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Old 04-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
motorider
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Default 1970 Scout 800A - "Grandpa's Scout"

This is the family Scout that my grandpa purchased new on October 16, 1970. He gave this Scout to my Dad a few years before I turned 16 for me to drive. Later in life, my Dad give it to me.

I first learned to repair vehicles by the weekly maintenance/repairs that an IH vehicle needs during my high school years. Fairly recently, I decided that a major refurbishment was necessary in order to have a reliable backwoods explorer with my family as well as to preserve for my children and nephews.

I decided to post my project on the IH Parts America forum as this forum has been invaluable for me in finding the necessary methods to restore everything you will see as well as I have purchased most of the parts from IH Parts America. Chad and Jeff have been tremendously helpful in locating new as well as used parts.

The goal of this rebuild is to keep the classic lines of the vehicle I remember while allowing for some improvements mainly for safety, reliability, and function. More posts to follow.

Enjoy as I have enjoyed reading all the other projects on this forum.

Tom young


original picture sometime in the early 70's
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Another original picture.
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Line setting ticket I found in the glove box.
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This is how it looked last fall just prior to removing the engine.
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The 304 was tired and smoking due to valve seals as well as very low oil pressure. The block we sent to the machine shop and was cleaned up for rebuilding. All the normal machine work was done including new 0.030 over pistons. I decided to use a stock cam as I really did not have a need for anything more.
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My daughter helping me install the pistons.
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Inspected and cleaned up rocker assembly as per the directions on this forum. You can see that I pressurized the oil system and verified oil to all the rockers. I was pleased that only a little cleaning was required. The oil was changed very regularly over the last 40 years.
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Painted IH red
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Decided the t18 should have new seals and bearings as is was already out and I have been wanting to rebuild a manual transmission. I rebuild the Dana 20 two years ago and it went a smoothly as to be expected for the first time.
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After I had everything on the floor and parts ordered I was a bit concerned about putting is back together.
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More to follow.
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