In my last blog (Entering Scout Life - A Right of Passage) I talked about recently getting into the Scout lifestyle. For my next step, I wanted to dive deeper into the history and origins of the trucks that I am starting to drive. Using the International Scout Encyclopedia as a guide, I did some research on two different Scout models to help me understand a little more about the history of Scouts and I'd like to share what I found with you.
I feel like it's important as a Scout owner to understand the history behind the truck you own, and even to be educated on the relatively unknown, but creative, one-offs International Harvester had to offer. Plus, if anyone asks you this kind of stuff and you can't answer ... well, let's be honest, you'll look like a total dummy.
I started out simple by looking into the classic "SSII". I learned that the model years were from 1977 – 1979, and that the production dates were from December 16, 1976 – June 19, 1979. What was really interesting to me was the original mock-up of the SSII. I feel like the design was intentionally intricate and really well thought out. You can tell this was an idea made with love and care! I also learned that, at first, the SSII was given the name "Mountaineer", by the styling team. Pretty cool!
One major difference that I noticed, between the initial mock-up of the SSII and the production Scout II (at the time), was a side step coming down from the driver & passenger doors. All credit goes to Dick Hatch, the man responsible for the very first design of the SSII!
I'll be honest, this one threw me off guard! I am new in the Scout world, but this model was a shocker! The model year for the Scout Camper was just 1963, and production dates were only from November 1962 – June 1963. But, the first introduction of this funky creation was actually a month prior to its production, on October 25, 1962.
I learned that the Scout Camper was a venture to combine a Scout 80 chassis with a mini-motorhome. The Scout Camper included a walk-through bulkhead, roll down windows, passenger and driver bucket seats, front and rear bumpers, and lastly a heavy-duty RA-9 rear axle with heavy duty spring/shocks.
International Scout Encyclopedia
I've got to give a shout out to John Glancy and Jim Allen for all the hard work they did and thank them for making this sweet book! I feel like this guide is a must have. Not only is it really helpful and useful, but it's also a perfect coffee table book to have in any home. I think everyone should get a IH Scout encyclopedia so that they can look really smart in front of their friends too!
Thanks for reading & stay tuned for more!
- Olivia B.