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Topic: 1978 AMC AMX
Posted By: tloftus
Subject: 1978 AMC AMX
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 12:40am
Saw it on Craigslist today, got her for $2000.  Solid car -- some minor rust on the tops of the fenders and missing the front spoiler otherwise in really good shape with a TON of the original paperwork!

No solid plans yet other than getting the couple of rust spots patched up and a new coat of paint (paint job on it is pretty poor).

More pictures to come tomorrow but took this one quick while filling up before leaving town with her.


Edit:  Flickr photo set here:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837" rel="nofollow - https://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html



Replies:
Posted By: chazman
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 12:50am
Looks like you got a great deal!

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1979 AMX
Saxon Yellow
304/4 Speed


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 12:53am
I sure hope so.  I have a '66 Rogue but don't know much of anything about the "newer" AMC's.  Will be browsing the forums to see what kind of information I can dig up.  My Standard Catalog of American Motors book says there were only about 2500 of these things made so that was the deal maker for me.. love a car no one sees around anymore.  Plus those little gauges were super cool.

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Mr. Ed
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 10:07am
Sweet acquisition! The front spoiler is the same as the one on the '79 and '80 Spirit. There is a thread where there is an effort ongoing to get them re-popped.I had my eye on a '78 that needed the front spoiler. I felt sure I was going to buy the car so I when I found the spoiler, I bought it. Never did get the car so I sold the spoiler. As you see in my signature, I have a '77 AMX. They are perfect in size and they handle real well. When you get them, post pictures in the '77-'80 AMX photo section.

Later!
Mr. Ed


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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo "Gwendolyn."
1951 Ford F-1, with C6, 351W, wild cam, headers, "Henry".



Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 2:29pm
Here are some photos -- much easier to link to my Flickr than post on the forums.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837" rel="nofollow - https://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837

Can anyone offer insight as to what fenders will fit this car or some place with some interchange information?  I think that is the major cosmetic thing that will need done.

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 7:01pm
Nice catch for a good price!  I'm sure glad it doesn't have Levis interior as I'd bet it would be my old one that I sold in Indiana in 1980. I'd have to offer you big $$ to get it back.Wink




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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 7:05pm
:) I have all the documentation. It was purchased in Omaha, NE and spent it's whole life in south east Nebraska.

If you still want to offer me good money I'm all ears!

Tom

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Jul/27/2014 at 9:55pm
No Levis-NO $$$ LOL

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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: RickLeShure
Date Posted: Jul/28/2014 at 6:12am
To get fenders just look for that base model car.. what was a 78 amx? My 77 is a hornet n had the same top fender rot.


Posted By: Mr. Ed
Date Posted: Jul/28/2014 at 8:29am
[QUOTE=RickLeShure]To get fenders just look for that base model car.. what was a 78 amx? My 77 is a hornet n had the same top fender rot. [/

The '78 AMX was a '78 Concord.

Fenders can be had from other donor cars:

'77-'78 Gremlin

Bumpers are going to be a bit of a challenge.
The '78 AMX has painted face bar.
The Concord has a chrome face bar with and without horizontal guards.
The '77 and '78 Gremlin has an aluminum face bar ( I presume since it doesn't say chrome).
The '78 Gremlin GT bumpers are color coded to the car.

So although any of the above bumpers will fit your car, it might be a concern to you if it isn't an exact replacement.

Later!
Mr. Ed



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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo "Gwendolyn."
1951 Ford F-1, with C6, 351W, wild cam, headers, "Henry".



Posted By: pacerman
Date Posted: Jul/28/2014 at 8:49am
I have a pass. side 79 Spirit fender if that will work for you, as well as a Spirit front bumper and Spirit GT rear bumper if those will work for you. PM me for pics. Joe

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Happiness is making something out of nothing.


Posted By: Mr. Ed
Date Posted: Jul/30/2014 at 8:43am
According to Hollanders, the '79 fenders will not fit the '78. See the other post for what they say will fit the car.

