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    Posted: Jun/21/2014 at 10:11am
So I find myself at age 56 with 2 kids in college and one in high school (late start on the marriage/kid thing) looking for a serious mid life crisis ride. I have had a long history with AMC cars starting with a 72 Hornet 4door that was my car that I bought as a freshman in college for 200 bucks that I fixed up and put well over 100 thousand miles on it and years latter sold  for 600. I have also had several Sportabouts, a couple of AMXs and a Javelin. When I built my current home in 1996 I sold my 70 AMX (big mistake) and acquired a 67 Ambassador convertible that the whole family could fit in. It was a heavily optioned car and was rust free, but the previous owner had done a lot of hack work to it and at the time I did not have the resources to restore it so I sold it (another mistake) and acquired another one that I thought was better. (Never send your father in law to inspect a car that you are considering buying). So what I wound up with is another 67 Ambassador convertible that was recently painted and looked great from 50 feet away, but alas also needed a lot of work to be  the really nice car that I was looking for. I drove it on and off for 3 years and fixed some of the more pressing issues (brakes, some suspension issues ect) but for the past 7 years it has sat in storage while I attended to raising a family. Which brings me to the present day. After seriously considering several late model 2 seat convertibles (gotta have a drop top), I decided that the old Ambassador had a lot more style, will be cheaper in the long run, and I will be less likely to get a bunch of speeding tickets or wrap it around a utility pole, so the saga begins. It is green (paint code 59A), 343 4 barrel, column shift automatic, power steering and brakes with factory cruise and tilt. It also has an honest to goodness hump mounted AMC 8 track tape player and turbo cast wheel covers. So far I have pulled the engine and transmission for rebuilding, redone the entire front suspension including the steering gear, removed the entire interior and all of the front end sheet metal. I have encountered rust in the fender troughs, cowl and lower quarter panels so the next step is sending the body off to have the rust addressed. I am glad that in my search for parts that I stumbled across this forum as I have already been helped with advice and some parts as I resurrect this car. When I hit the magic 30 posts number I will post some pictures, and will be looking for advice as the process continues. What started out as a mild fix-up has now tuned into a major project (had to break the news to my wife in small doses), but I hope to have it complete and ready to enjoy next summer.   


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Sounds like a nice project Dave. Can't wait to see your progress.

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As I have dug into the car, there have been several times that I thought that this is a mistake, then I remember my other cars that I have sold and now regret, so its on we go. The tranny is done and the engine is ready to put back together. I have a new top and carpet, all new weatherstrip, an NOS fender as well as a bunch of other parts so there is no turning back now. My goal is to be at the national meet in Cleveland next year.
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Funny how that happens. 
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Originally posted by fhpdave fhpdave wrote:

My goal is to be at the national meet in Cleveland next year.
Sounds like a plan. Cleveland should be a lot of fun.

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Dave, most of us probably know the angst of planning something small to do with our cars, then leading into an all out restoration. Good luck with you project and I can't wait to see it.
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Love the 67' Ambo. Sounds like a good project. Good luck.

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Oh yes I know the snow ball effect all too well Wacko
Yes get the magic 30 posts we want to see pictures
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Open a photobucket account and you can forgo the 30 posts! Then you can post pictures on any of the other AMC forums also!
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Good luck with the convertible project. These are truly rare cars in every sense. I have a 67 DPL hardtop that I bought new and have sold and bought back several times over the years. I also had a very nice black 67 convertible for about 20 years that I sold about 5 years ago. The last time I saw it it was posted for sale on Future Classics' web site, a specialty car dealer in Lakewood NJ. I have a strong knowledge base on these cars and the 67's in particular. if you run across something that you can't figure out I'd be glad to help you.
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