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This 1974 International Scout II Works As Good As It Looks

Posted in Features on September 12, 2017
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As the lust for old iron has grown, International Scouts have joined early Broncos and FJ40 Land Cruisers on the list of popular build platforms. But Dustin Bradford was an International nut before they were cool, as evidenced by his restored 1962 Scout 80 (dubbed Elder). The 80 was built by D&C Extreme in Colorado Springs, and when it was completed Dustin was ready for another project. “Eric Younger and the crew at D&C have become like family to me,” Dustin tell us. “We spend holidays together.”

Their latest project is this uber-capable Scout II, named Blanca. “People often get confused because the paint is tan, but Blanca actually is a reference to Mount Blanca,” Dustin explains. Mount Blanca is one of Colorado’s true gems, a high mountain trail that is as beautiful as it is difficult. This trail was the inspiration for building a Scout as capable as it is beautiful.

Now that it’s complete, Dustin and his family are using Blanca in exactly the way they intended. We suspect that it won’t be long though before Dustin and D&C Extreme are collaborating on their next International creation.

Power comes from an LQ9 6.0L GM engine upgraded with a Comp Cams camshaft and valve springs and is cooled by a Griffin aluminum radiator. D&C Extreme in Colorado built custom headers with the driver-side header pointing forward and wrapping around the front of the engine to tie into a single 3-inch exhaust with a MagnaFlow muffler. Power is routed to a 4L80 transmission and an Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case.
Up front a high-pinion Dana 60 from a Ford F-350 was fitted with 5.38 Yukon gears and a Yukon Zip Locker behind the D&C diff cover. Yukon 35-spline chromoly axleshafts transfer power though the Reid knuckles to the Yukon Hardcore locking hubs. A Saginaw box and hydraulic ram from PSC work in conjunction with D&C Extreme double-sheer steering arms and 1 1/2-inch 7075 aluminum steering links to turn the 40-inch Maxxis Trepadors.
The front axle is suspended by 2 1/2-inch-diameter, 14-inch-travel Radflo remote-reservoir coilovers and located by custom three-link suspension by D&C Extreme. The 2-inch 7075 aluminum links use 1 1/4-inch Trail-Gear Creeper Joints that tie into an Artec axle truss. The upper coilover mounts tie into tube work that is fitted with tube clamps to make it entirely removable for when it’s necessary to reach the engine and other critical components.
Out back the GM 14-bolt was shaved to improve ground clearance before being loaded with 5.38 Yukon gears, an ARB Air Locker, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts. The disc brake conversion improves stopping power and sheds weight at the same time. Like the front, the 14-bolt is located by a D&C custom triangulated four-link with Radflo coilovers and 2-inch 7075 aluminum links with Trail-Gear Creeper Joints tying into an Artec truss.
D&C built an aluminum panel behind the original tilt column and steering wheel to hold enough Auto Meter gauges to monitor all of the engine’s vital signs. The tranny tunnel was constructed of 1-inch tube and skinned with aluminum to allow easy access to the top of the transmission and transfer case. It even has cup holders for Dustin and Carolyn!
Details like the plaid door panels really set this build apart from the typical rockcrawler. Also note how the Corbeau seats and harnesses are tied into the full rollcage for added safety on the trail.
Dustin’s sons, Dawson and Jonah, ride in the back of the Scout in the Corbeau bench seat and have their own four-point harnesses. D&C Extreme went the extra mile with boxed-in enclosures for the Radflo coilovers that not only keep down the noise and dust but also keep the little fingers from getting between the coil springs.
Dustin, Carolyn, Dawson, and Jonah Bradford love spending their free time exploring the Colorado backcountry, and their new Scout has really opened up the possibilities on where they can go.

Tech Specs
1974 International Scout II
Engine: 6.0L V-8
Transmission: 4L80E 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Atlas II
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.38 gears, Yukon Zip Locker, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts
Rear Axle: GM 14-bolt with 5.38 gears, ARB Air Locker, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts
Springs & Such: D&C Custom 3-link with Radflo coilovers (front); triangulated 4-link with Radflo coilovers (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5R17 Maxxis Trepadors on 17x9 Trail-Gear Creeper Locks
Steering: PSC steering box, pump, and ram; 7075 aluminum tie rod and drag link; D&C Extreme double-sheer steering arms
Other Stuff: Warn Zeon 12-S winch, Tom Wood’s 1350 CV drivelines, Optima YellowTop battery, D&C Customs full cage, Corbeau seats, plaid door panels, Winters Sidewinder shifter, Softopper top, Auto Meter gauges, Artec trusses, Griffin aluminum radiator

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