1970 Scout 800 A
Real Name: “Gumby”
Code Name: “A-J”
I had been looking for a 1970 800 A for quite some time. After selling my built K5, I found the right Scout in Southern California for a good price. It has no rust, a newer 304, T18 and a Dana 20. The truck was well cared for by the previous owner, he had put some lift shackles and 31″ BFG/AT’s on it. I had it transported back to Las Vegas, started fixing minor problems, and got it running smooth.
I named the 1970 Scout 800 “Gumby”, after the children’s toy that was found wedged in the dash behind the rotted cardboard glove box . My plan from day one was to turn the Scout into a capable off-road vehicle. The previous K5 was a great rig, but its physical dimensions on the trail limited its access to tougher trails.
I searched the web for an IH 1970 Scout 800 specific off-road shop, and ran across the D and C Extreme website. I contacted D and C Extreme and explained my ideas. Fortunately D and C Extreme was already geared-up with Scout specific mods to re-configure my rig as required. D and C Extreme suggested a Full-Monty spring over suspension modified to properly run 36″ TSL/SX tires. They also suggested locked Scout II axles, a full roll cage for safety and D and C Extreme bumpers, rock-sliders and Hi-Steer system. I set up an appointment to have the 1970 Scout 800 put in the shop, sent them a deposit for the work, and drove the 1970 Scout 800 16 hours from Vegas to Colorado Springs to deliver it to D and C Extreme’s Headquarters.
I left “Gumby” at D and C Extreme and caught a jet back to Vegas. The crew at D and C Extreme can better explain the details on this particular 1970 Scout 800 A buildup, as follows:
Thanks for the great project introduction! This buildup will include a lot of things that our other buildups have and will include, but for the first time we will be explaining the fine detail of the buildup. We’ll also include detailed info on most of the parts included in this buildup as well as info on how we installed those parts.
Although some of the new details may be used as instruction to do the same modification, it is not meant to be one. So, if you, our valued reader, decides to build what we detail on this or other buildups please understand that we are not instructors nor can we give instruction on how to properly do anything. We do ask that if you choose to perform these modifications to your 4×4, that you strongly consider us as the 4×4 shop you use, or if you choose to do it yourselves, that you use D and C Extreme as your parts supplier.
Now that our professional and liability responsibility has been met, let’s get on to the good stuff!
The 1970 Scout 800 Build will feature:
- Full Monty SOA Conversion on 2.5″ Mr Scout Lift Springs
- Competition SOA Package (includes X-Over Steering, 12″ slip RockCrawler DriveShaft & X-Duty U-Bolts & Plates
- Scout II Dana 44 Axle Rebuilds with 4.56 gears, locker front and Spool rear
- 36×12.50 SuperSwamper TSL/SX tires mounted on 15×10 Rock Crawler rims
- Full 6-point cage w/ modified Atari Bars
- Front Winch Bumper, Rear bumper with carrier and Rock Sliders
- Warn Premium Hub conversion
- Bikini Top install
AND MUCH MUCH MORE
This project is now starting, so sit back and enjoy the ‘show’.