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Originally posted by turbo turbo wrote:

The guy who owned the red RHD in the states was John something and he lived in So. Cal in the late 80's.  He was down on his luck and was in the process of a divorce and was selling off some parts which I purchased from him.  His wife ended up with the car in the settlement.  Have no idea where it ended up.  I heard John died at some point. 



If you dig around on the net a bit you might find a US car magazine.
" Popular Cars " volume 7, Number 6, June 1986.
Has about three pages including pics on Aussie AMX#18 in the States.

I can give you a bit of interesting trivia about the car.
Imagine in Australia you got 24 AMX bodies in front of you and then 24 engines and you are asked to assemble 24 cars. If it was me I might just hook in and start putting them together. When you finish someone notices the engines are numbered.
Most of the 24 do not have the right numbered engine. Our number 14 has number 9 engine. Our number 24 has number 21 engine.
The info I have on hand says number 24's engine is in that number 18 AMX that went over to the States. I don't think I will ever get to reunite the two.

Pics from that magazine.


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Started in on reassembly.


Dressed up the back probably too early but I just like seeing it when I walk in the door.


Where I am at now. Ran new brake lines. Suspect I have to take the brake booster off again to get the wiring harness through the firewall.
Planning on putting the engine in from underneath.


Used layers of brown paper and glue to fix the original broken headliner. Used 3m spray glue to attatch new vinyl. Sure is sticky. First attempt was a creased up failure. Second try was OK.
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Very nice work. Look forward to keeping up with the rest of the build.
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Originally posted by 70javrag 70javrag wrote:

Very nice work. Look forward to keeping up with the rest of the build.
 
Thankyou. 
 Started on the wiring harness. Got this problem to sort out. Harness was still attatched to the dash so I guess this was done to drag it through the firewall from the engine bay.
 
 Other thing I am scratching my head about is our Aussie AMX's have two big sections of harness doubled over to shorten them ( Cos everything is on RHS compared to yours ) Would tidy up the engine bay, make the harness less bulky and lessen electrical resistance if I removed the doubled up sections. But TSM shows a pink resistance wire between the yellow coil wire and the instrument cluster connector.
 Says do not splice or cut. Doing more research.
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I think the cut bulkhead plate is par for the course on Aussie cars, then they just doubled over the wiring to get rid of the extra length. I would shorten the harness to make it look better unless you want to keep it 100% original. So long as you don’t shorten the original pink resistor wire, you can cut the yellow wire down and re-attach the pink. The rally dash wiring is also a bit of a mess since it is an add-on to accommodate the tacho and oil pressure gauge, so the yellow wire goes from the ignition out to the inner fender then back to the tacho and back out to the engine again. You can make all of this a lot neater and eliminate a lot of unnecessary wires if that takes your fancy.
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Originally posted by WesternRed WesternRed wrote:

I think the cut bulkhead plate is par for the course on Aussie cars, then they just doubled over the wiring to get rid of the extra length. I would shorten the harness to make it look better unless you want to keep it 100% original. So long as you don’t shorten the original pink resistor wire, you can cut the yellow wire down and re-attach the pink. The rally dash wiring is also a bit of a mess since it is an add-on to accommodate the tacho and oil pressure gauge, so the yellow wire goes from the ignition out to the inner fender then back to the tacho and back out to the engine again. You can make all of this a lot neater and eliminate a lot of unnecessary wires if that takes your fancy.
 
 Ended up welding the firewall plate. Forgot to take a pic until after I had the harness back in.
Did not shorten the harness, figured Aussie AMX#24 has been running fine with the full version for 49 years.
 
 
   
 Am an amateur learning as I go along. Enjoying the experience.
 I must of lifted the trunk lid on AMX#24  50 times trying to work out how the light turned on and off.
 Noticed a bare wire near the trunk light on AMX#14's harness. Found the mercury switch when I pulled the light apart to fix the wire. Still got a smile on my face thinking about it. 
 
Got a smile out of this as well.
Harness went to the right.
Indicators had to be swapped over. Australian Motor Industries practical solution.
 Awesome to think someone in Australia put these on 49 years ago.
 
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    Made a template to transfer to plywood for a new dash face.
Can anyone tell me where the support bracket on the bench in front goes.  Guessing it must go from the middle back to the firewall. Can't see in our other AMX cos the aircon blocks that area from view.
 
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Had a break and caught up with Aussie AMX#16 a few days ago,
 
 
Back on the job, cut a new dash face out. Got all the wires hooked up.
 
 
No E Brake light switch to be found, made this up.
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It looks like you do really nice work and you're making great progress, keep it up! 
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