Later!
Mr. Ed


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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo "Gwendolyn."
1951 Ford F-1, with C6, 351W, wild cam, headers, "Henry".



Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/30/2014 at 8:48am
I agree with that however I believe that the 79 will work if I cut and weld the headlight area from my 78 fenders onto the 79. In the middle of getting a pair of 78 fenders. Some of these salvage yards aren't very helpful with the internet crowd.

Tom

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: hitman33dp
Date Posted: Aug/14/2014 at 9:37pm
Nice find Tom! I saw that car on CL but didn't have the money with my current project already draining my wallet. Do u know much about Sioux plating? I can't find a single company in NE that rechromes bumpers, Sioux plating appears to be the closest place.

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74 "NOT A REAL AMX" Javelin / 2 x 74 Javelins / 71 Javelin SST


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Aug/14/2014 at 9:46pm
Hey.. Sioux Plating is run by a friend of the family.  I had my 66 Rogue bumpers fixed (dented up pretty badly) and re-chromed there a few years ago.

The quality of the work is top notch and the finish has held up great, although admittedly it doesn't get out much.

I don't want to throw any prices at you as it was a while ago and your application might be different but if you're looking to get some work done they are a good place to go, however, they aren't the quickest.  I think they had my bumpers for a month or so.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: hitman33dp
Date Posted: Aug/14/2014 at 9:58pm
That's great to hear. I have been working on this project for 3 years, so a month or two isn't going to hurt one bit. Now I just have to get them there! It's about a 4 hour drive, but may be worth it depending on shipping charges. I really like the color combo of your car.


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74 "NOT A REAL AMX" Javelin / 2 x 74 Javelins / 71 Javelin SST


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Aug/14/2014 at 10:04pm
I make trips down to Omaha and Lincoln every once in a while to see friends and family -- unfortunately I don't think your bumpers will fit in my Mazda or CRV or I'd be glad to help you out.  Maybe take some measurements and I can check.

I don't mind the color combo either, but the paint job is really pretty bad (rattle can??).  So it's going to get some new fenders, body work and paint next year.. would like to start doing some stripping and other prep work this winter if I can find a place to put my Rogue for the season.

Eventually though I think it's going to go back to stock colors.  Silver and black flares / louvers.  We'll see, might change my mind between now and then.  The silver just seems kind of plain but with the blue interior it would be tough to change to anything else.  Plus I really like the originality factor.

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Aug/19/2014 at 8:34pm
Found a pair of fenders off a 78 Concord in a salvage yard in Colorado.  Got them here last Saturday and began the minor rust repairs required.

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Took the grinding disc to the back of the worse of the two, only found the major spot of rust that we started patchwork on in the picture above.  Then got some rust encapsulator to cover the bare metal until we're finished and ready to undercoat.   

They have some patching to do but nothing like the rotten ones that came on the car.  Busy with the kids and soccer over the next few weeks so won't be too much work getting done but I am going to take it to it's first cruise-in tomorrow night.  Hopefully it gets some good comments.

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 2:45pm
Been slowly progressing this winter through stripping, body work, primer, body work and finally another coat of primer + tracer coat today.

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Will start sanding out the tracer coat this week, fixing any minor imperfections and back in for a final coat of primer.

Hopefully will be ready for paint on the first few warm days of spring.

Many other pictures over the last couple of months on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837" rel="nofollow - https://www.flickr.com/photos/tloftus/sets/72157645555444837

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: pacerman
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 5:39pm
It looks real clean and it looks like you have a nice place to work.  That can make a big difference in your motivation.  

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Happiness is making something out of nothing.


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 6:24pm
Nice work Clap and cool license plate. That is one nice/ huge shop Thumbs UpThumbs Up

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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 7:01pm
I wish it was my shop, unfortunately it's not.  Although I have a nice garage to work in during the winter (heat, insulated, TV) this is a shop we got to use to shoot the primer.  The wife might complain if I primed the car in our attached garage.

