Field Find: 1977 International Harvestor Scout II

This 1977 International Harvester Scout II was parked next to a barn and left outside. I wish it had made it inside but it looks like it could still be saved. The Scout II was produced by International Harvester from 1960 to 1980. This one is listed for sale here on Facebook Marketplace for an asking price of $2,800. The 4WD is located in Milford, Texas.

The seller states that this project Scout is fitted with a V8 engine. It is probably the International Harvester 304 cubic inch V8 motor. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission.  International Harvester built its first generation of Scouts with small 152 cubic inch inline-four cylinder engines. Later versions had bigger and more powerful engines including a larger inline 4 cylinder, an inline 6 cylinder, a 266 cubic inch V8, a 304 cubic inch V8 engine, and a 345 cubic inch V8 engine. In 1979 and 1980, International Harvester offered the Scout II equipped with a Nissan-built 198 cubic inch turbocharged diesel inline-six.

This Scout II does have rust, according to the seller. It appears to have a lot of surface rust on the undercarriage and some rot in the floorboards. The Scout is a popular vehicle with over 530,000 built over the three genrations produced by International Harvester. The first generation Scout was called the Scout 80 and was built from 1960 to 1965. The next generation of Scout was called the Scout 800 and produced from 1966 to 1971. The final generation of the Scout was called the Scout II (like this one) and was built from 1971 to 1980.

The interior of this Scout II looks to have been exposed to the elements but it does have seats, steering wheel and some interior parts. This one will need a complete restoration, if it is not parted out. The price is right if the rust is not too bad and the engine is not seized. Maybe it will find a new home soon.

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Comments

  1. Bluetec320 Bluetec320 Member

    I Can’t imagine why it may have some rot in the floorboards. Maybe it wouldn’t have as much rust if it wasn’t left to sit outside with the roof removed.

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  2. Maverick

    Had one junk engines.

  3. Howard A Member

    If there ever was a poster vehicle for the term, “can of worms”, this is it. The sagging door tells me this truck was cashed long before the weeds and outdoors got to it. If the frame has a shred of integrity, I suppose it could be saved. Maybe as a woods runner or plow, but foolhardy to try and restore it. Some of these used AMC 304’s, this is an IH, the thermostat housing is the giveaway. IH motors needed strict maintenance, something few owners did, and most I came across were junk I thought too. A slew of good parts for a Scout nut, for sure.

    • Matt McQ

      Sagging doors are from rotted from body mounts. Every Scout on the planet that has rust has this issue. Replacement are readily available and fairly easy to install.

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