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 Post subject: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:17 am 
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Recently purchased a dream of mine, A 1980 eagle wagon. I am new to the amc family and have already started fixin him up. I'm sure I'm going to have tons of noob questions...

Bought the car in Phoenix, where it spent most of its life (no rust) and is now in its new home in Albuquerque, NM.


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1980 eagle by mewwcus, on Flickr

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1980 eagle by mewwcus, on Flickr

Plans for the car:
Fix interior (lots to do)
Fix heater core
Fix steering
Stop all dem leaks
1 q/2" - 2" lift (probably all new suspension)
HEI
Carb upgrade
Custom rear bumper and tow hitch
Flat brown with black trim plasti-dip exterior
Grab wife and load the dogs in the back and go camping


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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:38 am 
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Welcome. You have a great starting point there. Of all the years of wagons, the '80 is probably the best liked because it is all the time 4WD and was the transition car from the Concord to the Eagle.

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:43 pm 
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Mewcus wrote:
Plans for the car:
Grab wife and load the dogs in the back and go camping

That sounds like it will be fun! Hope you get to that point very soon.

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
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I'm a sucker for those rims! Good choice! Good luck with all your plans for the car. Don't be ashamed. Ask all your noob questions here! Heck, I'm a veteran around these parts, but still have noob questions!


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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:12 pm 
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welcome to evolution! lots of help around here. looks pretty solid car to start with. love those rims. what size tire is on it now?

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:16 pm 
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Welcome to evo, i remember seeing this car at the nest.

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
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Welcome to Evo!

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:23 pm 
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casper wrote:
welcome to evolution! lots of help around here. looks pretty solid car to start with. love those rims. what size tire is on it now?


215s pathfinder all terrains. Came with the car. The down side with a desert car is that all things rubber and plastic: they are brittle and cracked, and the tires are no different. I'll be getting new ones as soon as I lit it that extra 1-2".

I had just joined the nest forum before it went down, and have been hoarding my questions.


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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:55 pm 
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tell me about desert cars... I live in the high desert of eastern Oregon. anything rubber/plastic, or interior, it gets baked. rust however, is hardly ever a concern. surface rust from the sun baking away the paint is the most common thing.

my honeybadger car wears 215/75/15's. they are a great size for the cars. much bigger like say 235/75/15's seem like they make them work to hard unless your lower geared as honeybadger is.

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 Post subject: Re: New eagle owner
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:07 pm 
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Mewcus wrote:

The down side with a desert car is that all things rubber and plastic: they are brittle and cracked, and the tires are no different.


Be thankful that all things steel are not brittle and cracked! Rubber and plastic will deteriorate over time (no matter the place) if they have not been taken care of for 20 years, but most people don't expect that to happen to metal.

Sweet wagon, I really dig the '80 model look. I might finally be getting a set of those wheels myself, they are fine. Damn fine 8-)

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