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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #180 on: July 21, 2017, 03:16:18 PM »
Sounds like it was a fun trip til the end!
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #181 on: July 21, 2017, 03:21:39 PM »
It was fun for sure, but also a lot of work.  Every day was a struggle to keep the car healthy and moving, and I didn't want to slow down the bikes.  For the second leg I will get it dialed in better before the trip, and hopefully have an easier time.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #182 on: July 21, 2017, 09:32:49 PM »
i just read this whole thing from the beginning and dude you have done a lot to your Eagle. I like what you've done so far and I can't wait to see what you do next. As for some of the pictures from photobucket I can't see them but I was particularly curious about the ones concerning the paint job ideas you had as they sound like some I had mocked up in paint with a drawing I found on here.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #183 on: July 21, 2017, 11:07:08 PM »
hi, glad you made the trip there and back, but, remember, the Eagle was never designed as an off road vehicle. next time, take a @#$%%^ Jeep!  :) gz

Was just reading a little about the trip. Hoping i didn't make a mistake in thinking an Eagle would get me in and out of my house when it rains..... some time the ruts are way worse than the pics show. there is two miles of this and at its worst its taken 30-40 minutes to make the two miles in the pickups. How sorry am I going to be???? :-\
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #184 on: July 22, 2017, 12:28:44 AM »
i just read this whole thing from the beginning and dude you have done a lot to your Eagle. I like what you've done so far and I can't wait to see what you do next. As for some of the pictures from photobucket I can't see them but I was particularly curious about the ones concerning the paint job ideas you had as they sound like some I had mocked up in paint with a drawing I found on here.

I think I've figured out a reliable way to get photos to show from Google instead of Photobucket, so I need to find some time to go back and fix the images.  I'll look for the paint stuff first.  It's currently white, but I really want to add some red and blue accents.  It's too subtle for me now!

Hoping i didn't make a mistake in thinking an Eagle would get me in and out of my house when it rains..... some time the ruts are way worse than the pics show. there is two miles of this and at its worst its taken 30-40 minutes to make the two miles in the pickups. How sorry am I going to be???? :-\

I really think you will be OK.  What a great drive home!  The Eagle does great at creating traction, which is what you'll need for that mud.  You will probably want to get mud tires instead of all terrains if that mud is typical.  I had absolutely no problems with traction, and probably could have run the whole 900+ miles in 2WD.  Where I got into trouble was on very bumpy or rocky stuff, and of course we were ALWAYS going too fast so we were beating up the car pretty badly.  I need to slow it down next time.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #185 on: July 22, 2017, 06:43:43 PM »
cool dude. By the way is this one of the pictures you found?
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #186 on: July 22, 2017, 07:46:57 PM »
I've seen that one, but the red top looks like too much work for me.  Hah!  I went looking for old AMC cars, and I found a couple that I liked.  The Gremlin X was cool, and there is a Rebel model called "The Machine" that I liked too.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #187 on: July 22, 2017, 07:53:09 PM »
yeah those both have some pretty cool paint schemes for them.  As for the picture I posted that's kind of what I would like to do with a sport Eagle be it wagon or not but the car that gets it will be a very wild build. >:D
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #188 on: July 22, 2017, 08:17:07 PM »
I went back and fixed all the photobucket links, see if you can see them now maddog.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #189 on: July 22, 2017, 08:49:37 PM »
yes I can see them now thank you. I just remembered reading in one of your posts that you broke a door handle. Do you have a spare one if not you can get a new one on Amazon but you'll have to look under jeep wrangler half doors, they come in both black and chrome and lots of different prices. I had to buy four of them myself and I've had them for about three or four years and the only complaint I've had with them is that the clips that came with mine didn't fit the rod to the latch very snugly so I had to zip tie the one on my driver door down other than that I've had no issues with them.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #190 on: July 22, 2017, 11:34:52 PM »
I really think you will be OK.  What a great drive home!  The Eagle does great at creating traction, which is what you'll need for that mud.  You will probably want to get mud tires instead of all terrains if that mud is typical.  I had absolutely no problems with traction, and probably could have run the whole 900+ miles in 2WD.  Where I got into trouble was on very bumpy or rocky stuff, and of course we were ALWAYS going too fast so we were beating up the car pretty badly.  I need to slow it down next time.

I've been in the areas that you went through and even the highways are interesting sometimes. I bet that offroad really was something...Mine is a great drive home if you're well rested, on your game, and not in a hurry:) Unfortunately mud is not typical in the texas panhandle but it is unpredictable. You can leave home in the morning with the 2 wd and think you're ok but by afternoon you wouldn't be able to get home without 4WD. appreciate the input! trying to sort out the tire deal.... I'll enjoy looking though that thread too if you get pics back in it.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #191 on: July 24, 2017, 04:25:21 PM »
Thanks for the info on the door handles, maddog.  I've ordered a chrome pair online, figure I may as well do the front passenger door too before it breaks.  I'll take my chances on the rear doors.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #192 on: July 24, 2017, 04:46:29 PM »
Before I jump into the front end rebuild (again, ugh) I am ticking some things off the list that never got done before the first leg of the cross-country trail.  I now have some very bright LED lights on my Eagle.  There are two spots on the front bumper for fog lights, and there is a pair of floods on the front and rear of the roof rack.  I ran power to the roof through a hole that already existed. Some PO had put a CB antenna up front on the roof.

I made a little switch panel out of some aluminum angle and wired up some red switches.  I figure the inside of this thing needs more stuff that is red.  I hung the panel under the 2WD/4WD switch.  I think it came out pretty good.



Here is a shot in a dark garage with all the lights on.  The picture doesn't do it justice, they are nice and bright.



Each light pod is supposed to draw 18W and give off 1200 lumens, so it's pretty bright.  With all 6 lamps turned on, it's still only pulling 9 amps so I ran everything through a 10A fuse.  Each switch is only handling 3A, so I didn't bother with relays either.  I'll keep an eye on the wiring, just in case.
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Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Reply #193 on: July 24, 2017, 09:33:34 PM »
i think it looks good dude. I have a couple of LEDs on Eagle Eyes and I blinded one of my neighbors in broad daylight with them and that was before I installed a relay (mine are also 1200 lumens), so I know just how bright those things can be. I also like the braket you came up with for your switches.
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