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

Jmpolsfuss's 1973 Model 5

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Jmpolsfuss's 1973 Model 5

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Greetings! I have been a fan of this forum since I bought my bus almost 2 years ago and I am finally ready to get to work on it. A longer story for why it's taken so long to get started but for now I need your help and advice.
My first question is about the tandem/bogey axle. How important is it. My bus does not have one. By the fit and finish of the bright work it looks like it was removed when it was built. At least to say that the aluminum plate that covers the wheel wells matches the surrounding plate perfectly. I plan to do a modest build out inside but not sure If I am looking a serious weight restriction. Also, concerned about my braking capacity.
When I look around online I don't see any other Eagles with one axle in back. One of the things that held me back so long starting this project was saving up to do engine and trans replacement. If the axle needs to be added back first is that a $3000 dollar problem or a $10000 problem?

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Re: Jmpolsfuss's 1973 Model 5

Post by beltguy »

James, welcome to our forum and the Eagle madness

Eagle built a two axle model 10s for a couple of years in the early 80s. Less than 100 were built. One of the criticisms was that the axle loading could exceed the road limits at the time.

Obviously yours has been modified. We had at least one member who removed the bogey and was not happy with the results. As I recall, he basically rebuilt the undercarriage with Winnebago suspension parts.

I would be concerned about overloading both the drive and front Torsilastics. Also, as you mention, there is less braking capacity.

If you consider adding a bogey, you will need to explore how much of the origianal suspension components are still there. If the Torsilastic is still there, it would not be a huge job to put the arms back in place. If it has all been removed, I would consider installing an air spring semi-trailer axle. We can help you with suppliers if you want to think about that option.

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Post by jmpolsfuss »

Thanks for the info Jim! I will make a trip to where it's stored soon to check the state of Torsilastic.
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