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Author:  Meemuh [ Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Noob needs some advice

So...I'm hoping to find me an Eagle that I can use as an almost daily driver....but. I have no idea what to look for. I'm pretty open as far as year and body type, but I am thinking the big bird, not an SX/4. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. TIA.

Author:  Prafeston [ Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Noob needs some advice

Where are you located?

Rust on the frame/rocker panels is what you want to be watching out for. As with most old cars you may have to start replacing vac lines and stuff as a leak will cause the car to run like poo.

Author:  1985amceagle [ Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:12 pm ]
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from what ive seen, you will want to check under the plastic skirting for rust issues, and a few other areas that I am unsure of. (hopefully someone else will jump in) I believe four engines were offered: the GM iron duke 151 c.i. four, AMC 150 C.I. four, the AMC 258 C.I. six, and a rare turbo diesel. at least two are known to be still in existence. Transfer cases were either a full time for 1980 and at least some 1981 models. 1981 up to 1984 were stop and shift to engage the transfer case. 1985 to 1988 had shift on the fly.

Author:  Prafeston [ Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:30 pm ]
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Yeah and the stop and shift switches had a pull down switch and a flip over switch. You had to pull the bottom switch down and hold it while you flipped the other switch over. The 85 and up was just the flip switch.

Author:  Meemuh [ Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Noob needs some advice

I'm in Michigan...so the rust is an issue that I'm concerned with for sure.

And - what about getting parts/parts availabilty/restoration?

Author:  IowaEagle [ Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:44 am ]
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Meemuh wrote:
I'm in Michigan...so the rust is an issue that I'm concerned with for sure.

And - what about getting parts/parts availabilty/restoration?

Many mechanical parts are still fairly easy to get. Body parts are a different story. You have to scrounge for what used stuff is out there.

Author:  amchornet [ Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:44 pm ]
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If you want a "rust free" car you need to get one from the south and have it check out localy then have it shipped to you...and some luck also.

Author:  casper [ Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:54 pm ]
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not the south. those are still rusty. you need one from the west. and not the "coastal" west. anything from about 50-60 miles or so from the coast is in the desert. its DRY out here, and cars rust so slowly. from the top down. first the paint gets cooked away, then they SLOWLY surface rust away. lol. there are vehicles around here where I live that are over 100 years old, and 90% of the metal is all still there.

Author:  weswdan [ Thu May 26, 2016 5:48 pm ]
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good luck on a rust free car north of I3o, better luck finding a body shop who can "bend steel"
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