Ultimate Adventure 2017 Invited Reader: Damon Haas – #UA2017Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2017 on June 7, 2017
Ultimate Adventure is upon us once again, and the first reader invited to join in #UA2017 is Damon Haas. With 26 years of off-roading experience, Damon will put his skills (and his heavily modified 1961 International Harvester Scout) to the test with the rest of the 4-Wheel & Off-Road team and participants.
As Damon says, there’s not much that’s been left stock on his rig, which features a 13-inch wheelbase extension, 8-inch length increase, and 4-inch-higher roofline. In sum, it looks like the monster Scout that IH never built. The body modifications would be worthless if they weren’t backed up by serious hardware, and Damon’s rig doesn’t disappoint here either.
A front three-link suspension and 14-inch-travel ORI shocks mate with a rear four-link suspension and 14-inch-travel Fox Racing 2.5-inch coilovers. Both the Ford Dana 60 front axle and Sterling 10.25-inch rear axle get ARB Air Lockers with 5.13 gears. And with 42-inch Pit Bull tires, the whole kit has more than 20 inches of clearance under the belly. The frame and rollcage were custom-built, and it’s all powered by a Ford 351 V-8 stroked to 393ci, mated to a C6 transmission and twin transfer cases (a 2.72:1 Klune-V Underdrive and a 1.96:1 Ford NP205).
Damon has owned the Scout for a long time now, building it into the machine you see here. He’s wheeled it for the last four years, honing his skills on the Rubicon Trail, at Moon Rocks, at the Prairie City Short Course, and many others. We’re looking forward to seeing Damon and his unique machine out on the trail soon.