My Scout is a 1968 Scout 800 that my dad purchased in the late 70's. Like 1976 or something. At that time it had some rust and only one gas tank. He purchased it for $500. You can hardly get a used Scout for that price now. His entension when he bought it was to use it to plow snow. And that is exactly what it did from 1978 till 1998. It as 61000 orginal miles on it and it runs like a clock. The only things that have been replaced are the fuel pump, starter, a value lifter and the cabuerator was rebuild. Other than that the motor is all original. It has a 3 speed transmission and a single lever transfer case, (this confuses me cause in '68 the transfer case had 2 levers).
When i first started the project of restoring the Scout i realized right off that i had some serious problems. 1: its didnt have the orignal driver of passenger seats, floors, body supports or kicker panels. All that stuff have been replaced with whatever my dad had laying around. The second problem was that it had neither of the original gas tanks, sometime during its 20 years of plowing snow the 1 that my dad had fell out and he lost it somewhere. My other obvious problem was RUST. Rust and a lot of it.
Scout 80 and Scout 800
Scout 80s were built between 1960 and 1965. These models were identifiable by removable sliding side windows in 1960-1961 and even some very early 1962 models, a 152 4 cyl. engine, a fold-down windshield, vacuum windshield wipers mounted to the top of the windshield and an IH logo in the center of the grille.
The Scout 800 replaced the 80 in late 1965. 800s were built from late 1965 to 1968. These models had many improvements in comfort and design, including bucket seats, better instrumentation and heating systems, optional rear seats, and optional 196 4-cyl, 232 6-cyl, or 266 V-8 engines. A turbocharged version of the 152 4 cylinder (the 152-T) was offered from 1965-1967.
1969 saw the introduction of the 800A, which replaced the 800. Improvements included more creature comfort options, a slightly different front end treatment, drivetrain upgrades (heavier rear axle and quieter Dana 20 transfer case) and the 304 V-8 option.
The last of the 800 series was the 800B, available for only part of 1971 before it was replaced with the Scout II. Identical to the 800A other than in minor cosmetic details, it was produced only until the Scout II was in production..
Special packages offered on the Scout 80 through 800 A and B models
The first was the "Red Carpet" Series, celebrating the 100,000 Scout manufactured by IH. This model had a red interior with a white exterior, full length headliner and full floor mats, and a special medallion affixed to the door which read, "100,000 Red Carpet Series Scout By International". IH also offered the Scout 800 Sportop, which had an upgraded interior and a unique fiberglass top (it was also available as a soft top) with a slanted back and a continental spare tire kit. The "Champagne Series" Scout was a high-option Scout offered in the Scout 80 and later Scout 800 models. The 800A could be ordered with the Aristocrat, SR-2, or Sno-Star packages, and the 800B was available with the Comanche package. Each of these packages included special paint and decals, chrome trim, sliding travel top windows, and other "high dollar" options such as roof racks, chrome wheels, and upgraded interiors. Line tickets of the special package Scouts (and some non-package units) were often rubber stamped with the words "Doll-Up Scout".