Same Family Since ’76: 1975 International Scout II

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This 1975 International Scout II is much more solid than most I’ve seen. While there is some rust, it’s certainly not terminal. It’s been with the same family since one year from new, and is located in Senatobia, Mississippi. It’s listed for sale here on eBay.

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Scouts are vulnerable to rust in many places; one of the most common is the lower fenders. These certainly aren’t perfect, but they are much more solid than most. The seller states that the rear quarters are solid and they are “believed to be solid metal.” If it’s one family, why wouldn’t they know?

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Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the front fender, and there also looks to be rust in the sills. However, again, I’ve seen a lot worse brought back. There are lots of sources of patch panels. I’m curious, if you were to paint this Scout, would you put the fake wood grain back? I’m generally a fan of originality, but I think this is one place I would deviate.

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While the floor looks pretty solid, I am concerned about the amount of water visible in the pictures. Maybe the truck was hosed out for photos? If not, there’s significant leakage. Obviously, the seats need help as well. The truck is air conditioned, although I’m sure it’s not functional at the moment. The seller talks about parting the truck out if it doesn’t sell this time; I hope that’s not how the auction ends.

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Under the hood we find the trusty 304 cubic inch V-8. This family of engines had many variations, ranging from 266 to a whopping 392 cubic inches. Unfortunately, not only do we not know if it runs or not, we don’t even know if it’s free. I wish sellers would include all the information about the vehicles they are trying to market. Still, if the price stays low this might make a great project vehicle, certainly a little different from the more common Jeeps and even Broncos. What do you think?

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Comments

  1. DENIS

    I have owned a number of Scouts from the old 4-bangers to the 345s and I loved ’em all although prefer the old ones. This looks pretty salvageable overall…someone may get a helluva buy…would like it for woods-crawling.

  2. Dave Wright

    I love my IHC’s. Prices on Scouts are all over the map right now trending up I am sure. I just bought a 1974 in better shape than this one for 800.00 in central Oregon. It has much less rust and still has the orignal hub caps, P/S, P/B and a 4 speed. I saw this one come on eBay, wonder what the reserve is?

  3. Michael V.

    I’ve seen this on the local craigslist here for $4500. This seems typical of most old cars I find in Mississippi. If it’s a vaguely usable off road vehicle people around here want the world for it.

  4. RON

    one million miles? i highly doubt that. the price way out of line

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Agreed on the mileage! Are you talking about the current auction price or the $4,500?

  5. Howard A Member

    The Scout ll was one of the 1st fancy SUV’s. I remember you could get just about every option. The Scout was probably one of the best 4×4’s out there, especially the early ones. This one, sadly, has seen better days, and with limited interest to begin with, it’s going to be a tough sell ( 2,000 views and no bids)I visited a junkyard in N.Wis. and this guy had a field of Scout’s, mostly older ones. Had to be 30 or 40 of them. This is what happened to most the Scouts in my area. http://www.geocities.ws/lances_scouts/LeftSide.jpg

  6. Spencer

    I am originally from Jackson, MS. I bought 78′ II for $4500 in 2001 that would easily fetch $15K+ now. Hard top, soft top, dealer added Warn winch, Cobra CB, had a 3″ lift. The master cylinder failed a few months after I purchased, I hit a moving train at a train crossing, and lived to tell this tale. The truck had minimal damage, I regret selling it, I should have put it in a barn to restore later. It was towed to a shop I had done business with for years, it was stolen, found at the very area I was headed to when I hit the train. I got $900 for it, I was 21 and ignorant. God I miss that massive beast.

    Gas was about .99 a gallon, cost me $60 round trip from Jackson to Hattiesburg.

  7. sir mike

    Is it just me or does it look like the frame is bent around the firewall area?? The front looks down.Both fenders don’t line up with the doors.Just look how the stripes point down when followed from the door edge to the front.Maybe just me though.

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