My records say I put 925 miles on the Scout, which means it’s actually around 1187 if I do the math, but Google figures it’s about 1050. I used roughly 77.6 gallons of gas this time, which puts my mileage somewhere around 13.5 mpg—which seems a little odd. I got about 12 on the last trip, and our route was almost exactly the same.

Some various reflections:

  • My front brakes are scraping. I sourced a new local mechanic who can handle brake work quickly through another Scout guy in Ellicott City, and ordered rotors and pads today. I’m going to take the Scout camping in a week and a half, so I want them working right, and I don’t have time to futz with it myself.
  • This was the most rain I’ve ever driven my Scout in. We were wet for 3/4 of the trip home, but everything worked as it should have. My wipers crapped out on the second half of the way back, so I’ll have to pull the cowl and replace the motor with a known good unit. While I’m in there I have to adjust the linkage to align correctly on the window.
  • The gas tank is still a pain in my ass. I was dribbling gas after every fill up. This will require several fixes: I have to buy some gas-rated hose and rig up an overflow vent with a filter at the end to vent the extra air. Jim, one of the mechanics at Super Scouts, showed me how to do this on his pretty red Travelall. Then I’ll have to drop the tank and properly seal up the sender so that it doesn’t escape out the top. I said I was going to do this two years ago.
  • In the fall when the soft top comes off I need to find a sail repair service in Annapolis and see if they can sew my zippers back on. The right one gave way on Saturday night when I was closing up the truck, so now both of them are shot.
  • Brian helped me think of a way to install snap barrels on the aluminum sheet overlaying the tailgate so that I can snap down the soft top; this might actually work…
Date posted: August 17, 2021 | Filed under Repairs, Trip Logs | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to Nationals Recap, Part 2

  1. Derek says:

    Hi Bill,
    I wasn’t sure what the term “nationals” meant in relation to your cool Scout truck. I guess it was this gathering?

    http://midnitestar.org/

    I’m in Canada (Ottawa) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Harvester Scout. Were they USA only?

    Cheers,
    Derek

  2. bill says:

    Hi Derek,
    Yep, you’ve got the event right. They were manufactured by International Harvester, the tractor company, from 1961-1980. IH had been making light and heavy-duty trucks since 1907; there was an IH plant in Ontario that was huge in its day.

    If you’re in Ottawa, I’m guessing they salt your roads as heavy as they do in New York State; that accounts for the lack of Scouts—they are prone to rust, as most SUV’s of that era were. But they’re around! Check your Facebook Marketplace, I’m sure you’ll find some nearby.

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