Showdown: Overrated Classic 4x4s Edition

1979 Scout for sale1971 Ford Bronco for sale
In our last showdown, the Mr Jalopy’s ’65 Country Squire pulled ahead of the classy black ’55 Ranch Wagon, but not by a lot.
In today’s flame-fanning-titled Showdown, we’re headed back to the dirt with a pair of the most overrated 4x4s of all time.

1979 Scout for sale1979 Scout for sale
People seem to think of IH Scouts as though they were forged by Hephaestus himself. News flash: aside from the 200-lbs-heavier-than-it should-be 345ci “smallblock”, they’re the same collection of half-ton parts you could get on any other 4×4 of the era, just more poorly assembled. Today’s example comes all the way from Dayton, TN for a very reasonable $1800. It’s in surprisingly good condition for being so cheap…possibly because if any non-drivetrain part breaks, you’re pretty much SOL. Still, $1800 ain’t so bad. Craigslist
1971 Ford Bronco for sale1971 Ford Bronco for sale
Early Broncos, on the other hand, are a bit more unique. Their front coil suspension is different from most of the era (but still super-crappy in stock form) and their middle-weight size gives more room than a Jeep, but they’ll still fit down any trail. They’re theoretically good, but in the real world, the only reasonably priced ones are rusted out, manual-steering, manual-braked, I-6, 3-speed powered turds. Any non-turd example (with anything V8 powered and Earl-Scheibed being above that threshold) commands absurd prices for what’s really not that great of an off-roader.
The Bronco in question is $5k as we’re writing this. The carb’ed 302 + 3 speed combo gets the job done around town, but we can assure you, it’s not the preferred setup on the trail. Carbs flood or starve with angle, and most 3-cogs lack the low 1st gear you need to really get your crawl on. The good news is, it’s a mid-60s Ford, so there’s no shortage of parts that’ll swap in to meet your needs. The question is, is that worth more than $3k over the Scout? eBay Motors
Hat to to Zach Bowman for the Scout!
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  1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Why does that Scout look so damn long, were they all that way? I've got to give this one to the Bronco just because of the cool factor. Personally, I'd probably never go rock crawling in either one, but the Bronc would be a much better companion for cruising and picking up chicks dinner with the wife.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    IH Scout is a better off-roading value for the monies. $5K is a lot, and if you can get tons of blow and hookers for that 3k difference. I guess value is relative.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    I'm pretty sure that's actually a Scout II Traveler. 18" longer than your standard Scout II.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    I'll pick option #3 a K-5 Blazer. I little bigger on the trails, but not near as expensive as the early Bronco's and even better parts availability. Chevy V-8, small block standard or big block if you swap out the engine mounts.
    Here I'd vote for IH, early-Bronco's seem to be developing a douche-factor too.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Given the option of the K5, so would I. But the $1800 Scout is just too sweet. However with that slick paint scheme n extra wheelbase I'd prolly opt to keep it on the streets for the most part.

  5. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Bronco, must offer less cash though…

  6. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    I thought it was funky looking. I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those, but can't say that I like it too much. I imagine the rear seat passengers would though.

  7. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Always, ALWAYS, offer less cash.

  8. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Got to go with the Scout, as there's approximately a 1-in-3 chance that my daddy stamped that drivers side fender.

  9. Alff Avatar

    I'd rather have 3 Lada Nivas.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      or a fraction of a Lambo LM002!

  10. Froggmann_ Avatar

    Scout. The Bronco is overpriced in my opinion. Have been for about 10 years now.

  11. longrooffan Avatar

    This is Hooniverse. The Scout gets my vote. Those douched out Broncos are everywhere.

  12. Goingincirclez Avatar

    If you need a truck, the Scout would be the best choice. At that price you can't go wrong for an interesting, different, and respectable parts hauler and camper. For the $3K diff between it and the Bronco, you could fix a lot of its trail shortcomings and still have a very streetable hauler.
    Early Broncs are popular just because Ford guys won't buy Jeeps. You could buy a Jeep to do the same for less.

  13. smokyburnout Avatar

    The right answer is always Jeep. Like this "free" SJ.
    http://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/1576190537.h
    Do the Scout or Bronco have "4 wheeel drive"? Didn't think so. Also, it's "not to preaty but will get the job
    done stronger than a Ford."

  14. ptschett Avatar

    Scout for me. It would increase the rate of scavenging from the family farm's assortment of derelict IH pickups, but I think we'd manage.

  15. CptSevere Avatar

    Yeah, the Scout. Not bad for 1800. If that 345 lump died, I'm guessing it wouldn't be all that hard to put in a SBC. Or, keep it International and put in a Powerstroke diesel. Then you'd have something.
    Hey, remember the SX4? About the same age as this, had no doors, a rollbar and ragtop. An RV dealership I worked for had one, it was the snowplow. I wanted that Scout, thought it was a shame that it was only used to push snow.

  16. Clashtastic Avatar

    I'm gonna have to be different and say Bronco. Sure the Scout is cool, but I've always liked the first gen Bronco, and spending 3k on blow would get me in a lot of trouble…
    I'm also apparently a douche, so keep that in mind.

  17. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Why does that Scout look so damn long, were they all that way? I've got to give this one to the Bronco just because of the cool factor. Personally, I'd probably never go rock crawling in either one, but the Bronc would be a much better companion for cruising and picking up chicks dinner with the wife.

  18. P161911 Avatar

    I'm pretty sure that's actually a Scout II Traveler. 18" longer than your standard Scout II.

  19. PowerTryp Avatar

    I guess I get doucheified here because I love the first generation of broncos they just look so good.

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