Repaint Or Preserve? 1967 International Scout 800

We recently saw a 1973 International pickup that looks like it could be almost the fraternal twin to this 1967 International Scout 800. Maybe not a fraternal twin, but at least a close relative with the paint and wheels looking so similar. This faded gem is listed here on eBay in beautiful Mesa, Arizona where, yes, I should have moved decades ago. The current bid price is $8,950 but the reserve isn’t met yet.

The faded red paint and big black wheels are so close to that ’73 International Pickup from last week that it’s an eerie coincidence (insert wavy dream sequence here). I get it, though, most folks want big wheels and tires on a 4×4 for a better off-road experience but I’m a sucker for the narrow original-style/size wheels on these Scouts.

This is one rock-solid-looking Scout. The seller mentions that there was some rust in the floors but it was cut out, repaired, and sealed with bed liner so that’s done. The rest is just surface rust and the underside looks great. They have provided a few photos underneath so buyers can see how solid it is and can also see some of the many new parts on this rig. The seller has owned this one for just over five years or so and it’s a weekend driver. It sure would be fun to own in Arizona or anywhere, come to think of it.

The interior looks nice and clean and it does come with the original top. Some of the glass is out as you can see but that also comes with the sale. The bed appears solid and is also coated in bed liner like the front floors. The seat has been reupholstered according to the seller. I love the look of this Scout the way it looks now but I’m guessing that a lot of buyers would want to add a rollbar and maybe some paint.

The engine looks as if it’s been painted and it must have been at some point but there’s no mention of it having been rebuilt. It does have many new parts and it’s International’s 152 cubic-inch four-cylinder. With a new two-barrel carburetor, it must have a bit more than the just-under-100 horsepower that it would have had when it was new. With new Dana axles, disc brakes, suspension parts, shocks, lifters, engine seals, and much more, this seems like a sorted Scout that’s ready to rock. Any thoughts on this one? Repaint or preserve?

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Comments

  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    I’m getting more involved with these every day. Of course it could have something to do with working in the vintage International truck parts business. Anyway, I’ve been searching for a lot of parts for these. A lot are still out there although I wonder for how long. I sure wouldn’t turn a Scout down. This year would be appealing but I would prefer more of an SUV type. Powering one of these with a 266 or 304 would be a blast.

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    • Howard A Member

      I’d like to apologize to Geomechs for following his normally optimistic post with such a negative one. And to BF’s nation, clearly, the hobby has gone beyond my limits, and I’m probably bumming people out with my 1987 views. With each bag of groceries over $20/bag, and and non-Mexican dental procedures costing thousands, why stop at the old car hobby? I seem to be the “last man standing” on my views, and reluctantly, probably time to move on. I’m looking at kayaks now,,,thanks to the staff and commentors for listening, if you are listening, “who do you know wants to buy a squarebody”? (in my best Ernie Von Schledorn voice), new asking price,,,,$9500 BUCKS,,, What? $10g’s for this, I wouldn’t hesitate to take my GMC to California,, Nah,,, I just couldn’t do it,,I guess with my midwest upbringing, I’ll never understand the reasoning behind these over-inflated prices and you can’t possibly think $10g’s is acceptable for this truck. If you do, we’re farther apart than I thought. Later, all.

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      • Parkerdo

        Howard, let me begin by saying I am a Scout owner. People often approach me and ask what my vehicle is and then proceed to tell me how cool they think it is. There’s not a person in the U.S. that doesn’t know what a Jeep is because there are literally millions of them on the road and they all look the same! I enjoy having a rare, historic vehicle. Like you, I wouldn’t pay $10k for one, but I also have no problem with an individual that is willing to do so.

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  2. Howard A Member

    10g’s,,, does this country have some kind of disease? Oh, it’s a nice one, alright, and as much as I dislike popular sayings, it is what it is,,,a ’67 Scout. This is on par with that ’65 Willys CJ I looked at. Nostalgia up the ying yang, but I certainly wouldn’t drive it on any paved roads. Even GETTING to the dirt roads is mighty tense as it is. I’ve since moved on from those older ones, and bought a ’91 Wrangler. 4 cylinder, 5 speed, still some nostalgia, but just more user friendly. I won’t say what I paid, many will think I’m FOS, but deals are out there, and not $10,000 vintage Scouts either. I often wonder who actually buys these 5 figure rattletraps, and if there isn’t some remorse. OMG, it only goes 50 mph? And THAT seems like the world is coming apart. All this tells me, is with the poor choices in 4×4’s today, someone, who must be equally as p.o’ed with the offerings, are willing to spend $10g’s + on something like this. You want to go off road, 2 newer ATV’s are almost a better choice. I really like the Wrangler, the 4 cylinder is a bit weak, but it’s simple, and cruises on the flats at 55 no problem AND, it’s always a Jeep. Since the Jeep ads here mysteriously dried up now that I have one, here it is, a ’91, w/94K, many new parts,,,$3500 cash took ‘er home,,,

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Looks good Howard, congrats!

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      • Howard A Member

        Hi Mike, yeah, it’s a good ol’ Jeep, and not rusted terribly, it could very well be my last vehicle, EVER! The 4 cyl. is incredibly anemic, as warned, and it looks like a 6 would bolt right in, someday. It was the only Jeep of that vintage I looked at, with under 100K. One had almost 300K on it, so people do drive them, and I can see why, it is a fun vehicle. Needed a water pump, $36 bucks at the “Zone”, and couple hours, try THAT with your Kia. Funny, now I’m noticing all the red Jeeps,,,

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      • On and On On and On Member

        Really looks decent Howard, good for you. I like the top, hoping you get many miles. We’re all getting older at the same rate, so you’re not alone. I’ve got my Corvair all fixed up and running/driving like new so of course it’s time to retire it and move on to the next project!

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    • angliagt angliagt Member

      If I came across a deal like you got,I’d be
      tempted to borrow the money & buy one.
      I too miss the old days,when used vehicles
      were affordable.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      I think you done good there. I hope it serves you well. Howard, I just want you to know that even though I notice the asking price on these vehicles I overlook it in my comments (usually). I’m more concerned about the vehicle itself than what the vendor thinks it’s worth. True, I wish the prices were closer to my budget but I still have comments I want to make. Yes, I might be a bit of a dreamer but sometimes dreams are what keeps me alive…

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    A bit high on the price but overall looks pretty good. Need to pull the body off that frame and take care of all that surface rust on both pieces. There aren’t too many of these old rigs that don’t look great with new paint and this one is no exception.

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  4. Todd Zuercher

    Ah – the good ol’ days are here again – geomechs and Howard commenting on the same rig!

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Todd, thanks, but slight correction, Geomechs commenting, me, complaining,,, sorry ’bout that, Chief,,

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      • Todd Zuercher

        Don’t leave us, Howard! I always enjoy your comments.

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  5. chrlsful Member

    “…Any thoughts on this one?…”
    Get a list out pre purchase, add it up, see where it leaves you.
    Paint’s the least of it.
    Do you like the vehicle (make, model, yr) as if no go it = ur nxt DD…

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