The vendor of at the moment’s Nice Price or No Dice Scout has accomplished its restoration and needs it gone to make manner for the following Scout challenge. Let’s see if its value is simply as restorative.
Attrition is usually a nice equalizer, turning what was as soon as frequent and mundane into an object of curiosity. That’s simply what has occurred with the 1978 Ford LTD II we checked out yesterday. That was in all probability the best-looking, all-original LTD II left on the planet, a indisputable fact that made its mere existence notable. Being interesting, nevertheless, doesn’t at all times equate to being fascinating—simply ask anybody who has ever visited the Mütter Museum. That discordance gave the impression to be the unlucky state of affairs for the LTD II as effectively, seeing because the automobile’s $15,000 asking value got here up brief in our voting with an 82 % No Dice loss.
Of course, there are a selection of outdated automobiles and vehicles that aren’t round all that a lot anymore that positively are fascinating. I feel we will depend amongst these this 1961 International Harvester Scout 80. In truth, and in an odd happenstance, the Scout title is so revered that Volkswagen is planning on bringing it again as some kind of retro-styled electrical SUV. This one, although, is the OG.
Considering its descriptive title, it’s no shock that Fort Wayne, Indiana-based International Harvester made its fame constructing agricultural gear. The firm additionally made each heavy and light-duty vehicles focusing on industrial and farm patrons. In 1960, IH launched one other automobile aimed on the farming neighborhood, a small 4X4 that the corporate supposed would faucet into the identical market as Willys’ Civilian Jeep.
Like the CJ, the unique Scout 80 was a easy, no-frills truck that could possibly be used on the farm or on the highway. According to the advert, this one has been absolutely restored with new upholstery, powder-coated wheels, refreshed brakes, and new wiring. It options the Travel-Top full cabin cap and the slider home windows for the doorways—the Scout being too easy to even charge wind-up home windows.
The vendor claims it will likely be an important summer time roadster when the climate warms up, a nod to the truth that one other luxurious denied the Scout was any type of insulation.
That means passengers will get to benefit from the sounds coming from the engine and transmission unimpeded. That engine, by the way in which, is a 152 cubic-inch displacement slant 4 which is notable for really being one-half of the corporate’s 304 CID V8, with a number of elements shared between them.
In the Scout, that makes 93 (gross) horsepower, which is channeled by a three-speed handbook gearbox shifted by way of a lever on the ground. There are two extra levers subsequent to that, each for the two-speed Dana 18 switch case.
Other than these novelties, the cabin is extraordinarily spartan. There’s just one bench seat in right here, and actually, the Scout’s design impedes the addition of a rear seat because of the half-height structural panel behind the bench.
Per the advert, the truck sports activities 59,000 miles on the clock and is registered, insured, and absolutely drivable. The vendor rightfully notes that it will be troublesome to search out one other in such good situation as this. Does that, nevertheless, make it value its $20,000 asking?
That’s what’s written on the worth tag, with the vendor claiming that one other Scout challenge (a ’66 Sport Top) is ready within the wings for this truck’s departure. What do you all say, is that this Scout value that $20K value because it sits? Or, does that value make this lower than a very good Scout?
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Craigslist, or go right here if the advert disappears.
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