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Ultimate International Scout 80 Gets Safer with a Rollcage and More, Part 2 #UA2019

Part 2: Fabbing Up a Rollcage & Gathering Parts

As Jerry Reed's old "East Bound and Down" theme song to Smokey and the Bandit goes, "We got a long way to go, and a short time to get there." No matter how much advance planning happens, there never seems to be enough time for magazine builds in general and Ultimate Adventure builds in particular. As usual the clock was ticking fast when we announced our eccentric International Scout 80 would be the official build to tackle the 20th anniversary of Ultimate Adventure. The beginning of these builds also means waiting on parts, and many of these parts have lead times, which unfortunately doesn't do our tight timetable any favors. Regardless, it was time to kick this project into high gear.

The most time-consuming part of most vehicle builds is the custom fabrication. Sure, drivetrain assembly can be complicated, but hand-fabricating stuff and doing it right is a time suck that's hard to get around. Shockingly, there's not a lot of off-the-shelf stuff available for a 1964 Scout 80, which meant we were going to be largely on our own for things like the rollcage, body armor, and suspension mounts.

We decided to dive headlong into the fabrication side of things while waiting for parts to trickle in, and so with this installment we tackle the bulk of the rollcage and body armor fabrication with the help of some raw materials from Industrial Metal Supply. We've run a fair number of rollcage fabrication articles recently, so instead of walking you through how to build a rollcage, we focus on how we applied those techniques we detailed in other articles to this particular build. There are also some hints towards the end about what's in store for the next phase of the build, which involves swinging the drivetrain into the Scout and starting on the suspension.

We're cautiously optimistic about the progress we've made so far, but as Jerry reminds us, there's still a long way to go and not much time to get there.