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'80 Runabout Daily Driver
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:13:38 PM »
I just realized I never posted up any photos.

Today cruising on the Kancamangus Highway up north with my friend's 81 Eagle:

I'm 18 and he's 19, so we got a lot of funny looks and comments.  And a few people gave us thumbs up on the main highway.  The Kancamangus is a windy mountain road, lots of fun - especially with CBs.  I need a proper antenna mount, though.  Probably when I build a roof rack.

Out shooting before a cop rolled up a couple months back:

He let us go after talking to us about guns and the Pinto for a bit.

And when I got it:



Looks a little worse now, but that's because I sprayed some Rust Reformer on it to stop spots of surface rust from spreading before I have a chance to get to them.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 01:43:14 AM »
john i have a friend with an 81 amc EAgle wagon 5in lift, and a 4.7l Inline 6, one regular unmodified 82 AMC Eagle wagon, and an AMC eagle Spirit.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 01:48:47 AM »

 for some reason it will not Flip on photobucket lol. but this is his 4x4 toy.


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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 07:41:39 AM »
Awesome.  I really want an Eagle wagon, and so does he actually.  His is stock height with the 2.5l Iron Duke.  Spins tires decently for a 4 cylinder when he has it in 2wd.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2011, 06:06:40 PM »
That's a cool 4X4

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2011, 10:30:54 AM »
yep i thought so too. its awesome to watch him Crawl in that thing LOL. he passes most of the guys who are stuck and on the way back down helps em out of their "holes" Hows that 80 coming along John? im still trying to find time to get stuff done on the wifes Wagon.

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2011, 12:05:09 PM »
Hows that 80 coming along John?
It's coming along slowly.  Got the aftermarket Powermaster alternator installed and wired a few weeks back, rebuilt the carb and converted it to an electric choke.  It's got a 76 motor, so it had a water choke.  I want to get the much less rusted passenger door I have ready to go on soon and get to work on the rear quarters.  I'm afraid I'm gonna have to cut the fenders off to see how the inner fenderwell is and make any necessary repairs, then weld them back on.  Might wait til winter break and find a friend who will let me use their garage for like a week.  I have maybe a day a week to work on it between school and work.  Also want to replace the cat with pipe this weekend, pretty sure it's plugged.

Still gets me everywhere though, albeit slowly on the highway.  Gonna have to park it for the winter in the next month, I'm not gonna let it see snow and salt.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 09:34:48 AM »






I've got a roof rack on it now, as well as some Sylvania foglights and the PINTO vanity plate I posted in another thread. The hubcaps are gone as I've been running a mix of 13 and 14" wheels.

I've got an interesting 4 cylinder engine swap planned for this summer, we'll see how that goes.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012, 08:54:17 PM »


My bike took up the entire car so I got my hands on some Thule bike trays to go with the rack I put on recently.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2012, 10:34:15 PM »
i did not know you could put a rack on a pinto, any holes you had to drill? i dont like putting my subrosa in the car, it hits and knicks up everything. What rack is that?
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 12:24:24 AM »
i did not know you could put a rack on a pinto, any holes you had to drill? i dont like putting my subrosa in the car, it hits and knicks up everything. What rack is that?

It's a no name gutter mount rack I bought for $20 off of Craigslist. They just clamp the rain gutter, no holes or anything. The gutters are really solid on these cars, no give at all. The only problem is that you need to put 2 bends in the rear bar because of how the gutter angles outwards at the back. I can get a photo if you want. I heated up the crossbar with a torch and bent it in a vise. Once I had the angle right it worked great.

This is pretty similar to what I have. I was going to buy it when I ran across a cheap local deal: http://www.prolineracks.com/proline-gmr165-rain-gutter-racks.html

Then you bolt any standard bike tray on. I got the Thule Bigmouth ones, but you can find cheaper like this: http://www.prolineracks.com/swagman-64720-roof-bike-racks.html
I really should've gone with that one instead of spending $160 on 2 used Thule ones, but oh well. My interior plastics in the back were already scratched up so I wasn't worried about that, but the bike took up the entire car and I wanted space.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 08:23:10 PM »
thanks, i never thaught of a rack hooking to the gutter, i should of researched it more
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2012, 09:20:41 PM »
Yeah, it works great. You couldn't have a more solid rack on the car.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2012, 12:24:30 AM »


15x7 +9 Enkeis (well, one is an Ultra) for $50, $40 for a pair of 195/50/15 Michelins, $90 for a pair of almost new 195/55/15 Hankooks, plus hub rings and metal valves. I'm really happy with the setup for now until I go to 5 lug.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2013, 05:27:16 PM »










My buddy's scotty Gregor loves it


The car is all one color now, fall is here, and I'm trying to get everything I need for my 2.3 turbo swap. Almost all of the rust is gone. I repaired most of the quarter panel rot with panels from Fred Morgan and took care of the little rust the floors had. My buddy did a few patches and remade the left rear lower quarter panel section as well as fixing where it rotted from the fiberglass bumper filler panel was riveted on. Still need to finish fixing up my replacement right side door. I hit a MOOSE with the one on the car now and somehow survived. That door was already rotted and filled with bondo anyways.





