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Old 12-10-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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1979 International Harvester Scout

Hey guys. I am looking for an affordable vintage tow vehicle with some style to tow the 76 Argosy with. I came across one of these
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I have never really seen one before but as soon as I saw it I was interested. I saw some ads from the time period and saw that they were marketing them to tow Airstreams and Boats instead of the cars that were currently being used... Des anyone here know much about them? I found one with what it describes as a heavy duty tow package on a 1 ton dually axel... Any thoughts? I know this is vague but I am just now starting my research...
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:19 AM   #2
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I owned a 1978 Scout (on a stock 1/2 ton chassis). I loved driving it, but I never towed more than a utility trailer or small boat trailer. Very short wheelbase. Check the points where the body bolts to the chassis for rust. Sal
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks Sal. Appreciate the info.
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Also be aware of the fact that insurance will be difficult with a vintage tow vehicle.

Insurance aimed at the vintage car market almost always excludes towing.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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Good tip. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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I looked into the wheel base issue. From the info I found, the Scout has a 100 inch wheel base and my current tow vehicle has a 105 inch wheel base. The Scout has a much more capable engine and tow package though... Seems like a decent step up from my current standing, but maybe I am too worried about style and not function...
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How much are a set of points and condensor for the scout??
How much is a fuel pump?
How much are brake calipers?
How much are universal joints?
How much is an alternator?
And where in the world are you going to ge any of it on a Saturday afternoon when you are towing your trailer?
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I say go for it.
You may only find parts online or have to adapt parts from other cars- but that's half the fun-
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that's my dream car, I had one and sold it.

that said, there's no stability control/etc.

there aren't points, 79 was electronic ignition. note that IH went under about 30years ago, so parts are tough.
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I worked on a lot of them back in the early '80s. My memory isn't the best, but it seems like they used a lot of parts from AMC, which won't be any easier to find. But it seems like there were a lot of GM parts too.
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Parts will be definitely hard to find. I have trouble finding parts for a 1978 Jeep CJ-5. Parts from other cars can sometimes be made to work with some modification/adaptation/customization/favrication.
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Go for it, but don't solely rely on it for towing- always have a plan B...
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Well, that seems to be a no go for now then. Maybe it can be a daily driver/fun vehicle later on in the future. For now I need a reasonably priced and capable tow vehicle for the Argosy. If it has some cool vintage style, that is a huge plus. If anyone has any recommendations, I have my ears open...
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What about a K-5 Blazer/Jimmy or Bronco of the same vintage- or Suburban or Club Wagon/Econoline?
Or a full-size GM/Ford/Mopar wagon from the 60's, 70's, or 80's? Ford Country squire/Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser?
Or a full,size GM/Ford/Mopar sedan of that same era?
Or a Tornado/Eldorado/Riviera?
All of the above would have easier parts availability.
Also, the Scouts did tend to rust really bad/prematurely.
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