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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2000, 01:45 AM
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Is this Scout a good deal?

Hello,

I was hoping some of you scout owners could help me out?

I am considering buying a 78 Scout II w/ 304 V8. This thing is is in great condition and has only
40K original miles on it. The owner is asking $4400 for it...does that sound like a reasonable rate
for a nearly mint Scout II?

Also, the owner has the line sheet and it lists the
axles as FA44 (front) and RA18 (rear) w/ 3.53 gears.
I'm guessing that this scout has Dana 44 axles, but
does anyone know for sure?

Finally, my first order of business is to install a roll
bar, so I can put in a 3-point seat belt. Where can
I get a roll bar for a Scout?


TIA,
Shawn




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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-05-2000, 10:53 AM
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Re: Is this Scout a good deal?

Shawn,
That's a premium price for a Scout. It would have to be in immaculate condition before I'd pay that
much, and I'd have to check it over very thoroughly to make sure there's no hidden rust or mechanical
problems. That said, body work is expensive and if you want a Scout that's in excellent shape, it might
be cheaper to buy one that's well preserved instead of buying one that's showing it's age and fixing it
up.

Yes, the front and rear axles are dana 44s.

Later,
Curt

Later,
Curt

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Re: Scout deal; Roll bar

Where I live (Mid-Atlantic) $4400 for a nearly mint Scout (depending on how that is interpreted) wouldn't be a bad deal. Especially if it's basically rust-free and original, with no body work 'painted over', and with an excellent interior.

I agree with Curt though, I'd look it over THOROUGHLY. And when taking it for a test drive I'd check out all of the drivetrain including 4WD operation, plus I'd verify that everything works including all gauges and accessories.

You can purchase a roll bar for your Scout II from any one of several sources. Several of the Scout Light Line vendors sell them. Due to potentially high shipping costs, depending on where you're located I'd suggest checking with Anything Scout in California, Giddum Up Scout in Colorado, Howteron Products in Indiana, Scout MADness in Texas, Super Scout Specialists or A.T. Scouts in Ohio, or Light Line of Louisiana. Also I know Kentrol, Inc. in Ohio sells roll bars, or family bars as they call them, for Scouts, and I'm sure there are others I haven't mentioned.

All of these places have web sites. Type in the business name on your favorite search engine to locate the web page. Or if you need further help I can point you to a page which lists all of these vendors, with links to their web sites.

Tom McMillion
Waynesboro, VA
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