Justified Performance 1970 International Scout

The 1970 Justified Scout

The Beginning,

We pulled this 1970 International Scout out of the fields up in Humboldt County where it was putting around as a old ranch rig. The top was glued and riveted together, the firewall was made from plywood, the bed was rusted out, the rear end was completely destroyed, the front knuckles were barley mobile, the motor had no compression in any cylinder. We did a complete transformation to bring this unique truck back to life and gave it many performance upgrades along the way. We built not only a fun hot-rod truck to drive around, but a very capable and reliable off road vehicle. When building this truck we found that there is a limited amount parts available that fit the application, so everything we did on this truck was custom or modified.

1970 International Scout


    • The body has many lights and holes shaved along the fenders and rear quarter panels.
    • We out sourced a Viper Red paint job, with a Raptor lined undercarriage.
    • Custom built off road bumpers with textured powder coat
    • Original Scout top with new glass
    • New custom windshield installed and new windows all around.
    • Custom rubber installed into all door jams. The Scout doors and hood are original and the factory hinges were used.
  • BED:
    • The bed was completely designed and build by Justified Performance. The bed supports where cut out on a CNC laser and the exterior panels where bolted on to make a sturdy solid looking bed completely from scratch.
    • The unique gas tank door is hidden among the raptor liner that will help preserve the newly fabricated bed.
    • The tailgate is off an older year Scout.
  • Interior and other components:
    • The interior is a simple design with Bucket seats from a 1965 T-bird that have been reupholstered by Roman’s Upholstery shop.
    • New Classic Instruments gauges
    • New Modern stereo with 2 6×9 speakers
    • Raptor lined transmission tunnel with carpet covering new custom floor boards and floor supports welded into the cab.
    • Aftermarket Summit Racing Tilt Steering column topped with a Corso Feroce 3 spoke wheel. It connects to a Borgeson universal telescoping rod and joint that connect to a tough Dodge Durango power-steering gear box that was mounted to a custom mount we fabricated.
    • Gen II Vintage Air Heater box that was installed to provide defrost and some heat in the cab.
    • A Willwood Brake pedal and master cylinder was added with a Lokar Throttle Pedal and cable.
    • Hurst cable shifter next to the custom mechanical 4×4 shifter.
    • LED lights front and rear.
  • Drive Train:
    • Chevrolet Performance 350 C.I.D. 8.5:1 compression with a horsepower rating of 249 hp and 304 ft.-lbs. of torque.
    • 2 Row Aluminum Radiator, Power max mini Starter, Patriot midlength headers, HEI distributer, Optima Red top battery, 3000 CFM electric Fan, CVF racing Serpentine belt kit.
    • FiTech Go Street EFI 400HP Self-Tuning Fuel Injection System with 20 Gal aluminum Fuel cell and in-line pump.
    • Rebuilt TH350 Transmission, NP231 Transfer Case with a Slip Yoke Eliminator short Output shaft and CV Driveline.
    • Front Dana 30 front end with Disc Brakes.
    • Ford 8.8 Rear End with Summit Racing New Ring and Pinion, new bearings, new carrier 3.73 Gear ratio, rebuilt drum brakes with all new components in the rear.
  • Chassis:
    • CJ7 Leaf springs front and back, with Shackle reversed in the front for a better ride. Custom Shackle mounting points where welded in front and rear for better suspension then factory. ES9000 shocks used.
    • Mickey Thompson wheels and K02 Tires give the truck a tough mean look.1970 Scout


Overall this was a fun truck to build, and it is very unique and gets a lot of attention at every show we take it too. This would be a great weekend wheeler or a nice truck to drive around to show off at shows.

  • This 1970 scout was really rusted out, there was no truck bed left and we designed and created a complete new bed and fire wall out of sheet-metal and installed it into the body. We had to fabricate new body mounts and replace some floor boards as well.
  • The rear Dana 44 was trashed in our rig so we went and we grabbed a ford 8.8 rear end and a Dana 30 front end to use under our Scout. Updating our steering and giving us Disc Brakes in the front.
  • We got rid of the AMC 232, T-18, and Dana 20 drive train and put a Chevy 283, TH- 350, and NP 231 drive train for much more horse power and torque and with a TBI system.