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Shorty pickup made from IH Scout
Ray Henry almost junked his 1975 IHC Scout because it was badly rusted and the gas tank leaked. But then the Richland Center, Wis., farmer got the idea of re-building the truck by cutting out the "cancerous" parts.
"I took the gas tank off, then took a sabre saw with a metal blade and cut everything off just back of the doors on each side and across the top. I discarded the rusted-out metal and moved the back of the body up to the front. Now it looks like the Scout has a `shorty' box on back.
"I made a new frame for the back glass from 2 by 6-in. treated lumber. I fit the original backglass with weatherstripping into the new frame. It still uses the original hinges.
"After taking off the original gas tank, I cut the frame just back of the spring shackles and welded on a piece of heavy channel iron for a hitch. A new plywood floor also bolts to the channel iron. I installed a new gas tank from a Deere tractor inside the plywood box on back and equipped the truck with taillights from a mobile home.
"I used the piece of the roof that I cut out to patch up the body and make 2-in. flares on the front fenders. You can do a neat job with steel pop rivets.
"Total expense was $50. The truck has a big V-8 engine with an automatic trans-mission. My boys call it `White Lightning' and I think that describes it well."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ray Henry, Rt. 3, Box 139, Richland Center, Wis. 53581.


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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3