Here we go again. I just can’t seem to help myself.
A few months ago my son and I went past a local salvage yard, and there was a gold Scout II sitting in the yard waiting to be crushed. Well you know that couldn’t happen, so my son Brad stopped in later to check on it. It was a 1972 Scout II right hand drive.
We assume it was initially purchased by a local rural mail carrier. The salvage yard owner said he had the title so we talked a little longer and he mentioned he had a 1973 Scout in another building. My son likes the 73’s better, so we went and took a look at it. It wasn’t in that bad a shape, so after a little dickering, the guy said “Why don’t you buy them both”. To which we said “What kind of deal can you make us?”.
Long story short, Brad ended up with both of them at a reasonable price. That was back in December. We let them sit there until January and one nice Friday afternoon we went out and drug them back through the snow to our building.
The ’72 was in better shape then the ’73 and Brad already has a 3/4 ton pickup project he is working on, so there they sit. About two weeks ago I walked by the ’72 and thought “You know it would be fun to get that thing running and just tool around in it”. Well Brad was more than eager to get it off his hands and after a little talking to the wife, the title is now in my name.
So I put some pictures of it in the gallery taken after we started some disassembly. My intention is not to do a frame off restoration, but to kind of fix it as I go along. We talked to the son of the Previous Owner and he told us that he drove it for a day after his father’s death and the transmission went out. To that end we have the TF 727 half out of it now. One of the PO’s had done some weird exhaust work on it and I have to cut that out before I can wrangle it and the transfer case out.
So I will post some pictures as I go along and maybe do a tech article or two on it.
Stay tuned, it will most likely be a fun ride!