Eagle Model 04
**You may have seen my post about this bus back in January, a lot has happened since then but I’m still the same guy and its still for sale. The transmission and clutch are now fixed which is a huge victory, and the bus is now drivable.
This is an extremely rare Eagle, I'm told only 110 were made in Belgium by Bus&Car and less than 15 made it over to the US. This was the only Eagle bus to ever be offered with factory Air Suspension.
More photos and videos here: https://goo.gl/photos/ZxHHsZYirNGZvueG7
Driving video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnwSNXZX0d4
37' long and 8' wide
Detroit Diesel 6v53
6-Speed Manual ZF Transmission
Dual Roof A/C
6KW Onan LP generator
AS IT SITS:
The engine starts right up, several diesel mechanics have said it sounds great and very healthy.
I have recently replaced the transmission, as my original had a damaged reverse gear. I got very lucky and found an original model 04 Eagle transmission sitting in a barn in Wisconsin, and was able to get it swapped out. Bus now drives forwards and backwards, and shifts well.
The interior is basically a full remodel project, the existing kitchen is pretty nice and intact, but everything else is a blank slate. Before stripping out the existing interior everything worked, as in plumbing and wiring, so most of the hard “guts” work of the RV conversion is already done. You can see there are several good appliances and fixtures already installed, big water tanks, and some good RV inverter/power electronics installed below. But make no mistake this IS a remodel project.
Mechanical work that has recently been done:
-new clutch master cylinder (yes it has a hydraulic clutch, rare for a bus but stock on this model and works great)
-new (used oem) transmission installed - ZF 6 Speed manual.
-new pair of big 24v batteries
The bus runs great, the air suspension and air brakes work great, power steering works great, all the headlights/blinkers/running lights work great. Most of the body work and side panels and bumpers are in amazing shape for the sheer age of this thing. This is a super rare survivor of a bus and deserves to be restored and enjoyed by somebody who has the passion and the means to do so. Has a TN title, and is already registered as an RV, which can be a tricky part of the process on old bus conversions.
-If a full restoration is desired, the hardest part will be the windshield, there are some cracks running through the front windshield. It is solid when you push on it and it has probably been like this for many years, but finding this model windshield would be a needle in a haystack, may have to go a custom route or get one made.
-One of the side glass windows has been busted out, I don’t know if it was punk kids or what. That is the unsightly aluminum sheet metal flashing you see on the right side of the bus in the current photos.
-Tires have plenty of meat on them, but their age is unknown. They hold air fine and I have driven about 65 miles on them at this point, but not sure if I would trust them on a cross country trip right off the bat.
-Two of the bay doors do not latch on their own, currently I strap them shut when I drive it.
-Speedometer is not working, most likely just a cable, have not looked into it. Odometer reads 184,285. Who knows for how long. All of the other gauges seem to work fine.
I’m just going for complete honesty here. Now with the transmission and clutch work and one expensive tow, I have spent close to ten grand on this bus. It's a sensitive subject. I will consider all reasonable offers, I have already been burned by one buyer who wanted to do a “payment plan”, live and learn on my part. If you don't have the money to buy the bus, let alone work on the bus, this is probably not the bus for you. Cash in hand to drive, etc. Please, no funny business.
I like to fix old things, I’m a decent mechanic, I’ve done a number of old motorcycle rebuilds, older vehicles, etc. I like to renovate houses and build furniture. I had grand plans for this handsome bus, I wanted to remodel the inside and create the ultimate vintage Family Travel machine, that could also serve as a very unique AirBnB type rental when we weren't using it. Would make a hell of a tiny house for the right person as well.
As this bus continues to sit, the reality is I no longer have time for a project of this size, no good place to work on it, a toddler and a baby on the way, etc etc. I simply bit off more than I could chew, more so than usual.
If YOU are an Eagle Bus enthusiast, with time and money to put into this machine, this could be a wonderful thing. Lord, I hope you are out there and find this ad. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have.