Lewin's Scout - Day 17
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What I've Done So Far
Quick Maintenance Reference
Nobody seems to maintain a fully accurate list of what you need to maintain this animal. Here's a quick list of maintenance supplies (note: only correct for the 152cid engine):
Why a Scout?
I had been talking for at least a year about wanting a Jeep Wrangler to drive occasionally for fun. Gradually, this idea evolved into wanting an old (pre-1970) Jeep. One reason for this is that gas prices preclude using this car as a daily driver. If I buy a certifiably vintage car, I can insure it as a collectible, which makes the on-road cost practically nothing compared to the $1,900 per year that my regular insurance company wants for "normal" auto insurance.
While searching for this or a similar vehicle on eBay, I kind of fell into a romance with the Scout from International Harvester; one of the first SUV-type vehicles. The first (model year 1965) Ford Bronco was virtually a copy of the Scout; it even looks the same. The Scout 80, which is the model illustrated here, is an amazingly versatile beast; with the top off, it's like a Wrangler, with the half-cab installed and rear seat removed it's a pickup, and with the full "travel top" it's an SUV with seating for at least five, probably six people - PLUS cargo space!
Steven King wrote these cars into several of his stories, and so my wife isn't opposed to the idea of my acquiring one, which is an important factor :) So I started trawling eBay and visiting dozens of IH collector sites to learn about these machines.
It happens that there's a person two or three streets away who owns two Scouts, so I left a note in his windshield asking if he'd mind sharing useful info like where to get expert Scout service, how much it costs to keep one on the road, etc. After a few emails back and forth, it transpired that he wants to sell his 1965 Scout 80 4x4 with hard and soft tops included (and the back seat, which looks more like a couch than a back seat to me). I'm kind of curious about what actual mileage this vehicle has seen; I'd bet it's half a million or more. Talk about serendipity - his vehicle was in good order (good enough to pass state inspection, anyway), it's a few hundred feet away, the vintage is right and the price was in my range. Any car I bought on eBay would have similar quirks and would cost a lot more to transport.
Here are some pictures of the vehicle in my driveway shortly after the previous owner dropped it off (click any picture for a larger version):