We all know that retired person who is busier than they ever were. While some people like to kick back and relax once they've finished their working life, many retirees find ways to keep busy and fill their free time with tons of interesting activities. I like to think that I will spend most of my retired hours tinkering on old cars, though that's not for a few more years!
Old vehicles are the same way. While some get to a certain age and are parked, with few chances to hit the road, others continue in service long after the shine has worn off. One such vehicle I saw recently was this blue International Scout 800, this being the model built from 1965 to 1968. Rough and tumble, it likely spent its formative years being put to the test, as this first generation of 'sport utility vehicle' was a far cry from the comfy soft-roaders we know as SUVs today.
A rusty plow blade bolted to the front hints at the retirement activities of this classic. When I took the picture a few weeks ago in Montreal, the snow had yet to hit, but since then a fair bit has come down. I'm willing to bet that the trusty old Scout was called into duty to clear streets and driveways, creaking and groaning as the rusty old plow does its job. Even when new this type of vehicle was rough, noisy and unrefined, so I can only imagine what an adventure driving it today would be in its twilight years!
Lets hope we all have the energy and drive to stay as active as this Scout when we hit our retirement years. With luck we won't be quite as rusty though! I don't want my knees creaking as much as these door hinges do...
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!