You’ve heard the buzz about our Gear Up sweepstakes – you might have even spun the wheel to win a time or two – but now it’s time to get to know the car underneath the cover. The grand prize HellScout™ is a 1979 International Harvester Scout II. However, this machine doesn’t look like any Scout you’ve ever seen. It’s been torn apart, rebuilt and completely customized by the team at Gas Monkey Garage.
It’s safe to say the HellScout sits a little lower than its standard four-wheel drive predecessors. So, the question is, why slam it? The answer from Gas Monkey Garage was because no one else has. Scouts are seeing a revival right now, but they’re all lifted. Designed to be part California cruiser, part wicked dragster, the HellScout is unlike anything else on the market.
Once you get past the shock of seeing a Scout sitting so low, it’s time to check out what’s under the hood. It’s safe to say, you’ll be impressed. With a 6.2-liter Hellcrate Supercharged Hemi that produces 707 horsepower, this HellScout can move.
What exactly is a Hellcrate? It is the same motor as the Hellcat, which is found in a Dodge Charger, but it’s made to be fit into other models – and it fits in the HellScout like a glove.
Although the HellScout’s original frame was in great shape, it takes a strong chassis to support the power of a Hellcrate motor. To accommodate, the HellScout’s custom build included a unibody construction, with the chassis built to the body. The full frame is built from scratch and the seams are reinforced with fish plates.
Compared to the power this machine packs, the paint job and interior of the HellScout look easy and breezy. The orange paint is nearly a match for its original hue and the stripes were painted on with meticulous precision. Inside the vehicle, the build stayed true to the 1970s plaid and paired it with light leather.
This December, one lucky TA, Petro, TA Express or Quaker Steak & Lube customer will have the opportunity to slide into the driver’s seat of the HellScout – as the new owner. The winner of the Gear Up sweepstakes will pick up their new toy at the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.
The Gear Up sweepstakes rolled out to rave reviews on August 1, but you have until November 9 to visit the sweepstakes page and spin to win. For each gear matched, you’ll receive one sweepstakes entry. That’s up to four entries per spin!
No gears? Take a bonus spin and get a chance to win one of four prize coupons redeemable at participating TA, Petro, TA Express and Quaker Steak & Lube locations. Enter up to seven times a day, and everyone is a winner.
We’re making it even easier for our professional drivers to participate. UltraONE members receive automatic entries to win the HellScout. The number of automatic entries each UltraONE member earns is based on his or her fuel purchases at the end of the current month. For example, August diesel fuel purchases will determine the driver’s September Gear Level. In turn, that September Gear Level will determine their August automatic entries. Since there are only nine days for entry in November, professional driver automatic entries for the month will be based on their October diesel gallons and November Gear Level.
Thousands of entries have already poured into the sweepstakes, but it only takes one to win. We’re getting down to the wire, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to drive this dream car off into the sunset.