Rare Model: 1970 International Harvester Scout Aristocrat

The seller states that this 1970 International Harvester Scout 800A is a rare Aristocrat model. At first glance, it appears to be more like an “A-rust-o-crat!” The Scout is located in Windsor Mill, Maryland and is listed here on eBay with a current bid of $6,320. There is 1 day remaining in the auction and the reserve has not been met. International Harvester produced over 500,000 Scout in multiple configurations and versions from 1960 to 1980. The International Harvester Scout Aristocrat was a special version of the Scout 800A that included a number of upgrades like a stainless steel roof rack, rally wheels, and a two-tone paint scheme.

The first generation Scouts (1960-1965) were equipped with a 152 cubic inch inline four cylinder engine that came from the factory with 93 horsepower. Later, International Harvester began improving the Spartan beginning model and increased the engine sizes including a larger, more powerful 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. This Scout 800A has a 304 cubic inch V8 engine and automatic transmission.

The seller includes what appears to be a build sheet for this Scout. The condition of this Scout makes it difficult to tell if it is an Aristocrat but the build sheet states that it is a Doll-Up Scout which is what the Aristocrat was known as internally by International Harvester. The first generation Scout is commonly known as the Scout 80. The next generation of Scout was called the Scout 800 and was produced from 1966 to 1971 and came in two models – 800 A and 800B. The Scout 800A was produced from 1968 to 1970 (this one). The Scout 800B had a very short production run from August 1970 to March 1971. It was replaced by the final generation of the Scout called the Scout II which was more modern and was produced from 1971 to 1980.

This Scout 800A has been sitting for many years and will need restoration. It does not run well and has rust issues in the floor and quarter panels along with surface rust. This one will probably need to be trailered until the brake system and fuel system can be rebuilt. If this Scout is restored, it will be a sharp looking Aristocrat.

Comments

  1. Big_Fun Member

    I think that piece of paper is called a “linesheet ticket”. You can buy them to verify your Scout. Had a friend big into Scouts until the divorce…
    It shows the chrome reverse 15 x 7 wheels, special paint, dual tanks, etc.
    One line reads “IH -6- 232 gas engine”. Wasn’t that engine an AMC source?

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like this but then, I’m kind of partial to full-bodied Scouts, especially with V8s. Full body-off restoration would be the order of the day for this beast; there’s bound to be some rust to fix that you can’t see from the outside. But I’ve seen a lot worse.

    The Lineset/Line-Setting Ticket has got to be the most accurate build-sheet for any of the trucks made back in the day. It IS your truck’s DNA and will tell you EVERYTHING about your truck except the names of the guys who worked the assembly line (the IRS could probably fill you in on that plus tell you what graffiti they wrote on the bathroom wall). I see that this came from the factory with the AMC-sourced 232 six, which is accurate for the time. The venerable BD/BG Series was heavy plus was losing ground with the EPA Brownshirts. I might add that AMC wanted a line of light and medium trucks to compliment its car sales and International was looking for additional sales outlets FOR its light and medium trucks and AMC had engines that complied. Anyways, the relationship worked—sorta—for a while.

    Someone must have found a donor Scout for the engine and parts to do the swap as the Lineset never lies. Well, you might be well advised to check the VIN to ensure that the Lineset BELONGS to this truck. And speaking of the Lineset’s truth, the T-14 transmission is NOT an automatic; it is a top-loader 3-speed manual. I’m going to guess that the engine and transmission were dropped in together. Now the period-correct automatic would be a Borg Warner which is immediately recognizable by its removable bell-housing. Later Scout II’s had a Torqueflite with its integral bell-housing. So if this is running a Torqueflite it’s out of a later Scout.

    Don’t get me wrong here. I still like this truck and wouldn’t kick it off my driveway. One of the first things I would do is replace that smogger carburetor with a center-inlet Holley (Enter the Brownshirts), either a 350 or a 500. I seriously doubt if I would go looking for a 232 and a 3-speed…

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  3. ron wrob

    old mistakes go on ,not amc ihc 8 cyl, cut in half.just look at motor ,no strait 6 yhere

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  4. chrlsful

    Y I bought my bronk in ’82. Wanted an 80/800 but co went bankrupt @ my purchase time. The fed law wuz “only gotta make prts for 7 yrs after”. I thought ford might B the way to go then. Had the ’70 since then and often wonder as I look at these. Neighbor hasa string of ’em (most w/the 4.2 one w/the diesel, 1 w/345) from 80 to Scout II. All pretty nice.

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