Sunday, October 5, 2014

5k: The 70s Rule: 1980 International Harvester Scout II Midas Edition

The International Harvester Scout was a big SUV built in Fort Wayne, Indiana starting in 1961 and continuing all the way to 1980.  The Scout II was introduced in 1971 and there were a number of special editions over the years, including the sweet Midas Edition.  Find this 1980 International Harvester Scout II Midas Edition currently bidding for $6,400 via eBay located in Marysville, WA with 2 days to go.

The Scout was a imposing vehicle, but adding the Midas Van Conversion package just makes it the most awesome 70s machine to every leave a factory in 1980.  Just look at those magnificent gold/orange stripes on a brown base coat. 


The engine under the hood is a smog restricted 345 cubic inch V8 rated at 150 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs of torque.  It was an International Harvester designed engine and produces enough torque to do some off roading and towing, but won't impress anybody in a straight line. 
Selecting the Midas Van Conversion Co package added these nifty swiveling seats and a set of deep shag carpeting that might have sounded like a good idea when new, but is now a Scout sized petri dish that houses who knows how many kinds of ebola.
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8 comments:

  1. In my opinion, it would look much better if it was stock.

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  2. This is actually a pretty nice asking price. Examples with little to no rust are going for much more than this. Never had one with the V8 but the I6 cruised at 60 all day and it's first gear could pull it up, over or through anything at idle.

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  3. What would it cost, 50 bucks, to lay down some new brown shag that would make that interior look 100x better?

    For me, the point of buying form one of these "car loving" resellers would be that they took care of all the mickey mouse shit that makes the car a nice daily driver: the carpet, the window seals, the non-op gauges, etc. Not interested in paying dealer markup to someone who simply finds it and washes it.

    Chebby

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  4. Man, Chebby, I'm with you.

    And this technique of using all caps, single spaced irritates me, too. Maybe I'm just too cynical, but I am immediately skeptical when I glance at a description that is formatted like this, because although there is a ton of text, I know that the amount of actual information is going to be fairly light. Plus, the all caps/single spacing makes it so difficult to read that there could be any number of hedges, platitudes, sneaky little "if I were to keep it" quiet disclosures of potentially huge issues that I believe these sellers hope that at least one or two bidders miss them entirely. Seems deceptive to me, is all I'm saying.

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  5. FLEETWOOD T. BROUGHAMOctober 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    IS IT WRONG THAT I WANT TO PUNCH PEOPLE IN THE THROAT WHEN THEY TYPE THEIR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION LIKE THIS BECAUSE IT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF STARING AT ONE OF THOSE FREAKING STEREOGRAM PICTURES FROM THE 1990'S AND TRYING TO FIND A PICTURE OF A MAGIC DOLPHIN OR SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE BUT YOU CLAIMED TO SEE AND THEY TRIED TO MAKE YOU FEEL STUPID FOR NOT SEEING IT BUT DEEP DOWN YOU KNEW THEY WERE JUST BS'ING YOU AND THERE REALLY WASN'T A DOLPHIN THERE IT WAS JUST A BAD CASE OF GROUPTHINK GOING ON.

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    1. I COULD NEVER GET THOSE IMAGES TO SHOW UP BY FOCUSING FAR AWAY BUT I COULD SEE THEM BY CROSSING MY EYES INSTEAD AND THEN I WOULD SEE A BAS RELIEF VERSION OF SAID DOLPHIN AND THEN I WOULD TELL OTHER PEOPLE I COULD SEE IT I TELL KIDS THESE DAYS THAT IS WHAT WE DID BEFORE INSTAGRAM

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    2. FLEETWOOD T. BROUGHAMOctober 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      THAT'S PRETTY COOL I WILL TRY THAT IF I EVER STUMBLE UPON ONE OF THOSE HIPPIE POSTER SELLERS THAT USED TO SET UP IN THE STUDENT UNION AND SELL THOSE NEXT TO INCENSE STICKS AND BOB MARLEY POSTERS ALSO DAILY TURISMO YOU DID A GREAT JOB TYPING YOUR REPLY IN A RUN-ON SENTENCE WAY TO STAY IN CHARACTER.

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