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Eagle Sightings / Re: Wagon at discount tire
« Last post by maddog on Yesterday at 11:38:39 PM »
I'm not sure what brand he got but I do know that they were 205/75-15s.
Transmission Shop / Re: Transmission linkage keeps coming apart.
« Last post by tgotr on Yesterday at 04:40:06 PM »
Yea, the shifting linkage came apart, so I tried to zip tie it together, just to get home safely, but I accidentally put the transmission in Reverse while underneath, and the car almost rolled over my head. Took all my strength to hold the wheel back so I could get out from under the car.
Project Cars / Re: 1980 Eagle Sport STW 258+TF998 "Silver Beast" (from Finland)
« Last post by juhap on Yesterday at 09:14:30 AM »
Something done... I did an engine cleaning process... Drained oil and using diesel fuel instead of motor oil got out a lot of black matter... Did this three times. Now there is oil again... Going to change it once more. Engine runs now much better, no ticking sound from lifters or rockers at all.

After that Eagle flew out of its nest to rest...

Next is time to repair rear hatch and paint the whole car...
Eagle Sightings / Re: Wagon at discount tire
« Last post by bramc on Yesterday at 06:50:11 AM »
Of course I'm super-curious as to what tires he put on.
Transmission Shop / Re: Yet another linkage question
« Last post by rmick on Yesterday at 12:52:45 AM »
The universal kick down cable with a return spring is an option I have used on other AMC's when I didn't have the original linkage or had used a Clifford intake on a six cylinder.
Eagle Sightings / Wagon at discount tire
« Last post by maddog on May 25, 2022, 11:41:39 PM »
While I was on break today at work I spotted a white and black or dark blue 83 wagon at the discount tire I was parked next door to. So naturally I had to go talk to the owner and found out that his has a carbureted 4.0 in it with a five speed. He said that he isn't a member on here but he has been on here before as a guest. Sorry I couldn't get pictures of it as they had pulled it into the bay to do the tires.
Transmission Shop / Yet another linkage question
« Last post by Mr_Roboto on May 25, 2022, 11:11:07 PM »
So I have an Offy 4bbl Intake Manifold on my 258 and it clearly says "not for use with an automatic transmission" in the little documentation I can find. Naturally, that means I want to use it with an automatic transmission.  ;D

I've got the bracket, the kickdown linkage rod and a throttle cable and no springs either on the trans end or the linkage end. This naturally brings a few questions up:
1-Can I fabricate a method using the kickdown mechanism as it is to use a carburetor that's got its shafts mounted going front to back instead of driver's side to passenger side like the stock carb linkage seems to? I am thinking about a chunk of universal throttle cable of some kind going to the carb.
2-How do universal  kickdown cables work out? It seems as if the mechanism for these is somewhat more complex from the factory and obviously am concerned about transmission longevity.
2A-Would I want a universal spring at the carb if I used a to connect to the original linkage? I lean towards yes.
2B-What kickdown springs should I use and where do I get them at?
3-Would a universal cable based kickdown and throttle cable be enough to solve this problem? If so I think I could make a bracket to get that working with a set of carb mounted return springs
Hatchlings / Just got an 82 Liftback
« Last post by Mr_Roboto on May 25, 2022, 10:19:30 PM »
I've been looking around for another project car and Wisconsin's kind of hard pickings overall. I've had a few cars in the past and consider my self a moderately experienced fabricator and builder so I wanted something that I could have fun building on a budget.

What I wound up with was an 82 Eagle I picked up off of Craigslist. It definitely has some SX4 parts with it (I have the tach gauges and the center console and a door) but I don't think that the car its self was an SX4. The 258 needs some work and was supposedly rebuilt by the previous owner with a Comp Cam in it of unknown spec. It's also been lowered and has an offy C-series intake (That's probably my first tech threads really) and unfortunately for me it's an 82 engine with 7/16 head bolts. It's also been lowered and had a lot of amateur body work done. The interior is real rough and needs some work but I think I'll get it driveable.

Initial plans include fixing the linkage for the carb/intake, enough body work to seal the metal up that's exposed and just driving around. It's got an aftermarket 500 CFM Carter AFB (before Edelbrock bought them) on it that looks brand new as well so I've gotta get linkage sorted.
Engine Electrical Systems. / Re: 1988 only will start in start posistion
« Last post by kr2222 on May 25, 2022, 07:11:25 PM »
the ignition switch and starter soleniod are new but i will check the as you mentioned to be sure. thanks.
Transmission Shop / Re: Transmission linkage keeps coming apart.
« Last post by Illeagle1984 on May 24, 2022, 07:33:50 PM »
Eagle got ya good, eh?  I got clocked by mine once pretty good too.  It happens. :)

Been a few years but I think all that holds it on is the rubber grommet and the little divet in the arm on the transmission side.  If the grommet doesn't do it, the end of that little arm may be too rotted to hold it on anymore.  Might need a new arm or build up the old one with some creative welding/hammering.

As far the shifter, I found this in the den:  About halfway in, eagle87 says: "ive had this problem, and it turned out to be the short thin metal tab from the shifter lever to linkage rod was bent, even a slight bend combined with leverage can mess it up, you simply bend it while the car is on stands and have someone move the shifter untill the trans locks in park"  That might get you where you want to go.
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