We painted my Rogue in the garage, house smelled like fumes for two weeks.  :)

And regarding the plates, amazingly enough someone in Iowa already had 78 AMX.  I got the lady at the DMV to tell me what city it was registered in but no luck finding anyone around that knows where it is.  There are only 6 78 AMX's titled in Iowa and only 3 with active registrations, mine being the only 4 speed - 258.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: amcenthusiast
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 8:26pm
Join a club/get your car in a registry so I goes public knowledge (this forum is good too whereas we all know about this car now -witnesses, in case something happens?)

I am so glad for you to get the car and begin taking better care of it.

AMC's  have 'intrinsic value' regardless of what the books might say; it's your life, it's your car & you get to enjoy it (I just sighed when I saw this thread -I think '78s are so great looking) ...possible turbo candidate? Gear Vendors under/overdrive unit? Addco, PST or AMC GT sway bar kit? OMG sweet dreams 


Posted By: george w
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 9:29pm
The proportions and flowing lines of the Hornet ( and Concord )hatchbacks are just so right. Every line and the proportions cannot be improved. These were the class act of styling in the compact world.

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Long time AMC fan. Ambassador 343, AMX 390, Hornet 360, Spirit 304 and Javelin 390. All but javelin bought new.


Posted By: Scrapdaddy Sr.
Date Posted: Jan/17/2015 at 11:40pm
George w, I could not agree more on the body style. I'm working on numer 8 hornet today.

Tloftus,
Absolutely love this project. Will be following along. My dream is to own the trio one day. 77,78 and 79 AMXs
Got the shifter and it will work great to repop new gates for these shifters. Thank

Scrap


Posted By: chazman
Date Posted: Feb/06/2015 at 1:23am
Coming along nicely!

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1979 AMX
Saxon Yellow
304/4 Speed


Posted By: gtoman_us
Date Posted: Feb/06/2015 at 5:31am
Looking great. I recall seeing one like it here on the Omaha streets.

Sioux Plating did the bumpers on my '64 and the trailer hitch. Great workmanship and priced right.

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I used to collect trophies, more fun to collect gas receipts and put on miles.

1964 Rambler Ambassador Cross Country Wagon
1965 GTO
1931 Model A


1965 GTO

1931 Model A Ford

"Flat Roofs are Cool"


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Feb/06/2015 at 5:44pm
Thanks guys!

I ordered and received my new tires.  I think I'm going to put them on the turbine rims once I have them cleaned up and re-painted.

I think they are a bit big but it looks like they'll fit and with the flares will fit right in.

Any other thoughts / opinions?  They are 225/70R14's.  The price was right, got them on special for $72.50 a tire (plus mounting / balancing) from Discount Tire Direct online.

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Feb/11/2015 at 7:29pm
Started wet sanding the trace coat this week:

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Fluffy73
Date Posted: Feb/12/2015 at 7:31pm
In my mind, these cars scream for a little decklid spoiler akin to that off an AAR 'Cuda or T/A Challenger. Funny how I don't think the same thing for the Hornet hatchback.  

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I am genetically incapable of being Politically Correct.


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Feb/14/2015 at 6:28pm
Most of the major wet sanding done today.. still some minor sanding to do and a few little pings to fix.  Trace coat worked perfectly for finding these little guys.

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: george w
Date Posted: Feb/14/2015 at 8:02pm
Great time of year for inside work. The body looks good.

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Long time AMC fan. Ambassador 343, AMX 390, Hornet 360, Spirit 304 and Javelin 390. All but javelin bought new.


Posted By: FuzzFace2
Date Posted: Feb/15/2015 at 10:11am
Originally posted by george w george w wrote:

Great time of year for inside work. The body looks good.
Yea if you have a heated garage that is!

Car is looking good. When do you think you will be laying paint to it?
Dave ----

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TSM = Technical Service Manual

75 Gremlin X v8 for sale
70 Javelin 360/auto drag car
70 Javelin 360/T5 Street car


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Feb/15/2015 at 12:17pm
I do have a heated garage.. best $450 I ever spent.

