So I just picked up a pretty cool 77 Scout II project. Been jonesing for a topless vehicle, and for a scout. It was the perfect storm of justification.
Then I got to thinkin......These things aren't that far off a ZJ dimensionally, or weight wise. The engines are also extremely comparable, the V8s are similar output, the six cylinder is sort of the same engine even. Main difference is it's absolutely an old school 4x4 with 4 leaf springs, locking hubs, etc.
I'd love to have a Scout. My uncle had a couple when I was a kid and I always thought they were pretty cool. Old school and easy to work on but heated seats in the winter and A/C in the summer is nice. Fuel injection and easy to find parts is nice too. All that wiring and computers can be a pain but from what I understand Scouts can be an electrical nightmare too. I dunno?
I've owned a 1980 Scout II and it was my favorite vehicle; a real head turner. I have 37" tires and it was lifted up huge. I now have a 5.9 zj. I can do anything in my jeep that my scout could do and I only have 31"s. The jeep is just a lot better off-roadability. The scout did have a better nostalgia about it.
75 ScoutII was my first 4WD back in late 80's. 345/727/44's and 31's.
I loved the full convertible, hated lifting that heavy top. Took it to Northern Maine in 89 and it shook all the Bondo loose from previous owner.. body mounts are known to rot as well. Clean Scouts are bringing good money nowadays.
When Scouts were discontinued in 80 we started driving Fords then jumped all over the ZJ when they hit the market. I view ZJ's as what Scouts would have become if they kept making them.
After crawling all over this scout......If I was presented with a ZJ and asked to choose it's father without knowing any history.......no way I'd pick a wagoneer out of all the Jeep/AMC offerings. It'd be scout II for certain.
My wife's uncle has a scout with d44s front and rear on 31s. That's bout what I know bout it so far but plan to wheel it next to the wife's zj this summer then ill report back.
He is also having to replace the entire wiring harness right now.