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I have re-activated the forums again. Believe it or not these were very popular back in the day.

We had a lot of activity on them and I hope we can get them going again, so sign up for them and let me know if you have any questions or would like to see a new category and/or would like to moderate one of them.


’72 Scout II Revitalization Part 2

It has been a long while since I did an update on the Scout II Project.  That is because until the last month there hasn’t been any work done on it.  Various work and family related projects took over.  But now we are back hard on it.

First I decided to call her Heidi after Heidi Montag.  By the time I get done with her, she is going to have as many operations performed on her as the her namesake had done in one day. 🙂

Now for the update.  As you can see from the picture below, I have the TF 727 cleaned up, rebuilt and ready to go back into the old girl.  I have to admit, I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have, but I wanted to get some work done.

Besides, if you want to see some detailed instructions on how to do this, there are three sources that already have it gone over in better detail than I can give you.

Scoutt II TF727 Auto Transmission

To do this job you need to look at these three resources:

1. Carl Munroe’s book on the TF 727.

2.  The Scout II Service Manual.

3. The IHONLYNORTH forum’s Torqueflite 727 Guapo.

If you can’t find the answer there, let me know and I will try to help.  I went ahead and installed the new vent’s in the transmission and the Transgo TF-2 shift kit.

Now it’s off to the Dana 20 Transfer Case.

Scout II Service Manual and Parts Manual

Whenever you take on a restoration/revitalization project, it is important to have good manuals and documentation.

Scout II Service ManualWhen I did the IHC S100 restoration back in the late 90’s, I got my service manual and parts manual from Scott at Binder Books.  Scott is no longer with us, but his company still lives on.

So yesterday, I ordered a service manual (CTS-2304) and parts manual (MT-130) for the Scout II’s we are working on. These are high quality reprints made under license from the originals. I got in just under the deadline for their 10% May discount so the total cost with shipping was just under $150.00.  This may be the most important investment we make for these projects.

More Torqueflite 727 info

Our quest for information on how to rebuild the T-407 (Torqueflite 727) transmission in our Scout II continues.

T-407 Transmission and Dana 20 Transfer CaseI have found the following links on the Internet that I would like to share with you:

We got the Transmission and Transfer Case out of the Scout last night and started cleanup.

The Fifty Dollar Paint Job

Maybe some of you have seen this before, but I just found it searching the internet and found it interesting.

The Fifty Dollar Paint Job

The guy has pictures of it three years out and I have to say, it doesn’t look bad in the pictures.  I can’t say for sure what it looks like up close, but for some of the old trucks we drive around just for fun, it might not be a bad option.


Do it yourself Auto Body Education

We have been burning the midnight oil so to speak hear at

We have done a couple of Frame Off restorations and some partial restorations in the past.  When I say we I mean I and Brad have done most of the cleanup work and mechanical work.  The body work was left to the body shop.

Body Panel Replacement DVDIf we want to continue to do any more restorations, we are going to have to learn to do the body work ourselves.  Like most of you, we can’t afford to drop $10,000 to $15,000 each time on a high quality paint job.

So we have been scouring the Internet and looking at this book and that book to get information on body work and painting.  We know it is probably just a matter of getting over the fear of doing it.

We finally found Kevin Tetz’s website.  If he looks familiar, you have probably seen him on Spike TV’s powerblock shows.  Brad purchased his whole line of DVD’s and I have been watching them at night before I doze off.  I have to say the tips are great and I feel a lot more confident about doing some body work on one of Brad’s projects and ultimately on the Scout II project.

I would reccomend you get your hands on a copy of his DVD’s and go over to the web site and log into the forums.  Kevin answers a lot of the questions posted himself.

Ultimately over the next 6 or so months we will find out if he can teach an old dog like RustyBucket to do body work and paint an old truck.

Till later.. RustyBucket

Gallery Update

I have moved all the files over that used to be in the gallery on the old web site.  It will take me a few more days to get the descriptions and owners attached the the pictures.

So please be patient if you see a picture of your truck in the gallery, but it is not identified.  After a couple weeks if it still isn’t correctly identified, use the contact form to let us know.