Velocity’s 1979 International Harvester Scout II isn’t your everyday, run of the mill restoration. Sure, Velocity took care of the cosmetics, giving the Scout a custom paint job with graphics and a new custom dash with Dakota Digital Gauges. But they weren’t satisfied with just that. They also added on custom front and rear bumpers as well as a 4-point roll bar. New front and rear sway bars were put in, as well as Wilwood 4-sheel disc brakes with Hydroboost. The engine was upgraded to a 6.2L 376ci V8 LS3 that puts out 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque with a Concept One Serpentine Drive and a 4670E transmission. A six inch lift was added to accommodate the gigantic Nitto Trail Grappler tires. Velocity also worked out a custom grille armed with LED headlights. And don’t forget the stainless steel fuel tank.
A lot of attention—rightly so—has been given to restorations of Ford Broncos, Toyota Land Cruisers, and Land Rovers, but it’s about time that we’re seeing more of the International Scouts popping up. Velocity has worked magic bring this Scout, which was found wasting away in a Texas oil field, back to its former glory and then stepping it up a notch. It shows every one of the over 1,500 man hours it took to restore this giant of a car.