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Author Topic: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"  (Read 1094 times)

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Offline atmafox

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Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« on: July 26, 2019, 02:11:29 PM »
So, after so much hassle she's finally home and in the garage.

To cover what's happened so far: Getting frozen valves unstuck and replacement of the pushrods (somehow she ran on 2 cylinders -- like hot garbage but ran) due to throwing pushrods because of said frozen valves.

Then the gearbox let go -- likely from running on 2 cylinders due to the weakness of the TC hub on the TF998.  New to me TF998 and a lot of money to have a shop do it since I couldn't very well drive her home. So that's a joy.

Then the rear driver brake auto-disassembled inside the drum and I had to have her hauled home from KC to Denver anyway.  That's going to be a mess when I get to it.  Also, the master cylinder has blown a seal and is gulping air.  Headliner is doing the customary sagging, none of the windows or front glass seal, the (possibly OEM?) tint is forming all kinds of bubbles and such -- old age?  So this one'll be a lot of work, but I think I may have one of the only (until I register her) single owner Eagles left in the world.  Dunno there.  Rear diff has a pretty bad seep around the cover plate, leaf springs are collapsed, suspension all around needs servicing and we're dealing with bolts that haven't been touched for $DEITY only knows how long -- lots of ATF/acetone blend to get them loosened.  She's also throwing nasty black dust out of the HVAC whenever air moves through it and most the gauges either are nonfunctional or barely functional -- heck, the clock only comes on at all when the headlights are on.  Besides that she seems stuck in high beams.  All of the safety lighting works, though -- small favors.

Oh, and she needs a repaint pretty badly.  Previous owner was a body knocker and had repainted her a beautiful silver back around '88 or so.  Unfortunately he started a new restoration then promptly had a stroke and stopped being able to work on her, which left her in a field until I found her. 

Pictures will be coming along soon.  Good news is the motor and new-to-us gearbox run quite well.  Plus plenty of small favors.  This'll be a long restoration, and eventually she's going to get a 4.0HO head/EFI/etc but keep the 258cu bottom end.  Maybe an Eaton M90 (got two sitting around unused from previous projects) supercharger, unsure as yet.

My most ambitious part of the project will be adapting a GS6-53BZ 6MT out of a BMW to fit.  That'll take some work at the tail plus removing the BMW bellhousing and attaching a bellhousing from a suitable AMC I6 mount.  The gear ratios line up quite nicely from my calculations and the gearbox is quite svelte so shouldn't have fitment issues.  Length'll be fun, but a custom prop shaft should do me, or mounting the t-case divorced; thinking an NP242.  But first priority is to get her driveable and registered then I'll eventually start gathering all the other needed parts.

Long,rambly post but a good overview of the project facing me on this gal.  Named her Skunk after the previous owner's paint scheme and a little pipe cleaner skunk we found in her when we got her.
Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2019, 05:46:34 PM »
I would love to see pics!

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2019, 06:01:46 PM »
Good luck with your new project, sounds like you have your work cut out for you.  And like the previous poster said, we'd love to see pictures!
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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2019, 07:35:53 PM »
I await the pictures to take us through the development.



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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 11:26:22 AM »
Still no pictures (I'm horrible about them) but will have some while I'm doing the brake job.

Which brings me to: I've just ordered a stem to stern brake job.  Everything available for the front and rear brakes, booster, soft lines, parking brake cables, the whole shebang.  Only things I can't find are:
  • The brake booster cylinder
  • Perhaps a couple of pieces for the rear drums like some of the stamped steel parts that are (hopefully) still good in mine.  Did get the auto-adjuster rebuild kit for each rear though.

Also, going to have her front and rear glass resealed on Tuesday so she'll finally be able to be outside without water penetration.

So progress is happening!
Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 05:11:41 PM »
hi, sounds like a challenging project. I went through something similar with my 84 sedan. Any small parts that are reusable but rusty, soak 'em in some Evaporust for a day or so, and they will be as good as new. Available in most good hardware stores. Or, if you want the 5 gal bucket, @$80., from Amazon, Stuff really works! good luck, gz

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2020, 05:25:31 PM »
So got some brake work done and got the pictures of her as she stands.  Honestly I think she's beautiful and in beautiful shape.  New glass up front, refreshed glass rear.  Pretty nice interior.

The last picture is a pucker moment; the driver side front brake flare for the softline connection was frozen to the hardline so snapped the hardline clear off.  I need a new hardline now.
Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2020, 05:33:50 PM »
Progress!  Keep up the good work!
1981 Kammback 258 - "Pepe"
1980 Coupe 258 - "Ginger
1972 Gremlin X 304
1978 Gremlin 4 cyl 121 - sold
1964 TBird 390 - sold

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2020, 06:13:13 PM »
Nice, a 2 door sedan. Looks good.
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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2020, 07:23:19 PM »
More work!  The front brakes are done and we used good stainless steel hardline so no more corrosion problem here!
Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2020, 08:12:12 PM »
Well, back to my tube and hose shop.  The rear brake lines were corroded beyond belief.  Got them out, mostly intact... had to do it this way anyway after the flare nut going to the old rear brake hose on the driver side tube rounded out despite penetrating oil, heat, etc.  Just too much corrosion.

Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2020, 04:45:37 PM »
40 years worth of corrosion!
1981 Kammback 258 - "Pepe"
1980 Coupe 258 - "Ginger
1972 Gremlin X 304
1978 Gremlin 4 cyl 121 - sold
1964 TBird 390 - sold

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Re: Second Owner 1980 Sport 2dr Sedan "Skunk"
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2020, 06:54:55 PM »
After a bit of a break, got the entire set of brake work done with the exception of the forward parking brake cable and that's on the list soon.  There're electrical gremlins a plenty still and I seem to keep finding more, but at least she'll be movable under her own power safely.  Progress, however small.
Mine:
- 1980 AMC Eagle 2dr Sedan
- 2009 BMW 335i xDrive Coupe

Ours:
- 1986 Toyota Pickup

Hers:
- 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo
- 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac
- 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr 4x4

His:
- 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD
- 1985 Nissan 720 Pickup Deluxe King Cab 4x4

 

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