This Classic Scout Has the Heart of a Corvette and the Personality to Match
The Internatnational Harvester Scout is quite a classic. But finding one on the used market isn't exactly easy, considering they weren't built to last and didn't stack up to the competition in terms of performance or efficiency. NEMO Equipment went about and fixed at least one of those problems by restoring this example to its former glory...and stuffing a Corvette engine under the hood. Seeking the help of Sean Barber from Anything Scout, the two companies set out to restomod the iconic 4x4, using the platform off a modified Jeep Wrangler, and a few other components to go along with it. “The mission from the outset was to pair old-school charm with modern driveability," Sean told Outside Online. “I wanted the truck to be able overland capable, but as simple as possible. In other words: larger tires, good articulation, extended fuel range, and a winch; nothing too overboard." RELATED: See Photos of the 1971 International Harvester Scout II
The mainstay features of that "modern driveability" comes in the form of a high-end, modern suspension from American Expedition Vehicles, and a 430-horsepower V8 off a Chevy Corvette.
The recycled Chevrolet engine and transmission replaces the original drivetrains and boost power and fuel efficiency by around 50 percent. The AEV suspension, on the other hand, is able to navigate any terrain without so much as a hitch; rock, mud, sand, and most importantly, tarmac.
The end goal was to take what was really one of the first true SUVs, and bring it up to modern standards of fuel efficiency, safety, and performance. The final aesthetic touches like walnut veneer panels, LED headlights, and a two-tone paint scheme, give this already handsome 4x4 even more character.
RELATED: See Photos of the 1978 International Harvester Scout II