All About The Scout: 1975 IH Scout II XLC

Here at BF, we like original, rust free vehicles and this Scout II XLC checks those boxes handily. XLC in International parlance stands for extra load capacity. IH was trying to get around ever tightening EPA emissions regulations and by adding heavier rated springs that would take it from 1/2 ton light truck to a 3/4 ton and a higher GVW, no catalytic converter was needed at the time to be street legal. I guess it made sense for a low volume manufacturer. A little bending of the rules if you will. Add in some medium mileage (83k+) and sprinkle on a tasty two-tone ’70’s swag (20+year old repaint) and I’m in. Built by IH from 1971 thru 1980, these industrial grade workhorses have seen everything from beach patrol use to plowing the snow off of rust belt factory lots. If you want to read more about all IH products check out Binderplanet. You can peruse this one here on craigslist in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Powered by the venerable 3.2 l four cylinder, she won’t be winning a lot of 0-60 sprints (that time takes 18.2 secs …Yikes!) nor see much serious off roading either (4×2), but would be a perfect companion for that Sunday drive to go on a picnic (or the activity of your choice). With this engine you’d think you might get some good fuel mileage, though the numbers at the time showed around 16.0 mpg, but this owner claims to be averaging 20 mpg. Your mileage may vary. Anyway, best to have your gas card handy. The interior looks fresh and unworn with a 4-speed manual and 3.54 rear axle, it should prove to be a comfortable cruiser. All the lights and gauges are working too. I dig that brake/clutch setup! And your kids are sure to ask, “what are roll down windows?”

If you like old school cool (Not the AC type though) and don’t need cameras, heated seats, and a microwave oven, this may be your ticket down to your favorite fishing hole. What would you put on that cargo rack? Maybe some classic redwood longboards, kayaks or maybe a laughing loon custom canoe. The sky is the limit!

All the glass is said to be perfect with no chips,fogging or scratches.The $17k ask for this might scare some off, but a lot could be said for an original California truck that looks like a gas’n go ride with no major work needed. If you don’t want to spend (or have) big buck Bronco money, this may be the way to go! Thought?

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Comments

  1. ace10

    Seller now wants $22,5
    Between that and the tone of the CL, he/she can keep it.

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    • Maverick Hoffman

      Sold it.

  2. Barney

    It’s a bit pricy but hay the guy can ask what ever he wants but then he’ll own it for awhile longer. Side note: I bought a Chevy short bed four wheel drive in 1976. It was rated at 5/8 ton by GM to beat the smog crap.

    Like 3
    • Mark

      No 4×4, no 8 cylinder, no air, no Way!

      Like 1
  3. Cattoo Cattoo Member

    A nice looking Scout.

    Like 5
  4. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    A repaint 20 years ago to me means it’s not completely original and I’d want to take a good look to see if there was any rust repair done before the new paint was applied. It is in remarkably good condition, though. Only being a 2-wheel drive model without A/C makes me think it’s priced too high but perhaps the condition justifies the price.

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  5. Lance Nord

    I’m a huge Scout fan, but this is a weird combination. 3/4 ton capacity but only a 4 cylinder (and 2WD to boot?!?)… Most Scout fans would not want this configuration, therefore the price seems a bit steep.

    Like 2
  6. BeeMoe

    Oy, since when does an SV engine displacement get described in liters? :-/

    That’s a 196 ci, for those who care not to convert from the metric.

  7. TimM

    Hard vehicle to find up north!! Usually rotted to pieces but no 4 wheel drive is really a turnoff!! I don’t know why someone would buy one of these in 1975 without it!! You could get a station wagon back then!!

    Like 1

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