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    Posted: Nov/12/2018 at 4:12pm
Twenty four 69 AMX's came to Australia as complete knock down kits exported from USA.
Australian Motor Industries made them right hand drive. They had to use some local content to comply with goverment regulations so there are a few differences between an Aussie AMX and the original .
Was lucky to buy two of the twenty four about 18 months back. First one I came across was a project been in pieces since the mid 90's. Had three owners in two states since it was pulled down. I am number four and shifted the body and parts 1850 mile in a container to yet another state. Course in all that time and moving plenty has been damaged or lost.
First time I saw it back of a badly lit shed.



After trip across the country South to North. Great to see it in daylight for the first time.


In the shed ready to get among it.

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There was a red Aussie X here in the states some time ago. As far as I know it's still here. Don't know who owns it. I was told by Larry Mitchell that they all were 343 automatic cars. Is yours ?
Long time AMC fan. Ambassador 343, AMX 390, Hornet 360, Spirit 304 and Javelin 390. All but javelin bought new.
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Looks like this is going to be a sweet project. Can't wait to see the progress.

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george w,- Correct, Red Aussie AMX#18 went back over to the States. California I think. And yes all twenty four were originally 343 3spd auto.
Still a fine automobile but I do wish we had got manual 390 with manual steering.
I have read there was a test mule sent over as well for AMI to work from to get the process for following cars up and running. Whereabouts unknown.

pit crew,- Thankyou, I've got a bit to catch you all up on. Guess I kept it to myself a bit. Worried at first I would make a mess of a piece of motoring history, but I'm going OK, thanks largely to studying this forum, so hopefully I can pay back a little by posting.



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Some little things that gave me something to do for a while.
Has had a light impact RS front.


This took a while to fix.




Radiator baffle was under instead of over bottom front crossmember tab.



LS below "A" pillar took a hit sometime.


Original Blackstone was recored sometime with a deeper core. Side straps were reattatched with less wrap around. This was solution to make it fit.


Found a bit of filler here and there.


After sorting all that out I got to here sanding by hand.
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Looks like you have your hands full,
thanks for posting up for everyone to see the progress Clap

Good luck.
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I shipped an original paint pristine yellow AMX hood about 20 years ago down under to an AMX owner who said his family had lost the original hood moving from one place to another.

Always wondered which AMX it ended up on?
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jpnjim, thanks.

69BBB3904spAMX, I don't know which AMX that might be.


Front left fender was replaced with a damaged 70 javelin fender at some point. Side indicator opening was changed to suit 69 but in wrong spot. Had me scratching my head how to make that recess shape.
Part of an old tower computer frame did the trick.





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Got the body on to a rotisserie.



Made things easier. We live in the tropics, wet season was coming on. Rust forming behind me on parts I had knocked dents out of and sanded.
Had to speed things up. Got professional help to wet sandblast. The three Aussie AMX's I have seen in person all had very thick protective layer applied underneath. Took some getting off.






Gave it time to dry.
Turned it lots of times to get the garnet blasting media out.
Primered with Jotun Penngaurd Special high build marine primer.

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Looks like you are making great progress. I'm not sure what it is about odd front fenders on the Aussie cars, seems almost par for the course, my 69 Javelin also has one recessed and one not recessed.
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