Junkyard Rescue! ’66 International Scout Home-Built Hot Rod Pickup

Junkyard Rescue! ’66 International Scout Home-Built Hot Rod Pickup


all right so we’ve got a scout here
– 1966
– you’ve had this one for a while
– 49 years
49 years
everybody says that this started the SUV
movement that’s still going on today
I don’t know.
– yeah
the way I understand it, in ’61 they go buy
these at farm stores for the
International Harvester if you bought
the biggest combine they made
or the biggest tractor they gave this
to you, it was a sales deal
they were 1500 dollars new
the new corvette was $3200 something like
that there were no Broncos
and there were no Blazers.
– no
so it was either Jeep or this
this body style went from ’61 to ’71 there
was a Scout One then they went to a Scout Two
and it went for like ten years and then they quit
okay
– there was only two versions
so it was the full convertible top?
yes there was like four or five different half
tops, full tops, canvas tops, and camper shells
a lot of different types of tops you could
buy for it aftermarket in that era
very cool and that’s not the original engine
– no because I never saw the original
right
283 Chevrolet with fueling heads
bored out 30 over and a T5 5-speed out
of an IROC Camaro, Thunderbird rear axle out of a ’67 T-bird four door, suspension and everything
nice
the frame is original, the firewall’s original,
this is all original
the way it’s cut out is original
see this right here that round thing
that’s out of a basement of a house
the little IH on there
– well everybody thinks this is a Toyota SCION
I made that bumper out of some of my dad’s metal
and I put that IH in there so people would
understand what it is
when I first built this 49 years ago I
went to the local IH dealer
and I bought this and the grill
– okay
25 years later they became a hardware
store and I went back
and bought the screws to mount it
sounds like a supercharger
yeah it does but it isn’t
no
I love the way this thing sounds when it shifts
there it is, oh found it
no power brakes, no power steering?
oh it’s got power steering no power brakes
– okay
I think it’s real easy to drive
– oh yeah
so how many miles do you think you got on it?
oh under 12,000 something like that
because they built the engine
14,000 yeah
– someone built the engine
nice
it’s still a baby
yeah it’s barely even broken in
so the engine, did you go through the whole engine or did you just put it in?
yeah we went all the way through it, new cam new built new fuel heads on it
it’s got a mild cam
that’s not bad at all it’s comfortable
it’s got a Ford rack and a Chevrolet pump so there’s a little bit of twitching on the steering
okay
– but as long as after it gets old you maintain it
hopefully it will crush the difference barely
– oh okay I see
it’s pretty happy just cruising along
– yeah
what is it 60 miles an hour?
love it
people with Priuses roll their windows up
people who are driving semis roll their windows down
going around Chicago the bikers would slow down on the toll road and give me the thumbs up
yeah
everybody else would [flip me the bird]
doesn’t it make you feel good inside?
– it does, what a nice little ride
what a good job I love it, I’d do it exactly the same
so it did sit idle for 25 years
– yes
because I had to get married and have kids
– yeah
it was locked in a room my kids have never seen
it until a few years ago we got it out
and now you’re on the tour with your son
– yeah this is the fourth time we’ve done the tour
and it’s just it’s a ball
– yeah yeah
that’s also when you’re overheating you just
open the hood a bit she’s much better
get rid of that heat soak
paid for the first Power Tour 25 years ago
and I never made it
I was in the Power Club then they changed it
to Power Tour when they first came out with it
I joined right up
but I never made it
so your first one was ’14?
’14 finally made it ’14.
like you
you were meant to be here this time
and you didn’t make it
no that’s true
I made it, I’m here
uh just we’re
at least the last little bit we’ll see
tomorrow we’ll see tomorrow but
anyway I don’t want to talk about me I want to
talk about this beautiful thing
okay
this is fantastic
– 49 years ago
I bought this out of a junkyard
it was a body shell
no motor no transmission
I gave $300 for it
it was titled two-wheel drive
I wanted a hot rod pickup truck but everybody thought I was crazy because
nobody in the ’70s touch trucks so yeah
this is the result of 49 years of
playing and it’s made out of all kinds
of different items
these things never had bumpers unless you paid
back in that day you bought heater extra
you bought bumpers extra so this truck has no
heater it has no no radio
this is gymnasium floor out of a local
highschool gym that was getting bulldozed
and the wheel tubs are from Tractor
Supply [Co.]
these are stainless steel mixing bowls I
make it look like a nomad
these are stainless steel shafts cut in half
that’s not solid
– it’s a solid bar
oh really?
– it’s drilled and tapped from the other side
okay
because your metal worker right?
yeah well this was some of my
father’s stainless steel from some of the
machines he invented so I put my father’s metal on here
– oh nice
kind of a heritage thing
– oh that’s awesome
this is two factory dashboards
one on top the other
oh that’s awesome
I wanted it to look like it was factory-built
so this is the dashboard and that’s the stock dashboard there, this is another one
that I put together and I handmade
this this this right here
it took me months to swirl each swirl in there
– just sitting at the kitchen table, or?
a rubber hammer and some valve grinding
paste like what you would do
yeah
– took me months to do that
in my era that was you you were classy if
you had that
right right right
I love the console, so that’s a Ford oil pan?
yes
that’s so cool
in my day, everybody talked about your status
well I have it
this is all stock, everything I just cut it apart
the door hinges used to be right here
this is all original
– so you just bolted it together
yeah just build up some braces in it put this plate on here that’s all I did
the operating system is a wheelchair lift for a
school bus or a an activator for a big satellite
to turn turn the old-fashioned
satellite
no laches, it just holds up
it’s not a million or $30,000 paint job
hey I got the only one out here
– I love it I love it
it makes the noises, it’s light enough, do you know how much it weighs?
about 2600lbs
– yeah so this is the perfect little engine for it
yeah that’s incredible
you get to throw in a V8 and lots of get up and go
do you have any issues with the heat?
no no it makes about 190
okay yeah that’s perfect
and doesn’t seem to be a problem
– right on
how did it do on those on those hills?
it’s got a sway bar on the front, but
it doesn’t have it on the back
it’s twisty without the sway bar in the back
but it’s got coil spring rear end
okay
it’s stock
yeah
it could stand a little firmer because
they were pretty mushy back then
yeah yeah
and it could stand something a little stronger
okay
I could probably do differential coil overs right now or air or something to stiffen it up
yep
where I come from, there aren’t any twisties
up in Indiana it’s all flat and straight
– yeah
you don’t go around too many corners up there
– yep
love it
did he take all the stuff out?
– yeah
there we go
– yep better let it cool for a second
there we go
– wow I love it
one-of-a-kind and I love your sign
please touch
yeah yeah
I had seen the guy was giving that
away at the event
I said do you have another
one says it said do not touch
I said I want another one says do touch
– yeah
so we cut that apart and made our own
well thank you very much for letting me drive I appreciate it
well I hope you had fun
– yeah absolutely and you’re
building a cab over Cummins
– ’56 Ford cab over with a Dodge chassis
and a Cummins engine, stacks
get ready for Power Tour next year
– okay
because Power Tour is gonna come right through
your backyard
yeah I know and we’ll be there
we’ll be there will be there with something cool
anyway if you guys know of so he’s
building one ton Dodge frame we need two
drive axes for the back like a transport
truck so you’re making like a mini
transport truck so if you know of any
company that does it comment down below
and let us know and otherwise if you
have a ride then fill out the form and
I’d love to take it for a drive
thanks again man I appreciate every minute of it
see ya
– ya we’ll see you tomorrow
meow


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