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    Hand (re) made. I'll throw up a couple of pics of the start of the restoration of a 1974 Scout we recently acquired. If there is interest I'll keep it going in a high-level sort of way just to show what can be involved. My 14 y/o son is my main helper on this project (or it might be the other way around). I've retored a few cars in the past - a 1969 Caddy and a 73 VW Thing and a Manx) but I'm by no means an expert in this stuff. I do love an involved project, and now that the boy is bigger the chance to work on something together and see his skill develop along the way is the big draw for me. The boy will likely be doing all of thew welding - he's just better at it than I am. I can still out-braze him by a mile, but am no where near the welder. He has been welding the nicely fit perfectly clean chromo bike frame tubes and learning to deal with the wackiness of sheet metal and "not perfect" metal is an interesting challenge for him.

    Doesn't look too bad!

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    Passenger side floor:

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    Working on the removal of the rear floor:

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    More:

    This is the area at the back of the driver's door. The B pillar is not attached to anything. Same with the rocker. And the mid-tub body mount structure is gone. For that matter, 5 of the six tub mounts are bad. the good news is: one of them is good so we have a datum to work from!

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    Before we could square and level the tub and put it into traction above the chassis we had to fix some rot in the firewall. Felt good actually patching something, but we have not hit the bottom of the rust removal yet by any means. And a good place for the boy to work on his sheet metal welding - all of this is hidden within the front fender structure.

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    This past weeked we spent a good portion of both days squaring up the tub and levelling it and putting jigs at the B and C pillars and braces in the doors so what metal remains stays where it is supposed to be while we are cutting and replacing critical parts of the structure. I do not know what the factory tolerance was for these things back in 1974, but I'd bet it was along the lines of +/- 0.25" at least.

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    Along the way we also pulled the engine, tranny, etc. Here is the boy, and this is the kind of enthusiam that makes a project like this fun!

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    Thanks for looking! B
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    Good on ya!

    Why don't you guys live closer to me? I'd roll the old truck right into your queue. I never was taught to do this stuff.
    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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    We started at the rear of the tub, as locating the rear tub mounts is the easiest of the bunch. We strayed from the original design - we are not thinking of concourse restoration, we are thinking solid driver restoration. Where we have to modify the structure so that we can fabricate it ourselves, or make it stronger, simpler, etc we will. So much of the design of the original structure is influenced by the manufactoring process - exposed pinch seams to allow spot welding for instance. Our intent is to make as much of the patch panels as possible ourselves. It helps that we are on good terms with the metal shop down in town.

    We repaired both of the C pillars - luckily the rot was on the wings and we did not have to rebuild the tailgate supports. And then we prepared and welded in a new rear beam. Two of the 6 body mounts are now where they should be!

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    Loving this thread!
    We had TONS of fun in both Scouts and Travelalls bitd.
     

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    Back in the day my father worked for a International Harvester dealership.

    Scouts that leaked when it rained were a regular visitor in the service area.
    It got to the point where to "solve" the problem, they would drill holes in the floor to let the water out. Looks like yours didn't get that "fix".
    Brian McLaughlin

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    I once shared a house with a physics student who owned a Travelall. It would be in pieces while he did the quarter's school work, then rebuilt, then gone to follow the Dead for a while, then back home, repeat.
    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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    Not too much progress this week. Weather turned nice the the trails were calling. We did get some of the PS mid-tub mount cut up and patched. We got the rockers notched and welded up. And the boy has had enough of the MIG, so we installed a 240 outlet in the garage so he could bring the TIG machine up from the shop. We found a neat pressure-sensitive finger trigger so that he doesn't have to use the pedal in weird positions - he doesn't like the auto pulse.
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    Also a bonus shot of my daughter rolling a (STIL, of course) ledge on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. She's really coming into her own in her senior year - riding hard stuff, and coaching 2 different junior's teams. She'll be headed off to UVM this fall and cannot wait to race with that gang!
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