Harvey the Harvester

Corny name, right?

For my 19th birthday I bought a 1974 International Harvester Scout II and have been working on it a little bit every now and then for the past two months. It’s my winter driver to keep my Gremlin out of the snow and Illinois street salt.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

I took the door panels off to clean up the window tracks and lubricate them along with the door handle mechanisms. When was the last time you saw a door panel that simple to remove? It’s one piece with a bunch of screws. I really enjoy the simplicity of the Scout II.

International Harvester Scout II

Harvey is powered by an “IH-258 GAS 6CYL”, which is actually an AMC 258 (4.2L) inline-six, the same engine that’s currently in my Gremlin. The same engine can be found in many Jeeps from 1972-1990. It is equipped with a 1bbl Holley carburetor.

International Harvester Scout II

It could really use a good cleaning, but it’s too cold out for that right now. You can see the power brake booster in this photograph. It is equipped with gigantic 11.75 x 1.18 disc brakes up front and very large drums in the back.

International Harvester Scout II

2wd, but it still has a scrape shield on the oil pan.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

Oh joy, the vacuum hose diagram. One by one I shall weed out what isn’t necessary, so far the charcoal canister is gone.

International Harvester Scout II

The tire iron and jack handle have their own places under the hood.

International Harvester Scout II

Aerody-what? It’s a brick on wheels.

International Harvester Scout II

I really like the reverse opening hood. It’s a good safety feature for when your hood decides to pop open while driving. The water bottles are full of windshield washer fluid.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

Obligatory slow moving vehicle sign, jumper cables, and straw hats.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

3 speed T15D Borg-Warner.

International Harvester Scout II

Glove box full of misc. tools and documentation. Duct tape to stick it, WD-40 to unstick it.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

Made in Canadia, eh?

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

Push button AM radio and a speedometer that goes up to 120mph. I wonder if it could do 90 on a downhill. The odometer reads 75k original miles.

International Harvester Scout II

This is my first manual vehicle so I figured I’d take a picture of the pedals. To the left of the steering column is a manual choke. The build sheet or “line ticket” says it came with an automatic choke, but I’m glad whoever added it added it. The engine starts in the cold no problem. The park brake doesn’t work, that’s on my to-do list.

International Harvester Scout II

The cab top is removable. This being my winter truck, it might never come off, but the option is there.

International Harvester Scout II

While driving in the cold the rear-view mirror came unglued from the windshield and fell off. I picked up a package of rear-view mirror glue, scraped the old glue off, spent at least ten minutes holding the mirror up to the windshield while the glue dried, and now it’s good as new!

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

I have the button for the tailgate, but it’s missing the pin that holds it in place so I’m trying to track one down or find one that will work.

International Harvester Scout II

The cardboard in the bed is just there because I was hauling computers around and didn’t want them sliding around or getting scratched up.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

One of the few patches that are welded on in place of the common rust areas.

International Harvester Scout II

Woodstock! This antenna topper is actually just the head off of a PEZ dispenser. I have Speedy Gonzales on my Gremlin’s antenna.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

Dealer sticker? I bought the truck out of Indiana.

International Harvester Scout II

1980 approved.

International Harvester Scout II

The milk crate is my step, I stand on it to reach over the fenders while working under the hood.

International Harvester Scout II

The washer fluid pump was dead so I replaced it with a new universal one. It was the same fit and same connections.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

The blower motor made whining noises when set to high speed and it also didn’t seem to move much air.

International Harvester Scout II

I wonder if you can stand in the engine bay of a V8 Scout II to work on it like this.

International Harvester Scout II

A tired looking motor with a clean looking fan.

International Harvester Scout II

The fan is held to the blower motor’s shaft by a small allen headed screw

International Harvester Scout II

An inside look at the heater core and box. The first time I put the blower motor back in the fan was too far out on its shaft and rubbed against the second hole in the heater box and made a grinding noise so I had to take it out again and move the fan closer to the base of the blower motor’s shaft.

International Harvester Scout II

Thew new blower motor in really bad lighting.

International Harvester Scout II

The new blower motor’s plug ends weren’t quite the same as the originals so I cut the wires and soldered them to the original blower motor’s plug.

International Harvester Scout II

International Harvester Scout II

I replaced the old horn relay with a shiny new one, but still no honking…hmm…

International Harvester Scout II

Could it be that one of the horns is missing?

International Harvester Scout II

Here is a picture of the fuse panel and a new turn signal relay, both located under the driver’s side of the dash.

International Harvester Scout II

The little plastic wedge light sockets in the instrument panel all broke when I pulled them out so I had to replace them while going through the light bulbs.

International Harvester Scout II

The light sockets are 5/8″ size.

International Harvester Scout II

This is my bag of spare bulbs, unfortunately all of the sockets in this bag are smaller than the ones in the dash.

International Harvester Scout II

It’s going to take a good washing to find out where this is coming from.

– Tinny

<– Edit –>

Just got new tires for it. 235x75x15 Firestone Destination A/T’s.

Scout II Tires

Scout II Tires

5 thoughts on “Harvey the Harvester”

    1. Hey Doc. That’s awesome, the Scout 80’s have a lot of style to them.
      Make sure to have a look under it. The frame on mine is solid, but the body mounts are shot and I should probably replace them in the spring.

  1. Tinman,

    this it Thikstik on amc board..enjoyed the site. Its amazing that amc made a truck so similiar, with , of course the same engine, and then supplied IH their motors!
    take care

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