AMC Eagle
By recomer, 03/11/2014
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  • Color Beige
  • Price 0.00
  • Year 1983
  • Odometer 98000
  • Odometer Unit Miles
  • Description Mostly original 83 Eagle. Added early Cherokee wheels and running 215/70-15 tires. Fun car and draws attention.

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A breakthrough AWD design for AMC and contributor to the Jeep XJ Cherokee and later unit body 4x4 SUVs.

AWD and a unit body were hallmarks for the Eagles, and they did an admirable job. The 4.2L and 2.5L engines proved ample, and the tractability is great, as you've discovered, Rich!

Thanks for posting the photos at the gallery, looking forward to your involvement at these forums!

Moses

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Moses,

Appreciate you cleaning up my 3 others pictures. System on my end said it didnt post, so I tried again (and again and again) .

As for my Eagle, it appears I'm the second owner of the car. It was originally purchased in Maine and the owners donated it at 86,000 miles to thier local Lions Club to raffle off. I (with my $5.00 raffle ticket) became the owner in Sept 2010. Have had to take care of routine stuff that a 30 year old car has required (Radiator, Vacuum Hoses, Water hoses and a transmission rebuild in June 2012). Paints orginal, Wheels are off a early 80's XJ and grill is off a AMC Spirit (Original Eagle Grill was cracked pretty bad so when looking for a replacement, I liked the Spirit grill better). I've had to track down a few other missing/damaged parts (roof rack cross bars, window chrome piece and a new shifter bezel (believe it or not, its the same bezel used in the 74-78 Mustang II)). Car has the 4.2L, TF998 Transmission, AMC 15 rear axle and Dana 30 front with 2.35 gears. Has original AM/FM Cassette that still works, Non-AC car, has intermittent wipers, and rear wiper and defroster. Only mechanical change I've done is after two alternators failed me, I bought a 100 Amp unit from PowerMasters. No electical issues now :)

Funny you mentioned the XJ, as XJ's are a great source of parts for the Eagle. As previously discussed, the rear axle of a XJ fits the Eagle (have to relocate shock mounts as they are on the opposite as the Eagles), I just found a "new" rear wiper arm off a 89 XJ fits the Eagle and from my recent visit to a local pick and pull junk yard, it looked like the roof rack matches on the older XJ's. Lots of interior parts are shared with the full size Wagoneer too.

Future projects (now that you talked me out of swapping rear axles :) ) is valve cover replacement and a rebuild on the carter bbd carb (have been studying your carter rebuild page intensively), reworking the suspension with new parts (tie rods, ball joints, bushings, etc) as they all appear to be original and new axle half shafts for the front. All preventative measures to keep this car on the road for a LONG time.

Rich

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Little update to the Eagle. Since first picture was taken, replaced the ugly orange front turn signals with the clear ones from a AMC Spirit (the clear ones look so much better on the car). Have had the car in two shows and have been to two local cruise ins. Lots of surprised people as 1, its an actually running, driving Eagle and 2, it's not the typical car show car. Been getting lots of great comments and discussion from people about it. Next step is some touch up paint and plan on cleaning up the typical surface rust on the parts underneath along with a suspension rebuild this summer too. It'll never be a show car, but I want it to survive for a LONG time.

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Added a get screen captures of my Eagle from a TV show my car was used in over the last summer. TV series called "A Haunting" saw my car at a local cruise in and asked if they could use it in an episode. So, season 7, episode 9 named "Nightmare in the Attice" featured my car. Was a fun experience and loved getting some screen time for my car. Who would have figured my $5.00 car would end up on TV.

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