This rough-and-tumble truck has been made a little more civilized without losing its edge.
Everyone gets worked up over vintage Ford Broncos and K5 Blazers, but the International Harvester Scout Ii mostly flies under the radar. There are a lot of reasons why, including a lack of name brand recognition. What that means for you is if you’re interested in getting a retro off-roader, a Scout II comes at a fraction of the cost. This particular one has a cool look and plenty of modern upgrades, too, so you could even use it as a daily driver.
A real crowd-pleaser, the fresh Calvary Blue pairs excellently with the black rallye stripes, modern Mickey Thompson wheels, grille, and steel aftermarket bumpers. The black soft top fits right in with this color scheme, plus you can roll up the sides and rear for an open-air experience without having the sun beat down on you and your passengers. Around back is a full-size spare on a swing-out carrier, so you have full access to the flip-down tailgate.
What’s really unexpected is the luxurious yet simple interior. Saddle brown leather adorns the door panels, center armrest, dash topper, and seats, a very nice touch. Other modern features include three-point seatbelts in the front and rear, dual cupholders, lockable center console, new AC, Dakota Digital gauges, and a Kenwood double-din stereo connected to a backup camera mounted on the tire carrier. Plus, all the lighting inside and out is LED. This Scout II will definitely spoil everyone who rides in it.
You might be concerned about the reliability and dependability of a vintage off-roader like this. Well, an LQ9 engine swap should take care of that, plus it puts plenty of power at your disposal. An automatic transmission with overdrive means this off-roader is reasonably comfortable for highway travel. Enhancing drivability further is a complete overhaul of the suspension with Bilstein shocks, plus the steering and brake systems. The whole thing rolls on big 33-inch tires, perfect for wheeling in just about any environment.