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

Our journey

This is a public forum. This forum will be a place to show your Project Eagle and updates on progress you have made. Please make one thread with your project and put all updates in the same thread. Sorry... Eagles only.
Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

This is our journey on how our bus went from this
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To this
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Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

We purchased our bus in 2013 and were so excited to get racing that we did minor repairs and hit the race circuit. Over the years we repaired the following:

We replaced the old 871 Detroit engine with a 350 Cummins
Changed the 4 speed transmission with a 10 speed road ranger
Had to fabricate a shift tower with air assist to shift the third rail for the Fuller Road range transmission
Put in an on demand hot water heater
New plumbing throughout
Made new furniture
Fixed leaky roof

We then hit the road for another couple of years of racing

Now in 2019, we are doing rust repair, replacing water damaged paneling
Building new dinette benches
Replacing refrigerator and cabinet it goes in
New t & g fir flooring that we have milled and planed in our lumber yard mill

It is really sad seeing her as she is today, but, we have a race in a month and she should be ready and back cruising on the road
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beltguy
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PostsCOLON 2472
JoinedCOLON Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:39 am
Your NameCOLON Jim Shepherd
FMCA #COLON F246286
Bus ModelCOLON 1985 Eagle 10 with Series 60 and Eaton AutoShift 10 speed transmission
LocationCOLON Evergreen, CO
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Re: Our journey

Post by beltguy »

Darren, thanks so much for starting a project thread. Many of us think the project forum is best part of our site.

You mentioned the shifting linkage for the 10 speed. I have been gathering as much information as possible on the conversion to 9/10/13 speed transmissions. Any documentation you have on that conversion would be great. You mention an air assisted third rail and that sounds like a new approach that I am not familiar with.

Jim
Jim Shepherd
Evergreen, CO
'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
Bus Project pages: http://beltguy.com/Bus_Project/busproject.htm
Blog: http://beltguy.com/blog/
Email: jim@eaglesinternational.net NOTE this email box is only for general correspondence and not technical advice
930dreamer
PostsCOLON 20
JoinedCOLON Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:11 pm
Your NameCOLON Shawn Ghormley
LocationCOLON Amarillo, Texas

Re: Our journey

Post by 930dreamer »

You have your work cut out for you, I like fab work but it can get a bit over whelming at times. Keep up the good work and be careful. :)
Eagle obsessed
PostsCOLON 284
JoinedCOLON Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:37 am
Your NameCOLON Mason Chipperfield
Bus ModelCOLON 1968 model 05 Eagle series 60 and B500
LocationCOLON McCook NE

Re: Our journey

Post by Eagle obsessed »

Looks strangely familiar...

I am lucky to be almost done with that process!!

Right now I am working on replacing my engine.. with a 12.7 L Detroit S60.

Looks good, and don't stop the good work!
1968 05 Eagle 8v71 with roadranger 9 speed,
04/25/19 starting upgrade to series 60! and B500
Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

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Today’s progress - 14 July 2019

Got the driver side new wheel well welded into place.
Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
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Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

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Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

Good progress today, the drivers side wheel well is done and starting to put back together. The inside, the new subfloor is down, the area for the new propane fridge is complete, ( it only had an electric fridge when we got the bus) plus the new vents for the fridge and a couple of new electrical boxes installed. tomorrow, the rest of the insulation and then the new cabinet for the fridge will be installed, and the fridge hooked up and hopefully the new wall paneling.
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Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

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Dtsmith
PostsCOLON 24
JoinedCOLON Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:18 pm
Your NameCOLON Darren Smith
Bus ModelCOLON 1970 05 Eagle with 10 speed road ranger transmission, 350 Cummings with jakes

Re: Our journey

Post by Dtsmith »

Phase 1 of our repairs is now complete and we had a successful trip to great falls, mt. We had one small issue with the throttle pedal as it was getting hung up. Darren fixed it the night of our first night at saltese, mt. It was painful getting there as the fastest we could go was 8 miles per hours through the pass and 50 miles per hour on the flats. It was a very long 225 miles.....after the fix Darren said it was better than it has ever been. He didn’t get the speedometer cable set up so we were relying on the speed app on my iPad. I did have to mention though that he might want to keep the speed under 80 mph.....the speed app was registering 92mph on a long straight away.....oh, the life of living with a race car driver.......... :)
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