Rattle & Clang: 1977 International Harvester Scout II Terra 4×4 Diesel Pickup – Sold!
As someone who learned to drive in a 1977 International Harvester (“IH”) Scout II, there is a soft spot in my heart every time we come across one. While my family had the short wheelbase, removable steel top model everyone thinks of, IH also made the extended wheelbase Traveler Hatchback as well as the Terra pickup truck such as the example posted on Craigslist in Niagara Falls, New York. The current caretaker is asking $7,000 for his Scout II Terra and a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms he has it smartly priced $100 below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $7,000.
Following the great success of its original Scout 800 which inspired the original Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer, International Harvester launched a larger and slightly more modern Scout II in 1971. The basic design changed little other than interior trim, paint colors, and the front grille design until the end of production in 1980. Using a combination of heavy-duty engines connected to Chrysler’s virtually bullet-proof A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission sending power through Dana axles, Scout II’s quickly earned a reputation for their ability to go anywhere.
In 1976, IH expanded the Scout II lineup with the introduction of the Terra Pickup and the Traveler hatchback. Unlike the removable steel tops of the Scout II, Terras and Travelers had fiberglass tops: a half top connected to the pickup bed for the Terra or a full top with hatchback type liftgate on the Traveler. Most notably different, these models were extended by 18 in (46 cm) in the region between the door and the front of the rear wheel well. While four-cylinder power came standard, for most of the production run two V8’s (a 304 cubic inch and a 345 cubic inch) were optional. In response for better fuel economy, in 1977 IH started offering the SD-33 inline cylinder diesel built under license from Nissan. While durable and fuel-efficient, this SD-33 was a loud diesel and many people could not get past that and the slow acceleration despite the far superior fuel economy the engine offered.
As tough as Scouts are, their Achille’s heel is the nearly complete lack of functional rust prevention from the factory. In the salt-infested roads of western New York, Scout bodies barely lasted longer than their owner’s loan payment, so this well-used, yet solid undercarriage and lack of rust holes spent the majority of its life in a dry climate and not in Niagara Falls; you’ll need to confirm that with the seller. The well-worn bench seat upholstery, door panels, and floor fabric indicate to us this Scout Terra is a mid-level “Deluxe” model. Given the upside in the early generation SUV market, the next caretaker will likely profit nicely even if they decide to restore this rare diesel example. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1977 International Harvester Scout II, this is a one owner vehicle. Clean title
The Scout and second-generation Scout II were produced in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as two-door trucks with a removable hard top.
What makes this a more desirable Scout is the fact it has the rare SD33 is a 3.2 L, 198.0 cu in straight-six diesel engine, produced under contract by Nissan.
Drive as a survivor or restore back to new.
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