"Are you sure?" Tim Potter asked when we flagged him down and requested to take some photos of his 1980 International Scout II. Like the maestro who envisions his piece de resistance, Tim knows what potential still lies in his Scout. We just knew we liked what we saw and wanted it in our pages.
Unlike classic iron that's seen a half-dozen ownership changes over the decades, Tim's Scout has been with him since 1981 when he purchased it new from the International Harvester dealer. It's been a weekend rig and a daily driver from the beginning. "I was looking for something that wasn't a Blazer or Bronco," he relates. "I also looked at a 1979 Grand Cherokee. I'm glad I bought the Scout."
Classic iron still possessed by its original owner is only half the story here. It turns out that Tim is the president of Scouts West, a SoCal club and Internet community dedicated to the Scout and other International Harvester vehicles. Since the last Scout II was produced more than three decades ago, it takes more than a casual interest to own, maintain, and upgrade one of these vehicles. It takes enthusiasm and commitment. Tim and the rest of Scouts West are more than just vehicle owners. They're a deep pool of knowledge and resources.
If you're thinking of building a Scout of your own or if you're already a Scout owner and are looking for like-minded folks to 'wheel with, we'd suggest a visit to the Scouts West website (scoutswest.com) to learn more. You'll find Scouts West is upholding Scouts' honor, keeping it alive and well.
|Vehicle:||1980 International Scout II|
|Owner/Hometown:||Tim Potter/ La Habra, CA|
|Engine:||IH SV-345 V-8|
|Induction:||Edelbrock 1406 carburetor, IH Only aluminum intake manifold|
|Transmission:||Borg-Warner T-19 four-speed|
|Transfer case/low range ratio:||Dana 20/ 2.0:1|
|Front suspension:||Skyjacker 4-inch spring-under leaf packs, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, 1-1/2-inch extended shackles|
|Rear suspension:||Skyjacker 4-inch spring-under leaf packs, Rancho RS 9000 shocks, 1-1/2-inch extended shackles|
|Ring and Pinion:||4.09:1 factory ratio|
|Front Differential:||Dana 44, Trac-Lok limited-slip|
|Rear Differential:||Dana 44, ARB Air Locker, Superior EV46 chromoly axleshafts, axle retaining plates by Jay Tabor|
|Tires:||35x12.50r15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 radials|
|Wheels:||15-inch Weld StoneCrushers|
|Other Stuff||Safari rack, dual batteries, and CS 144-amp alternator added since we took these photos. Tim has been very busy!|