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Old 01-31-2018, 06:50 AM   #21
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Polish the shiny stuff, paint the painted stuff.

Make SURE the rear suspension is 100% awesome or it could cost you HUGE $$$. Once the torsion bars wear out you have to fabricate a totally new rear suspension.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:13 PM   #22
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the Upkeep on something that size takes a few bucks. Some folks will run it till they canít afford something then park it(just till we can get it fixed) six months to a year later they sell it for nothing because their overwhelmed.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:01 PM   #23
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Polish the shiny stuff, paint the painted stuff.

Make SURE the rear suspension is 100% awesome or it could cost you HUGE $$$. Once the torsion bars wear out you have to fabricate a totally new rear suspension.
New tortialastics: Sulastic. REAR TORSILASTIC SPRING FOR EAGLE BUSES

My first bus was a 1980 Eagle 10.

I LOVED that bus and wish that I had never let it go. However, my Bluebird will get 10+ mpg vs the 7.25 mpg that my Eagle got and I can still buy new parts from Bluebird.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:03 PM   #24
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New tortialastics: Sulastic. REAR TORSILASTIC SPRING FOR EAGLE BUSES

My first bus was a 1980 Eagle 10.

I LOVED that bus and wish that I had never let it go. However, my Bluebird will get 10+ mpg vs the 7.25 mpg that my Eagle got and I can still buy new parts from Bluebird.
I'd always heard they were obsolete! Man, that would make them much more viable. I may start looking after the wedding. THANKS!
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:15 PM   #25
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If you're serious about getting that bus, you should invest some time reading all you can about them on the Bus Conversions Magazine (BCM) and Bus Nuts Online (BNO) forums. There's plenty of folk there who have or know lots about Eagles. Because it has been known for some Eagles to occasionally rust a little bit (he says with tongue firmly in cheek), you should check for bulging of body panels that would indicate that steel structure underneath is rotten, and whack any suspect areas to hear if any rust rattles inside or even dribbles out. The Torsilastic suspension is a potential moneypit, but they do ride nice. Make sure the engine has the correct CF-2 rated 40-weight oil in it and nothing else - 15W/40 will kill Detroit 2-strokes eventually. Some body panels may still be available from IBP, so all is not lost if you need a new bay door or something. And check the infamous drop box, the Achilles Heel of Eagles.

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Old 02-24-2018, 12:01 AM   #26
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A big 2-cycle diesel? Some folks swear by those. Detroit Diesel has a pretty good reputation and the 71 series was introduced around the same time they invented trees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Diesel_Series_71
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May be an old motor but if he paints the top and polishes the bottom it would look like a new one.
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Old 05-02-2018, 05:34 PM   #27
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CHECK FOR RUST! Eagle is notorious for rust. If it's a southern bus, it shouldn't be as bad as those subjected to all that road salt from up north, but be sure to check the frames and anything you can get to. Eagle was a great bus and had a ride that was unmatched. If you can't find major problems, buy it. If you can't find major problems and don't buy it... call me, I might... LOL! No.. my wife would kill me.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:01 PM   #28
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Most likely would be the 8v71 and Allison HT-740

One thing you really want to be watchful of on the Eagle's is the condition of the Torsilastic's. They take the place of Springs and airbags. That is what make Eagle's the best riding bus on the road.

Here is a thread on how to check them: Checking Eagle Torsilastic

Eagle's are awesome buses.

Here is a link to replacement trosilastics: Sulastic. REAR TORSILASTIC SPRING FOR EAGLE BUSES
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:07 PM   #29
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Another note:

Regarding rust, Eagle built a number of buses for NJ Transit that had stainless steel frames (monoque) that largely negated the rust issue.

I sold my 1980 Model 10 (not stainless) in 2006 and it had near zero rust. It spent the first 14 years of its life between Tacoma and Bellingham.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:46 PM   #30
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Just noticed that this is an old thread that got revived.
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