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Offline Mopars_n_Marlins

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Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« on: January 20, 2024, 11:15:03 AM »
Hey all!  As the name suggests, I'm a Mopar guy, but recently joined the ranks of AMC with a clean little 1980 2 door.  62k miles, good runner.  We picked it up new years day, already took care of the leaking exhaust manifold gasket, put a new valve cover on, full tune up, fluids, KYB shocks.  We'll drive it as-is while I decide between fuel injecting and turbocharging or just swapping in a 5.9 magnum and 45RFE trans to run at modern speeds better.



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2018 Ram 5500 6.7 Cummins/Aisin 6 spd - 2016 Ram 2500 4x4 Mega 5.7 Hemi (Hers) - 2013 Tirumph Speed Triple R - 2010 Commander Limited 5.7 Hemi (Hers) - 2000 Durango SLT 5.9 - 1999 Honda Nighthwak 750 (Hers) - 1991 Beta Zero - 1980 Eagle 2 door Limited 258 - 1978 Dodge Aspen SE 511 stroker/727 - 1977 Power Wagon 360/4 spd - 1966 Kaiser M35A2 LDT465 - 1965 Chrysler Newport Town Sedan 383/727 - 1928 Chrysler 52 Sedan L4/3 spd M/T

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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2024, 04:26:48 PM »
Hello! That is a gorgeous 80. You sure don't see a ton of 80s out there. Engine swaps are difficult in these cars due to how the front differential is mounted. Fuel injection and a turbo seems like the better route to me. You could do a Jeep 4.0 and an AW4 swap easier than the 5.9
1986 Eagle: 258, Auto, Chrysler 8.25 rear, 3.54 gears
1989 Jeep Comanche: 4.0, AX-15, 8.8 rear, 4.10 gears
1940 Chevy PU: 350, 700R4

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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2024, 08:16:06 PM »
Engine swaps are difficult in these cars due to how the front differential is mounted.

I've stuffed a 511 stroker in a Dodge Aspen, transplanted an entire XJ 4x4 drivetrain into a '46 Ford half ton, etc.  I ain't skeert!

Lucky for me, I own and operate a substantial machine shop with 2 & 3 axis CNC lathes, a 4 axis VMC, a 5 axis subspindle millturn, gobs of manual machines, mag break, MIG, TIG, stick and gas welders, heat treat oven, etc. And if I can't make the shape with what I've got, a good friend is the owner of Nemesis Industries just up the road with a massive water jet and 200 ton press break.  There's not a lot we can't make happen!
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2018 Ram 5500 6.7 Cummins/Aisin 6 spd - 2016 Ram 2500 4x4 Mega 5.7 Hemi (Hers) - 2013 Tirumph Speed Triple R - 2010 Commander Limited 5.7 Hemi (Hers) - 2000 Durango SLT 5.9 - 1999 Honda Nighthwak 750 (Hers) - 1991 Beta Zero - 1980 Eagle 2 door Limited 258 - 1978 Dodge Aspen SE 511 stroker/727 - 1977 Power Wagon 360/4 spd - 1966 Kaiser M35A2 LDT465 - 1965 Chrysler Newport Town Sedan 383/727 - 1928 Chrysler 52 Sedan L4/3 spd M/T

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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2024, 12:21:42 PM »
Welcome to the forums. Good luck with mods, sounds like a good challenge for you. Can’t wait to see the progress.
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Offline 89 MJ

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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2024, 12:24:06 PM »
Engine swaps are difficult in these cars due to how the front differential is mounted.

I've stuffed a 511 stroker in a Dodge Aspen, transplanted an entire XJ 4x4 drivetrain into a '46 Ford half ton, etc.  I ain't skeert!

Lucky for me, I own and operate a substantial machine shop with 2 & 3 axis CNC lathes, a 4 axis VMC, a 5 axis subspindle millturn, gobs of manual machines, mag break, MIG, TIG, stick and gas welders, heat treat oven, etc. And if I can't make the shape with what I've got, a good friend is the owner of Nemesis Industries just up the road with a massive water jet and 200 ton press break.  There's not a lot we can't make happen!

Sounds good! I just wanted to make sure you weren't getting in over your head, and it sounds like you're not.
1986 Eagle: 258, Auto, Chrysler 8.25 rear, 3.54 gears
1989 Jeep Comanche: 4.0, AX-15, 8.8 rear, 4.10 gears
1940 Chevy PU: 350, 700R4

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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2024, 10:23:46 PM »
Welcome to the Den and enjoy your new Eagle!  Good luck with the the project and enjoy driving it “as-is” for the time being.

Where are you at in Eastern Colorado?  I live on the east side of the metro area. 
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Re: Greetings from Eastern Colorado
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2024, 02:28:05 PM »
Show more pics of your car - looks great!  :)

I'm a Mopar guy myself, although I do not own a Mopar at this moment.
My last project was in 2017 - rebuilt a 76 Power Wagon that was already ~70% completed.

Cheers and welcome to the forum.


 

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