It’s not every day you see an International Scout 800 on the trail, which is why we did a double take when we saw Doug Faloni’s ’66 Scout 800 prowling around the California desert. Adding to this rarity is the fact that Faloni’s Scout is heavily modified, so it’s capable of negotiating even the most hardcore trails.
The Scout’s story begins back in 1999 when Faloni traded a ’79 Dodge pickup for the Scout. “I was tired of the truck and was looking for a new project,” Faloni says. He admits he was no Scout expert. “I had grown up around Jeeps and didn’t know much about Scouts, but after doing some research found that they were built pretty stout for their day,” he says. What he got out of the trade was a non-running, rust-free, fairly straight 800 with a transplanted 305ci V-8. The transmission wasn’t installed and AWOL parts included the T-case, wiring, brake lines, steering, and master cylinder. “My original plan was just to put it together using Chevy parts I had lying around just so I could run it down at the river that was close,” he says. He got the rig running using those parts but the build really took off after a wheeling trip to the Hollister Hills SVRA in Hollister, California. “I was hooked,” he says. That trip was the catalyst for significant and ongoing mods that have turned the Scout into what you see here. It hasn’t been easy and there were some challenges with building a rare Scout. “At the time, nobody was making parts for the ‘baby Scout,’ so I had to build everything myself. My fab skills have come a long way since the first part I had to make for it,” he says.
My fab skills have come a long way since the first part I had to make for it.
The Scout has carried Faloni over a number of local trails as well as the Rubicon Trail, Fordyce, Moab, and the Hammers. He has even used the rig for some local rock racing competitions. Is he done with it? To that question he responds, “My goal originally was to run the Rubicon. Now I’ve done that many times, but I’m never one to leave well enough alone, so who knows what might be in store for it next.”
Visible from the side are the custom nerf bars that are tied into the frame. Faloni removed 3 inches from the rockers to improve ground clearance before fabbing and installing the bars, which are made from 2x4-inch, 0.250-inch-wall rectangular tubing. Out back is a custom rear bumper made from 3x3-inch angle iron with a 4-inch flat plate welded to form a triangle. The rear bumper has dual shackle mounts and a 2-inch hitch receiver. Protecting the Scouts rear quarter panels is a custom exocage. This ’cage is made from 1.250-inch-diameter, 0.120-inch-wall tubing and the entire assembly is removable. Other mods include a 2-inch body lift with stronger mounts, narrowed tail end (10 inches), LED taillights, and three coats of Ice Silver paint covered by two layers of clearcoat.
At A Glance
Vehicle: ’66 International Scout 800
Owner: Doug Faloni
Stomping grounds: Windsor, California
Build time: 14 years
Engine: 383ci Chevy V-8, Howell TBI, Flow Tech headers, Flowmaster muffler
Transmission: NorCal Transmission-built TH350, B&M pan, dual B&M coolers w/Derale 11-in fans
Transfer case(s): NP203/205 Offroad Design Doubler
Low range ratio(s): 2:1, 4:1
Crawl ratio(s): 20.7:1, 41.3:1
Front axle/differential: Dana 60, Yukon 35-spline chromoly axleshafts, Poison Spyder diff guard, Warn manual hubs/4.10 gears, ARB Air Locker
Rear axle/differential: Dana 61, chromoly axleshafts, Great Lakes Offroad diff cover/4.10 gears, Detroit Locker
Front: Three-link, 14-in-travel Sway-A-Way remote-reservoir coilovers, Poly Performance hydraulic bumpstops and limiting straps
Rear: Three-link, Rubicon Express Jeep TJ-application 4.5-in-lift coil springs, Timbren bumpstops, Synergy Suspension center-mounted limiting strap
Steering: PSC hydraulic w/8-in ram, remote cooler w/10-in fan
Tires: LT365/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
Wheels: 16x10 Allied Black Rock 8 beadlock w/aluminum rings
Armor: Custom front bumper, custom rock sliders, custom rear bumper, custom rollcage, custom rear exocage
Cool stuff: Custom cargo area storage, LED rock lighting, front-mounted Warn XD9000i winch