When I think of automobile manufacturing the first city that doesn’t come to mind is Fort Wayne, Indiana. But let me tell you what does come to mind. I know you were wondering, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. Come on, you know you want to hear it. Okay then, buckle up.
Fort Wayne: now that’s an interesting name for a town. It doesn’t sound like a very intimidating name for a fort. It was named after a fort, after all. Doesn’t it seem like forts should have intimidating names to keep enemy troops or whomever may be attacking it on edge? Like “Fort Armstrong.” A name like that pretty much says, “You won’t get through, you will lose, you will die.” I mean, Wayne isn’t too aggressive. But as it turns out, being from a small town in New York State, Fort Wayne is the sort of place that feels close to home. And Wayne is kind of a friendly name. At least to me. Let me explain.
Mad Anthony Wayne. Revolutionary War general officer. “Mad” as in crazy, not just pissed off. I mean, how crazy do you have to be to invade Quebec? But there you go, that’s what Mad Anthony did. But despite a defeat at the Battle of Paoli (Philadelphia Campaign), he was later praised for his leadership during the Battle of Stony Point (New York), where his highly trained group of troops from George Washington’s Continental Army defeated the British, raising morale exponentially amongst the home team. As it turns out, Stony Point is my hometown. Everything in town, it seems, was named “Wayne”.
What does this have to do with anything?
The vehicle I’m discussing, or am about to discuss was made in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A fort established by the aforementioned General Mad Anthony Wayne. Champion of my hometown. There’s the ah-ha moment for you. Now you know why I’m jabbering all this fool-talk. See there’s a method to my Mad Anthony Wayne-ness.
So for your consideration today is this lovely…er…handsome and rugged Scout II. Is it a domestic harvester? NO. Is it an International Harvester? Why YES, yes it is. In addition to farm implements IH made rugged vehicles appropriate for those who would likely buy said farm implements. This would be a fine example of one. A fine restored example in fact.
This particular model has been restored inside and out, and has been painted in an outstanding red over black interior. The 8-cylinder engine is said by the seller to have been completely cleaned out and the vehicle has 24,000 miles on the odometer, however one might ask how many actual miles are on the vehicle as a whole. Also note that it appears to come with a removable hard-top, so that you can enjoy the sky, the wind, the dust, the rain, or protection from all of those things.
Apart from a sticking accelerator pedal requiring a new cable, this rugged off-roader is ready to do your dirty work…well at least some of the dirty work, you have to do some of that yourself after all. Don’t be a slacker.
The seller states that this clean-titled fun buggy is in excellent condition, and is asking $13,000 but says this price is negotiable. What isn’t negotiable is that it is a manual transmission, so you’d better know how to drive one if you buy it.
I suspect that if he were alive in 1979, Mad Anthony Wayne would have driven a new one of these. In 2019, I’d say it’s the perfect vehicle for an analog madman. Rain, shine, road or…anywhere.
View the listing HERE on craigslist to contact the owner and make an offer.