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Where are the Eagle 4x4's
02/21/08 at 17:35:57
 
There must be some good stories out there.  I had an 84 Eagle wagon 4x4 that was a blast to drive.  It actually did quite well considering I had 265/60r15 tires on the back.  The 258/ 5 speed combo was great.  Mine saw quite a few corn fields and logging roads, and never left me stranded even with a flat tire and no coolant  Roll Eyes
 
I wish I kept that one.
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Reply #1 - 02/21/08 at 17:39:33
 
There was a guy in Mn talking about building an eagle for rallycross, not sure if he ever got the car done or not?
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Reply #2 - 02/23/08 at 01:10:22
 
i have a friend who used to have an 84 eagle, and that thing could eat more mud than any 4x4 pickup i have seen any of these local guys run.
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Reply #3 - 03/17/08 at 22:46:04
 
When I was in college, I had a fellow classmate who was a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy dude. Had a big jacked up 4x4 Chev and his wife had a 'Yota 4Runner. Over the winter, he decides to re-do the 350 in his truck and wound up buying an Eagle wagon as backup. He thought it was a cheap pile of junk but figured it was cheap and could haul lots of stuff. He wound up replacing the carb on it and doing all 4 brakes but nothing much after that.
 
During this winter we got a heavy dump of snow, and jokingly I told Paul that he should carry chains and jumper cables. When he asked me why, I simply replied with "When it happens, you'll know."
 
The next day, Paul doesn't show up to class until almost 11:30. When the instructor asked what happened, Paul entertained the entire class about how he had to pull SIX cars/trucks/everything out of the ditch on the way to class. Everybody would see that Eagle Wagon coming, and most folks around here know them for their legendary wintertime prowess and would flag him down.
 
At lunch Paul glares at me..... "You knew this would happen!"
 
Yeah Did.  Grin
 
A few months later as our course is winding up, Paul informs all of us that the Eagle had really grown on him and he and his wife decided to sell the 4Runner and keep the wagon.  Wink
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Reply #4 - 03/21/08 at 06:03:09
 
Quote from faustmb on 02/21/08 at 17:35:57:
There must be some good stories out there. I had an 84 Eagle wagon 4x4 that was a blast to drive. It actually did quite well considering I had 265/60r15 tires on the back. The 258/ 5 speed combo was great. Mine saw quite a few corn fields and logging roads, and never left me stranded even with a flat tire and no coolant Roll Eyes

I wish I kept that one.

 
You're the first person in my 6 years in the hobby that I've ever known to have, or have had, another 5 speed Eagle wagon. Smiley The manual makes all the difference in the world.
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Reply #5 - 03/30/08 at 13:32:34
 
It was the only "sport" package I've ever seen with a five speed.  It was great, but I was too young and stupid to appreciate it.  That car was tons of fun.
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Reply #6 - 03/31/08 at 16:36:33
 
Go find another one, then in about 10 years when I'm done with mine we can cruise the mud bogs. Wink
 
Sad part is, I'll probably have so much money in mine that I'll be afraid to do that with it... Sad
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Reply #7 - 04/27/08 at 02:15:47
 
My first driver was an 85 eagle wagon with the t5.  I had installed a 4.0l cam, some mild head work and it was de-emissionned with hei distributor from a 6cyl chevy.
 
I lowered it 4" front  and rear and installed 2.5" exhaust.  I used to drive that thing across michigan's upper penninsula in blinding snow @ 70-80mph on my way to and from college @ michigan tech.  The fulltime transfercase makes all the difference for straight line stability.  
 
Now I drive an 87 audi 5000cs.  It is the car I tried to turn the eagle into.
 
Of course at the time I didn't know what an audi was so I picked up an 81 SX/4 in college(2001) to make something a little sportier.  I decked the the block, shaved the dish off the pistons, installed a 4.0l cylinder head and cam, electric fuel pump(no mechanical lobe on the 4.0l cam), 4.0l header, custom front diff mount and this also got a t5.  With koni shocks, 225/60 16's and the engine work, the car was a riot.  Sold the pair on ebay to a gentleman from Iowa.  But not before I got my fun out of them.
 
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Reply #8 - 05/10/08 at 03:19:55
 
Quote from maxwelhse on 03/21/08 at 06:03:09:
Quote from faustmb on 02/21/08 at 17:35:57:
There must be some good stories out there.  I had an 84 Eagle wagon 4x4 that was a blast to drive.  It actually did quite well considering I had 265/60r15 tires on the back.  The 258/ 5 speed combo was great.  Mine saw quite a few corn fields and logging roads, and never left me stranded even with a flat tire and no coolant  Roll Eyes

I wish I kept that one.


You're the first person in my 6 years in the hobby that I've ever known to have, or have had, another 5 speed Eagle wagon. Smiley The manual makes all the difference in the world.

 
Hey, I have one, too. An non-sport 84 wagon with a 5 speed. Needs front framerail work... undecided
 
I actually know of another in a junk yard, too.
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Reply #9 - 05/13/08 at 05:40:45
 
Cool! I can't wait to get setup some place where I can start playing with mine again. Last time I had it out it was doing some NICE smokey donuts.  Grin
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Reply #10 - 06/13/08 at 23:49:28
 
Eagles are definetly cool little rides. I had a blue 85 258 auto wagon. Bought it for 400.00 for a driver. Loved that car. It was kinda sluggish so I put on a header and aftermarket exhaust and that little 258 would smoke the one rear tire through intersections. I wheeled that thing harder than I wheeled my 87 3/4 ton chevy on 38's. That thing would make it through just about anything. Jumped it through ditches, drove it through boat launches. Finally one day I was wheelin it up over a hill came down the other side and saw real tall grass. Decided to go through until I got about 4 feet in and I sank down in 3' of mud. Got my buddy out there to pull me out and the sub frame let go and the car fell in half. Best winter beater I ever bought. Ive got pics of the old beast somewhere. Vinnie
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