..this is my 17th vehicle.. 19 between Michelle n' me.
I've been struggling lately to keep my fleet afloat.. finally getting Tigger back on the road in late November. While functional, Tigger still isn't a very comforrtable vehicle for every day use, nor am I excited to try pulling a trailer with it.
My Travelette runs fine, but I really do want to tear it apart to convert it to 4x4 and put some fresh sheetmetal on it. That would leave me without a tow rig.
The 345 from the Midas turned out to be junk, so I don't have an engine to put in the '74 single cab pickup, and I still suspect the rear end in the '72 Travelall is toast, though the engine is good. Just swapping the engine into the '74 is questionable, since I don't really know if the rest of the truck is any good..
Thus, I was considering resurrecting the Travelall and swapping some running gear around to make a useable 4x4 and part-time tow rig for the winter.
Instead, my friend Todd acquired a few too many Scouts and decided he needed to trim a few from his collection.. thus this nice and pretty rust-free 1973 came up for sale.
It looks to have 115k on the odometer, but the odometer was changed out at some point, and Todd changed out the engine for a 47k mile 304 from a Loadstar. The 304 is backed up by a 727, and it sports 3.73 geared Dana 30/D44 combo with drums all around. He did upgrade to power drums, and power steering. Todd also installed the 4" Triangle lift n' shocks, and the 33x10.50 BFG ATs.
The end result is a Scout with doors that open and close nicely, weather stripping that seals the doors, a hardtop that fits, a tailgate that opens, and the dings and dimples are minimal with only one seriously damaged end-cap.
The driver's side rocker has a few pin holes, and the passenger door and front fender are an off color, but they're at least straight.
Sounds like a pretty decent daily driver that's been getting about 11mpg the last two weeks.
I'm looking for a receiver hitch for it, so I could press it into tow duty if the need should arise.
Eventually I'd like to cut out any rust in that rocker, and then repaint the Scout.
It's definitely nice to have a presentable Scout II I can just get in and drive again.
No need to air up the tires before going anywhere (the TSLs lose air on their own), the tires don't bounce the first 2 miles until they get round again.. I can see out of the quarter glass of the hardtop, vs. the scratched soft-top windows.. the top doesn't flap in the wind and try to pull off at speed.. the doors close, the tailgate opens.. doors don't get pinched by the body tub flexing..
..still some carb issues to work out, and a fluctuating alternator to deal with, but primarily minor things.