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1982 AMC Concord: Project Sedate Sedan Sleeper

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Nice looking maroon Concord, it’ll be fun to drive with the 304. Very cool also that your friend was able to use your 258 and get it to run so well. Good job! 
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Well I am very very pleased to report that the Sedate Sedan is now home! It's been a slow 5 months but the baby is once again back in the garage and resting comfortably! This may be the last update for a few months as its winter here and it'll be too cold to work on it in the space that its currently in. Now it will be mothballed until April or May when I can have the finishing touches put on! The next things on the list are: 

1.) True dual exhaust with turn downs on the mufflers. 
2.) The front nose work... reinstall headlights, grille, horn, running lamps. 
3.) Shake down runs for fine tuning drive-ability.
4.) Rear leaf springs and shocks.


One of the many things I like the most is the way the polished trim turned out. My dad is now retired but he was an industrial stainless steel polisher for more than 20 years! He said the AMC trim quality was a lot better than he expected. While he could've spent a lot more time doing it.. he gave them all a good once over and I am very very pleased with the results. The trim around the front and rear windows really shine now!



New windshield is from the later model Eagle cars notice the black edging around the window. Keeping the old one was not an option considering how badly the window was scratched from the window wipers after 37 years. 



The back deck was replaced and I had some decent 3 way Kenwood 6x9's installed for tunes! I haven't listened to the radio in this car for more than 20 years!



The wheel well trim I used is the thin version that the earlier small cars had. My 82 had the wider aluminium wheel well trim. Remember... I also added the Ventshades over the windows and new NOS mudflaps as well. The freshly painted black Barcelona rims will also have the chrome center caps and stainless beauty rings as well which I feel will compliment the overall look of the car nicely.







Decided on the black pinstripe and I don't regret it! I like how its not real noticeable until you get closer to it. This is after-all the overall theme of the Sedate Sedan!





And it's now officially a Concord GT. The car that never was and never will be again! haha... just having a little fin with this! It took me a long time to find those emblems. At the Homecoming 2017 show I complained to my cousin that I had been looking for many years and couldn't find them. Well we walked around and visited with some of his friends... low and behold... I ended up with two sets. I kept the nicer set at home and put the slightly worn set on my car. It is a driver after all! Ha.



Anyway.. that's it for now.. please feel free to ask questions if you have any. Thank you everyone for the support! I appreciate the time so many of you have spent helping me with the little details. I could make a long list and thank everyone individually but each of you know who you are! If you ever got a text message or an email from me bugging you about something... then that means you helped me out and I appreciate you for it! Above all.. thank you for the positive comments over the past few months!


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You are doing a great job John !!!

I know you are looking forward to spring and start driving around.
See ya at Kennedy Park.

Having AMC Fun,
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Originally posted by Ollie Ollie wrote:

You are doing a great job John !!!

I know you are looking forward to spring and start driving around.
See ya at Kennedy Park.

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Ollie

You are correct sir! I am itching to get to driving it! 

I wish that it already had the exhaust so I could've turned the engine over and let it run periodically throughout the winter. That earlier snafu with the exhaust shop really screwed that all up! I will never forgive those guys for throwing off my plan. All they had to do is the work that I was prepared to pay for! 

Anyway... I cannot wait for you to see it Ollie! At the last show I just got it stuck in my craw that I had to finally pull this car together for the next AMC show! I had been collecting all the parts for years.. it was just time to do it! 

And just so you know... I'm really hoping to earn the Ollie Motorsports Best of Show award again with this effort!!!! 

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Love what you did to the car, you have talent
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Originally posted by mitchito mitchito wrote:

Love what you did to the car, you have talent

Hey Mitch! Thank you very very much but I want to be very clear... unlike many many other people here on this forum... I personally did very little with my own hands on my car! The only thing I can be responsible for is meticulously researching the parts needed, creating detailed lists of said parts, purchasing and collecting a massive amount of parts (over a very very long period of time), having the vision of what I wanted the car to look like and picking the right people to do the work. 

So while I personally did not do the body work or turn any wrenches.. I was the micromanaging project manager who was in constant touch with the mechanic, parts painter, trans shop and body shop to make sure the project was moving along at the right pace. I have had this car for 26 years.. I spent a lot of my younger years fixing it and as I got older I felt like I just didn't have the proper skill level to do all the work right. So I elected to build a huge inventory of parts, save the money to have it done right and get it done in a timely manner. I felt that if I tried to do it myself.. I would get bogged down due to the learning curve and that would risk not getting it finished. As you know... so many people start projects they never finish for those reasons and I made a conscious decision not to be one of those guys. 

I also want to be even more honest here... I was very very nervous about letting someone take my car, dismantle it and refurbish it. My car has never been out of my garage and left some where for longer than a day. That by itself was stressful for me but so was the constant parts hunting. The various people would call me up and tell me that needed parts A, B, C and D...etc... and I would have to keep finding things as they popped up. Over the past 5 months I really felt like I was working an exhausting 2nd part time job.

As is.. I cannot be happier with my decision to do it this way. I managed to find several shops that could've easily dismantled it and put it back together but in the end.. I went with my old friend who lived across the street from me. He was literally the first person who ever saw me bring my car home after buying it and it meant a lot to have him working on it. He went above and beyond what he said he would do. On top of it.. I managed to involve my cousin who is a painting and coating specialist who helped me paint a lot of the hard parts. He took care of the painting the rims, engine brackets, brake, steering and suspension parts... etc. Then my dad polished a lot of the trim pieces. I got the 73 Javelin 304 from Rick Jones who also helped me out with a ton of little details over the phone and email. The trans was built by a local trans shop that is just down the street from me. The owner did me a favor on my car like 20 years ago when i was a broke 20 year old. My car broke down and wouldn't shift right. I dropped it off and had him look at it for me. When he called to tell me it was ready I asked him how much I owed him. He said.. "Look kid... you can't afford what this trans needed.. so i did what I could for you. I hope you get some more use out of it long enough to save up to get it fixed right." Well I never ended up getting the trans redone afterward because it held up the whole time! So it was a given that I would take it right back to him! And last but not least.. I picked the best Body shop in the area based on their experience with fixing and restoring AMC vehicles. PAB Auto Body did more than I ever imagined. On top of it... Brian the owner listened to every single detail and put up with me visiting the shop almost ever single day to see the progress. He let me add things as they were needed and there wasn't one single thing that I could've complained about. The guys and girls working at his shop were absolute pros and I do not regret taking it to them. They restored several of my cousin's AMC cars... all of which were show winners and they told me he will do great work. Well they were right and I could not be happier with how the paint and body turned out. The new engine bay paint is darn near identical to the old paint on the fenders and cowl area. Only a trained eye can tell the difference and even then... it is just not obvious at all that the engine bay was redone. 

Anyway... I just want to be up front about the process and my overall involvement.   
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Barcelona rims waiting for AMC center caps and trim rings. I'm going to use the standard GM Van/Truck beauty rings. They are readily available in good condition from any salvage yard. I have been looking for the specific early-mid 90's Chevy Caprice 9C1 beauty rings like I have on my Caprice but I cannot find that particular style.  


Just have to clean up a few more rusty parts, add the air cleaner and figure out what I am doing for cooling.


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