• 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.

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    Jeff Ismail

Scout 80 and Miata Engine


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I have a Scout 80 ready to be rebuilt again. The engine is shot and I have access to a 1996 Miata Engine, my question is will fit. The Miata engine has 133hp, is that enough engine? I believe the original engine had 96 hp.
There likely is no adapter plate made to make that engine bolt to an IH trans/transfer case? And what do you plan on doing for the fuel injection?


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Good question, the scout had some rust issues so it's completely broken down. I patched up all the spots and reinforced the chassis. Now all I need to do is put it back together. And can ge the engine for free. Was just trying to save a few dollars. Guess I'll end up buying a SBF engine or just get the standard 196 that fits the 80.


Sometimes "free" ends up costing you a lot more when all is said and done. That engine would be plenty powerful for the S80, but how would you get the power from the engine to the axles? Everything would be a total one-off cu$tom fabrication as I doubt anyone on the planet has done this particular swap.