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Author Topic: Saved an eagle from the crusher  (Read 1285 times)

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Offline ikeinater

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Saved an eagle from the crusher
« on: August 05, 2023, 05:57:52 PM »
Greetings Eagle den community,

Fairly new to eagles. I've seen and heard about them and my dad used to own one a long time ago. I picked up one awhile 1981 SX4 series 30 straight 6 automatic ago from a guy who was having it hauled off to the recycler. didn't have a key and it hadn't been started or moved since 2002. I inspected it for rust (that i could see) and the only rust i can find is in the rear fender well on the forward facing side. It has a fairly large dent on the drivers side behind the door (not sure if this is a huge issue for structural damage). Yes it has a clean title which is a large reason why i saved it.

I have since pulled the steering wheel off and replaced the lock cylinder. I put some new plugs in it and changed the oil. it started fairly easily just had to fill the carb bowl up a little and put some gas in the tank. It idles fairly well for having sat since 2002. I opened the trans pan to see what it looked like inside and it seems to be normal no glitter or chunks on the magnet. When i filled the trans back up most of the fluid leaked out from the front (engine facing) of the bell housing. I picked up a TF 998 rebuild kit assuming it may need some seals replaced.

Anyone know how best to pull the trans so i can get these seals replaced?

These eagles don't seem all that complicated but i know some folks might have tips and tricks on the weird quirks with them.

Also are the 1981 series 30 eagles always 4wd cause i don't see a switch anywhere inside for 2w-4w?

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Re: Saved an eagle from the crusher
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2023, 08:05:45 PM »
Halfway through the 81 model year, eagles went from all wheel drive (or automatic four-wheel drive as AMC called it) to stop and shift 4-wheel drive. If it's a stop and shift one it will have a little lever with a pull pin under it on the dash on the left hand side of the steering wheel towards the bottom. If it's an early 81 then it should say automatic four-wheel drive on the side and glove compartment door.

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Re: Saved an eagle from the crusher
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2023, 09:10:58 PM »
This pic. is an '83, but they're all the same till they went to "shift-on-the-fly" ('85? '86? I don't recall.). Then they still used the same switch, you just didn't have to stop & pull down on the release to switch it.
'83 AMC Eagle wagon 258/auto.
'84 AMC Eagle sedan (4 door) 258/auto.
'72 Gremlin X 304/3 speed
'81 Eagle Kammback 258/4 speed (Purchased new)
'82 Eagle wagon 258/5 speed (Ordered new, traded Kammback)
'86 (I THINK) Eagle wagon - BlackBird 258/auto. (Got hit/totaled)
'83 Eagle wagon - White Eagle 258-auto. (Front subframe was rotted out - sold for parts)


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