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I worked at Tarbox Motors on Post Road in North Kingstown, RI, back in 1976. It was after high school and before college. They were a Pontiac and AMC dealer at the time. They were a small dealer by today's super size standard. I worked in the new car prep dept.
I remember a Japanese customer wanting to buy a new car. He was looking at a Pacer and asked me why the inside area of the rear bumpers were already starting to rust. I just shrugged and said that it was just surface rust and not to worry about it. He didn't go for it and ended up buying a Pontiac Astre. Oh well.
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WORKED AT H.F. CLARK MOTORS WESTMIFFLIN, PA
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Eastwood Jeep Eagle/Renault  Winnipeg Mb Canada
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Thruway Motors in Nyack NY. 1981. Worked in the parts department. That dealership was just switching over to microfische. Didn't think about buying up whatever NOS stuff was out there, besides i couldnt afford to buy much. At that time just a 20 year old kid with a 70 AMX. Did get a set of exhaust tips but they were superceded 1971 clamp style.
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Originally posted by Rogue343 Rogue343 wrote:

My dad had worked in the car business for a number of years before opening a retail tire business (Warehouse Tire) in January of 1970.  He purchased the local AMC dealer in April 1976 (Warehouse AMC/Jeep) and I started working in parts department after school and cleaning up the shop on Saturdays.  Did that until I enlisted in the Navy in May 1980.  Dad kept the franchise until 1982 and stayed in the used car business for a couple of years after that.  Retail tire store stoll going after 42 years.   

         Worked at Warehouse AMC/Jeep  when I was laid off from structural steel job.   Friend of the Family and got to wash some cars and drive to and from auctions 
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surprised to only see 1 post from WI I worked at a small dealership in Milwaukee it was on 51st and forest home McCarthy AMC JEEP I started as a lot boy while in high school and worked my way into the garage and also filled in in the parts department when the regular lady was off
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Thruway Motors , Nyack N.Y.  1980. Worked in the parts dept. They were in the process of changing from parts books to microfiche. If i only knew then what i knew now. I would have bought every thing i could get my hands on. Think i got a license plate light and a pair of exhaust tips for my '70 AMX when i worked there.
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And the easy way to get rid of a hard to sell leftover, maybe orders from the top? Wink
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SOLD 1970 BBO Javelin, wifes 73 AMX 360 4spd. Next project 1969 AMX
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Originally posted by Rogue401 Rogue401 wrote:

I worked for State Rambler in Schenectady, NY fall 1967-1969 detailing new and used cars. I just turned 16 and got to drive new Javelins and AMXs. The only thing he wouldn't let me drive was their two SC/Ramblers. I did run it around the lot lunch time when the boss wasn't around.

One of the highlights was driving the new cars into a local shopping mall for a new car show. I drove a 69 390 automatic AMX in. The mall said if you chirped the tires you were out, but I couldn't resist. You had to drive down this long hall to get onto the floor of the mall and I'll never forget how nice that car sounded echoing in that hallway! Another thing that was a lot of fun was the Thursday auctions. They would buy "program" cars (I don't know what that meant). Most of them were 4 door Rebels but once in a while they would get 343 SST Hardtops which were fun to drive back.

They seamed to order a lot of performance cars. There were quite a few 290 Rogues. The parts manager ordered a sweet 290 4 speed American wagon. The most frustrating thing was that the salesmen where absolutely clueless about performance cars and couldn't care less. They lost a lot of sales because of it.

My nickname was "firebug" because I went to pull a leftover 67 Rebel SST out of the back lot to prepare for delivery. This car was absolutely loaded, 2 dr HT, that rose color with a black vinyl top, 343, buckets, everything. It was below freezing and the car probably hadn't run in months so it was hard to start. I pumped it a couple of times and it would try to start and I kept pumping it, it started to catch there was a pop and then we were on fire! Fire started coming up under the dash... and the cars are parked so tight together I could hardly crawl out. I ran into the shop screaming "FIRE" and by the time we got back it was a total loss. It actually scorched the cars next to it. Come to find out some mechanic pulled the carb off to use on something else and just laid the fuel line and air cleaner over the intake and even left the return spring on the throttle linkage. All I was doing was shooting raw gas in the engine.

Probably the most fun job I ever had!   


The 67 SST's were my ab fab favorite Rebel Design!! That brought sadness to me that it was totaled. :(
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When I was going to tech school near Chicago I worked at Jeep Eagle of DuPage in 1991-1992.A few years after AMC went under but there were still a lot of Eagles around then.
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