1979 Harvest Scout Gets Hellcat Heart

Feb 22, 2022 1 min read
1979 Harvest Scout Gets Hellcat Heart

This SUV has lived through everything from crashes to abandonment but now takes on the challenge of power from a modern horsepower!

Some of the most fantastic cars to ever come out of the vast American car culture are built to combine the style and design with the modern powerhouses that power the best of new muscle. These insane machines are known as resto-mods, and the crazy men and women working to bring that vision to life often come up with some ridiculous ideas surrounding the build. While the LS engine was previously the go-to powertrain option for builds like this, the Dodge Hemi platform has taken the stage in recent years to dominate the custom classics market. This vehicle combines the best vintage art with a performance from one of modern Dodge’s best V8 engines.

This is a 1979 Harvester scout, and while it may look like little more than a rusty piece of work from an ancient time in the automotive industry, it will soon be much more. Richard Rawlings, the owner of Gas Monkeys Garage, has big plans for this truck, especially for the powerhouse. That insane engine is the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8, the perfect V8 for a modern-day high-performance build. First, of course, a ton of work is needed to get the old utility vehicle ready for this insane power plant.

These include obtaining a high-performance chassis, redoing the original bodywork to cover up all present damage, and finally getting together the power transfer parts. Additionally, while the original design was supposed to have 22” wheels, the team decided to go with some 18” wheels in the front and 20” in the rear. This was done to preserve the sidewall of the tires as the car will be lowered significantly. Without a doubt, this will be a great car when all is said and done, and we look forward to this insane car deemed the Hell Scout!

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