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 Post subject: October Winner!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:22 am
Posts: 1757
Location: Missouri, Rolla
Congrats to Baskinator for being our first official RotM winner! Nice looking SX/4 and you've come a long way from when you first purchased that thing. Good work! You deserved the win!

Alright then... this was my Eagle when I trailered it home June 2011. Had no brakes, barely started, ran, or shifted, and had rust through the floors, seat mounts, and frame. These were the major issues among probably hundreds of other small problems. Not only was it a big project, but I had never even worked on a car by myself before and didn't know a thing about them other than reading on the internet/AMC Eagle Nest or watching how-to videos.



I quickly got to work, which was mainly done under this E-Z up tarp for 2 summers. No garage and only a growing selection of tools on a college budget. Most were acquired at auction lol.
Close call!


Here's some of the work I've done:

-Fabbed and welded/riveted floors, frame, and seat mounts
-Rust proofed entire inside floor, replaced carpet and lower seat tracks also
-Replaced every single item in the brake system except for the pedal and combination valve
-All new hard fuel lines and rubber hoses
-replaced tail light housings, hatch struts, door handle(s) and cleaned all latches
-Aluminum CJ radiator swap
-rebuilt Carter carb
-Motorcraft ignition upgrade
-Upper/Lower Ball joints, Tie rods, Sway bar links/bushings, coil springs, spring mounts, steering knuckles, shocks front and rear, leaf springs/bushings, strut rod bushings, and more...
-All new fluids, belts, bulbs, etc.
-Sub-$100 Rustoleum paint job with HVLP spray gun, bondo for small dents and a little bit of body welding/fab work
-new heater core and blower motor
-new exhaust from cat to magnaflow glasspack muffler, as well as welded a hole at front pipe.
-all new u-joints, painted and lubed driveshafts
-remote transmission filter, external cooler, new lines, kickdown linkage, internal filter, drain plug, and shift kit
-new starter, battery, cables, manual solenoid, alternator
-new painted wheels and General Grabber A/T2 Tires
-added an auxiliary port to the stock am/fm radio
-installed rear sway bar from an Eagle wagon
-cheap set of fog lights from auction

About 90-95% of the physical work was done myself, but Dave Spillane (captspillane) was a HUGE help with parts, resources, and knowledge after the first summer. All the forums were an excellent resource as well. I got her to pass PA inspection a year ago and just recently passed inspection for a second year on the road. Put around 10,000 miles on so far.

These are the best pictures I have of her now, before and after the painted trim was installed. Still many plans for when I go back home, including 4.0 head swap, GM TBI, 3.08 gears, and NP242.


 Post subject: Re: October Winner!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:08 am
Posts: 280
Location: Royersford, PA
WOO HOO! Thanks a lot everyone, you've all been a tremendous help with this bird from the start. It's been a blast getting to know this thing inside and out, though there were and continue to be many struggles. I can only hope that it will be back again to compete next year with full trim, decals, and a significantly improved drivetrain. : 1985amceagle:

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

 Post subject: Re: October Winner!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:39 pm
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congrats baskinator!! you got a lot of work in that beast. hope it keeps getting more bad ass! :cheers:



ASE cert. mechanic 15 years.

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

 Post subject: Re: October Winner!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:52 am 

Joined: Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:32 pm
Posts: 81
Location: Akron, OH
Congrats! I'm not sure, but I may be one of the few here who have seen your car in person (which is why I HAD to helps that way!). Not to mention the help you had to do with mine, but I could see the talent and love that went into making yours as badass as it is. Great job!!!!

I like to to tell people my Eagle is like a Ferrari. It's quirky, tempermental, border-line exotic, and something you don't see everyday. See? Makes perfect sense....

1985 AMC Eagle
1988 Lincoln Town Car

 Post subject: Re: October Winner!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:33 pm 
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Joined: Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:07 pm
Posts: 115
Location: Lancaster PA
Nice job, congratulations!

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