International Harvester developed the Scout after taking notice of the Jeep CJ’s popularity among farmers, ranchers, and others who spent a fair amount of time in the dirt. The Scout provided utility; it could be driven into town just as easily as to the perfect fishing spot in the backwoods. Fifty years later this 1967 Scout 800 would be redeveloped with a modern drivetrain and would once again take advantage of the popularity of another Jeep, this time a JK and its modern components.
Sean Barber of New Legend 4x4 modernized the chassis and drivetrain with all-new parts in the Scout while restoring the body to keep the vintage look of the classic Scout body lines. The utility was once again brought back with the reliability and durability of new components to make a cross-country drive or daily driver duties as easily reachable as exploring a nearby trail.
“We leverage the best of O.E. and aftermarket design and manufacturing and blended them with the vintage aesthetic of the Scout to get back to the original intent of doing it all!” he notes. We say he hit his mark.
We caught up with Sean midway through his cross-country journey from the Iowa corn fields to the Arizona pine forest and beyond.
The new Cummins R2.8L Turbo Diesel crate engine offers low-end torque with exceptional fuel mileage and was the engine of choice to modernize this Scout. It uses high-pressure common rail fuel injection and included the front accessories and a complete engine wiring harness as part of the crate engine package. Axis Industries motor mounts were used to bolt it in the modified JK chassis while an Advance Adapters flywheel adapts to the NV3550 five-speed transmission.
Inside is the Duluth Pack interior featuring the original front seats, a rear Corbeau Safari bench seat, and the door panels reupholstered in waxed canvas. The Tuffy 10-inch center console provides lockable storage. A custom-built jump seat resides in the right rear corner, allowing the Scout to seat five people.
The factory Jeep JK Rubicon axles were retained with the JK frame. The front Dana 44 remains stock with 4:10:1 gearing and an electric locker. AEV 2 1/2-inch lift coil springs are used in conjunction with Bilstein 5100 shocks and factory Mopar control arms to clear the LT285/75R17 BFGoodrich M/T KM2 tires on Mopar Winter steel wheels.
The 3:1 Atlas transfer case mates to the NV3550 to give this Scout a respectable low range when paired with the low-end grunt of the Cummins diesel. The single 3-inch stainless steel exhaust bends around the transfer case to a Jones muffler before exiting behind the rear tire.
The rear suspension uses AEV 2 1/2-inch triple rate coil springs matched with Bilstein 5100 monotube shocks. The rear axle is a Jeep JK Rubicon Dana 44 with 4.10:1 gearing and an electric locker. A geometry-correcting rear track bar tower is bolted to the axle as part of the AEV kit. Both driveshafts were built by Tom Woods.
A soft top with rollup vinyl windows blankets the custom interior rollcage. The tube roof rack bolts through the top to the cage, providing room to carry extra gear. Out back you find the swing-out tire carrier and bumper built by New Legend 4x4 utilizing flush-mounted Putco Luminix LED reverse lights that were made not too far from New Legend’s own shop in Iowa.
A snorkel is beautifully integrated into the fender to provide the engine with clean air. New rearview mirrors were fabricated to resemble vintage Scout mirrors. Other small details can be seen that set this build apart, such as the underhood heat shielding, gas-charged hood lift supports, and extended drivetrain vents routed to push-lock fittings on the firewall with sintered bronze breather elements.
1967 Scout 800
Engine: Cummins R2.8L Turbo Diesel
Transmission: NV3550 5-speed manual
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II 3.0
Axles: Rubicon JK Dana 44s with 4.10 gears and electric lockers
Springs & Such: AEV Jeep JK Dualsport 2 1/2-Inch XT coil springs, Bilstein 5100 shocks
Tires & Wheels: LT285/75R17 BFGoodrich M/T KM2 on Mopar 17x7.5 Winter steel wheels
Steering: OEM Jeep JK
Lighting: Truck-Lite LED headlights, Putco Luminix LED reverse lights, Rigid Industries dome lights
Other Stuff: Odyssey battery, Hydroboost brakes, modified Jeep JK frame, Tuffy console, 3-inch stainless steel exhaust with Jones muffler, ARB twin air compressor onboard air, reupholstered Scout 800 seats, reupholstered Corbeau bench seat, Spod switch panel