• 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

Low Serial Number 61 Scout 80

Robert Kenney

Super Moderator
Before all of this personal public IH exposure, before my 65' CS, I had a fairly low serial number(7000's) 61 Scout 80 that I played with and eventually tore apart in the interest of making it a nice example of a 61 scout 80. I had replaced all of the less than perfect front clip with perfect factory metal, (yes drilled out the spot welds and rosette welded them back in) and accomplished 99% of the body work including long blocking the heavy primer to paintable condition. Rebuilt the T90 and T18, swapped in a tapered axle dana 44 in the rear, and did a very sketchy spring over. I had collected hundreds of spare parts some NOS (when they were cheap).

Then along came the offer of my 65 CS and at a price I couldn't refuse. I only had room for one so I sold off the 61 to a fellow employee for peanuts and that included all of the spare parts that did not cross over to my 65.

Fast forward 10 years, the guy I sold it to (still working for me) had not laid so much as a finger on it, and has stored in a clean garage protected the whole time. His family is moving out of the house and the new digs won't have room for the 61, so he offered it back to me as a higher price but still in a reasonable range. I said yes and now the story goes on. back then I did not have the desire to document these projects with photos and thus have 0.0 pictures of the 61.

So this will be the place where I will document the continued restoration and subsequent reassembly of the 61 Scout. It will be a project and in the end I will sell it as I only want one Scout 80.

Place holder for the sort term, unfortunately.

Robert Kenney

Super Moderator
As life presents many twists and turns so do the projects that we take on. I have decided to not take on the return of my original scout after all. If a home can not be found for it by its current owner, it will likely be listed on IHPA for sale as it is. Tons of NOS, and extra parts.