Vintage Scout Turned Trail Machine
We were out 'wheeling in the forest when we ran across Nigel Buchan and a buddy out crawling down the trail. His bright green Scout jumped out of the trees and we had to take a look at this classic. It's setup to crawl rocks and tackle some significant trail obstacles, quite unlike when it was in stock form off the assembly line four decades ago.
Nearly six years ago, Nigel set out to find a clean, rust-free Scout for the project he had in mind. After a bit of looking, he found what he was looking for in Utah. He bought the recently restored 1973 International Scout II as a starting base for his weekend 'wheeler.
The rig was stripped down and redone to be much more of the trail rig Nigel envisioned. Today, it moves under Chevy V-8 motivation and has dual transfer case low-range gearing thanks to an Offroad Design NP203/NP205 doubler. The Dana 44 front and 14-bolt rear axles are locked and geared to turn aggressive 37-inch Pitbull Rockers. There are plenty more upgrades on the Scout including the suspension, custom dash, steel tube work, storage details, and textured finish on portions of the body.
We did a bit of 'wheeling that day with Nigel and saw the rig in action. He's taken what started life as a simple four-cylinder, utility vehicle and turned it into a far more capable 4WD setup to tackle tough trails and access ruggedly remote areas. Keep an eye out for this brilliant green Scout.
|Vehicle:||1973 International Scout II|
|Owner/Hometown:||Nigel Buchan/Fountain Hills, AZ|
|Engine:||Chevy 350 Police Interceptor V-8|
|Induction:||GM Throttle Body|
|Transmission:||GM TH350, shift kit|
|Transfer case:||Offroad Design 203/205 doubler conversion, triple sticks|
|Front end:||Dana 44, CTM joints, chromoly shafts, Warn hubs|
|Rear end:||GM Corporate 14-bolt|
|Ring and Pinion:||4.56|
|Front Differential:||ARB air locker|
|Rear Differential:||Welded spiders|
|Suspension:||4-inch lift springs front & rear, Dual Rancho 5000 front shocks, Bilstein 5150 rear shocks, TeraFlex revolver shackles|
|Tires:||37x13.5-15LT Pitbull Rockers|
|Wheels:||15x10 Allied beadlocks|
|Extras:||PRP seats, RCI harnesses, custom bumper, sliders, cage & tube doors, 35-gallon fuel tank, Mile Marker winch, PIAA driving lights|