Tough to say when paint will go on.  Need to prime one more time and then we're going to paint the door jambs, hatch jambs and at least the top part of the engine compartment before we paint the body.

Just need some nice weekends and it will come together quick.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/01/2015 at 4:32pm
Final few coats of primer went on today.. onto the door, hatch and hood jambs.

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/01/2015 at 6:43am
Ok, it's been a couple of months since my last update but yesterday after much sanding we've finally got paint!  The garage that it's painted in is pretty small so we have to do it over two days but yesterday the front was painted.  Today the back will be done (weather permitting).

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Scrapdaddy Sr.
Date Posted: May/01/2015 at 1:23pm
Loving your project AMX. One day hope to own the trifecta. 77, 78 and 79 AMX's but I've already said that didn't I.


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/02/2015 at 7:25am
Full paint.  Onto sanding!

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Scrapdaddy Sr.
Date Posted: May/04/2015 at 3:10pm
What's this car going to cost me when you are done restoring it.

Looks great! fun following along.


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/04/2015 at 3:15pm
Everything is for sale my friend. :)

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/23/2015 at 9:57pm
Buffing, polishing, detailing & re-assembly.

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/26/2015 at 10:55pm
Some more detailing / assembly:

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jun/06/2015 at 9:55am
Some more progress pictures.. not done but first car show today!!

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Ohio AMX
Date Posted: Jun/06/2015 at 10:04am
Looks like you're doing a great job. It's nice to see someone taking the time to properly restore a late model AMX! 

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1940 Hupmobile Skylark
1968 Javelin future Pro Street
1969 AMX 290/auto (first car)
AMO# 983


Posted By: pacerman
Date Posted: Jun/06/2015 at 10:48am
Originally posted by Ohio AMX Ohio AMX wrote:

Looks like you're doing a great job. It's nice to see someone taking the time to properly restore a late model AMX! 

X2 on the Kudos.   Joe


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Happiness is making something out of nothing.


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jun/06/2015 at 3:23pm
Thanks guys!  One more from today's show.  With my uncle's Trans Am and my cousins Corvette.

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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/23/2016 at 6:41pm
Been a busy 8 months but not on the car.  Did manage to get the polycast wheels re-painted over the last couple weeks.


Details on the process here:
http://theamcforum.com/forum/polycast-wheel-restoration-tips_topic78160.html" rel="nofollow - http://theamcforum.com/forum/polycast-wheel-restoration-tips_topic78160.html

Tom


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Mar/24/2016 at 1:26pm
Wow Tom, I haven't looked at your thread for awhile. Fantastic job Clap  and I bet you spent many hours
days masking and painting those wheels. I still search weekly for a 78 Silver/Levis like Ihad in the past.


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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/26/2016 at 6:49pm
Thanks Ron.  I'm always keeping my eyes peeled, if I see a silver with Levis come up I'll be sure to buy it so I can sell it to you for big $$.  :)

Tires mounted today -- cleaned up the best 4 center caps I had as well as the lug nuts.



Sits a little higher now and fills out the wheel wells better than those tiny tires that were on it before.  I like it.

Searching for some trim rings -- I know they are probably few and far between but if anyone has any let me know.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Mr. Ed
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 8:27am
If you don't feel the center caps are up to snuff for your car, they do re-pop them. I do not remember who was doing them but a post in the wanted section might get you a reply.

Later!
Mr. Ed


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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo "Gwendolyn."
1951 Ford F-1, with C6, 351W, wild cam, headers, "Henry".



Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 8:38am
Originally posted by Mr. Ed Mr. Ed wrote:

If you don't feel the center caps are up to snuff for your car, they do re-pop them. I do not remember who was doing them but a post in the wanted section might get you a reply.

Later!
Mr. Ed

They are actually very good for what this car is, a cruiser / show & shine car.  I have seen them re-popped to the tune of about $250.. which isn't too bad but don't need to go there for this car.. at least right now.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 10:46am
Originally posted by tloftus tloftus wrote:

Thanks Ron.  I'm always keeping my eyes peeled, if I see a silver with Levis come up I'll be sure to buy it so I can sell it to you for big $$.  :) .


