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  1. Moses Take a look at these HP & Tq numbers and you will see why I would just stay with the 304A if it is in good running condition. Kind of shocked me also.. These figures are from the CTS-2304 manual V-304A Brake H.P. (Max) @ RPM 193.1 @ 4400 Brake H.P. (Net) @ RPM 180 @ 4400 Torque (Max) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 272.5 @ 2800 Torque (Net) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 262 @ 2400-2600 V-345 Brake H.P. (Max) @ RPM 196.7 @ 4000 Brake H.P. (Net) @ RPM 168 @ 3800 (Yes I know this seems like it should be wrong, but it's not) Torque (Max) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 309 @ 2200-2400 Torque (Net) Lb. Ft. @ RPM 288 @ 2000 Being as they are the exact same engine with a different stroke, I was pretty surprised that the 304 produced more HP albeit at 600 more RPM and only 36.5 lb/ft less Tq... This was posted by one of the Scout Guru's on Binder Planet some years back.. Could save me a lot of work by just keeping the original running gear especially since it will not see very hard work..and as you say, the D20 is a very robust TC.. Your comments? Gene
  2. Well here she is after living in a barn since 1985. All original and completely stock 1979 Terra with 69000 miles on her.. She had a few run in's with cows and trees, but all in all, nothing that my body guy cant fix.. Plus I have some good front fenders as well as rear quarters if it is too bad.. No rot in rockers or floor except one hole in the bed which can be fixed with a patch from another 79 bed.. Got the LST and may just keep her original since she has a 304, T-19 BW Close Ratio tranny, Dana 20 TC, 3.54 gears with rear Trac Lok.. Not much to gain by swapping the 345 & Dana 300 since we don't have any rocks to climb, just flat terrain and beach.. I talked to the guys at Novak and they said that the only difference in the 20 vs the 300 is the 2.0 to the 2.6 low range ratio and the cut of the gears.. they actually said I would be just as good with the Dana 20 unless I just wanted the lower gearing.. so I will do some calculations using the T19 vs the 727 and the 20 vs the 300 with the 3.54 gear ratio.. bet it is close enough to not go through a engine & tranny swap.. we will see,. I will give her a bath and start sorting out some things then get her running and see where I am before finalizing a plan.. I have many options as I have this Terra for the base vehicle, a 1980 Scout II with a crappy body, but a real good 345 4 Bbl. with a 727 & Dana 300, and a 79 Traveler parts truck with a 727 tranny, Dana 20 and good fenders and rear quarters as well as many more parts.... Not going to be an easy decision, but I am leaning to keeping it as original as possible but making it extremely dependable to go down the road as well as South Padre Island with out major hiccups.. General theme will be a Safari/Family Cruiser that can go topless, Safari Top or a full Traveler Top.. with a full length custom roll bar set up from drivers seat to tailgate.. This should keep me busy for a while, Gene
  3. Well, things have progressed with the 1980 Scout, but not in a good way. Since I purchased the 80, I knew it had some rust areas, but the PO really did a good job with the bedliner and I missed a lot... But all is not lost, as I also purchased a 1979 Scout II Terra that has been in the barn since 1985 and it is pretty solid. I also had an opportunity to purchase a 1979 Traveler that had been used as a parts car for a 3 into 1 build. So now I have a 1980 Scout II, 1979 Terra and a 1979 Traveler (partial). After I removed all of the bedliner in and out of the 1980 and the young man I use to do the body work for me started cutting out the floor area, we found very bad things that would bust the budget to fix.. So I have come up with a typical Senile Old Man idea, who also has done 4 of these Scouts previously, and we are proceeding. Basically, I am going to take all the running gear and optional items off of the 1980, i.e. 345 engine, 727 Tranny, Dana 300 transfer case, power steering and what ever else I an salvage from the 80 and install it in the low mileage 1979 Terra. This will upgrade the Terra from a 304 with the T19 tranny to a 345 with a 727 automatic with the Dana 300 in place of the Dana 20, PS, PB, AC and a few other items such as bucket seats. In the process of doing all this, everything will be gone through since the engine, tranny etc will be out might as well. No performance adders, just removal of all smog items and upgrade of whatever needs it.. The Terra will lose its pickup top and bulkhead and get a custom roll cage from just over the front seats all the way to the tailgate with it all fitting under a new Softtopper fold down top. This should give me a pretty nice excursion Scout and will really ride nice with the 118" wheelbase. I am not planning to repaint the Terra as it has a great patina, just fix some small spots, lightly sand and shoot a satin clear over it.. This is going to take through this year and into next, but I hope to have it all done by next spring... Anyway, that is pretty up to date.. dismantling starts tomorrow.. after everything is finished, I should have a Scout II chassis and a Scout Traveler chassis for sale, along with a bunch of parts, I hope.. Moses, would you change my handle from TejasCJ7 to just Tejas?? or Scout Stupid or something like that Thanks, Gene
