1976 International Harvester Scout II

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Car guys all like a good project. There is something about the expectation of the hope of seeing it run again. At some point, the realization of underestimating the amount of work to get a vehicle back on the road becomes a reality. That is not the case here. The seller is realistic on what needs to be done. This is one of five vehicles that the buyer bought and put some work into to get it running. This 1976 International Harvester Scout II is located in Grove, Oklahoma. It is listed here on eBay with less than 24 hours remaining in the auction. The vehicle is a project and is bid to only $2,275.

The interior will need a complete restoration. The seller has already installed new floor boards and many of the original parts have been stored in the back seat of the Scout. The glass is not cracked but the front windshield is getting foggy around the edges. The four wheel driver selector is mounted next to the automatic transmission shifter on the floor. As a side note, International Harvester produced a red white and blue Patriot Edition Scout II in 1976 which was one of three Bicentennial-themed Scouts.

The Scout II has its original V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission. The vehicle is not roadworthy and the carburetor is running off a bottle of fuel under the hood. The first Scout 80s (1960-1965) were equipped with a 152 cubic inch inline four-cylinder engine. It was rated from the factory at only 93 horsepower. This was also the base engine in the second generation Scout 800 but it could also be ordered with a turbocharger to boost power to 111 horsepower. An optional 196 cubic inch inline 4-cylinder was introduced in 1966. Other optional engines included a 266 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder (1967), a 304 cubic inch V8 engine (1968), and a 345 cubic inch V8 engine (1971) in second and third generation Scouts. The ad does not say but this is most likely a 345 cubic inch V8 engine. The seller has installed a new starter and got it running. The Scout II still has its factory air conditioning compressor installed.

The first generation of the Scout was called a Scout 80 and manufactured from 1960 to 1965. The second generation of Scout was called the Scout 800 which was produced in three sub-models (800, 800A, and 800B). In 1971, the third generation model was introduced and produced until 1980. It was called the Scout II (like this model).  While this Scout II clearly needs work, it is appears to be accurately represented and priced well for a good project.

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  1. Scrapyard John

    Looking at the back, I think this is a “Travelall”. Could be wrong, but I thought the regular Scout II was a little more squared off in the rear. Looks like a cool project, assuming the rust is not too bad or repaired correctly.

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  2. JustPassinThru


    The TravelAll was the pickup-based utility wagon.

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  3. William Spiegel

    Yep, this is a Scout Traveler – longer wheelbase edition of the venerable Scout 2.
    Prices are soaring. Get in while you can!

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  4. K. R. V.

    Ok just to set the record straight. This is a Scout II Traveler, built on the same extended chassis as the Scout II TERRA truck. The International Travelall was a full sized SUV based on the full sized trucks. I know this first hand after owning a used 1973 Scout II, then trading that in on a specially ordered 1978 Scout II TERRA. Back then you could go into an International dealer and special order just about anything you wanted. I ordered the 4×4, with HD Transfer and HD Torque Flite trans, through 3:51 Detroit Locker in the rear and a limited slip in the front.

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    • Tony C.

      This is a Scout Traveler, the Scout II was the short wheelbase with the steel top, this one is a long wheelbase with the fiberglass top and full liftgate. The Scout II had a two piece rear liftgate and tailgate. The Travelall was a long wheelbase with 4 doors. Most of these had the 345 International low revving truck motor and torqueflite transmission, you could almost shift the transfer case lever into low range and get out and walk alongside and steer it at idle. (Been there, done that)!

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      • Tony C.

        In later versions they also had a 6 cylinder Nissan diesel engine option.

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  5. Harvey HarveyMember

    Pretty sure the 266 was a V8 option before the Scout ll model.

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