12/1/2021: OK folks, the new forum software is up and running

As has been mentioned, the look of the forum is different. As time permits, we may customize the look a bit.

I have created a new thread to discuss the new platform: viewtopic.php?t=4960

The new platform should be stable and fully functional. Please report any issues in the new thread.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me as we made the rather bumpy trip over to the new platform.

Jim

Life after the Eagle is gone

This forum was created so that members can document their projects that are not bus related. Most any subject is acceptable: car/truck, tractor, machine restoration, wood working, etc.
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Life after the Eagle is gone

Post by beltguy »

Hi all. Wasn't sure where to start this thread, so I decided to use this neglected forum :D

After we sold the Eagle, we purchased a 2005 Dodge Ram truck and a 2014 26ft Passport trailer.
truck and trailer in Cherokee, NC.jpg
When we decided to put the bus on the market, I began thinking about our future options. That caused me to focus on certain years of Dodge truck. The main reason was because of the Cummins 5.9 engine. The heritage of this engine dates back to the agricultural market decades ago and it has a very strong track record. I focused on 2003 to 2007 model years because that is rated as the best years for the engine and before all the emissions crap.

I searched all over the county via the internet. Besides the model years, my requirements included: crew cab, 4WD, and 6 speed manual transmission with a strong goal of low miles. All of my searches only revealed trucks with tons of miles. As the bus was barely on it's way, I did another search and found just what I wanted in Boulder Colorado (with 98K miles!). I grabbed my son-in-law (big Dodge/Cummins fan) and we went for a test drive. By the time I got back to the dealer (Toyota dealer) the sales person said he had no idea what was going on but he was getting calls from all over the country :D

I had planned to include Pat on the truck decision, but with the above comment I quickly agreed to purchase the truck.

When it came to the trailer, I left the decision completely up to Pat. One of our granddaughters joined the search and created a spreadsheet (updated each day) with all of the trailers she found on the internet that came close to what Pat was looking for. She went with us to each viewing and when we found this trailer she and Pat said it was almost exactly what they were looking for.

We are currently about 2000 miles into a 4200 mile trip back to the east coast. This trip will include a couple of 2 day teaching sessions. More about the truck and trailer in future posts.

Jim
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'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission SOLD
2005 Dodge 2500 with 5.9 Cummins and 6 speed manual 2014 Passport 26 foot trailer
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Re: Life after the Eagle is gone

Post by DoubleEagle »

Jim,

That should be a nice combination for traveling, your total length should be around 45 ft., but it will bend in the middle unlike most buses. The 5.9 Cummins is a good engine. I've always preferred Ford Diesel pickups (I have two), but I recently got a Dakota 4X4 with V8 that I really enjoy. Keep on top of maintenance, the body and systems will have things to watch for such as steering linkage, ball joints. The linkage for the four-wheel drive has rubber grommets that hold the links together that deteriorate in time.
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Hope you get to see some color changes. Have a safe trip
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Post by beltguy »

Thanks Wayne. We are seeing a bit of color and hope to get better colors in the next couple of weeks.

Walter, I lusted after Ford diesels when IHC built the 7.3 engine for Ford. The next few generations (Ford defined or Ford manufactured) really were not great engines. I suspect that they are good today, but it is really hard to beat the track record of the Cummins engine.

You touched on a couple of issues with Dodges (steering box issues and ball joint issues). The previous owner of my truck really added a bunch of great aftermarket products including the reinforced steering box hardware (looks really robust to me). Right now the steering is good, but I know that I will be replacing the ball joints in the near future (not a huge job).

This truck is such a dream to drive. The six speed manual transmission has great gear splits and the torque of the engine from 1000 rpm up makes driving the really twisty roads here along the Blue Ridge Parkway very easy. With the trailer attached it is also very easy to drive from a power standpoint.

I was a bit worried about driving the truck in stop-and-go traffic. Fortunately my "stock left knee" (as opposed to my bionic right knee) :D :shock: is holding up well and it is has not been a problem.

Jim
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'85 Eagle 10 with Series 60 & Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission SOLD
2005 Dodge 2500 with 5.9 Cummins and 6 speed manual 2014 Passport 26 foot trailer
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Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
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Glad to see you on the road again. Must feel good. I like Walter am a ford fan but I think any Cummins under 6.7 liters are great engines. lately ive been thinking about getting a 12 valve mostly just to annoy the neighbors. (want to put one in my dentside) which maybe i should make a project page for that to liven things up around here lol
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