Orange Rust: 1977 International Harvester Scout II Terra Pickup – SOLD!
August 16th Update – The buyer of this Scout we originally featured in April just commented below how much he enjoys driving his IHC topless in Florida. So we can officially mark this one “Sold!” Good luck with the purchase, Kevin!
Long-time know that as someone who learned how 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 posted on Craigslist in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The current caretaker is asking $8,000 for his Scout II Terra and a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms he has it priced $900 above the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $7,100.
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. This example features the standard four-cylinder power which while a bit more economica, acceleration can best be described as leisurely. In response for better fuel economy, in 1977 IH started offering the SD-33 inline cylinder diesel built under license from Nissan.
As tough as Scouts are, their Achille’s heel is the nearly complete lack of functional rust prevention from the factory and this ’77 Terra is no exception. There will be a lot of body work and steel replacement required if you decide to restore this Terra back to factory original. The olive vinyl flooring will likely clean up nicely while the tear in the bench seat upholstery is likely repairable. The most interesting option on this base Scout is a vintage Warn winch with integrated bumper. This was most likely a dealer-installed option, so we’re curious as to why the original owner felt the need to add this to their Scout. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1977 International Scout, Rare vintage pickup truck with removable top. All original, one owner, all documents. Runs strong, no oil leaks, no smoke. Power steering, 4×4 drive, winch, new gas tank, new hoses. Has some rust areas. I bought it to restore, but have no time. Asking 8,000 973-390-1909 201-694-1755“
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