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October 14, 2019

By: Sinjin


The Gas Monkey 1979 Hell Scout | Revisited

Quite possibly one of the most controversial builds of season 15! Go higher or go lower? Leave the original anchor of an engine under the hood or add some modern muscle? California cruiser, pro touring, or a mixture of both? There were a ton of ideas for this 1979 International Scout, and the end result… well, was the creation of a truly one-of-a-kind hot rod.


Born with a desire for off-roading, this 1979 International Scout II was re-born on Fast N’ Loud  Season 15 Episode 2 & 3 as a 700+hp tire shredding Hell Scout. Shortly after the build was complete, the Hell Scout was sold to Travel Centers of America for a pretty big chunk of change!


Luckily for y’all, we’ve teamed up with them to give away this one of a kind Scout. Wanna know how you can call the Hell Scout yours? Click this link and find out how you can enter the sweepstakes!

If you weren’t already itching to make this Scout yours, lets take a tip down memory lane in case you’re unfamiliar with why this build is such a big deal!


As all great builds start, it begins with the buy. The story of our Scout starts here with Richard and Brian Bass on the hunt for Gas Monkey’s next project car. Watch the video below to see the buy!

After finding the perfect scout to create their monster and bringing it back to the garage, the Monkeys wasted no time creating an ambitious wishlist for this ’79 Scout.


The heart, soul and muscle of this build is a 2017 Hellcrate engine paired up with a Hellcat 8-speed transmission and an Aeromotive fuel system. It was a tight squeeze with the new Chris Alston Chassis, but the Monkeys were able to get this massive power plant in and with the Hellcrate engine successfully installed the Scout was dead, and the Hell Scout born!



With a top of a line chassis and a Dutchman rear end, GMG wanted to make sure this classic was a comfortable to ride in as it was powerful,  so a coil-over 4 link suspension was also installed. Then to give it the perfect sound, a MagnaFlow custom-built exhaust was added.



To put all that power to the ground and make it look good doing it, this Scout was fitted with staggered REVO Forged wheels, 18-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, wrapped in Nitto NT555 tires that are ready to be shredded. Needing some extra stopping power while burning rubber a Wilwood brake kit was installed to the Hell Scout.



Moving to the front, the grille is something that you won’t see everyday! It’s a  one-of-a-kind, machined right here at Gas Monkey Garage on our HAAS machine. Directly behind that grille you will see a Ron Davis Radiator keeping that Hellcrate engine running cool.


Taking a step inside the Hell Scout, the interior kept same look and feel of a vintage Scout, but freshly redone. With new gauges from Red Line Gauge Works and a brand new AC system from Vintage Air, you are going to stay cool and look cool while cruising around town in this build!



Once it all came together, the end result was a work of art that could very well be the focal point of your garage…That is if Lady Luck is on your side.

In case you really want to dive it deeper to this 1979 International Scout build, we’ve got you covered! 2 full hours of transforming this former off roading classic, into a 707hp tire destroying menance coming right up! Head over to DiscoveryGo to watch both episodes on how the Gas Monkey Hell Scout came to be!

Wanna check out this beauty in person? Well you’ve got two chances! Either stop on by Gas Monkey and see it in our merch store, or swing on by the Magnaflow booth at SEMA to see it on display!

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