It is currently Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:32 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:39 am 
Offline
Hornet
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 02, 2013 10:40 am
Posts: 1175
Location: North Seattle sort of
Do you want a wagon or SX4? My wagon is rustfree and up for $2500 with a pile of parts to go with it. Since I got sick, I haven't been able to work on much.

_________________
'87 Comanche 4x4 $3500 http://forums.amcevolution.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=1355
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:55 am 
Offline
Javelin
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:08 am
Posts: 280
Location: Royersford, PA
If you're feeling really bold, you could find a 4 cyl iron duke Eagle and try fitting a 3.0l Mercruiser engine in its place with efi. Would have more hp than a 4.2 engine, and probably better gas mileage.

http://forums.amceaglesden.com/index.php?topic=38412.0

To answer some of your other questions, the 4.0 head alone will not do much. You really need to swap a 4.0 cam to see much of any hp gain, and I don't know that you'd really see any mileage gains unless it changed your driving habits.

The HEI distributor is nice, but a simple TFI upgrade will do the same and work well also. I swapped in an HEI and decided after a little while that I'd rather have the TFI, so it's back where it was with some better wiring and resistor delete. I recommend MSD Streetfire 8mm spark plug wires when you change them. They are easy, cheap make-your-own wire sets that look and perform well. They come with a crimp tool, and I did mine using a bottle jack and the frame of my Eagle (since I didn't have a vice at school haha). All the other wire sets I used either had terrible crimp connections or didn't match well and looked awful.

The Eagle has rather skinny tires to begin with, which is just one of the reasons they are more fuel efficient and better in the snow than most Jeeps. Stock size is a good way to go.

If you would rather remain carbed and are looking for fuel efficiency, I'd say go with a weber 32/36 kit and make it work: http://www.amazon.com/GENUINE-WEBER-ELE ... B000JLOXF8

The reason most people get a new carb is because they don't necessarily know how to tune them (and I can't blame them, carbs are a pain). The weber is one of the more fuel sipping carbs, it's just harder to tune apparently.

Also, I have not seen an electric fan setup that passes enough air for the 4.2 as compared to the stock fan (that doesn't mean there aren't any out there). It just may take a bit of searching.

_________________
1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 Sport 4x4
-4.0l I6 Engine (circa 1996)
-GM Hydroboost Brakes
-TF998 Auto/NP129
-Carter BBD Carb
-MSD Streetfire Ignition/TFI
-Aluminum CJ Radiator
-205/75/R15 General Grabber A/T Tires


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:36 pm 
Offline
Noob

Joined: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:14 pm
Posts: 10
thanks carnuck,
thats a great looking wagon.
way too far away though


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:00 am 
Offline
Hornet
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:39 pm
Posts: 922
if you want effective electric fans, I have a set up on my drag car that works VERY well. it has dual fans, picked up at salvage yard for $40. spirit uses same radiator as the eagle. and my drag car has FAR more heat, therefore needs MUCH better cooling than a 6 cyl car. (healthy 360)

look for the fans out of early 2000's Chrysler full size cars. they fit the radiators very well. I also use a fan controller that screws into the cooling system. adjustable. turns on at 215, off at 190. it also has an over ride wire that would connect to your a/c system so its on with a/c. I have mine set to a switch on my switch panel to cool the car down between runs. takes about 5 min to cool the motor from 210* after a run, back down to 160 and ready to go again.

_________________
dave

WHEN IN DOUBT, BUY MORE BEER!!!!

ASE cert. mechanic 15 years.

http://www.picasaweb.google.com/das24rules

62 rambler classic (casper)
63 rambler american (rosie)
82 eagle sx4 (honeybadger)
82 eagle sw (rottywagon)
79 spirit (drag race car)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:50 am 
Offline
Noob

Joined: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:14 pm
Posts: 10
Thanks Casper,
It sounds like an efficient set up. I'll probably do that if I find an eagle.
I keep finding ones that are JUST outside my price range, or something comes up that eats into my budget, etc.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:25 pm 
Offline
Hornet
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:39 pm
Posts: 922
not sure where your located. I have a wagon I would sell. only 20,958 miles on it currently. drove it for 500 problem free miles. only needs minor things. brand new tires on it also.

_________________
dave

WHEN IN DOUBT, BUY MORE BEER!!!!

ASE cert. mechanic 15 years.

http://www.picasaweb.google.com/das24rules

62 rambler classic (casper)
63 rambler american (rosie)
82 eagle sx4 (honeybadger)
82 eagle sw (rottywagon)
79 spirit (drag race car)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:30 pm 
Offline
Noob

Joined: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:14 pm
Posts: 10
I'm in NW ohio


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:10 pm 
Offline
Javelin

Joined: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:51 am
Posts: 240
Location: Oshkosh, Wis.
I have a 76 hornet with the 4.0 head amd whole mpfi system to go with it and I get a steady 22 mpg and I drive it like I stole it, lol. You cant belive the looks I get when a sedan hornet goes up the street with tires just smoking. :D

_________________
1976 hornet sedan 258 with 4.0 fuel injection
1985 eagle sedan 4.0 with fuel injection
jeep 1997 grand cherokee

http://s12.photobucket.com/user/amchornet/profile/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:07 am 
Offline
Pacer

Joined: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:25 pm
Posts: 516
Location: Nova Scotia
Part of the reason an Eagle gets lower MPG is it's height. My original was sagged pretty low, but with a MC2100 + HEI and a new intake/exhaust manifold gasket and decent plugs + wires I got 22-25MPG all day long (well, hill climbs ruined that a bit). It had 2.07 gears IIRC...didn't jump off the line but cruised VERY nicely and did what I wanted it to. ran P225 75 R15 on Jeep rims as well (offset looks nice).

I did close to 600KM or so on $80ish fuel (highest grade, no ethanol in it and my old Eagle preferred it). I attribute it to the car being a couple of inches below stock height and the engine having no issues (60k miles on it original).

Holy shit I miss that car.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:41 pm 
Offline
Javelin
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:08 am
Posts: 280
Location: Royersford, PA
Yeah, I'd say the hardest part with this engine and Carter carb is just finding and sealing all the vacuum leaks. My carb has been terrible with that, and I'm wondering if the throttle body isn't entirely flat.

As an update, I just installed a Holley fuel pressure regulator and gauge (set to about 2-2.5 psi), a new aluminum front skid plate/air/water dam, GM HEI ignition module, and a newer Motorcraft distributor. I haven't filled up yet to get readings, but it looked to be getting around 20mpg highway in 4wd. If I can actually get the carb sealed correctly, it ought to run and tune much better also.

_________________
1982 AMC Eagle SX/4 Sport 4x4
-4.0l I6 Engine (circa 1996)
-GM Hydroboost Brakes
-TF998 Auto/NP129
-Carter BBD Carb
-MSD Streetfire Ignition/TFI
-Aluminum CJ Radiator
-205/75/R15 General Grabber A/T Tires


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
Reputation System ©