Retro designs brought a disheveled international scout back to life
We had to climb through another restoration workshop like spider monkeys to discover a 1976 International Scout II that had been brought back to life! Retro Designs Speed & Custom rescues many classic models like the International Scout to restore them to their former glory and make them even better.
Retro Designs gave a second chance to an international scout from 1976
Charlotte, North Carolina is home to many automotive enthusiasts with attractions such as the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Nascar Hall of Fame. It makes sense that Retro Designs would move in there and save models like the 1976 International Scout for nearly a decade.
The Scout wasn’t the only attraction to see. We were able to discover the classic models Ford Bronco, Ford Mustang, Land Rover, Porsche, Jeep Wrangler, etc. But the completed Scout project was the main attraction.
You can contact Retro Designs with your own project, or they can help you find a diamond in the rough. The team will work closely with you to make your dreams come true, even if that means looking for vintage fabric to give your vehicle a unique and classic look.
How was the Scout restored?
The owner of the 1976 International Scout II wanted a more traditional build. But that meant getting back to basics. Retro Designs will strip your vehicle to get rid of rust. Bondo is used to fill in dents and repair damage.
The team uses an in-house paint mixer to create custom colors. It also helps to match classic paint shades. They can whip any color you want. Soon, a classic Ford Bronco will be paired with an all-new model in the same color. Only, they are 50 years apart.
Updates are made to bring the vehicles into the modern era. This is quite handy as it allows owners to work on their rides. The original V8 engine and four-speed manual transmission were replaced.
It is now equipped with a 6.0-liter Chevy L96 engine developing 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
You can also choose the interior! The seats are hand sewn in-house. This model retained the classic tan leather seats, dark woodgrain trim, and classic Harvestor Blue hue. A custom compass was added and a small infotainment screen.
You can hide Bluetooth connections and modern technology, or you can trick your ride. Go for it if you want heated and ventilated seats or a head-up display.
Additionally, this Scout had a custom roof rack cap that the owner chose. Retro Designs built a custom tire carrier to hold the tire above the rear bumper. Originally, the tire was stored in the hold.
How does the Scout drive?
This International Scout II retained its classic suspension setup. However, you can equip your vehicle with a modern build. Anyway, the Scout drove like a tractor, which is close to its original purpose.
It was built for farmers. It’s supposed to be durable, and the solid rear axle feels a bit heavy, but we’d trust it to power through mud and ruts. The ride was bumpy, but it reminded us of an RV for the outdoors.
We wanted to remove the hardtop, but that would have been quite a process. It’s quite heavy. The turning radius was better than expected and the climate controls were solid. The cabin was quiet except for the delicious roar of the engine.
Acceleration lagged a bit, but once launched, this beast had enough power to take off. We can see it being a fun daily driver or an exciting ride for special occasions.
We don’t know what the owner has planned for him, but we hope he doesn’t sit around and gather dust. He is ready to dominate the roads and nature again. Plus, we can’t wait to see what comes out of the Retro Design garage next.
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