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International Scout Encyclopedia Review

Posted in Features on December 14, 2016
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If you're an International Harvester fan, then you are likely well aware that a new Scout hasn't rolled off the assembly line since October 21, 1980. You probably also horde and squirrel away any spare cornbinder parts and info you can get your hands on, knowing good and well that someday the resources will dry up and there won't be anything left. If this sounds like you, then we have one more resource you shouldn't pass up: the International Scout Encyclopedia by revered journalist and 4x4 historian Jim Allen with assistance from Scout expert and collector John Glancy.

The International Scout Encyclopedia covers the history of every Scout model to ever leave the factory and some special vehicles that never reached the public. The book is an officially licensed Scout publication and features more than 500 images and 100,000 words. Inside, you’ll find never-before-seen images and details that will surprise even the most devoted Scout fans. There is great attention to detail of the full Scout history, including early design sketches of the first Scout. It also covers how Theodore “Ted” Ornas was the driving force behind the Scout. He was the filter and director for styling, which is where the Scout started. You can read about Ornas’ family history and how his granddaughter, Betsy Blume, the daughter of Ornas’ oldest child, Donna, continues to carry the IH torch for the family. She introduced what remained of her father’s personal archive to assist with the contents of the book.

Some of our favorite sections include the detailed specs and data for each Scout model as well as the Scout 800 engine evolution, which tells the story of the hurdles that were encountered and overcome when test-fitting a V-8 in 1966. Our other favorites include coverage of the special Scout models and racing Scouts. Did you know about the ’71 International Harvester Scout 800B Sno-Star? Only 474 were built, but they featured a factory snowplow with hydraulic controls built into the dash for easy operator access. You’ll find more info about this Scout and many others in the International Scout Encyclopedia.

The International Scout Encyclopedia is a beautiful, large, heavy-jacketed hardcover book with 384 pages, making it a great coffee table book, conversation piece, or gift for your favorite Scout fan. You can pick it up at a bookstore near you or directly from Octane Press.


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