And when you do find it, I'll give you the correct 78 wheels off it. I'll put chrome American Daisys on it.

Are you putting the side moldings back on yours?  They do look hokey but when you're at a show and Homer's parks his 73 Riveria too close to you and the wind blows his door into your door, you will be sorry. I know from experience Wink







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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 11:07am
The "daisys" are what was on it when I bought it.  I still have them and don't plan on getting rid of them as you stated they are the correct wheels.  I like them, but when the set of polycasts came on a parts car I bought and I saw Bob Wunrow's '77 AMX ( http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/car-of-the-week/car-of-the-week-1977-amc-hornet-amx" rel="nofollow - http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/car-of-the-week/car-of-the-week-1977-amc-hornet-amx ) with them I liked them a little bit more, even if not correct.

I'm going to start work on the flares soon.  I wanted to get the flares on before I put the moldings and AMX side decal on to make sure everything lined up -- but yes, they're all going back on.

Also the Targa will be back on soon -- need to sand blast and paint the brackets quick first.

Then finally I am going to strip the paint off the louvers (I just hack jobed them quick to take it to a show last year).  There's some of the rear "stringers" that are broken and need to be welded.  Need to find an aluminum welder around here that can do smaller gauge stuff like that.


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 11:12am
Ron, you've showed me that bottom picture before but I never noticed -- is there some sort of rocker stripe on that car?  When I was looking at a dealer price sheet the other day I saw that it was listed there.



Do you know what this is made of?  Is it just a vinyl stripe, just painted black?


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70 Donohue 390
Date Posted: Mar/27/2016 at 3:36pm
I can't remember whether it was paint or black vinyl tape...that was a long time ago. sorry.

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67 Rogue 290 Convert

70 BBO 390 5 Speed Javelin-under construction


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/19/2016 at 9:40pm
Got the black bottom stripes painted.

Flares sanded, repaired, primed, repaired, sanded, painted.

Front spoiler painted.

Side moldings painted.

Ready to get the sides back together tomorrow!



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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: HornetRWB
Date Posted: May/20/2016 at 1:10am
Looks really good. Never seen one of these "concord" AMXs except in print, we don't have any in Finland. Even more actually I've seen just one '78 Concord and unfortunately that was parted out about 15 years ago.

Quick question though that makes me wonder, on the AMX aren't those headlight buckets supposed to be black instead of body color..? I think the car looks a bit more mean when they're black and somewhat surprised when body color..

Either way, really rare piece of AMC history - good project pics too.

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AMC Club Finland (AMCCF) Founder
- Hornet SST 2D 1970 343+M22 RWB
- Rebel SST 2D Hardtop 1969 360+727 Blue
- Javelin SST 1971 401+700R4 White
- Hornet 2D 1970 401+727 Primer Grey racecar project


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/20/2016 at 7:25am
Originally posted by HornetRWB HornetRWB wrote:

Quick question though that makes me wonder, on the AMX aren't those headlight buckets supposed to be black instead of body color..? I think the car looks a bit more mean when they're black and somewhat surprised when body color..

You are correct -- in my haste to get it back together I painted them what I thought would look good and I was wrong.  I'm going to go back and correct them when I get to it.  Good eye though!  :)


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/21/2016 at 7:16am
Long day yesterday -- some pictures from the progress:


Had some tire clearance issues with the front when turning.. going to have to figure something else out.  For now I had one of the old tires mounted to the rims for the front.



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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: May/21/2016 at 9:13pm
All ready for the car show tomorrow:


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Ohio AMX
Date Posted: May/21/2016 at 9:49pm
Beautiful!

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1940 Hupmobile Skylark
1968 Javelin future Pro Street
1969 AMX 290/auto (first car)
AMO# 983


Posted By: amxdreamer
Date Posted: May/22/2016 at 12:19am
Looks much better with the black around the headlights!
Thumbs Up


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Tony
Vancouver, BC
1970 AMX
AMO#10333


Posted By: roguedoug
Date Posted: May/28/2016 at 8:30am
Swell piece!

