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Project Cars / Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Last post by amarshall on Today at 06:02:39 PM »
Gee, I wonder where your Eagle is hiding?

Looks like it's behind that tree!  Hah, I didn't want to "out" you as my Tennessee Eagle storage facility, but I really do appreciate the help.  Thanks Rick!
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Gee, I wonder where your Eagle is hiding?
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I don't mind the original steering box, and I've done a bunch of miles off road with it.  But I've got pretty large tires on it, for an Eagle, and that may change the feel I guess.  As a comparison I daily drive a Jeep Wrangler TJ, and that thing is pretty twitchy.  With the short wheelbase any movement in the steering wheel gets you a pretty big lane change.  I can't imagine driving the Jeep with my knee at anything over 10 miles per hour.

I may have missed it, is there something wrong with your original steering box?  If you need to replace it, I'd go with the XJ based on Eaglefreek's description.
When I took yours for a drive a few weeks ago to keep the battery charged, the first thing I thought was, "man this thing needs a Jeep steering gear".  ;D
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hi, what you are describing is called "morning sickness", and yes, that would be the pump. A pump rebuild is fairly simple, but you WILL need the pulley puller set, you CANNOT hammer the pulley off/on.  Access to a small press is also good, to replace the front bushing. good luck, gz     again, if you don't want to do this yourself, powersteering.com can do it for you, or you can just buy a new pump, still available most anywhere. good luck, gz
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A squealing belt may be just the belt, or your pump may need rebuilding, The pumps I rebuild myself, a kit is only about $15. anywhere. The only PITA in this job is removing and reinstalling the pulley, for which you need a pulley removal tool kit, cheap a Harbor Freight, or rent locally. good luck, gz
Btw, if your pump has never been apart, there is a very good chance it is full of all kinds of crud. I couldn't believe how much junk was in mine. If you don't rebuild, at least flush the system.
That was also what I was wondering. I'll probably not mess with the box myself then Here's the history I know. My friend that helped get this car ready to drive from Washington said that the steering was pretty sloppy and he tightened it up. Said he probably tightened it up too much. Whenever you turn much at all you get a bit of the noise like when you're getting close to the stops.
 Also if the car isn't warmed up well and you try to drive it will almost not turn the first try. Assuming that part is the pump. Do you just take off the return hose and run the car to flush it?? seems like I did it on my pickup a while back but don't remember what I did.
 Soooo, after I replaced the fan clutch the other day I noticed if I really revved the car or get up around 70 I have a hint of belt squeal. My thinking is I could have done something wrong when i put it back together (too tight, too loose, didn't replace water pump) but I pretty much know the steering needs help. Maybe if I fix what I know needs fixing anyway the problem will go away...
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long story short.. nothing wrong with the stock Eagle steering boxes, if they are in good shape. gz
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hi, to approach this from another angle...I had a spare , worn out, steering box from an 82 Eagle.  My 77 Hornet needed a new one. I had the 82 Eagle gearbox rebuilt, and put it in the Hornet. Night and day difference. the old 77 was a 17: 1  ratio, and worn out. the 82 Eagle is 14:1 ratio, and feels MUCH better in the Hornet. All the old slop is gone. BTW, afaik, the Eagles came with either the 14:1 single ratio, or a 16/13:1 variable ratio. Also, I wouldn't rebuild a gearbox myself, unless one is a pro. I used a place called PowerSteering.com, in Nixa, Missouri, not cheap, but they do an excellent job.
A squealing belt may be just the belt, or your pump may need rebuilding, The pumps I rebuild myself, a kit is only about $15. anywhere. The only PITA in this job is removing and reinstalling the pulley, for which you need a pulley removal tool kit, cheap a Harbor Freight, or rent locally. good luck, gz
Btw, if your pump has never been apart, there is a very good chance it is full of all kinds of crud. I couldn't believe how much junk was in mine. If you don't rebuild, at least flush the system.
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In my opinion, the stock Eagle steering feels too loose. Like driving a mid 70's Oldsmobile. I did the XJ box and it was a big improvement, but the used XJ box started leaking, so I installed a ZJ box and it felt even better. As in tighter. I don't drive with my knee, so I'm not sure if it makes a difference with knee driving.
I don't drive routinely with my knees either..:)  just a way to compare is all.
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I don't mind the original steering box, and I've done a bunch of miles off road with it.  But I've got pretty large tires on it, for an Eagle, and that may change the feel I guess.  As a comparison I daily drive a Jeep Wrangler TJ, and that thing is pretty twitchy.  With the short wheelbase any movement in the steering wheel gets you a pretty big lane change.  I can't imagine driving the Jeep with my knee at anything over 10 miles per hour.

I may have missed it, is there something wrong with your original steering box?  If you need to replace it, I'd go with the XJ based on Eaglefreek's description.
That's what i was after! Yes, I'm starting to get a belt squeal at high rpm's that I'm suspecting is steering system related. My friend that helped me with the car tightened the gear box up enough that its fine to drive but he thought it probably needed rebuilt. I don't routinely drive with my knees but it was the best way I could describe what I was wanting. I don't want twitchy. I don't care for chasing my old 71 F250 all over the road with its loose steering but I'd rather have that than twitchy.
I have the 84 eagle parts car that still has a box I can rebuild or the Jeep grand cherokee (not sure if its gear box is compatible or not). Just thinking ahead. Not an emergency yet.
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Project Cars / Re: You bought what?? 88 Eagle Wagon - Overlander Build
« Last post by amarshall on Today at 12:38:41 AM »
I’ll be on the lookout for ya when you come thru Colorado. Looking thru this thread has just motivated me to go down into the garage and wrench on the Eagle. Thanks

Glad I could help, hah!
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