  4. Well, the first thing is get my heat gun & scraper out and get all the dang bed liner off the outside of the truck. Then just do some clean up and Rust-X the wheel wells where the PO put some bed liner for flares and it separated from the body, got stuffed with leaves and H2O and started a nice compost pile which made some very nice rust along all 4 wheel well lips..fortunately did not rust through.. that will follow the bed liner removal. Then find any rust and get a coat of Rust-X on it for the time being.. Next just get it clean!!! Gawd I hate it when folks let vehicles get filthy .. the engine is gonna take some good pressure washing with a bunch of degreaser in the mix.. I have already purchased a new shift cable and Pertronix Ignition & Coil as the current coil is leaking..add some new wires & plugs, drain and refill all fluids F to R..After the housekeeping just get her running decently and drive it for a while to discover what else needs looking at this coming winter (all 2 months of it)... That's about all for now.. this weekend, I am spreading 50 tons of crushed limestone on the driveways at the Boat & RV storage to fill up all the chug holes from the 10 inches of rain we have had...so JD tractor & land plane, here I come.. Wanna come help?? Later, Gene
  5. I have two (2) of the Scout II FSM's that I use.. actual bound factory manuals... One is well worn and has many sticky bookmarks for specific items as I have owned a few Binders.. the other one is in pristine condition and shall not be fingered by me or anyone else.. I had to purchase both of these and they were not cheap, but not really what I would call expensive.. Cost of doing business with old iron in my way of thinking. I guarantee they have saved me more than I paid for them!! Plus I have many more manuals and books, including a complete Chevrolet Tri Five factory assembly manual set and even a couple of Moses' books which I found very helpful when messing with Jeeps.. All bought and paid for as I am sure that he had considerable time and effort invested in his Creative Work.. Moses, my "new" Scout is still getting somewhat disassembled to start reassembly to iron out a few PO bugs and shortcuts.. gonna be a while on this one as I have too many other things going on at the same time.. Hope you are well, Gene
  6. Hey Moses, great to be back on your site.. If I could just change my moniker to "Tejas", that would be generic enough for me and whatever other foolishness I may get involved with.. As an aside, a little history of the word Tejas: Tejas is the Spanish translation of the Caddo Indian word Taysha, which means "friend, ally or a greeting such as hello". After the Spanish changed it to Tejas, the Gringos further changed it to Texas.. The LST is still on the glove box door, but it has been wet and I am in the process of trying to salvage it. If I cannot, I will order a replacement..not cheap, but good to have. This Scout was particularly interesting to me as it is the last year made and has a fair amount of options: 345 V8, 727 Automatic, AC, PS, PB, Sport Steering Wheel are the ones I have identified so far.. I am not going to do a resto on her, just get everything working properly and the very little rust cut out and sealed from further rotting.. I plan on putting a SpyderWeb Shade top on once I get the full rollbar installed. That's about all I will need down here on the South Texas coast area.. not much winter.. I will post more as I get some work done.. Gene
  7. Just a quick post to get restarted on Moses' great forum. I have redone a few Scouts and then lost my mind and bought a couple of Jeeps, but now after all that I am back in the Scout World.. Quite by accident I came across this pretty decent 1980 Scout II sitting at the curb of this house and there was a guy in the yard so I asked him if this was his Scout. He replied yes, so I asked if it could be My Scout.. after a short haggle, we agreed on a price so I went back the next day with dead presidents and took my new 1980 Scout to my shop.. All is right with the world now that I have another Scout.. with a little TLC she will be kicking up dust again after sitting in the previous owners garage since 2008. Here is the only picture I have of her so far and she is dirty so don't be mean.. I'll post progress as I get things going.. But I'm probably going to have to change my user name.. Good to be back, Gene
  8. Hi, Gene...A new Texas member has acquired a '74 Scout II with a property deal and wants to sell it.  I suggested he make contact through the forum messaging.  You may get his message, let me know about the Scout II!



