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Old 09-28-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Pete's Buildup '73 Scout II

Well I had someone say that I should post up with what I have done so far to my Scout in a build-up thread, so I figure I might as well get around to it.
I bought the Scout in May of 2007 from a guy who basically mislead me about a lot of things, but oh well. It was a round peg and I have been busy smashing it into a square hole. So far its been working.
This is the first picture I have of it after I hauled it home. 1973 Scout II 345, tf 727, Dana 20, Dana 44 front and rear, 4 " SUA lift, 32" BFG's. It wasn't running and didn't have a current registration soo when I went outside the following morning I had a meter maid trying to get it towed. What a wonderful start to my Monday morning. Luckily I didn't have a problem going to the dmv and registering it that same day.

And this is why.


The po apparently took a turn too wide hit a curb and caused the transfer case to snap an ear off of the tailhousing, as well as tear the rear front springer hanger off the frame.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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First up was replacing the tailhousing and installing the transfer case. After this was done I realized that although I could drive it around, park didn't engage. (it took me a couple of years to figure out I installed a piece backwards in the tailhousing). Then since I could drive it around a little I had vacuum leaks out the wazoo and the vacuum advance didn't function, oh yeah and the carb needed a rebuild since it started pouring gas out of the secondaries (q-jet). I took it into a carb. Shop (horrible decision) who replaced the distributor and put on another q-jet.
I swapped a pertronix at the same time. Happy days! I could drive it around!
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Next on the list of things to do was put a 1" body lift on. At this point I thought I might as well stay SUA since a SOA conversion seemed to complicated for me. Problems with the current body mounts though.






But idiot that I was, I did it anyways.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:23 PM   #4
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That wasn't the worst of it though. When I started removing the carriage bolts for the 2 rear-most body mounts I had to cut away a little of the bed liner the po put in. What was underneath was horrible. He placed some sheet metal over a very rusty bed and proceeded to screw it down into the gas tank!!! I replaced the steel gas tank with a poly 19 gallon tank and I replaced all of the fuel lines at the same time.


I finished the body lift, and realized the problem with the screws later. The body lift did kill my ragjoint. So...

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Old 09-28-2009, 03:27 PM   #5
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Here's what's under the bedliner. It looked so solid before I started removing the liner.
And my favorite: the duct tape patch covered by bed liner.

Since I was busy cutting everything else out I cut some of the fenders out too.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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This is after I finished trimming the fenders, still with 32"s


While I was waiting to finish cutting out the rest of the bed to replace it, Christmas came and I got some 4.56's, and aussie lockers to help out with some 35" baja claws I picked up from a friend.
regearing and adding lockers:





More info and pictures in this install thread.
gears and aussie locker install - binder planet forums
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