I bought the motor from an 85 Merkur with the wiring harness, Spec stage 3 clutch, Stinger top mount header (modified for spark plug access without pulling the turbo!), and T9 transmission. Traded the T9 and $20 for a T5 out of an 87 Turbo Coupe and got the IHI turbo in really good shape for free. Bought a Mustang 4cyl bellcrank bellhousing for 50 then sold the hydraulic one for 35. Got a rotated intake but it's too tall to clear the hood so I'll be cutting up the original one and having a local shop weld it. Pulled a fusebox from an 80s F150 and bought a 31 spline 3.73 Limited Slip disc brake 8.8 rear out of a 97 Explorer. A buddy gave me a big Greddy front mount intercooler that was on his Nissan 240sx. Also got a free custom 2.5" exhaust off of a Merkur with a Magnaflow turbo muffler that I'm going to make fit.

I already bought a full gasket set for the motor. Once I get everything together and working, I'll be pulling the head for a rebuild and installing a stainless steel head gasket.

At this point, I need an Aerostar driveshaft, brakes and seals for the 8.8 (got calipers), clutch disc and throwout bearing for the T5, Camaro T5 tailhousing and shift fork/rail/cover assembly, and U-bolts to get the tranny and axle in properly. Then I need to buy a big brake kit for the front. I've got some Jeep 15x7 steel wheels to run in the meantime after it's 5 lug until I get better wheels, I'll be able to use the tires I've got for now and not have to spend any money.

For the motor I need a blow-off valve with a recirc fitting, external wastegate, make a flange for the turbo outlet and fab a downpipe, Jegs aluminum radiator, electric fan, intercooler tubing and couplers, motor mounts, new Pinto sump and pickup, Walbro 255 fuel pump, and a few miscellaneous things. I'm also going to have to weld in subframe connectors.

I'm hoping to have it drivable again by spring after I tear into it this winter.
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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 08:25:37 AM »
SWEET LOOKING MOTOR SET UP!!!
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 08:27:04 AM »
Cool setup..
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2013, 04:16:02 PM »
whatcha gonna do with the enkies after the 5 lug swap? they are what were looking for for my nephews 76 2.3 turbo mustang project.....
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2013, 08:17:46 PM »
whatcha gonna do with the enkies after the 5 lug swap? they are what were looking for for my nephews 76 2.3 turbo mustang project.....

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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2013, 07:47:38 AM »
much better.... and no kidney stones now too....4 surgeries in 4 months...
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2013, 09:28:15 AM »
much better.... and no kidney stones now too....4 surgeries in 4 months...

That's really good news. I'm glad to hear it.
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« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2013, 10:14:07 PM »
whatcha gonna do with the enkies after the 5 lug swap? they are what were looking for for my nephews 76 2.3 turbo mustang project.....

Probably selling them cheap. The right rear is a slightly different offset (about 1/4" higher) with a different style lip made by Ultra, and they're all a little out of round with a little bit of curb damage. Don't know if you'd want them in that kind of condition.
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2013, 12:37:53 PM »
still interested... ive got two here that are slightly bent.... maybe pick out the best and have them straightened.. ..let me know when youre ready and what youd like for them....steve.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2013, 04:19:58 PM »
Are yours the 15x7 +9 as well? I'll definitely let you know. It may be as soon as a month but it may be a few. If you don't hear from me in the next month or two feel free to send a message in case I forgot.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2013, 09:59:15 PM »
im not sure of the offset but they were on my wagon for awhile so I at least know they fit.
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Re: '80 Runabout Daily Driver
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2013, 03:44:22 PM »
There offset is stamped on the back, I think mine said ET9 somewhere on the back of the lace. I had to run a 1/4" spacer in the front to make them fit, so maybe yours are 0? They fit in the back all day, but the fronts hit the ball joint and jam into the control arms at full lock.
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