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Offline 89 MJ

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What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« on: April 18, 2024, 09:31:49 PM »
What does everyone’s Eagle do? Is it your off road toy? A daily driver? Your bad weather beater? A show car? Just something to tinker with?

My car has served all of those purposes. When I’m not at school, it shares daily driver duties with my Comanche. Usually it’s driven on rainy days because the Comanche is restored and my Eagle is far from nice, but it also gets driven plenty when it’s nice. Every now and again, it sees dirt, but it doesn’t get wheeled like a Jeep.
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

Offline MIPS

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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2024, 11:16:14 AM »
It's my daily.
I don't have space for another car so this wagon checks every box for where it goes and has to remain reliable. This has proven to be extremely expensive because it can rarely be taken off the road for extended periods of time for maintenance because it's needed again in fairly short order and roadside breakdowns. At the same time it has to look good, so there's lots of cleaning, polishing, waxing and as much effort as I can to keep both the interior and exterior presentable both on the road and when parked at the grocery store.
At this point the biggest thing I need to keep on top of is rust and failing collision/paint repairs from decades ago. You know, the two things that when you really have to pull the trigger are both very time consuming and expensive.

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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2024, 11:46:00 AM »
Was my daily driver after purchasing in 2012 for ten years. Then finally decided to restore the car with new rockers and interior and paint and use it for car shows but not afraid to take it out when snow first falls before roads get all slushy.
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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2024, 01:25:14 PM »
They're my daily drivers, but I don't drive much anymore. They have also been in shows & won awards. I actually beat myself outta first place in the 1980s. The sedan took first & the wagon got second. The other trophy was for 2nd place, I was confused & put it on the wrong Eagle!
'83 AMC Eagle wagon 258/auto.
'84 AMC Eagle sedan (4 door) 258/auto.
PREVIOUS AMCs:
'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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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2024, 05:24:42 PM »
My Eagles are for daily driving and for tinkering.  And also to be mobile museums to remind people of these cars.  I almost always get comments each time I take them out from people who remember them, haven't seen one in a long time, and who have fond memories of them.  Fly, Eagle, fly!
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1980 Coupe 258 - "Ginger
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Offline 89 MJ

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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2024, 07:57:17 PM »
I'm glad to see that these cars are still being driven!
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: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2024, 09:32:37 AM »
With recent events, got rear ended in my daily driver and it was totaled. Now trying to nurse a concussion and whiplash, got diagnosis last Monday after suffering a persistent headache for over a week my wife made an appointment. Almost 4 weeks in, I have decided I will NOT replace my rave4. I do not want another payment. Interest rates are way too high. I bought new tires for the Eagle, finally. The ones that were on it, I bought back in 2009 right after I got married. I was also given a 1999 Ford E250 van. So with the van and fresh safe tires on the Eagle I will be using then as daily drivers. Guess I will hit 100,000 miles in the Eagle this year after all..
2010 Toyota Rav4 pack mule, totaled 3/26/24 rear ended REAL HARD. concussion and whiplash. not fun
1999 Ford E250 conversion/work van 238,000 see if it will make 300,000
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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2024, 01:58:57 PM »
With recent events, got rear ended in my daily driver and it was totaled. Now trying to nurse a concussion and whiplash, got diagnosis last Monday after suffering a persistent headache for over a week my wife made an appointment. Almost 4 weeks in, I have decided I will NOT replace my rave4. I do not want another payment. Interest rates are way too high. I bought new tires for the Eagle, finally. The ones that were on it, I bought back in 2009 right after I got married. I was also given a 1999 Ford E250 van. So with the van and fresh safe tires on the Eagle I will be using then as daily drivers. Guess I will hit 100,000 miles in the Eagle this year after all..

Glad you didn’t get banged up any more than you did
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: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2024, 09:39:42 PM »
Taylor, hope you heal up quickly!
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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2024, 07:28:20 PM »
At this point, I am keeping my fingers crossed for a quick recovery, whiplash and a concussion sucks.
Looking forward to getting more things off my to do list with the Eagle.
2010 Toyota Rav4 pack mule, totaled 3/26/24 rear ended REAL HARD. concussion and whiplash. not fun
1999 Ford E250 conversion/work van 238,000 see if it will make 300,000
1985 AMC Eagle Limited Wagon 🖖🏼🦅
2020 Honda Africa Twin, the long haul trucker

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Re: What’s Your Eagle’s Purpose?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2024, 01:04:34 PM »
My Eagle is currently being fixed up. Not restored, but it's only put on 900 miles since 2003, unless the odometer has been tampered with, which I doubt. I would like to put it into daily-driver service, but the fuel economy deters me from retiring my Corolla. So I don't know.
I’m glad AMC is All Makes Combined, it’s really nice for finding parts.

1980 AMC Eagle Limited wagon
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