used area when I spotted some engines on stands. One was a cutaway V8, one was a slant 4. Half of a V8.

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  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Jeez, I can’t believe it is still on the market. Make her safe and go deer hunting.

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  3. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Jeff is spot-on about the marketing of this Scout. It’s almost like because the owner is marketing on craigslist, it never crossed his mind that the vehicle might get (favorable) publicity outside his local area. And along those lines, if there was someone in say Ohio who was interested in restoring one of these, wouldn’t it make sense to spend an extra grand or two to ship a rust-free example like this?

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    • alphasud Member

      BarnFinds has just handed the owner a lucky day!

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  4. rmward Member

    Mound Nurseries in Ventura, CA was a real thing. The owner, Ralph Curtis, died in 1995, his wife in 2015. It sounds like they were both beloved in the community.

    Looks like this IH Scout hasn’t ventured far from the original nursery.

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  5. Howard A Member

    Great find, but,,,( I know, there’s always a “but” with me) remember what you’re buying here, it’s not a new Bronco. These were never meant to go more than 40 mph, and is geared accordingly, not that I’d want to go any faster anyway. Strictly utilitarian, and it wasn’t until AWD became a “must have”, even though I read, most 4 wheel drives today never are used, and all of a sudden, every 4 wheel drive, no matter how old and not understanding what giant leaps we made in 4 wheel drive, it must be a sweet driver, just not so. I think anyone that’s never driven one of these, gets a rude awakening, hopefully before they plunk down a wad of cash on one.

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    • Tony Primo

      The majority of the population driving anything over 25 years old will be in for a big let down. It’s easy to get spoiled by anti-lock brakes, air bags and air conditioning.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Oh they get their chance to drive the old stuff, especially when the wheel sensors go out and they can’t afford to repair them. Good ol’ brakes, the way they used to be…

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  6. geomechs geomechs Member

    I rode in lots of these. With the 4 cyl they were not at all powerful but they could beat a CJ, hands down, and they rode much better. Geared fairly low but still capable of 60 mph although 55 might have been better. The 3-spd ones sure needed that lower gear. The 4-speed was essentially a modified Warner T-98 which was common among American light trucks well into the 70s. I’ve seen lots of these running a 266 or 304 and that is a great upgrade. Just about a direct bolt-in. Some problems with pan to front axle clearance so you either raise them up 4 inches or try to find a special V8 pan and oil pump for the Scout 800. Myself, I would probably keep the 4, put on some radial tires and have fun with it…

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  7. Todd Zuercher

    Already gone – somebody snagged it quick.

    The engine was likely a 152 ci 4 cylinder. We had one in our ’67 Sportop. Gutless wonder – we had to put the transfer case in 2 low to climb our driveway and to get going onto the main road from our street. After 3 years of owning it, Dad got tired of it, wised up and bought a Bronco and we never looked back.

    Cute for cruising around but as others mentioned, most ‘modern’ drivers would quickly tire of a rig like this.

  8. Mitchell Ross Member

    I bet some careful polishing would bring that paint back. What a find.
    I’m not into them but I would spend the money on getting the stock drivetrain working perfectly , polish it up and have the star of almost any show.

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  9. chrlsful Member

    got a 3 yr newer 1 here plowin drives (most in the 1/2 to 1 mi range). Lookin at the back of it seems same factory rear (the black trim’n ‘step’) but his gota spare tire mount. It slides outta the way (down) to open the gate. Gate hasa lever looks likea bicycle handlebar w/grip U switch upward to open …the rest is pretty identical including the Comanche motor. All the co’s did it. 1/2 or ‘sliced’ the other way, 3/4 (bent6). Ahma i6 guy so like what they did toda 6 – HSC (ford’s 4/6th, & the “152” – chebby’s) even better! To every need there’s an automotive adaptation (“Application” is our selected adjective).

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