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    Posted: Jun/19/2013 at 10:46am

"Every Car Has A Story"....

This is not only the story of a 1974 Javelin, but of my wife, Linda, and her dedication and love for this car. Many have written about their experiences with their cars....I hope that the following pages will, in some small part, give you a sense of the affection that Linda has for her beloved Javelin....

So, the restoration story begins as....

Left the Javelin at local bodyshop to get restored last July, nearly 1 year ago. Shop basically quit working on the car after a couple of months. I recently picked the car up and had to take it to another local shop, hopefully with alot better results. The first bodyshop did very little actual work on the car, and infact broke several parts. When I picked the car up it was in 1000 pieces, parts were thrown in floorboards, in trunk, the radiator was even laying in the back seat. It looked like a jigsaw puzzle, very unprofessional. The had dogs in the shop at night and they pissed all over the wheels, and now they are rusted. So basically the restoration project is starting over. Here are a couple of photos, one taken of what the Javelin looked like the day I left it at first bodyshop and the second of what it looks like now.



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360ci,2v,727TC. Motorola Multiplex with 8-Track.
G4 Plum exterior with 421Q Black Uganda Interior. Purchased on July 16, 1974 from Hooker AMC, Sherman, TX for $4500.20
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Sorry to hear about your misfortune...have you thought about taking these scoundrels to small claims court?
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If that shop is still in business you should post it down in the yay-nay section!

Keep others from falling into that trap. ouch, you have my sympathy, bummer.
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The new bodyshop is now making progress on the Javelin. They have stripped all the carpet out of the car and no rust was found. Still a long way to go, but I feel I am finally on track to get the Javelin back on the road.

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G4 Plum exterior with 421Q Black Uganda Interior. Purchased on July 16, 1974 from Hooker AMC, Sherman, TX for $4500.20
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote amxmachine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/20/2013 at 8:58am
Looks like a very nice solid car. The people that pulled that on you shouldent be in business.
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Those kind of shops are unfortunately not uncommon. I hope your new shop works out better.
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When the new bodyshop pulled all the carpet out, they found another Car Build Order under the Driver's Side Front Carpet, it was in bad shape, but readable, and the codes matched the Car Build Order that was found earlier behind rear seat springs. I do not know why there were "2" Build Sheets?

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G4 Plum exterior with 421Q Black Uganda Interior. Purchased on July 16, 1974 from Hooker AMC, Sherman, TX for $4500.20
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I advise you to visit the shop often and let them know that you are interested so they keep the momentum going. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Good luck with it. Joe
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 348AMX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/20/2013 at 1:47pm
a year!! WOW. That is crazy. Tools and materials have come a long way, paint booths paints etc. You can probably build a new AMC factory in a year LOL. Probably took them a day to strip the car to how it looked when you picked it up and then they stopped there. It should'nt take any hard working body shops more than a couple months from when they start turning wrenches on it to do a strong repaint with rust repair on a solid muscle car. If it does they are too busy doing other things and or cant handle the level of jobs they are doing. But that sounds just horrible.
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That car looks healthy. What's the plan for it?
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