Welcome to D and C Extreme’s Extreme Buildup Project 2, we call ‘er TC. This was a one-of-a-kind buildup for one key reason, we actually started with a somewhat built rig. In fact, we’re sure that some may argue that TC’s original setup is all you really need to have one sweet rig. Well not so, at least to this owner, Chad.
TC’s original setup was just about everything you could do while keeping a rig ‘bolt on’. TC had Triangle’s 4″ lift springs and a 3″ body lift. Its drive train was stout. Propulsion came from a sweetly built 345 with a 4 barrel, Jacob’s Ignition and headers. The transmission was a TF 727 3-speed automatic and was backed up with a Scout Dana 300. The power was split between twin Scout II Dana 44s loaded with ARB’s and 4.89 gears. Tires were Super Swamper TSL/SSR 35″ x 12.50’s mounted on 15×8 American Racing Baja aluminum rims. A 6-point cage and some rather nice seats finished off TC. By the look, sound and experience of the driver, TC meant business (in every sense of the word).
Native’s of Colorado Springs, the Holladay family have been Scout owners for quite some time. When Rod Phillips, the owner of the local Scout Light Line (SLL) dealer Giddum Up Scout, retired, the Holladay Brothers made a point to buy as many body panels and replacement panels as they could get their hands on. The Holladay family built ‘new’ Scouts year after year (averaging one per year). In fact, D and C Extreme’s site is littered with the Holladays’ Scouts as their Scouts always sport D and C Extreme products from cages to bumpers to Rock Sliders.
Unlike his father and uncle, Chad (the owner of TC) built his Scout to emphasize his love for wheeling. TC had been a wheeler from the moment Chad owned it. Unfortunately, TC had seen it’s share of stock parts and Chad was tired of replacing parts that wore out prematurely. By the time TC hit our shop floor it had seen 3 sets of lift springs (which kept going flat). You can’t tell by the pictures, but TC was sagging pretty good up front. Enough was enough! Chad was ready to start building TC in a way that his spring problem wouldn’t be a problem anymore.
By now the Holladay’s were faithful customers and no strangers to our shop. One day Chad walked in and asks the golden question: “What can I get for $5,000?” We stopped what we were doing and turned to him. “What do you mean?” His frustration was evident and he wanted a cure, and he wanted one that was trick and quick. Our best answer was an SOA front on stock springs and a 1/4 elliptic rear suspension. Chad agreed and we knew we had ourselves a new project!
Its obvious Chad never intended it to have a perfect body with Candy Apple Red or Royal Blue Metallic paint, rather to be a Scout to reckon with on the trail.