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Thread: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

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    Default 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Well, maybe not your "ultimate expedition rig", or mine, but it IS my customers idea of a perfect backcountry explorer and base for his hunting forays into the remote areas of AZ, and other spots throughout the SW. Plus, "Ulitimate Expedition Build" sounds alot more PC than the "Ultimate Huntin' Rig" or "Ultimate Farm Implement". I have built a few other "overland" vehicles, this one should be interesting because it is basically a blank slate. I am midway thru the fabwork on this build, and with the number of overlanding builds on this forum I thought you guys might be interested in some aspects of the build.

    Feel free to chime in with any advice or critique, sarcasm is always appreciated.

    Overview:

    Base: 1976 International Traveler 2wd, converting to 4wd
    Drivetrain: 2005 GM 6.0 HO, Hughes 4l60E, Dana 300.
    Axles: rear: Currie 35 spline 9" w ARB, front: New J-10 dana 44 w/ ARB, chromoly axles and CTMs
    Tires & suspension: 35" MTR's, long travel leaf spring under.
    Bumpers, roof rack, winch, rocker guards, and skidplating.



    Goals: Long range, extended remote hunting trips are the main focus; although the Scout also needs to comfortably, and reliably, carry a family of 4 people through the rough AZ trails and fireroads. It needs to be capable of Rubicon and Moab, but not a purpose built rockcrawler. It will be used as a base camp for long, remote hunting trips, and needs to support 1-2 person self sustained for at least 10 days. Fuel capacity will be increased to get at least 500-600 miles range. Due to the more remote areas this vehicle will visit, parts have been chosen based on their long term reliability and durability they give the truck. The truck will be built with a low COG for ease of entry, and blasting down fireroads, with plenty of protection.


    Here is the truck as it sits in my shop today:



    Motor has been mounted mocked up into position; the mounts are tacked in place, ready for finish welding.
    You can also see the cast stainless exhaust manifolds, makes it much easier to swap these motors into other vehicles..





    Last edited by rube bonet; 11-08-2012 at 06:35 PM.

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    I sourced a Ron Davis Radiator (truly the best radiators), then built custom mounts and a shroud for it out of .090 aluminum; should be plenty to keep this motor cool. It is also getting the biggest ac unit and condensor that Vintage Air makes, so the factory mech fan and shroud is pretty much a requirement.



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    Anyways, this is the crossmember that supports the front of a belly pan, and connects the 2 motor mounts. You can also see how tight the front driveshaft is going to be to the tranny pan; some pan mods are going to be required to run a decent diameter front driveshaft.




    Scout frames have some really strong rails, but are really lacking in crossmembers, especially for something so long. The transmission crossmember mount needs to be removeable, so to keep it strong, it wraps around the frame, bolts into threaded sleeves on the bottom, and tubes pierced thru the frame at the top. The trans mount is a seperate piece, allowing for 3 point mounting of the drivetrain, and allows the crossmember to be a rigid member of the frame.








    And here is the weld in crossmember behind the dana 300. It will support the back of the belly pan, and leaves plenty of room to pull the tcase without dropping anything else. You can also see one really nice thing about scouts: a really big tranny tunnel. Completely flat belly, no need to clock the tcase, and plenty of room for everything. The Dana 300 has been completely rebuilt.

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    Heck yeah, that is sweet!
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    Scouts are my favorite old school rig and #1 on my dream list.
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    I cant wait to see this one come together!!!

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    Subscribed! Sexy welding beads

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97discosd View Post
    Subscribed! Sexy welding beads
    x2 on the welding. They are drool worthy and I am a sucker for old Internationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReconH3 View Post
    Scouts are my favorite old school rig and #1 on my dream list.
    That's kind of wierd!


    Thanks for all the nice comments.

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    How are you running the vss? Really interested in this build as this what i would like to do to my 72 scout 2

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