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    Posted: Feb/12/2015 at 10:36pm
Hey everyone. I was running the idea with a a friend of mine about trying to make side window louvers for the spirit/sx4.

I have a mint sent of amc originals on my amx I would use for a mold. I am thinking of trying to vacuum form them out of black plastic 1/8 thick of a bit more. There seems to be a need for them.

Wondering how many people would might be interested in them if I could make them. This is in the beginning steps and no idea of price or actual time yet.
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I'm down for a set, thanks for the effort!!

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I'd be interested, but only in conjuction with rear louvers. Shipping could be a killer unfortunately.
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I won't be doing the rear louver. The size of plastic sheet and trying to heat it evenly to try to vacuum mold would be very difficult. 
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I would be interested however plastic that if vacuum formed would not tolerate the sun and the U.V. and the 3 months of over 100 degree temperatures that exist here during the year. I have an 80 AMX and a custom Spirit both with rear window louvers but after market ones. I also have a brand new in the box set of rear louvers if I need them.
Sorry If I though that they would hold up I would be interested, but I do not think that they would
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I honestly never even gave the heat or uv light a thought. Was trying to figure out a fast simple way to recreate them with out spending a small fortune.

I actually don't need any for my 3 79 amxs. All of them have rear and side louvers with the exception of one side louver being a bit damaged. I figured it would a project to help get some member hard to find parts.

Still up in the air about trying it or not.
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Originally posted by uncljohn uncljohn wrote:

I would be interested however plastic that if vacuum formed would not tolerate the sun and the U.V. and the 3 months of over 100 degree temperatures that exist here during the year. I have an 80 AMX and a custom Spirit both with rear window louvers but after market ones. I also have a brand new in the box set of rear louvers if I need them.
Sorry If I though that they would hold up I would be interested, but I do not think that they would


Where did you source the aftermarket rear louvers?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the side window louvers were never available as a factory accessory.

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I don't think ever factory installed. I have 3 different sets of side louvers. 

Two sets I have use 6 tabs that push in behind the window rubber and have amc cast in the back of them.  They have 5 slats

The other set must of been a jc whitney or something because the louver opening are a bit smaller and use 4 nuts to hold them on. Plates with studs get glued or taped to the glass. They have 7 slats

amc style (ones I wanted to copy)

other style (hard to see in the pictures the major difference)





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Originally posted by Fjord Fjord wrote:


Originally posted by uncljohn uncljohn wrote:

I would be interested however plastic that if vacuum formed would not tolerate the sun and the U.V. and the 3 months of over 100 degree temperatures that exist here during the year. I have an 80 AMX and a custom Spirit both with rear window louvers but after market ones. I also have a brand new in the box set of rear louvers if I need them.
Sorry If I though that they would hold up I would be interested, but I do not think that they would


Where did you source the aftermarket rear louvers?

One set of louvers those on the 80 AMX were either purchased aftermarket about the same time the car was first sold or they were dealer installed. The AMX I have is a some what rare base model and many of the cosmetic features and some performance items are not installed in the car simply because they were options.
The set on my Spirit came from an 81 I saw for sale on the side of the road, I bought it, removed the louvers and installed a new valve cover and sold the car.
The one in the box, I bought at a swap meet.
I don't think aftermarket louvers have been available for this model since some were around 1985 or so.
As far as the side window louvers, in almost 40 years of being in the hobby I have only seen a couple of them installed and I assumed they were OEM. And some people have stated that. The last of the AMX's must have been hard sells as some of them I have seen seemed to have been dealer painted in a less gaudy paint scheme. All of the side louvers I have seen seemed to be the same material and style while rear louvers either matched the side or were obvious aftermarket. If matched the side they were all a plastic material, while rears if alone were metal
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