Inside, the Spartan interior seems to hold true to its roots, but there's more to be found with a careful investigation. What appears to be a factory dash in its normal location is actually filled with Auto Meter gauges and is mounted an inch closer to the passengers to make room for an air conditioning unit, as A/C wasn't even available in Scout 80s. The audio duties are handled by a Pioneer head unit and two 10-inch shallow-mount Pioneer subs mounted in compartments that were designed for the original fuel tank and utility box. The long-gone factory bench seat was replaced with power leather Infiniti G35 buckets. Also taking the comfort up a notch is Porsche carpeting laid over a foundation of Dynamat.
Even with all of the upgrades, both dramatic and subtle, the one that truly grabbed our attention was underhood. International was renown for its heavy-duty engines that lasted forever, but they weren't known for power. The Adams' Scout came equipped with a 152ci four-cylinder, which was essentially the driver side bank of International's 304ci V-8. The engine moved the compact Scout around, but with only 83 hp, and remember that was the old gross-hp rating, that engine just wouldn't do. Instead, Turnkey Engine Supply was sourced for an LS6. The 5.7L engine breathes through an Airaid intake and out through Doug Thorley headers. With five times the horsepower and a paddle-shifted 4L60E, the powerplant was just the thing to bring the Scout into the 21st century. Power is routed into a Strange Engineering Ford 9-inch housing filled with 3.50 gears and a limited slip.
The Adams' Scout is the kind of unique, sporty ride we love to see. It's not every day that you see a Scout, and we've never seen one quite like this. Our hats are off to Scott for designing, and Marty and his crew for building, such a complete hot rod.