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Noneagle chevette
« on: May 27, 2013, 08:42:57 AM »
I havent had an eagle in awhile but I still lurk around here from time to time.

Here is my ride I built back in 03.  Quick spec sheet.   85 chevette body.  custom frame jeep d44 rear scout d44 front  ( did have jeep d30) 3.8 buick v6 th400 trans d18 tcase.

Had it in the garage this winter changing out the front axle to a scout 44 and going 5.13 gears with dual lockers.




Took it out saturday and broke the front driveshaft.  I built the driveshaft back in 05 so I'm not disapointed it broke.


Got a new one built and took it back our riding sunday


Flopped it over





Video of the flop
http://youtu.be/Mx5zw5vBY70

Video of the first half the the trail excalibur at Heiney Farm in Roseville OH
http://youtu.be/b53oKC5Lzhk

The 3.8 lost oil pressure on the way home.  changed the oil and it is holding pressure for now, gonna run it a few days an dsee what happens but it might be getting a 4.3 real soon
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 06:16:40 PM »
I am sure you know how to 'wheel, but looking at the videos, it appears that you are running WAAAAAY too much tire pressure.  I am not saying that is why the car rolled on it's side.  It just seems to me that lower tire pressure would help provide more traction.....Rich
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 06:48:17 PM »
I am sure you know how to 'wheel, but looking at the videos, it appears that you are running WAAAAAY too much tire pressure.  I am not saying that is why the car rolled on it's side.  It just seems to me that lower tire pressure would help provide more traction.....Rich

10psi front 8psi no bead locks.
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 02:15:04 PM »
A curiosity question...is it normal to run the drive shaft with the slip yoke end at the axle? :eagle:
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 04:49:14 PM »
I am sure you know how to 'wheel, but looking at the videos, it appears that you are running WAAAAAY too much tire pressure.  I am not saying that is why the car rolled on it's side.  It just seems to me that lower tire pressure would help provide more traction.....Rich

10psi front 8psi no bead locks.
WOW, it still looks like the tires are hard in the video.  That Chevette must be really light.  I know on my SX4 I used to run around the same pressures (10 front, 8 rear), but that would make my tires look almost flat.  It could be that my SX4 weighs more than your Chevette, and that is why your tires look like they have too much air. Some guys even run 4-6 pounds, and the tires are really squishy (is that a word?), but they mold themselves around the terrain and provide great traction.  I know you might be afraid to run a lower pressure, but I bet if you ran pressures low enough to make your tires look flat, you would be able to almost crawl that same trail and barely spin a tire.  Just my opinion though, and it is based on my experience (many rough trail hours/miles).
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1983 Eagle Wagon  Tan over Copper
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1982 Eagle 4 Door Sedan  Copper over Satin Black
1985 Eagle Sport Wagon October 2007 ROTM (SOLD)
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 06:21:47 PM »
Tread depth is my issue. these tires are about gone.
 Chevette might weigh 2500 pounds if that shes light. my pressures are pushing it as running 10" wide wheels on 12.50 tires. Thats a pretty simple trail to make when its dry as it was sunday all about the right lines and good tires. I had neither..lol  I did end up flopping it bakc on all 4's and finishing the trail
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 08:19:44 PM »
Tread depth is my issue. these tires are about gone.
 Chevette might weigh 2500 pounds if that shes light. my pressures are pushing it as running 10" wide wheels on 12.50 tires. Thats a pretty simple trail to make when its dry as it was sunday all about the right lines and good tires. I had neither..lol  I did end up flopping it bakc on all 4's and finishing the trail
I guess you are right about the tread. I had almost new mud terrain tires all the time I 'wheeled my SX4 (America's tire free replacement certificates), so traction was not an issue.  Having a lot of tread would definitely make a big difference, whatever the tire pressure was.
1980 Eagle Turbodiesel Wagon (only 2 known to exist as of 2008)- 7-7-2011 Flight to it's new nest @ Rambler Ranch
1983 Eagle Wagon  Tan over Copper
1982 Eagle SX4 "ALTREGL"  (avatar photo)
1982 Eagle 4 Door Sedan  Copper over Satin Black
1985 Eagle Sport Wagon October 2007 ROTM (SOLD)
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1983 GMC Van (6.2 Diesel)
1985 Mitsubishi pickup (2.3 Turbodiesel)

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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2019, 09:43:37 PM »
sad to report that this car was rolled onto its roof and then dismantled.    been a few years since ive logged in.  I have photos on fb but no longer have a desktop to share from.
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 06:28:18 PM »
That was definitely a unique and cool looking build.  Sorry to hear it is no more.  Thanks for visiting.
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2019, 06:31:10 PM »
https://m.facebook.com/deugenechambers/albums/10152007917777935/?ref=content_filter

For those of you with Facebook you can see its demise at the above link.

I just purchased two eagles so hopefully I'll remember to log in more
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Re: Noneagle chevette
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2019, 03:24:41 PM »
sad to report that this car was rolled onto its roof and then dismantled.    been a few years since ive logged in.  I have photos on fb but no longer have a desktop to share from.

I dismantled my SX4 as well. Sold the engine and trans with another SX4, and had the frame and axles left.
EDIT: Actually, I sold the axles, and just have the frame left.  It is for sale in the parts section.

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« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 11:00:06 AM by rollguy »
1980 Eagle Turbodiesel Wagon (only 2 known to exist as of 2008)- 7-7-2011 Flight to it's new nest @ Rambler Ranch
1983 Eagle Wagon  Tan over Copper
1982 Eagle SX4 "ALTREGL"  (avatar photo)
1982 Eagle 4 Door Sedan  Copper over Satin Black
1985 Eagle Sport Wagon October 2007 ROTM (SOLD)
4 Biofuel powered Benzs ('98 E300, '82 300 CD, '82 300 TD (wagon), '80 240 D)
1983 GMC Van (6.2 Diesel)
1985 Mitsubishi pickup (2.3 Turbodiesel)

 

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