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There is a story to this one. They all have stories, don't they?
This story starts in Oahu, around 2005 when I was stationed there.


I was known as the car guy, and when people would leave the island they’d give or sell me their island cars for free or very cheap. It’s usually not worth bringing home a vehicle that has been passed around for a few turns. At one point I had I think 5 or 6 cars. I’d sell them or trade them to other incoming personnel that needed a cheap car.

One day I get a call from a guy going to Iraq that wanted to sell his jeep. To this point in my life, I had never owned a jeep. I was curious, and when meeting in person I was presented with a very stock, near perfect 1991 YJ.

I bought it, and immediately removed the ugly worn vinyl roof and doors. Jeeps should be driven with no doors and no roof was what I kept telling myself.

I’m sure at this point, the reader, you, are thinking what does a 1991 jeep have to do with a 64 scout?

Well, eventually I met up with a group of guys in a ‘wheelin club called the Oahu Jeepers. Good group of native Hawaiians and military folk from all the branches. There was a navy guy with an old scout. It was on big 38 inch tires, big lift, and was just a cool looking ride.

Fast forward 6 years or so, and my jeep, which I sent home from Hawaii, was stolen from my driveway. It was lifted, big tires, painted, bed liner floor, all the cool stuff you could do to a jeep that wasn’t afraid of being put on its side a few times in the name of fun.

Well, after the tears and dust settled, my insurance company handed me a nice big check that put a smile on my face. Not as much as I wanted, but, enough to have a good nest egg for another jeep build.


….but 90% of that check went into the new house I had bought.
 

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Another 5 or so years go by, and while I was stationed in southern Afghanistan, I was looking through craigslist and came across a scout. It reminded of that awesome rig I saw out in Hawaii. The price looked right, and it was only a few miles from my home. Even though I was on the other side of the world, it would be a cheap tow bill.
I called the owner, and told him I was calling from Afghanistan and I wanted to put down a deposit until I can get a tow truck to his place. The owner told me if I was really in Afghanistan, he’d give me a discount and he will hold the vehicle until I came and got it.

Fast forward 4 months or so, and I was standing in front of the man and ready to take the scout home.
I gave him the money, he gave me the keys, and after I got the scout loaded up on the trailer he gave me exactly half my money back.
He said, he was shocked I called from Afghanistan, and more shocked I showed up to buy the scout.


I still get a bit teary eyed thinking of that day. It was really awesome.

here it is the day I picked it up.

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I don’t have too many more pictures, and being over here in Iraq, I tend to think of things I need to do or buy. But, my goal is to finally drive the scout when I get home.
I have stretched the wheel base in both front and rear, removed the old drivetrain, and added 1 ton axles, I had a sbc in it for a while, but a friend was in a hard spot and needed a good engine, so I basically gave the sbc to her.

Then in its place I installed a 454, with a sm465 trans and a np205 transfer case.
Once I am home, I’ll pull the body off the chassis, finish up some welding on the chassis, shock hoops, exhaust hangers, etc.

I built a dual 3” exhaust, will drop it off for high temp powder coating, and probably the frame as well. I was going to paint it, but it’s so much easier to drop it off ugly and pick it up shiny.
 

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Even though I like LS engines, you can’t beat the low RPM torque of a big block. I have two BBCs, and this red engine might get pulled out and my other put in.


The red engine is a mild 454, 268 cam, small dome forged pistons with 781 heads. This should be low to mid 400 hp engine with an honest 450 torque.


My other bbc, is a 489, with a bit bigger roller cam, aluminum brodix heads. It’ll have more power across the board due to better heads, more ci, and roller cam.

Not looking for high RPM power, but good solid low RPM grunt.




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I've always wanted a Wrangler, specifically a YJ. Never drover one until the other day I jumped in my buddies YJ and drove it for about a half a block. What a let down. lol I've driven numerous Scouts and Scout 2's, they're way better/cooler.
 

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I've always wanted a Wrangler, specifically a YJ. Never drover one until the other day I jumped in my buddies YJ and drove it for about a half a block. What a let down. lol I've driven numerous Scouts and Scout 2's, they're way better/cooler.
Yes, with the dogs, ice chests, camping gear, the jeep is pretty much filled up. The bigger size of the scout will be welcomed. There is some stuff ‘under the hood’ I need to work on, and mount up the fuel filler tube for the 1st gen blazer fuel tank. I need to take the body to get the interior bed-lined on the inside. I’ve used self-applied bed liner, like Raptor products, which are great. But for this toy, I want the noise reduction and thickness of the real stuff.

I have to figure out what gauges to use. I think I’ll be using the ‘speedhut’ company for their gauges. They’re cheaper than Dakota digital, and look similar to the factory gauges.

I’ve got a leak in the transmission, so I’ll have to break it down, and while I’m in there, replace a few parts.

I shortened a tilt column from a chevy truck to fit, but after using one of speedways brand new ‘fake’ gm tilt columns, I’m most likely going to order a new one for the scout as well. Something about brand new parts, over possibly used worn out parts. Granted I could go through the factory column and replace everything with new, but those days are over for me, much easier to buy a brand new, ready to go parts.


Will update this post in a couple months from now.


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Good start to this project. I'll be watching for progress!
 

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Will a GM full floater work? I have a few, all are 4.10. Come get one and you can have it. Matter of fact, you can take two if you need another. These are out of GMT-400 style trucks. Nothing wrong with 'em, I just pulled them and hung onto them when I parted out the trucks.
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Love these trucks. Guy had a slammed black one with flames way back at the local cruise night. Let me know when you end up in Killeen haha.
 

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Well, I've been home for about 72 hours, and due to jet lag and just can't sit still, so I pulled out my windshield frame, broke it down, and will be taking it and some other parts to the local sand blaster to get stripped.
I'm hoping to get a few friends over here to get my scout on the lift to start removing the body mount bolts. Want to get the body off, so I can finish welding the chassis modifications, add the shock mounts, and then send the chassis out for powder coating.
 

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Got some buddies over this morning to help clean up some things, and get the scout up on the lift. Took about 25 minutes to blast out the old body mount bolts, and lift the body off.
It appears this was the first time the body has ever been off, and surprisingly it is in pretty good condition top to bottom. No body mount bolts were rusted, they all came loose pretty easily.
The actual rubber mount was destroyed, but they are old, so that’s to be expected.
Ive got some things to look at, plan out my fabrication, and then send the frame out for powder coating.
While that is going on, I am going to make a rolling rack to get the body onto so I can get the rest of the body stripped and finish whatever body work I am going to do to it.
This wont ever be a show car, but it will be pretty nice, to where I can enjoy it on or off road.
I still want to find a 14 bolt FF for the rear, and a D60 for the front, but for now, I’m going to work with what I have.
Today Arizona officially hit 110 degrees, and they’re predicting 117 for the week.. fun
 
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