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Pick of the Day: Family selling late father’s ’79 Scout II

Rust-free and running vehicle’s restoration not quite finished


The advertisement for the Pick of the Day seems to be typical of what happens to the survivors of car collectors.

“Our Dad passed away 2 months ago,” the text begins. “He had many vehicles to play with. He really liked the cout but we never got around to completing the project.”

And now Dad is gone and the vehicles remain and the family is selling what it chooses not to keep. Thus the Pick of the Day is a 1979 International Harvester Scout II located in Seminole, Texas.

The asking price is $20,000, and, yes, there is work to do, but apparently everything is there for the project to be finished. In part because of the feeding frenzy on old Ford Broncos, and in part because there’s a new generation of car enthusiast that loves vintage SUVs, Scouts have become among the most popular searches on the ClassicCars.com marketplace.

The Scout II was painted four years ago, the seller reports, and had new seals installed around the doors. 

“All original A/C parts are still on. Needs Freon, never adapted to 134. Never fully completed install of winch but have every piece needed to function. As far as I know the wheels are original like everything else. Do have spare tire and top luggage rack.”

The seller adds that the engine and transmission are “still sound and runs good,” and there’s “No rust that I can find.”

In other words, a project awaiting completion.

Scout, Pick of the Day: Family selling late father’s ’79 Scout II, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Scout has a V8 engine and automatic transmission. In 1979, International Harvester offered the Scout II with its “Comanche V8 304A” engine rated at 122 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque (there also was a larger V8 option). In this SUV, the engine is linked to an automatic gearbox. The odometer shows 58,000 miles.

Dad’s Scout comes with power brakes and steering, and a custom stereo. Usually, we don’t pick Picks of the Day when the photos show the seller’s shadow but we’re making an exception in this case because the family is in mourning and Dad’s Scout looks like it deserves a good home.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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