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Thread: Introducing Rockhopper

  1. #11
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    As a person with a bias towards station wagons, that is one of the sweetest rides I have ever seen! Makes me wish Grandpa's Eagle had survived it's farm truck duties....

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  2. #12
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    Seeing that made me laugh. I hope you drive it every where because you should spread the joy and let every one laugh at it. Totally Awesome. When I first saw the pic I was whoa I bet that thing is super slow but with that v8 I bet its a blast.

    PS
    Thanks for ditching the HIDs. Better to be able to see than seen as a tool. Maybe some one will have a good home for them inside some projectors where they belong. There probably an awful color temp and lousy tint. I cant wait for for cheap LEDs.
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  3. #13
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    I finally got in touch with the builder a couple days ago. The engine and transmission are from an 03 Silverado, he's said he has no idea where the previous owner got the 03 LS1 Vette engine idea from. Front axle is a Dana 44 from a Jeep Wagoneer with a LSD and all the outer stuff, including the brakes, is from late 70's F150/Bronco. Along with the Explorer rear axle with disc brakes, this car stops WAAAAY better than my other Eagle.


    A few days ago, I rewired the radio. Most of the splices were done with duct tape.


    I didn't want this to turn into a money pit, but I dropped it off at the exhaust shop last night. I was under it the day before, trying to come up with a plan for skid plates and noticed the transmission cooling lines were touching the exhaust. One cat was on the side of the bellhousing and the other was under the bellhousing. Not a good idea for transmission life. Not to mention the exhaust was put together with about 20+ short pieces of pipe frakensteined together. The exhaust guy said, "Man, someone spent an awful lot of time screwing this up."

  4. #14
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    HIDs for headlights, when the factory doesn't do it, sucks. But, I use conversion kits to make cheap off road lights work a bit better. For under $60 these days, you can have a pair of 6" HID off road flood lights. They aren't as good as a purpose built version, due to bulb to lens to reflector arrangement, but better than just incandescent and draws less power from the alternator. When I use to run 4 130w lights on my rally car, they could nearly stall the engine out, pulling down the alternator so hard.
    Very cool car, great find!!

    -Jon

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrally View Post
    Very cool car, great find!!

    -Jon
    Thanks.


    Well, I just picked it up from the exhaust shop. It looks a 100% better but cost more than I wanted to spend and sounds like Jed's 79 GMC K1500. (No offense if your name is Jed). It definitely sounded much better with the other configuration but was going to cause some trans overheating on the trail. I'll probably change out the generic mufflers some day in the future.

  6. #16
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    I know what you mean, my Celica sounds like a truck.

    -Jon

  7. #17
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    Any updates? I'm considering acquiring an Eagle...


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    1981 Toyota Trekker. Stock. For now...
    My first Yota actually.

    1987 Toyota 4Runner. A project that never seems to end.

    1986 Suzuki Samurai. Very un-stock. Toyota axles, hi-steer, 35's, etc. (Sold)

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  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucMan View Post
    Any updates? I'm considering acquiring an Eagle...


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    I sold it a year an a half ago. I had my fun with it, but it was time to send it to a new home. I did put some paint on the bottom half. The previous owners paint job drove me bananas. What do you plan on doing with the Eagle?
    Last edited by Eaglefreek; 12-06-2015 at 12:05 AM.

  9. #19
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    Ah, well I'm hoping to use it as a dd/weekend overlander. Do an sas and get it lifted. Did you have any common issues with it? Anything you would have changed?


    Sent from my iPhone using paper airplanes.
    1981 Toyota Trekker. Stock. For now...
    My first Yota actually.

    1987 Toyota 4Runner. A project that never seems to end.

    1986 Suzuki Samurai. Very un-stock. Toyota axles, hi-steer, 35's, etc. (Sold)

    1989 Cherokee XJ 2-door (SOLD)

    I. Love. 4x4s. Call me crazy...

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucMan View Post
    Ah, well I'm hoping to use it as a dd/weekend overlander. Do an sas and get it lifted. Did you have any common issues with it? Anything you would have changed?


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    Biggest complaint would be that it's not very roomy. I bought it as an almost finished project and it needed a lot of little things done. However, I drove it quite a bit without any issues except for the one time the steering shaft came apart at 60 mph and I had no steering. I drove it from TN to NV pulling my dirtbike. The current owner flew in from NC and drove it home. He has since been relocated to San Diego and made the cross country trip in it with his family and stopped at teh Grand Canyon along the way. If I were to do it all over again, I would probably go with a Trooper or a Montero.

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