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There was recently a Sundancer (sold for $37K) and a wagon on there also.
The Engine / Re: Carburetor options
« Last post by amcfool1 on October 04, 2022, 11:38:20 AM »
hi, Holley makes an in tank fuel pump assembly for the 15 gallon JEEP tank. It will fit into an Eagle/Hornet tank no problem. The float arm has to be bent a bit to work properly. good luck, gz
The Engine / Re: Carburetor options
« Last post by djm3452004 on October 03, 2022, 08:07:10 PM »
hi, check out the Holley Sniper BBD, made for 258s. good luck, gz

That's my plan in the long run.

+1 on the Sniper system.  It has made a huge driveability improvement since installed. 

I bought one of the Clifford Webers originally, along with their 6=8 intake and Eagle exhaust header.  I found the Weber finicky and troublesome to adjust.  The carb linkage was sloppy and prevented really dialing-in a good idle.  Clifford's tech help was an absolute joke.  Some of their install advice about not running a return fuel line back to the tank is a guaranteed recipe for horrible vapor lock in any kind of realistic driving situation. 

I even bought one of Gronk's Motorcraft kits to replace the Weber but was so disgusted with the lack of quality and terrible communication that I ditched it too.  The throttle linkage adapter seemed made of sheet metal and held on with self-tapping screws.  I get that these cars aren't Mercedes, there was no reason for making a cheap car look even chintzier.

Neither carburetor kit addressed the lack of a throttle -to- A904/998 kickdown linkage that is lost if you ditch the factory throttle belcrank assembly.  If you have an automatic, setting this up right is a necessity to not burning up your transmission.  I had to modify the original belcrank setup extensively to work properly.  This was easily the most-tedious part of the job.

When you do get to the Sniper kit eventually, I'd really recommend NOT using rubber fuel line all the way back to the rail-mounted, high-pressure fuel pump.  I made my own lines with NiCopp brake line, double-flaring tool and fittings.  My personal opinion was the even the high-pressure rated fuel-injection rubber hose was too vulnerable to undercar damage while driving than a hard line nicely tucked along the unibody rail.

For your sanity when driving, use rubber isolators to mount the high-pressure pump.  The rubber-lined clamps the kit provided to mount the pump to the rail were inadequate and transmitted all the pump vibration and very loud noise directly through the car body into the passenger compartment.

Good luck with your decisions going forward.  I spent waaaay too much on (3) separate fuel setups getting this car to run well, and regret wasting the first ~$600 on the junky carburetor setups that don't hold a candle to the $1200 Sniper setup.


Project Cars / 4.0L Swap, flex plate
« Last post by tgotr on October 03, 2022, 03:02:25 PM »
I pulled my 258 and I'm doing a 4.0 swap...well it's been bored and I'm using my Eagle's stock Crank and rods, so it's going up to 4.7L.

I am reading Joshpit's write up, and while mine takes many deviations, it's been quite helpful. I do not have the engine assembled at the moment, and this could be answered by doing that.

Joshpit's write up says you need to use a 32RH OR a 42RE flexplate. Why can't I use my Eagle's stock flexplate off of the 258? There would be many advantages to using it, especially since it's in good shape for being 40 years old. I'm almost 40 myself, and I am in worse shape than that flex plate. I am assuming he recommended the 32RH and 42RE flex plates because he was still using the 4.0 Crank, and I will not be,
The Engine / Re: Carburetor options
« Last post by tgotr on October 03, 2022, 02:58:04 PM »
hi, check out the Holley Sniper BBD, made for 258s. good luck, gz

That's my plan in the long run.
Eagle Road Trips / Re: Comox and Home
« Last post by AMC of Houston on October 03, 2022, 01:34:10 PM »
I love it!!  I used to have one of the old Sun analog models back in the '70's, and a Sun distributor machine.  I loved them both - wish I had them back!!  Congrats on your score!
Eagle Road Trips / Re: Comox and Home
« Last post by vangremlin on October 03, 2022, 10:10:46 AM »
That thing is beautiful!  Glad you got it home safely!
Eagle Road Trips / Re: Comox and Home
« Last post by MIPS on October 03, 2022, 12:15:03 AM »
Well it turns out the cart didn't fit the Eagle OR my buddy's car (that's the last time I trust that tape measure), so we were stuck in a weird situation where I had no way to get the thing off the island for about a month until he had a reason to be taking a cube van there and back. I offered to help him load and unload it and there was my free trip to get the cart back to where I could transport it.
The day started off on a weird note. I was sleeping in the car that night when someone on a bike came down the street at 3AM and was whacking the windows on parked cars with a rock. I got hit too but none of the glass broke on the first try and before he could try again I was out of the car chasing the piece of ****. I got scuffs in the middle of the windows now but a few people up the street came out to shattered windows so I got very lucky there....

Later that morning when I pulled into the rental shop someone comes out with their phone and asks me if I'm from Kamloops and I say yes. Turns out the day before someone spotted me filling my tank at a gas station and snapped a photo because the Eagle turns heads EVERYWHERE, then sent it to this guy, so imagine his mind when the very same Eagle pulls up, hundreds of kilometers away. I pose for a photo and he sends a photo back to his friend. Small world.

We don't finish with the cube van until 2:30am the next morning, at which point in the dark I get the thing on the roof and strapped down, then it's a long, LONG ride home.

I determined that yes if I just secure it to the roof rack things will break on the car so instead I strap the front of it to the front bumper supports and the rear is attached to the jack points on the rear bumper, then another strap goes through the rack bars so it doesn't slide around. It was a long trip home. I could not go above 80km/h without beginning to hear some funny noises from the roof and I could tell from the vacuum gauge this thing was a serious air drag. I required a full extra tank of gas to get home than it normally takes, but this afternoon with a few hours rest in between I made it, got it off and my reward is now sitting in the garage.

Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / Re: 85 Eagle suspension upgrade
« Last post by Artmodels on October 02, 2022, 10:47:50 AM »
Our 83 wagon has a 3" lift.  Rear axle lift is acheived via blocks between axle and leaf springs.  Front lift, not sure, but previous owner says he used other amc springs, possibly gremlin?  There is a cistom fabbed bar between suspension arm and shock/spring assembly, so not sure what was done?
Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires / 85 Eagle suspension upgrade
« Last post by kenwood on October 02, 2022, 01:10:05 AM »
Hello all,

I'm new to owning an Eagle, all though I've wanted one for a long time. I just got an 85 Sedan. It came with a set of wheels and new tires off a Dodge minivan, and they look good, but the tires rub. The current suspension feels a little soft. Given the two, I figured I'd look into upgrading the suspension and putting a 2" lift on the car. I've heard that the Eagles use the same suspension as the Cherokee's, but are they equivalent for the same year? I've looked through the forum and see a lot of talk about suspension, but those threads are several years old. I'm looking for what is good now, any recommendations for upgrading the suspension?

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