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Building the Ultimate Adventure 2019 Ultimate International, Part 1 #UA2019

Part 1: Cutting Up a Scout 80 to Kick Off the 2019 Ultimate Adventure Build

Those of you that follow our Ultimate Adventure know that in addition to the long history of the event itself, there has also been a long history of unique vehicle builds—quite a few Jeeps (6), Fords (4), Chevys (4), Toyotas (2), a Dodge, and even a Range Rover. That list covers all of the popular makes in the off-road world, except one: International.

Though the last vehicle may have rolled off the assembly line nearly 40 years ago, no one can deny that International Harvester left an indelible mark on the history of 4x4s. They are fairly easy to make fun of (and we often do), but International cranked out some pretty stout 4x4s back in the day.

So for the 20th calendar anniversary of the Ultimate Adventure, we decided that we would finally check the box and show all of the cornbinder fans out there some love: The official vehicle build for UA 2019 is none other than a 1964 Scout 80!

If this particular Scout looks familiar to you, it's because you've seen it before in the pages of this magazine and on fourwheeler.com. Our ill-conceived purchase of the Scout in 2017 was well documented here, and at the time we even gave it a name, Pugsley the Ugsley Scout. The original plan was to build a low-buck machine out of junkyard parts that could tackle the rough stuff, and in some ways that plan hasn't changed. But the UA is a special trip, and it wouldn't exist without sponsors that support both the event and the build. It's important to prove that the companies who support the UA don't just cut a check, but also manufacture products that can survive the rigors of hardcore trails and thousands of road miles. As a result, our plans have gotten a little more elaborate, but they've also gotten a whole lot cooler.

Our formula for this year's build is familiar in some ways, but as usual there are going to be plenty of twists. There will be a reliable and efficient Cummins crate engine under the hood, a brand new and very cool five-speed manual tranny, plenty of beef in the form of Ultimate Dana 60 crate axles, an Offroad Design Magnum, and a host of Skyjacker suspension bits that might surprise you. There will also be plenty of fresh, new ideas that may or may not work, some of which are detailed in this article. Check out the details and be sure to keep an eye on the hashtags #ua2019 and #ultimateinternational as we kick this project into gear.