My first memory of a Scout was as a young boy, spotting one on the road and thinking how awesome it was. As a young man, I traded a four-wheeler for a Scout 800, and so the story began. With little mechanical knowledge, the Scout became my teacher. I spent hours in the garage figuring out how to take the truck apart, and put it back together again. My Dad shared an interest as well, and together, we breathed new life into this rugged piece of Americana. Over the next ten years, we bought, restored, and sold numerous Scouts in our spare time, and learned a little more with each project.
In the spring of 2017, I found myself at a crossroads, torn between what was comfortable and familiar, and the idea of pursuing a longtime passion. Unsettled, I set out on a trek through the woods to be alone with my thoughts, and determine if I was willing to risk everything to start my own business. That day, it was as if the Good Lord planted two strangers along the trail, who both happened to be entrepreneurs. Without knowing me, they shared their stories, which confirmed the restlessness I felt was my inspiration to become The Scoutman.
After years of working on Scouts as a hobby, I decided to take a risk. With a little savings in hand, and the offer of free shop space 70 miles from home, The Scoutman began to take shape. Several months later, I realized what I was saving in shop space, I was spending in fuel, and so I found a space close to home that would enable me to work more hours in a day and be closer to my family. With a larger workspace and increased workload, I began building a team of enthusiasts who have joined me on the journey.
I am inspired by each new project and refreshed by relationships with my customers. Unlike most business owners who begin with a complex plan, I started with the simple idea that I wanted to use my skills and passion to keep Scouts on the road while creating a work environment that is refreshingly different. As the son of a Vietnam Veteran who served in the USMC, I have a deep sense of gratitude for our military and leaders, and the freedom to create my own business. Restoring Scouts brings out a sense of pride and patriotism as they celebrate American craftsmanship.
This business has brought both joy and exhaustion. I’ve been pushed to my limits and down to my last dollar in the process of building The Scoutman. I am grateful to those that have entrusted me with the restoration of their Scout. It is humbling to work on them knowing that they will be passed down for future generations to enjoy. I am also thankful for those that have inspired, encouraged or helped me in some way on this journey. I look to the future with anticipation as The Scoutman story continues to be written.
Richard not only knows the GM platform intimately, but he is a master with suspension and steering. He has incredible experience to bring to our shop to elevate each of our builds. When he isn't here, he is working on projects in his own garage.
With a strong GM background, and the ability to diagnose wiring woes in complex electrical systems, Wayne is a phenomenal resource as we add to the complexities of our builds. Best of all, he is a bit of a perfectionist which is a welcome trait when you are restoring the finest Scouts!
Mike can swap engines and transmissions blindfolded and with one hand tied behind his back. He brings a tremendous depth of knowledge to The Scoutman, and as a bonus he can build the fastest dirt bike or hot rod as well!
We are fortunate to have Nick's versatility and humor around the shop! As a former Corporal in the USMC, Nick can wrench on anything from a bomb loader to a Scout. (Though his personal favorites are from his Mopar collection). Best of all, he keeps us laughing with his inventive pranks and custom shop signage.
Beverly is the hub of Scoutman communications. She enjoys building relationships with our customers and works to keep everything organized behind-the-scenes. She's also learned a thing or two about Scouts and doesn't mind rolling up her sleeves to work alongside us.
Andres grew up helping his father in his body shop, and went on to showcase his skills on classics in California. Andres is meticulous about his work (hence the "Best Paint" award at Scout Nationals), and we are thrilled to have his detailed eye perfecting the finish of each Scout. When he's not here, he can be found i
Andres grew up helping his father in his body shop, and went on to showcase his skills on classics in California. Andres is meticulous about his work (hence the "Best Paint" award at Scout Nationals), and we are thrilled to have his detailed eye perfecting the finish of each Scout. When he's not here, he can be found in the kitchen, cooking with his wife, and enjoying time with his family.
Ethan's positive attitude and attention to detail shine as he tackles all parts of a build. While we love him over on the mechanical side, he's going to have to stop showing off his metal skills or Dave might sneak him over to the body work side of the shop. Ethan is versatile and can pivot from engine work to restoring parts t
Ethan's positive attitude and attention to detail shine as he tackles all parts of a build. While we love him over on the mechanical side, he's going to have to stop showing off his metal skills or Dave might sneak him over to the body work side of the shop. Ethan is versatile and can pivot from engine work to restoring parts to dissecting a donor Scout. Best of all, he's always smiling.
Parker developed an appetite for the classics working with his Papa on the Bronco he now drives. With a strong work ethic and positive attitude, he is a welcome addition to the crew. In addition to his versatility in the shop, he is also a very talented photographer. We look forward to viewing our builds through his lens, as he helps us to better communicate visually.
Body Work Extraordinaire
Dave spends his day cutting out rust and finessing steel to bring back the straightest Scout bodies. He is a master at his craft and improves every little detail of the body as he goes. He is also a certified Skydiver and Scuba Diving Instructor...he can take our team-building experiences to the next level!
Comet works private security for The Scoutman. He alerts us when he sees his shadow, when packages or parts arrive, or when a butterfly flutters by. He provides leftover prevention services during lunch, and enjoys Scout rides without a hard top.
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