There are a couple of ways that you can go when it comes to restorations. You can keep everything original and as close to stock as possible, or you can maintain the looks and improve on the rest. Velocity Restorations took a 1973 International Scout II and paid homage to the original, but outfitted it with some pretty intense upgrades.
Modern upgrades to vehicles often include the creature comforts, which this classic received, but it’s the engine that commands the most interest. For this build, Velocity added in a 6.2 litre LS3 V8 and a 470E transmission, making the Scout capable of 430 horsepower.
But it wasn’t just the engine that Velocity improved upon.
They also added a Dana 44 front axle with a nine-inch axle in the back and a six-inch suspension lift, which made room for the 17-inch Pacer wheels. The Wilwood disc brakes come with a hydroboost for improved stopping.
On the comfort side, the build included a VintageAir heating and air conditioning system as well as JW Speaker LED Headlights. The Scout also has custom-built Dakota Digital round gauges. The upholstery received a custom gray treatment to match the gray exterior. The four-point roll bar was welded to the chassis after receiving a powder coating. The hardtop was original to the Scout, but Velocity did recondition it.