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Some more custom fabrication...



Still need to cut the detent notches for the shifter 'gate' (comparatively easy)



Using a Jeep Wrangler parking brake lever (keepn' it all AMC the best I can)
The fabricated jackshaft for the parking brake has a grease fitting so it won't lock up with corrosion.



Chose 'Bruin' brake cables -great price and excellent quality.
Compact and lightweight, this parking brake set up works superb.



Thanks AMC Forum for giving us a place to show and tell about our favorite American Motors products.




Edited by amcenthusiast - Aug/21/2019 at 10:18pm
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Hoping this'll help a fellow AMCer who needs windshield wipers to pass state inspection:

Not too difficult to adapt the $10 '89 Ford Mustang/Motorcraft wiper motor* to the stock original vacuum motor mounting plate -had to enlarge the center hole & drill the three holes to mount the electric motor. *It looks identical to the wiper motors AMC used on later Gremlins and Hornets.

I copied the stock vacuum motor arm length @ 2 inches (and the stock Mustang wiper arm was about 2" also) ~but~ with everything installed... oops! this was too much travel distance for the wiper blades!

So I had to shorten the wiper motor arm, down from 2" to 1 3/4", which now works 'perfect' and the wiper blades travel their correct distance across the windshield.

(it's not 'bling', but it sure is beautiful to me to see and know the wipers work now, as this is a required item to pass Tx state inspection -to make the car legal)







The center to center distance, between the red dot and wiper link arm pivot needs to be 1.75" for AMC Rebel converted from stock Trico vacuum motor to a common Motorcraft electric motor.

...so the car has good working windshield wipers now.



Edited by amcenthusiast - Sep/13/2019 at 9:24am
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The car has been rather loud without full exhaust & I appreciate the apparent tolerance by my neighbors -no complaints, but yeah it'll need tailpipes that extend beyond the body in order to pass Texas state inspection.

Mission accomplished:

I simply could not pass up Walker Pro Fit mufflers pn# 17917 for only $13.29 ea. for sale on Amazon.

-They are a two tube 'turbo muffler' type... just like the Sound FX muffler design... (not sure why Walker calls them a different name?)

Walker Pro Fit 17917 is a 18" lightweight muffler, lighter total weight than a 13" Thrush welded muffler.

I chose to make my entire exhaust system using 16 ga. 2.25" tubing -lightweight tubing.

Thinner 16 ga. increases the ID but looks 'ordinary' by visual inspection.

I found a box of twelve 16 ga. mandrel bent 90 degree elbows for $90 on ebay -sold as header tubing parts.

The tailpipes are harder to do on the Rebel/Matador/Ambassador chassis, but made like this, mine fit 'perfect' & allow for full travel of the rear axle to the bottom out bushings (because the car is lowered) pic:



Super glad after getting this chore done. The car is much more quiet now.

 


Edited by amcenthusiast - Sep/13/2019 at 8:34am
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Nice work!
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Very creative.  Like it!
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Thanks for your positive comments.

...sometimes I have some really good creative ideas, but many times not.

So (just between you and me) many times, when I don't have an excellent creative idea, what I do? is I just start working on it, whatever it is, and 'just let it come together'.

For example, some Rambler V8 people might say 'you can't put 2 1/4" pipes on Rambler V8 exhaust manifolds'.

What I did? I didn't really have any excellent creative idea but I just got started on it, to get the job done.

So by merely examining the various pieces, I found that a 2.25" tube matches the stock Rambler V8 exhaust manifold flange ...when it's inverted (turn the stamped steel flange upside down)

Here's what I ended up doing and it works. Now the car has 2.25" pipes on RV8 manifolds.



So here's a 2.25" tube fully welded onto a stock inverted Rambler V8 exhaust manifold flange.

No way a conventional '66-'91 AMV8 exhaust donut would fit in there; there's just not enough distance between the studs on the manifold.

The tube has to be dimpled, where the nuts go onto the studs, in order to thread on (not enough space left for the nuts to go on)

We can see a dimple, looking into the tube, in this next pic:



The 'exhaust donut' is the same old spacer from the stock sized pipes. I spent some time 'massaging' the part so it fits good and slips into the inverted flange 'just right'.



Kinda reminds me of an anti-reversionary header design. It 'necks down' a little bit, but hey -better than a 2" or 1 7/8" tube, like what came stock on most Rambler V8s.

I really like having stock exhaust manfolds because they're totally troublefree.

Now the car has a leak free quiet exhaust system to pass Tx state inspection!


Edited by amcenthusiast - Sep/13/2019 at 9:14am
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Agree with the stock manifolds.  Mine have also worked problem free.  Nice work on the 2.25" exhaust!
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