Had a 74 Hornet and envisioning in my minds eye what that grill head light would look like...

Doug

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67 Rogue Convertible 232 2bl Auto
Royal Blue 33A "ROSEBUD"
67 440 American 232 4D
08-72A "CLAUDIA"
AMO 10493


Posted By: LakesideRamblin
Date Posted: May/28/2016 at 9:06am
Looks fantastic Tom. Congratulations on a great job and thank you for sharing all your progress.

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LakesideRamblin
69 Rambler 220 360
73 Javelin 360
"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." T. Roosevelt


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/14/2016 at 8:24pm
Here's the latest AMX related venture.. reproduction of the hatchback tent / camper.  I bought one off of a forum member here, it wasn't up to par for being used for shows so we disassembled it and used it as a pattern to recreate.  My very talented mother did all the hard work.  Making a tent is probably a bit different than making quilts.  I think it turned out phenomenal.






Material change here, the above material was a waterproofed backed material which was too heavy to try to move around the sewing machine.  Switched to a lighter duck cloth, still water resistant, not sure if I'd try to actually camp in it though.




Just a few more minor things to finish up (center strap, couple spots of velcro) and should be good to go!


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Jul/17/2016 at 10:01am

At the car show -- that mini camper sure gets the looks / comments!


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: scott
Date Posted: Jul/17/2016 at 2:50pm
The camper looks awesome!!!



Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Sep/06/2019 at 4:13pm
Long time, no post.  Still alive, finding myself busy with youth sports almost year-round now.

Finally got around to pulling the 258 out of the AMX, came out without much trouble.  Got it tore down and to the machine shop.

The plan:
Clean up and paint engine compartment
Original 258 Block (Bored .030 Over)
New Crankshaft (old one worn thrust flange)
Stock Pistons
Comp Cam (260H) & Springs
Jeep 4.0 Head (machine shop going to weld the water jacket holes closed and drill/tap hole for temp sender)
New Valves (3 Angle Valve Job)
Offy Dual Plane Intake
Edelbrock 500CFM Carb
Jeep 4.0 Exhaust "Header"
HEI Distributor

Thanks a lot also to Frank (farna) for helping me out with some decisions related to the "upgrades".




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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: 70badmask
Date Posted: Sep/06/2019 at 9:08pm
1st time looking at your post.  Awesome job on the restoration.  That silver paint job looked fantastic. I’m sure the engine will turn out the same.  Keep with it!!!!  70 Badmask


Posted By: Dan1500
Date Posted: Sep/11/2019 at 11:29am
When you put the Targa band back on were you able to reuse the plastic strips that hold the flat piece into the channels on either side?  Mine was super brittle and mostly fell apart when I took it apart so I'm trying to find a replacement.


Posted By: tloftus
Date Posted: Sep/11/2019 at 12:00pm
Originally posted by Dan1500 Dan1500 wrote:

When you put the Targa band back on were you able to reuse the plastic strips that hold the flat piece into the channels on either side?  Mine was super brittle and mostly fell apart when I took it apart so I'm trying to find a replacement.

Hey Dan - they were brittle and they did break some but I wouldn't say they 'fell apart'.  Some of the edges cracked and broke off but it worked fine when I re-used it.

I have a complete Targa band that came off of a painted black car (so the aluminum was painted at some point, unlike mine which is bare).  I don't think I'd sell just the black strips but I'd sell you the whole thing if you're interested.  Not sure what shipping would cost but let me know if you're interested and we can talk.

Prefer e-mail:  tloftus@gmail.com


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1966 AMC Rambler American Rogue - 232 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1966-amc-american-rogue_topic20995.html

1978 AMC AMX - 258 I6
http://theamcforum.com/forum/1978-amc-amx_topic62333.html


Posted By: Dan1500
Date Posted: Sep/11/2019 at 12:39pm
Ok Thanks I'll send you a message




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