1979 International Harvester Scout II

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Lots of Scouts on the island!

Let's take a look at the others before we admire today's street survivor:

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First, this '72.

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Another '72.

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Yet another '72.

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This '76.

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This '77 Traveler.

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And this final-year '80. OK, now on to today's truck!


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This truck, built during the next-to-last year of Scout production, lives just around the corner from the super-clean '64 Galaxie 500 convertible we saw last weekend. It appears to be a daily driver. Who needs cup holders and faux wood dash trim?

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Some might say that Alameda- which is quite urban, completely paved, snow-free, and lacking in any hills of any sort- isn't the kind of place where a Scout makes sense. We disagree, however; a Scout always makes sense!

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DISCUSSION

For a few years, a 196ci 4-pot was available. Essentially one side of the 392 V8, its bottom end is absolutely bombproof. Generating all of 111hp, it is one of the more understressed engines. I've seen where some enterprising enthusiasts have upgraded old Scouts with EFI and catalytic converters, I imagine the 196 with EFI would probably generate both more power and fuel mileage, but I don't love it for that.

But I love it for its size. 3.2 litres, in a four cylinder! Is there a counter-rotating shaft? Yeah, coming forward from the transfer case, why do you ask?

Well sure the ride's rough - it's a truck.