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1980 International Scout Traveler - Last Of The Scouts

Posted in Project Vehicles on May 1, 2009
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Clark Cole likes his Scouts--and his diesels, for that matter. He has owned three Scouts over his 4x4 building career, and all of them have had the Nissan 6-33 turbodiesel. As Clark puts it: "They're simple, extremely efficient, and have cheap mechanical fuel injection." What could be better than that? Especially in this day and age.

This '80 Scout Traveler is the last of its kind and served as a daily driver with some weekend wheeling and snowplow duty, then sat engineless for a long time before Clark realized he wanted to refurbish it. Needless to say, it was in pretty bad shape by that time. For two years it was completely reworked from the frame up to become what you see here, this pristine wheeling machine. Clark has had this Scout for a decade now, but it never looked this nice after being a daily driver in the Rust Belt. It has been completely redone from the frame up with a fiberglass body from Kentrol and attention to detail you wouldn't expect from your average International owner.

It might look too pretty to be bashing around the woods with its shiny new coat of Starburst Orange, but this International has been built to tackle the hardest terrain around. It was originally put together as a vehicle for running the easier trails with the family, but somehow morphed into a serious trail rig. We're sure that once it has a little bit of damage there will be the inevitable itch to see what it can really do.

The interior has remained stock except for the addition of a full rollcage that extends the entire length of the truck and passes through the Rhino-lined floor to the frame. The transmission tunnel on the fiberglass body had to be custom made in order to clear the new driveline setup. The T-19 wide-ratio transmission, Klune-V extreme underdrive, and Dana 20 transfer case with twin shifters can provide a low range of up to 250:1. A bit extreme for practicality, but with mixing and matching all the levers, you're sure to find the perfect gear for any situation, even if you're pulling a house.

Tech Specs
1980 Scout Traveler

Engine: Nissan 6-33 Turbodiesel
Transmission: T-19 wide ratio (6.32:1 1st)
Transfer case: Dana 20 and Klune-V
Front Axle: Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Ox locker, 35-spline Yukon axles
Rear Axle: Full-floating Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Ox locker, 35-spline Yukon axles

Springs & Such: Front: 2 1/2-inch Skyjacker springs, airbags, Pro Comp reservoir shocks. Rear: 2 1/2-inch Skyjacker springs, Gabriel Load Carrier shocks
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5 Interco TrXus, 16 1/2-inch Hummer dual beadlock wheels
Steering: Scout steering box, heavy-duty linkage with Heim joints
Other Stuff: Kentrol fiberglass body, 10,000-pound Braden PTO winch, and custom rollcage, bumpers, and body protection

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