Scout’s Honor

A Life­long Dream and a Short Build Sched­ule


This ’79 In­ter­na­tional Scout II was a life­long dream built on a short sched­ule

In 1960, In­ter­na­tional Har­vester cre­ated the Scout in or­der to com­pete with the very pop­u­lar Jeep. The ini­tial model fea­tured a fold-down wind­shield and a re­mov­able top. Dur­ing the 20year pe­riod (1960 to 1980), only 532,674 Scouts were pro­duced, which makes find­ing one to­day quite dif­fi­cult. Zach Pen­nock of Po­tosi, Mis­souri, has al­ways en­joyed the life of trucks, own­ing mul­ti­ple top builds over the years. One day, while tak­ing a new route to his fa­ther’s house, he saw a beat-up, di­lap­i­dated ’79 In­ter­na­tional Scout on the side of a house. Af­ter stop­ping and ne­go­ti­at­ing a price, he dragged the clas­sic back to his res­i­dence by chain.

“I al­ways wanted this truck as a lit­tle toy,” Zach tells Truckin. “Some­thing to take to the river and have fun with.” The first step was to get the clas­sic run­ning again, so he be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the orig­i­nal 304 V-8. To his sur­prise, it was just the tim­ing, and once cor­rected, it started right up. The next step was to so­lid­ify the frame and body and al­ter the stock sus­pen­sion. With the help of Nick and Devin Vallejo at Heart­land Fab, Zach got the coilovers and axles and started the sus­pen­sion work.

They started by cen­ter­ing the axles in the fend­er­wells us­ing lots and lots of mea­sur­ing. The in­ner fend­er­wells had to be cut out to fit the 16-inch-travel coilovers. Zach started shar­ing the buildup of the Scout on so­cial me­dia, and Hos­tile took no­tice and con­tacted him to see if he’d be in­ter­ested in dis­play­ing it in a SEMA booth. A SEMA in­vite is one of those things you don’t turn down, but Zach knew he still had tons of work to make the Scout SEMA-wor­thy.

It took two days just to write the list of things that needed to be done, but the truck was im­me­di­ately torn down, the frame was sent to the sand­blaster, and the body was sent to WildBoyz Cus­toms in Bis­marck, Mis­souri. Zach chose the ’17 Ford Mag­netic Gray paint based on his pre­vi­ous truck col­ors, and the frame was pow­der­coated by X-Pert Pow­der Coat­ing in Farm­ing­ton, Mis­souri. The axles, sus­pen­sion, and all mo­tor parts were stripped off, and Mike Glid­well at MTG Pow­der Coat­ing en­sured every­thing was com­pletely coated. The axles were re­built us­ing Yukon gears, bear­ing, and seals, and the frame and sus­pen­sion were as­sem­bled.

The mo­tor was still stock, so Zach tore it down to the bare block and cleaned and re­built the en­tire thing. A Comp cam, new lifters, and all new bear­ings and seals were in­stalled for bet­ter per­for­mance. The mo­tor, trans­mis­sion, and trans­fer case were in­stalled next, and Drive­shafts Un­lim­ited in Im­pe­rial, Mis­souri, built new drive­shafts for the Scout. Once the body was put back on the frame, all­new brake lines, fuel lines, and a new fuel cell were added. Zach built a cus­tom 2.5-inch stain­less steel ex­haust and had Jef­fco Pol­ish­ing pol­ish it along with the fuel cell.

The In­ter­na­tional was com­pleted just two days be­fore Zach needed to leave for the Las Ve­gas show. Pres­tige De­tail­ing added ce­ramic pro to the Scout to han­dle the weather on the drive to the desert. Af­ter work­ing 10 hours a day and then go­ing di­rectly to build­ing the In­ter­na­tional for SEMA, prob­lems were bound to pop up. Zach and his team worked tire­lessly and rapidly to create his mas­ter­piece in time. Zach re­mem­bers one night pulling off the track bar and the frame fall­ing over and bend­ing the coilover.

Zach wants to thank his beau­ti­ful girl­friend, Lacey Blair, for all her hard work and sup­port through­out the build. The Scout isn’t a com­mon ve­hi­cle to build, and find­ing parts and mak­ing things fit was cer­tainly a chal­lenge, but with Hos­tile on his side and push­ing him to get things done, Zach rose to the chal­lenge, and we can say it’s one of the most im­pres­sive lifted Scouts we have ever seen.

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