Entering Scout Life - Digging into Scout History

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. 

Entering Scout Life - Digging into Scout History

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. 


International Harvester Scout SSII

International SSII

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!
 
International Harvester Scout SSII

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! 

International Harvester Scout Camper

Scout Camper

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. 
 
International Harvester Scout Camper

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. 

Entering Scout Life - Digging into Scout History - Scout Encyclopedia

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.