The Scout II needed a roll bar so that I will be able to put a bikini top on it down the line instead of having the hard top on in the warmer months. The pipe is 2″ steel conduit for the hoop and 1.5″ for the diagonal supports. The mounting plates are 1/4″ steel. My dad welded everything together and then I rattle canned it flat black.
I ordered the “rust is lighter than carbon fibre” from volkswagenstickers.co.uk, I think that it suits the truck well 😛
The remainder of the to-do list for the Scout is as follows:
- Make or buy a bikini top
- Replace the body mounts (or what’s left of them!)
- Finish weeding out emissions hoses from the engine bay so that it doesn’t look like it’s full of snakes anymore
- Paint the bed and cab floor with bedliner
- Reupholster the bench seat
That’s all for now.
It was nice out today so I took the top off of my IH Scout II (with the help of my neighbor) and went cruising with my friend Jason.
Now it just needs a roll bar and a soft top so I don’t have to reinstall the hard top for when it rains.
Also, happy birthday to the AMC Gremlin! It is April fools day after all.
Forest’s 1974 four-door AMC Hornet with an AMC 4.0L, Mustang T-5 trans, and Ford 8.8″ rear. 184rwhp 😎
I kept seeing this white Pacer wagon almost every day as I left school and then a friend told me that it was parked in the school parking lot and he almost mistook it for my Gremlin! Here are some pictures that I took of it.
I have since tracked down the owner and talked to him online. He says that it originally had an AMC 304 V8 in it but a mildly built AMC 360 V8 was swapped in so it sounds like a fun car, very clean.
Here’s a 1961 Ford Falcon that is for sale a few blocks away from me. It’s a two-door sedan with a 170 cid. (2.8L) straight-six backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. The interior looked like it was in decent shape up front, but had a blanket over the rear seats so they’re probably shot. The dash, door panels, front “buckets”, and console all looked like they were pretty clean though.
I got my FREE sticker in the mail from Team Slide Asylum! 🙂
It will be probably be going on the Gremlin in the spring. Also note the Fel-Pro gasket boxes under it, they’re for a 1996 AMC 4.0L that will be swapped into the Gremlin ;D
These pictures were taken in September of ’08 I believe, but I just dug them up now 😉
It’s a homemade looking trike that was spotted in Lockport, Illinois, and it appears to be powered by a VW air cooled engine. That’s my Gremlin parked next to it.
Oh yeah, and I just noticed that Voxx is in the back seat of my car in the first picture. Double wtf.
I bought a clean set of Illinois ’72 plates off eBay for the Gremlin. In Illinois (and probably a lot of other states) if you have AV (Antique Vehicle) plates you can keep them in the car and display a set of historic license plates from the year of manufacture. Normal AV plate restrictions still apply to the vehicle though.
I also bought a Lindberg AMC Gremlin “Grabber” model kit, it’s 1:20 scale. Most Gremlin models and miniatures seem to be modeled after a ’74 Gremlin, which has different bumpers, different grille, and four vertical impressions on the c-pillar instead of the two large horizontal ones that mine has. The paperwork says this one is a ’71, so it’s the same as my real ’72 except for the V8 air filter coming through the hood…which isn’t factory in case you didn’t know 😛 The plan is to try stuff out on it to see what will look good on the real thing. That being said, I need to pick up some model paint and find some more suitable wheels and tires for it.
Here’s a picture of Harvey, my 1974 International Harvester Scout II, looking tough from the daily commute and Illinois’ road salt. It makes a good wallpaper. 🙂
It’s not every day that you see an older (1977?) Chevy Impala/Caprice this clean and not “donk”. Spotted in Oak Lawn, IL a few months back.