Background - - History
After the last Scout rolled off the line on OCT 21, 1980 International Harvester was no longer in the Scout Line Line Truck business but still sold parts for these historic vehicles. In 1984 International sold off its Farm Equipment Division to (Tenneco) CaseIH. In 1985 International Harvester Became Navistar.
Navistar’s International Truck and Engine Corporation Focused on the Medium and Heavy Duty Truck building markets and on its Diesel Engine business. In late 1989 Navistar began exploring the possibility of Selling the Scout/Light Duty Parts support business in order to clear out their warehouses of these unique parts and begin other projects for the future. Navistar Had taken note of the International dealers who were still selling Scout Light Line parts and one stood out way beyond any other.
In 1984 John Glancy started his career with IH by selling parts at a dealer in Columbus, Ohio, Center City International Trucks. John began catering to Scout and Light Truck Customers in his spare time and this ballooned into a full line catalog and worldwide parts sales. John's catalog was called Super Scout Specialists. Part of John’s sales included the wholesale of Scout and Light truck parts to many other vendors including his future business Partner Rod Phillips of Colorado Springs,CO. Rod had a Scout Parts company called Giddum Up Scout. Before Rod moved to Colorado and started his Scout parts company he was employed by IH as the Memphis (Tn.) IH Plant's materials manager.
In 1990 Navistar approached John and Rod about purchasing the Scout/Light Line parts support business. Their agreement formed Scout/Light Line Distributors, Inc., SLL had warehouses in Both Colorado and Ohio. The purchase agreement and contract included all SLL parts in the Navistar warehouses, contracts with suppliers to make new parts, any tools and dies to make SLL parts etc.. The agreement contract included continued access to historical data, blueprints, line tickets etc. The agreement contract also granted the full use of the Scout Trademark and the right to sublicense etc. The IH logo is used to promote existing parts. The agreement also includes the maintenance of the Scout trademark registration in Washington DC by Navistar for SLLs Benefit and for the possible future use by Navistar.
In order to keep a level playing field SLL protects all of its dealers and therefore does not sell to the general public. SLL agreed to sell its products to only International Truck and Engine dealers worldwide. Not all International Truck Dealers were interested in continuing to cater to Scout Light truck parts customers, so in addition to International Truck dealers SLL formed its own dealer organization and has franchised dealers scattered across the country.
In 2001 Rod retired from the business and SLL closed its Colorado warehouse and moved its headquarters to Springfield, Ohio.
In 2002 (JP) John Prosser Joined the company and became SLLs warehouse manager. Since that time JP has provided outstanding leadership and great service to our customers.
We are more than just a warehouse, for many years we have made in house and provided OEM Wire Harness(s) made to the IH Vehicles Vin Number . In 2013 SLL added more in house manufacturing to our line by purchasing the K-Bar Scout Light Truck Sheet Metal Business, now SLL itself makes the sheet metal, hitches, Truck bars and carries on the quality you have been counting on for your restorations for years.
Today along with its dealers support, SLL continues to provide the best OEM Scout and Light Line Truck Parts available, and will strive to develop new and replace obsolete parts when ever possible.
SCOUTstillLEADS THE WAY!