  9. Hey Moses, Just thought I would drop you a note and update you on my vehicle adventures. I sold both Jeeps that I bought, 78 CJ7 & 06 LJ and have been spending time upgrading my 2009 6.2L Tahoe LTZ. This car is a blast to drive as it is very fast and handles extremely well. I have had this Tahoe for a few years, searched for about a year or more to find one with low mileage and the L9H 6.2L & 4WD. they only made 620 of them in 2009 and I found one with 35,000 miles on her. Well, since I sold the Jeeps (thank you God) (they were not that bad, but can not compare to my previous IH Scouts) I have added a Cold Air Intake, Custom Exhaust, Computer Dyno Tune by Nelson Performance in San Antonio, Texas, Hotchkis Sway Bars and Baer 15" Brakes F&R. Needless to say this is the most comfortable US made Grand Touring SUV I have ever driven.., 435 HP at the rear wheels, cruises in total comfort (AC Seats) at 80 MPH getting 18 MPG. I included a couple of pictures of the Tahoe, looks stock, but is far from it. Well now I have sold my oilfield business, closes the end of July and my Tahoe is pretty much done so I have been getting the ITCH You Know What I Mean!!! Out of the blue appears an all original 1980 IH Scout II that is in the garage of the original owner.. Basically looks new from the pictures, 304, auto, AC PS PB.. I am trying hard not to go look at it, but I feel I may succumb to the Binder Fever once again. Anyway, just wanted to touch base and let you know I may be joining your IH forum soon.. Gonna have to change my User Name though.. may just call myself "Crazy Old Gear Head" and let that cover all bases. Hope you are doing well, Gene
  10. Actually, baddriver I have several I am looking at. Plus in Texas if a person tries to interfere in in a horse/cattle/vehicle trade, we can legally shoot them...If you want to buy a Scout, I will find one and sell it to you. I have owned several and know where several more are.
  11. Moses, I have decided to sell my 2006 LJ, 48,000 original miles, and go back to an IH Scout. Is there any way to post the info on the LJ for sale on your forums? I really would like it to go to someone who would appreciate how nice it is and all the work done and add-on's I have purchased for it. I have already sold my 78 CJ7 & 1967 Chevy C10 (today) so I only need to sell the Jeep and then do ONE MORE DANG SCOUT!! This one will be the last since at my age that is all I have left but it will be a good one... I have located the potential vehicle, just have to finish the horse trading and then bring it home.. 76 SII, 345, TF and in pretty good condition.. As of now I plan on keeping it all IH with everything redone like I did on the Elk Tan one..full off frame rebuild but more performance and AC.. Kinda a cross-breeding of the Black 75 & the Tan 76. Not as fancy as the Tan Scout but Uber Functional I have not seen any classified section so just wanted to ask. I do not want to violate any of your guidelines or standards as your sites are the premier publications on the web and in print. Thanks, Gene
  12. Hey Moses, How you been doing?? I have been going insane.. Old Age & Senility is my story and I Am Sticking To It!!!!!!!!' Well, here is what I thought I had outgrown, but as said above, I guess it never goes away.. You know from previous posts that I bought a 2006 LJ while I still had the 78 CJ7. So I traded the CJ7 for a 1967 Chevy C10, Short Bed Fleetside with the Panaromic Window option thinking I would like to do a little RestoMod on this truck.. Well, I just sold the Chevy and am going to look at another Scout II this weekend.. Plus I still have the LJ..which I kinda like, but it is NOT a Scout II... I have come to the conclusion that I do like the IH Scout II the best of all the old stuff I have had and worked on. Parts are a little harder to find, but not that hard.. Scout has more room in the seating area than any of the Jeeps or the Chevy C10. To Super Chief, the IH designed & built 304 is a great engine... lots of grunt and if kept in good condition will go 200-300K miles..I prefer the 345 because I can make more HP but they are basically the same engine. There is a bunch of folks that have replaced the IH engine with a GM, Ford or Mopar, but I really like the sound of a 345 with a little better cam, aluminum intake headers with duals and a decent 4BBL oe even EFI.. great grunt and sounds like a big block.. also as Moses says, the 727 TF is a very tough tranny.. remember, they put it behind the Hemi back in the day.. The axles should be Dana 44's F&R but I am not sure in 73 as my SII's have all been 75 or newer.. Disc brake kits are available several places. Good luck with your build.. Thanks, TejasCJ7 maybe I should change my handle to confused Later, Gene
  13. There are two in the area I am going to look at next week or so.. One belongs to a friend and the other is just sitting in a driveway in the next neighborhood... I'm not really in a hurry, as I want to work on the CJ this winter and want to get the LJ sold.. if you know anyone looking for a nice LJ, this is an original 47K mile one owner Jeep. I know where there is a 1980 SD Scout.. 4zd7p-5329184953@sale.craigslist.org in Houston with a lot of spares.. kinda of interesting, but I am not a diesel fan.. worked on big cats when I worked offshore years ago and have owned several diesel trucks and just don't care for them anymore.. Go check it out.. Gene
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