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    1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Well, maybe not your ultimate expedition rig, or mine, but it IS my customers idea of a perfect backcountry explorer and base for his hunting forays into the remote areas of AZ, and other spots throughout the SW. In fact, most of his "expeditions" end up with a big dead animal coming home with him, so I would have called it the "Ultimate Hunting Rig", but "Expedition" sounds more PC...

    I know its not a jeep, but most of the build techniques will apply to most anything.

    Overview:

    Base: 1976 Traveler 2wd, converting to 4wd
    Drivetrain: 2005 GM 6.0 HO, Hughes 4l60E, Dana 300.
    Axles: rear: Currie 35 spline 9" w ARB, front: J-10 dana 44 w/ ARB, chromoly axles and CTMs
    Tires & suspension: 35" MTR's, long travel spring under.
    Bumpers, roof rack, sliders, winch, etc...


    Goals: The Scout need to comfortably, and reliably, carry up to 4 people through the rough AZ trails and fireroads. It needs to be capable of Rubicon and Moab, but not a purpose built rockcrawler. It will be used as a base camp for long, remote hunting trips, needs to support 1 person self sustained for at least 1 week. Some of the more remote areas, and good hunting areas he likes
    lay near our border with Mexico, so parts have been chosen based on their long term reliability and durability they give the truck. The truck will be built with a low COG for ease of entry, and blasting down fireroads, with plenty of protection.

    Here is the truck as it sits in my shop today:




    Motor has been mounted mocked up into position and mounts are tacked in place, ready for finish welding.
    In the first pic, you can also the stainless exhaust manifold from speedway, makes fitting gen 3 motors easier!





    Last edited by rob; 11-13-2012 at 05:05 PM.

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    Can't wait to see this one evolve Rob!!!
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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    I also built custom mounts and shroud for the Ron Davis Radiator, should be plenty to keep this motor cool. It is also getting the biggest ac unit and condensor that vintage air makes, so the mech fan and shroud is pretty much a requirement.




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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Howyadoin View Post
    Can't wait to see this one evolve Rob!!!
    Its coming along...





    On a side note: Does anyone know WHY the hood hinges in the front on scouts? What a PIA!


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    I'm personally anxious to see an FJ60 with a Cummins happen!
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    Oh, and regarding the hood hinges....many tractors are setup like that....so I'm sure that's where it came from.
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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    looks like its going to be a fun build! i'll keep my eye on this and your fab skills. Jealous.

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Howyadoin View Post
    I'm personally anxious to see an FJ60 with a Cummins happen!
    I think I am going to hire somebody just to work on it...

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by Howyadoin View Post
    Oh, and regarding the hood hinges....many tractors are setup like that....so I'm sure that's where it came from.
    The hood on my tractor tilts forward, and it is stupid there too. Literally, right in the way. And on my tractor, if it tilted the other way would allow complete access to EVERYTHING.

    Gawdam farmers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howyadoin View Post
    Can't wait to see this one evolve Rob!!!
    X2. Subscribed.. always liked scouts

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    Its coming along...





    On a side note: Does anyone know WHY the hood hinges in the front on scouts? What a PIA! .
    I thought it was for when the latch rusted out, the hood would not fly open!
    Nice purpose build. Your fab skills look to be top notch talent!
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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    I think I am going to hire somebody just to work on it...
    I can be available

    This Scout is gonna be a nice build.
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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJROCKRIG View Post
    I thought it was for when the latch rusted out, the hood would not fly open!
    This one had alot of rust, many many new panels...



    Anyways, this is the crossmember that supports the front of a belly pan, and connects the 2 motor mounts. You can also see how tight the front driveshaft is going to be to the tranny pan; some pan mods are going to be required to run a decent diameter front driveshaft.




    Scout frames have some really strong rails, but are really lacking in crossmembers, especially for something so long. The transmission crossmember mount needs to be removeable, so to keep it strong, it wraps around the frame, bolts into threaded sleeves on the bottom, and tubes pierced thru the frame at the top. The trans mount is a seperate piece, allowing for 3 point mounting of the drivetrain, and allows the crossmeber to be a rigid member of the frame.








    And here is the weld in crossmember behind the dana 300. It will support the back of the belly pan, and leaves plenty of room to pull the tcase without dropping anything else. You can also see how big the tunnel is. Completely flat belly, no need to clock the tcase. Dana 300 was completely gone thru by Joe at 4wheelers.


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    Looks like a fun project. I will definitely be watching this thread.

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    Re: 1976 Scout Traveler, Ultimate Expedition Build

    Cool. Will enjoy following this two. For me I am in the process of Multi purpose build like this that combines different vehicles and a flexible off road trailer. Flexible in I will make different modules to slide in trailer and or vehicles for camping vs SCUBA road trip, vs Hunting vs more serious off roading vs serious towing.

    This vehicle looks like it will do all the things my 53 Willys Rock Crawler, 59 Willys Wagon, and 83 Suburban with or without 3/4 ton Military trailer (M101A2) behind one of them.

    My dad has a 6.0 in his Van, great engine.

    Like the other parts choices.

    Ironicly the front on my Willys Wagon is a Dana 44 from a Scout II
    Front on the Willys Pickup is Dana 44 from 78 Cherokee Wide Trac, like the J-10. Nice strong 1/2 inch thick tubes.

    Sometimes I think of making a vehicle like this Scout out of all three.
    Lets see:
    14 bolt with Detroit out of the Suburban, Dana 44 front with limited slip (all gear type)
    hummm, which drive train? SBC 350 or 6.2 diesel? TH350 with Dana 300 or TH400 with 208 and Gear Vendors overdrive?
    Then which vehicle? Stretch the Wagon or Bob the Suburban?

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