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79 Scout II Soft top

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This is my 79 Scout II traveltop. It is originally from the West coast, and the previous owners are members of Scouts West. Luckily for me, it had a lot of the mods already done to it that I would have wanted to do; beefed up spring hangers, polyurethane bushings, Rancho shocks to name a few. The basic specs are below;
-79 Scout II 100"WB with Bestop soft top and a bikini top
-factory style rollbar
-Herculined interior
-Nissan Pulsar bucket seats
-Rebuilt 345 V-8 engine, with about 12,000 miles on it
-Automatic transmission, recently rebuilt, with add on cooler
-3.73 axle ratios, with rear Powerlock
-Motorcraft two barrel carb from 351 Ford engine
-Delco points distributor, with Crane XR 700 optical electronic ignition, Crane PS 91 coil and Crane advance curve kit, and Summit Racing HEI style cap.
-31x10.50x15 Armstrong Norseman old style radial mud tires 
-SSII style front grille
-Powdercoated factory style grille guard
-Tuffy locking console
*UPDATE* July 2001
The main issue with this truck is the engine. It has never run as good as the identical engine in my 74 terra cab truck, despite having a recent valve job just before I bought it. The first week of July 2001 it developed a knock that I spent hours trying to track down. In the process, I found that the rocker arm for cylinder #7's exhaust valve wasn't moving as much as the rest- apparently a bad lifter and/or flat lobe on the cam. The knock was finally pretty much narrowed down to cylinder #1 connecting rod. When the pan was dropped, the engine looked fine internally- clean, no excess trash in the pan, and the bearing on #1 looked good and was factory original. Replaced the bearings on the front throw, plastiguage showed clearance to be on the tighter end of spec. When it was fired up, the knock was still there- CURSES! That just about guarantees it to be a piston or wrist pin, either way the engine will run a good long time that way. Replaced the lifter on #7 exhaust which was dished, it seems to run a little better. Since I am kind of a fussy type of guy that can't abide by a 'knock' in my engine (makes me feel that other motorheads will look down on me), this engine will be coming out. I have a couple of options to look at, I have access to a good 304 plus I have the 345 that came out of the 74 Terra top truck. The 345 was good other than a bad oil leak which turned out to be mostly the pan gasket. Most people would pick the 345, but the 304 has plenty for me, and I am happy with the mileage the smaller engine gets.
Update to the update- November 2004 (has it been that long since I've done this?? I'll try to do better!)
Despite what I said above, I ended up picking up a rolled 75 Scout II with a newly rebuilt 345 engine in it for a very reasonable price. That engine is now residing in the 79 and purrs like a kitten. This truck has made five trips to Springfield OH for the Scout Nationals, with the last one (this year) pulling a trailer with about 2500 pounds of parts I had for sale at the swap meet, with nary a complaint. I've had it on other over the road trips also, and I'd trust it to go anywhere. The Crane XR3000 ignition I had in it finally took a dump about a month ago, in the Burger King drive through of all places, but we managed to shove it into a parking spot and I swapped in a spare XR700 module I carry with me and it's running fine again. I've replaced the shocks with Monroe gas matics in the rear, and KYB Gas-ajusts in the front, and I like the way it rides although it's hard on front shock bushings. New dual exhaust last year with turbo mufflers, so it sounds good too! I've got a new stereo to go in (nothing fancy, just a Rampage, no sense in going overboard on a radio in a soft top truck!) as soon as I get a chance. This Scout gets lots of compliments and comments whenever I go someplace in it, and for some reason I've found that females seem to like it even more than guys do!

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