• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

Anyone up for a show & tell?


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Hi! I just joined-- here to crash your party. 🍻🥳

I'm starting my hunt for either a Scout 800 (with steel Travel Top) or a Scout ii (1975 or earlier). Ultimately, I'm looking to build a budget friendly overlander. While photos, youtube and forums are helpful places to start, nothing beats seeing the object of interest in person.

Is anyone in the south Bay Area up for doing some show & tell with me on their Scout 800 (travel top preferred) and/or Scout ii? I'd be interested in climbing in, on and through it, taking some photos and probably some measurements. A short drive would be cool if you're comfortable with it (you can be the pilot--I'm not trying to test drive your pride and joy).
Running or not, show-piece or pile, built or stock-- I'll take what I can get. I'd be happy to pay you with the beer of your choice! I'm located in San Jose, near the Valley Fair mall (280/880 junction).

I look forward to learning more about Scouts and building something to go play in the dirt (y)
I'd say you could use a Scout or Scout II for a 2 person overlander if you dont plan on using the rear seat. But a Scout Traveler would be much better for a 3+person family.

Budget friendly and overlander are two things that never work in the same sentence.

Budget friendly and standard car camping can be said in the same sentence.