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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-18-2004, 04:23 PM
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Dropping in to say hi to all

Hello IH Fans!

My name is Rich and I have, for many years, been an admirer of IH vehicles (with emphasis on the Scout II) and until recently found myself loving these fine machines from a distance...

All of this changed when my sister and brother-in-law began "collecting" Scout IIs in anticipation of building a mean Binder for thier journeys to that 4x4 mecca, Moab Utah (a virtual hop, skip, and half a jump from Grand Junction, BTW) and I finally got the long-awaited opportunity to pick up a nice, rebuildable SII body when thier blue SII came closer to fruition and they found themselves with a motorless (but solid) "spare" Scout body!

As negotiations continued, I found that I had opportunity to get this nifty little guy (affectionately called "Spot", hence the name) for the princely sum of FREE for assisting in the resurrection of the Big Blue SII! Oh, the joys of a MIG welder and a certificate in auto collision repair, but I digress... The poor little guy is devoid of a "heart", which was transplanted into Big Blue, so I started inquiries into a good drivetrain for my new-found friend and, as if ordained by Fate, was offered TWO FREE motors that would suit Spot to a tee! Wow, that means Spot is about 90% there...

I still have many inquiries to make (such as transmission/wiring questions, et cetera) and when I found this forum I lept upon the opportunity to join the fold and learn as much as I can, and with any luck help out others as well and maybe even make a few friends! I look forward to participating in the IH discussions!

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Welcome to the site and to the IH world.

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welcome to the IH world!!!
once you start you cant stop, I had a scoutII for about 4 years now, and I just bought a Travelall for $200, and it runs and drives!!!! what a steal!!!
I just need to get it through emissions so that I can drive it around my town. I live in scottsdale, which is sortof your Rich Suburb of phoenix. I live here because my office is here, so I drive 3 mile to get to work, and man some of these people with their lexus and Mercedes SUV dont know what to do when they see the travelall, it is great!! [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
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Thanks for the replys, guys!

I am eagerly awaiting the title on Spot, as well as the engine that I have a lead on... The sinister plans call for a bit of engine/engine bay cleaning and refinishing, then a swift (but thorough) installation of the motor and goodies, license, tags, and then the fun begins! I so look forward to cruising that mean little SII down the road, sans top of course...

I fully agree on how addictive IH vehicles can be! Ever since my sister and brother-in-law brought Big Blue over to tinker on I have been seriously thinking about getting my own Scout II, and when they brought Spot over to swap out the motor I finally got a good opportunity to take the "leftovers" and make a real nice machine out of it... Interestingly enough, I have always had a wierd habit of going to a 'Yard (salvage yard) and walking past row after row of Camaro/Firebirds that others drool over and right to the IH vehicles, AMCs, and other "oddball" makes! (Or so others refer to the aforementioned manufacturer's products, not I - I totally dig both makes!)

It's a beautiful thing watching people who can tell a Mercedes-Benz 230SLK from an SL55 AMG from a quarter mile off get that glazed, uncomprehending look on thier faces when one pulls up in thier IH! Funny thing is, I would probably still cruise around in a vehicle like Spot even if I had several million in the bank, albeit it would most likely be the nicest SII in the whole town by then... It's all about having a Ferrari budget yet having a nice IH in the driveway! Like you said, once you start you can't stop...

I'm certainly looking forward to the Summer of the Scout II!

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Heck yeah, I couldnt agree more. I would always cruise the Travelall if I had more money to invest into it.
Whenever I decide to actually have children, the value of the Travelall to me is going to be very high. The thing has the most unbreakable frame I have ever seen on a Light Truck, it is 5 inch by 5inch square and boxed from front to rear.
I could just imagine what the other car would look like after a 35mph collison with the Travelall. It may not have airbags, but as long as the seatbelts are good and you are wearing them, the worst that will happen is whiplash and seatbelt burn, even if it rolls!!
well anyway, its cool to see other IH lovers around, even if they are in other states. I'm cool with anyone that can see that the IH Light Line are a solid vehicle that was unfortunately discontinued. Just imagine a IH pickup or scout these days, with a 7.3 Powerstroke that the SuperDuty's have...
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