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Where To Buy Parts For Old Scouts
“I started the business after looking for parts for my tired old 1974 International Scout II and nobody had them,” says Steve Beals. “I ended up making the seals and wiring harnesses I needed, and when the internet started I decided to sell some of my parts there. One thing led to another and soon I was getting calls for all sorts of Scout parts from across the country.”
Twenty years later, Scoutparts.com is a thriving business that has shipped more than 110,000 orders to customers across the U.S. and around the world. An associated business (Travelallparts.com) sells parts for IH Travelall and IH pickup trucks. Loadstarparts.com is the website for larger farm trucks and another site sells mostly discontinued wiring harnesses for IH 4700 models.
“We make many discontinued electrical connectors and the wiring harnesses for all years of Scouts and and most pickups and Travelalls made by International Harvester,” Beals says. “For 1940’s and 1950’s harnesses we use cloth-covered wire, which is extremely durable and high quality. That quality is so widely recognized that it’s gotten us in to building harnesses for autonomous and electric cars and trucks for some of the world’s largest manufacturers.”
Over the years Beals has purchased the parts inventory of many Scout and IH dealers, including all manuals and parts books. He says they’ve also had many families contact them to liquidate basements and garages filled with parts left by a deceased family member. Their inventory includes everything that a dealer would carry.
“There’s a big demand for ‘high wear’ parts such as axles and engine parts,” Beals says. “We also do a good business in body parts, wiring harnesses, rubber parts, lift kits, body mounts, door parts, disc brake conversion kits and anything electrical. Steel bumpers are all parts exclusive to Scoutparts.com, and we’re just starting to make carbon fiber body parts for Scout II’s.”
Beals says there are Scout clubs around the world, particularly in Germany, and they’ve even sold parts to customers in the Congo and Libya. “It’s a great business because we’re helping people rebuild and preserve vehicles that are still very useful.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scout Parts, 2704 SE Steele St., Portland, Ore. 97202 (ph 888 288-0550; www.scoutparts.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1