Andrew Collins is the man behind Jalopnik’s Truck Yeah. His dream truck is an old Scout, and he recently found an example from 1964. That sounds great, right? What’s not so great is the actual condition of the Scout that Andrew acquired.
His plan is to bring the Scout back to life, and he’s going to need some help. Take a look as he dives into the engine for the first time, and discovers the road ahead is going to be a long one.
Watch Truck yeah dive into its '64 Scout Project
5:56 Scout 800 door handle on a Scout 80?
6:17 That is NOT 1st gear. At least, not if it’s the T-90 three speed common to all Scout 80s. Also your clutch pate could be stuck to your flywheel.
7:23 Electricity flows from the negative terminal, that’s the real reason. No negative terminal, no electron flow.
8:39 6 volt Scout 80? New one on me.
14:00 Ditch the Holley for a Weber.
15:30 Your rings are stuck to your pistons (which is why it’s not seized); fire it up and get it up to temperature, then do the compression test.
Why can’t I find some poor dumb bastard like this guy to take an interest in my Scout project? Jeez.
14:30 Impressive (but not in a good way) use of a plastic bottle balanced on the intake to catch the fuel being pumped towards the former location of the carburetor. Call me a traditionalist, but I prefer to disconnect the line upstream of the fuel pump and jam something such as a bolt or pencil into it, then secure it with a hose clamp. It works okay-ish.
Admire their ambition, and slightly jealous of the project (deeply wanted a Scout for years)… But that dude is a massive cheeseball.
Also… As batshitbox mentioned… Compression test won’t be all that useful before getting it running and hot since the piston rings could be (probably are) stuck inside the grooves on the piston heads. Pretty likely reason for no compression if it sat that long. Could still have no compression after running for a bit, but it’s also possible that they’d get unstuck with some movement and hot oil and be fine (for a little while).
With only 90psi in one cyl it will never get running. Valves stuck open are another big possibility as to why it has 0psi in 3 of the cylinders, that is pretty common on the SV and 1/2 of a SV. It really needs the heavy application of some more lube that is allowed to soak in both in the cylinders and down the valve guides Preferably reapplied every day or two for a week or so before doing another compression test.
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