Rally Red: 1978 International Harvester Scout II

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International Harvester produced the Scout from 1961 to 1980. Over the years, many improvements were made. Here on eBay, a 1978 International Harvester Scout II is listed for sale with 3 days remaining in the auction. It is currently bid to $16,100 but the reserve has not been met. The Scout II is located in Decatur, Alabama. The vehicle is said to be a two owner 4WD with 71k miles on it. Based on the pictures, it appears to be a drivable barn find.

The white interior is a little yellow but that may just be the lighting. You can see that the Scout II is equipped with factory air conditioning, bucket seats, console and an automatic transmission. The seller even has the Line Setting Ticket which shows some great details including 5 spoke white wheels, 19 gallon fuel tank, Travel Top, and 3.54:1 rear axle ratio. Other options that we take for granted to day or power steering and power brakes.

The Scouts produced from 1961-1965 were known as the Scout 80 and were powered by a 152 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder engine that produced only 93 horsepower. Later Scouts came with the 196 cubic inch inline 4 cylinder and a 232 cubic inch and 258 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder were also available. Also, a 266 cubic inch, 304 cubic inch V8, and a 345 cubic inch V8 engine (this one) were equipped in later versions of the Scout.The 345 cubic inch V8 was rated at 163 SAE horsepower and 292 lb ft of torque. Fuel economy ranged from 8 mpg to 16 mpg and the top speed was 103 mph.

Starting in 1966, the Scout 800 was produced in three sub-models (800, 800A, and 800B) from 1966 to 1967. The Scout 800A was produced from 1968 to 1970. The Scout 800B had a short production run of only a few months from August 1970 to March 1971. It was replaced by the Scout II (this one) which had a 10-year production run from 1971 to 1980. This Scout looks to be in original condition and the seller states that it is solid and still retains its original metal body panels. The paint has some chips but is said to be original.

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  1. JMB#7

    Nice find. Most of these saw pretty hard use. Good to see a “survivor”. People were partial to IH in my hometown of Springfield Ohio. Always heard good things about the Scout II.

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      Yes I love my former 1974 scout 11 with three-speed I missed them and I was working IH factory in Springfield, Ohio I plan to buy them again for my retirement

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  2. Chris Cornetto

    If it’s not rusted it a million dollar plus.

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  3. chrlsful

    have to be redone to have the ‘line set ticket? Arent those stuck somewhere hidden under layers of constructed car as the process is completed?

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    • Wags

      No… they are usually found affixed to the inside of the glove box door.

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      • chrlsful

        hummm…where our early bronk ‘vin’ is.

        I think there are too many different names for the same thing (altho some times there are too many of the same things w/different names) aahahaha

        line set, buck tag, vin, serial #, line code stickers, etc…

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  4. Rick R

    I always wondered where international would be today with their light duty vehicles if they hadn’t stopped manufacturing them.

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  5. chrlsful

    in ’80 I woulda got one if not for the ‘closure’. ‘S how I got the bronk instead
    (fed law then: only need to make ‘replacement parts’ 7 yrs after bankruptcy).

    I still question the decision. 80/800 I still like over the ford. Just not Scout/II (unless w/the nissan motor).

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