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    Posted: Jun/01/2017 at 12:02am

I've been looking for a humpster project for a little while now. An AMX with a 360 or 401 would have been ideal, but all I found were either rust buckets or out of my price range. 

Instead what I found was this worn, but mostly original Javelin SST with a 304.  It has been in Arizona or California all its life, and has no rust at all except pinholes at the bottom of the rear window. It was cheap, and the engine seems to run really well.  I say "seems to" because I really haven't been able to drive it anywhere... it has NO brakes.  Right to the floor!! Anyway, it sounds awesome idling in my driveway.







As always, the car looks substantially better in the photos,  but it has no bondo and just a few minor dents. Both bumpers and even the grill are good too!  The carpeting is original, but the seats have been reupholstered.  They put the same fabric on the lower half of the door panels too, so that will have to go. The interior plastic trim is toast... common here in Arizona, but the dash is good except for the usual humpster dash design flaws.  The vinyl roof is gone and has been replaced by rattle can paint.  I plan on going back to vinyl.

At first it seemed a bit of an unfortunate color (Baja Bronze)  but when I saw this photo of another Baja Bronze car I realized the possibilities:


My plan is not to make it a show car, but just a nice driver.  My preference is always to keep a car as original as possible, but I'm not going to go down the NOS dated-coded route like I did with my '69 BBO. That's my story anyway, lol.

This is going to be a spare time project, so updates will likely be slow coming.  




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Oh yes, it's a factory AC car too!

Unfortunately, the brakes (or lack thereof) are manual drums, so I'll be upgrading to power brakes and discs up front.
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Nice find!
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nice find looks very good shape good luck on the project i do like the color to
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I assumed a PO had painted my engine red, but figured they must have done it during a rebuild because the red paint is in places that would be hard to get at with the engine in the car. Then I remembered that California cars after '71 were painted red!  This car was located just a few miles from the California border, so I assume it must have been bought there.  

Not sure about the air cleaner though. Were they black or red on California cars?


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I had a 72 Javelin SST in very rare skyway blue back in the early 90s. It was a 304 auto car from California and it had the red engine. The air cleaner was black. One of those cars I wish I still had but it had some rust issues from sitting outside in Florida weather. It was a power drum brake car...hated those things
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I think the engines were painted red only for the 1972 model year.  I had a 73 Javelin bought new in Pasadena and it had the AMC blue engine of the time.  Check the emissions sticker on the firewall to see if states that it meets 49 state and CA emsissons.  Joe
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Originally posted by CamJam CamJam wrote:

Oh yes, it's a factory AC car too!

Unfortunately, the brakes (or lack thereof) are manual drums, so I'll be upgrading to power brakes and discs up front.


I had a 73 304/3-speed javelin AMX with drums on all 4 corners, and yes, they sucked.  I upgraded to front discs, changed out the master cylinder, but did not go with a power booster (I was broke!) and I was very pleasantly surprised that the car really didn't require a ton of pressure to stop, and the brake 'feel' was really good. I added an adjustable proportioning valve later, which helped with brake balance, but for street use, you probably wouldn't need to do that.

The front disc setup I used was a Bendix setup off a 78 Matador.  direct bolt on.  You could use a setup off a Gremlin/Hornet just as easily, but the rotors are thinner, and will heat up/fade quicker.
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Originally posted by pacerman pacerman wrote:

I think the engines were painted red only for the 1972 model year.  I had a 73 Javelin bought new in Pasadena and it had the AMC blue engine of the time.  Check the emissions sticker on the firewall to see if states that it meets 49 state and CA emsissons.  Joe

It does indeed have the California emissions sticker.  Thanks for that tip, Joe.
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Originally posted by CamJam CamJam wrote:

Originally posted by pacerman pacerman wrote:

I think the engines were painted red only for the 1972 model year.  I had a 73 Javelin bought new in Pasadena and it had the AMC blue engine of the time.  Check the emissions sticker on the firewall to see if states that it meets 49 state and CA emsissons.  Joe

It does indeed have the California emissions sticker.  Thanks for that tip, Joe.
The red engines were in 71 models also. all 2 barrel motors?  Lee 
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