Scout Project: 1968 International Harvester Scout

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Scotty GilbertsonBy Scotty Gilbertson

Thanks to Jim S. for sending in this tip! This is a 1968 International Harvester Scout and it’s located in beautiful Selma, North Carolina; 45 minutes southeast of Raleigh. The owner has it listed on eBay with an asking price of $1,995 or make an offer. The photos aren’t the greatest here, so bear with me.

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IHC made the Scout from 1961 through 1980 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is a first-generation (1961 through early-1971) Scout and the seller says that it’s very complete but that it “has a good supply of rust, but doesn’t look bad.” This would be an ambitious project for someone with a welder and other restoration tools and skills, but it’s not an impossible task. The first-generation Scouts should be the most coveted by collectors, and actually this one doesn’t look that bad.

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That’s a blue tint to the photo, but both the interior and exterior of this Scout are blue. It’s hard to tell from some of the photos if it’s black or blue. You may be a little black and blue after working on this one, it needs a lot of work. Or, it does if you intend to restore it, maybe not so much if you plan on getting it working and just using it without making it a trailer queen.

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The owner says that the engine isn’t “running but wouldn’t take much to get it going and driving.” It has a fair amount of new parts towards that end, including a new battery, ignition coil, and “a Holley 2 bbl conversion and electric fuel pump,but needs to be hooked up.” It also has a new master cylinder but the brakes will still need more work. You’ll probably want to put all new lines (both fuel and brake) on here anyway. What do you think about this Scout project, what would be the top dollar for this one considering the amount of work that it needs?

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  1. Joe

    This will be a $7000 car before you can sneeze “Haaaaaarvester”. Blue-black looks like a big bruise, which is what your wallet will experience soon.

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  2. roger

    I had a second generation 2wd scout.Very nice vehicle.
    This one would make a great S10 frame swap.
    Would make nice 2 wheel drive hotrod.

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  3. William H

    I would love to have one of these that’s ratted out beyond restoration. Weld up mild steel plate after cutting out the tin worm colonies. Built suspension, a little tranny/gear work, slight lift and turn it into a torque monster running about 45 mph max and use it for a lease specific vehicle. Maybe a little rattle can work to make it blend in with the hunting area. Dream come true. Would compare the the ’48 Willys jeep we had for a lease vehicle. That thing was a straight up mechanical mountain goat.

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    • AMX Brian
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      • JW454

        “Darn! Now where did I leave that Scout door. It was in the hall closet the last time I saw it. I can’t find anything around here”!

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  4. Scott raymond

    I had a 63 that was plagued with a vapor lock problems, even trying an electric fuel pump with extra long fuel lines run around the engine bay to keep it from hot areas

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