Junkyard Treasure: 1976 International Harvester Scout Terra
A very rare Scout Terra pickup, complete with V8 and manual transmission
Since I live in Colorado, natural habitat for the International Harvester Scout since the first Scout appeared in the 1961 model year, I see plenty of discarded Scouts as I roam the wrecking yards of the Front Range. What I don’t see often is examples of the Scout Terra, the pickup version of the Scout built between 1976 and 1980. Here’s the first junked Terra I’ve seen in at least 20 years, photographed in a Denver self-service yard.
Scouts tended to be very tasty meals for the Rust Monster, so they have nearly disappeared from the corrosion-prone regions of the continent. Colorado is very dry and not much salt gets spread on the roads in the winter, so old vehicles here don’t rust the way they do in, say, Minnesota. Still, this Terra has plenty of rot in the wheelwells and sills—not fatal, but also probably not worth fixing for the truck’s final owner.
Cheapskate Scout buyers got the base four-cylinder engine, a cut-down V8 known as the Comanche. By the 1970s, though, nearly all Scout shoppers went for one of the optional V8s (which, confusingly, took on the Comanche 8 name at some point during the decade). I’m not enough of a Scout expert to tell you if we’re looking at a 304 (nope, not an AMC 304) or a 345 here, or maybe an older 266 that got swapped in, but it’s an IHC V8 for sure. The transmission is a 3-on-the-floor manual driving the rear wheels.
This was one of two Scouts in the yard when I visited during the summer, and I photographed both of them with a 1962 Kodak film camera.