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1962 Scout 80

Somebody before us shoehorned this Chevrolet orange IH 345 into this Scout 80 and then painted the front of the aluminum radiator black. Not the best for air flow and cooling. 

Scout 80 original engine

To fit the engine they hacked up and created this bulbous firewall crater. It was a nice little cave that made the accelerator pedal almost impossible to operate. 

scout 80 firewall hack

The previous owner apparently claimed this engine was rebuilt, but it ran like garbage.  And as we pulled it out it looked a little more like they slopped a fresh coat of paint and new carb on it and called it rebuilt. 

Scout 80 motor swap

Scout 80 engine swap

We installed a 4.3l GM Vortec engine mated to a NV3500 5 speed manual transmission and NP241c transfer case. Custom Tom Woods drive shafts front and rear. 

Scout 80 engine conversion

Rebuilt the front knuckles as well as upgraded to disc brakes in the front with our bolt on conversion kit

Scout 80/800 Disc Brake Conversion

Scout 80 interior

Original Scout 80

Written by Anything Scout — March 12, 2015


Sidney :

Awesome job guys. I have a 1963 Scout 80 with a 152 engine. No I am not a dreamer but interested in quote for your shop to perform the same swap in my Scout. What I am interested in doing is turning my Scout into a daily driver which will only see roads and maybe some light trails.

How much does a swap like this cost for the drive train (engine and transmission)?

September 25 2015 at 04:09 PM

Barrett :

I was wondering what sort of master cylinder for the clutch was used or if you used the stock one ?

December 09 2015 at 10:12 AM


Great work! Cab you give a ball park estimate for a job like this? I have a 63 Scout 80 with an excellent body. I would love it to make it a safer daily driver. Thanks

August 11 2016 at 03:08 AM

Mike Marn:

I have a stock 65 Scout 80, looking to do a like conversion, what can I expect to pay ?

August 14 2016 at 08:08 AM


You guys do great work, I have bought a 61 scout. But I live in Alberta Canada do you know any one North or the border that do Quality work like you.

September 06 2016 at 01:09 PM

anything scout:

These conversions can range anywhere from 15-25k
For more information/pricing/build details send an email to

Brian, unfortunately we don’t have anyone that we can recommend up in your area.

September 07 2016 at 10:09 AM


Do you make a LS conversion kit for the Scout 800?

May 22 2017 at 03:05 PM

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