It’s not perfect, but this 1979 International Scout II Rallye for sale on Hemmings.com is at least rust free and has a level of patina that some would consider authentic – from the cracked Rallye stripes to the sunburn along the roof to the various dings and thin paint spots. It’s also remained unrestored and largely unmodified with its original 345-cu.in. V-8 under the hood. From the seller’s description:
factory equipped with 345 V8, torqueflite 727 automatic transmission, power steering, air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise control, power brakes (front disc), dana 44’s front and rear, dana transfer case (high and low range), “lock-o-matic” locking hubs, and rallye package.
This truck is not perfect but I think I can safely say it’s in good shape for a 37 year old four wheel drive. This truck is also very original. So original in fact that it matches almost exactly the scout in a magazine ad from the 70’s. I have a copy of this ad and it is included with the scout (see pictures). This truck still has its original paint and rallye stripes. The paint is shiny and looks fairly good but is thin in places where it has been polished through to the primer over the years. It’s a matter of opinion but I actually really like it this way. It gives the truck character and shows that it’s original. The rallye stripes are still complete and look good from a distance but you can see they are cracked as you get closer. The fact that all the stripes are intact and aged uniformly shows that the sheet metal is original and that there have been no major accidents or panels repaired or replaced. Replacement sets of rallye stripe decals are still available for around $250. There are definitely plenty of dings but none that really catch your eye and make the truck look bad. The only place I can see that there might have been repairs is at the drivers side rear corner next to the tail light where I think there may be some body filler under the paint. What may be filler is around the tail light only and only in this small corner tail light panel. There is also a dent next to the tail light on the passenger side corner and this is probably the only damage that might catch your eye or be considered “ugly”. The dent isn’t too hideous, has no filler, has not been repainted, and is isolated to that small corner panel as well. The tail light corner panels are still available if you wanted to replace it. There is almost no rust at all on this truck and that is really rare. The only rust I have found is a couple small spots of surface rust at the bottom of the windshield and at the bottom of the rear window hatch where it meets the top of the tailgate (an area that you don’t see). In the pictures showing the area around the windshield, the only rust is right at the bottom edge of the windshield. The other dark areas in front of the windshield are primer showing where the paint has been buffed through. A couple spots on the top of the roof are the same way (dark spots of primer showing through but might look like surface rust in the pictures if you don’t look closely). At some point in the past the scout has had larger tires that hit the bottom corners of a couple of the wheel openings and a previous owner cut those corners off where they got bent. It doesn’t really catch your eye and would probably be hidden by a set of fender flares.
The interior is in really good condition and looks almost new for the most part. Thefront seats have been reupholstered with a high quality black vinyl. The rear seat is original, has not been reupholstered, and looks great (see pictures). It only has two VERY small tears. One at the bottom front of the lower cushion and one on the back side at the top of the upper cushion. The previous owner built a nice removable wood platform in the rear passenger area that just lifts out. It makes the floor flat and more padded/comfortable for camping and better for cargo. That platform, as well as the rear interior sides and lower areas of the doors have almost new black carpeting that was done cleanly and looks great. The front passenger area carpet is new. All the interior trim and door panels are clean and in great shape. Steering wheel spokes have been repainted matte trim color black with new scout logo horn button. The only exception is the dash which has the typical cracks. A center console/storage box also comes with the truck (see pictures). I just never installed it and like the looks without. The console box lid and 4×4 shifter boot are also new. The previous owner had installed dynamat sound deadening insulation on the front passenger floor area so I never got to see the actual floor underneath but I believe it to be as clean and rust free as the rear area (see pictures). The stereo and speakers are also in almost new condition and truly sound nice. The head unit is an alpine mp3/cd player with removable face and USB slot & headphone cord inputs for your ipod/mp3 player. There is also a small alpine amplifier hidden behind the dash. It has 4 pioneer speakers. All the glass is in very nice shape with a slight factory tint. The windshield has one small rock chip/crack about the size of a quarter in the top drivers side corner. The weather stripping around the doors and rear tailgate/lift hatch have been replaced also. One thing you rarely see mentioned and might not consider is odor…. because so much of the interior of this truck is new and everything is clean, it does not have the funky smell that you might get a lot of times in a vehicle this age.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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