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    Posted: Jun/09/2021 at 4:49pm
Hi everyone, looking for some information on AMC's Milwaukee production plant. Namely, what was produced there and when. My Grandfather was a UAW member in that facility through the 60s and mid-70s. After many years of searching, just got my hands on a '70 Rebel SST 360 project that my son, his namesake, and I will be rebuilding. Curious if we'll be encountering any pieces that might have made their way through that plant at any point. Thanks for any info!
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Your Rebel body was most likely built in Milwaukee and then hauled down to Kenosha on special trucks and put in the final assembly plant there in Kenosha....There is a Wal-Mart sitting where the plant in Milwaukee was located....
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There is a new 2020 little paper back book available from the Colorado AMC Club that at the front of it goes into some details to the point that sometimes can get confusing about how the whole process happened, even has some plat plans, although rather small for old eyes, inside front and rear covers. 
"The Untold AMC Stories" by Peter M. Williams, Gordon O. Spark, & Austin B. Hosterman
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In the Milwaukee plant's final year - 1978 - it seems, based on body numbers, that only matador shells were produced there.  In the last few years I've gotten pretty involved with these final run cars, and when looking at the build tags and VINs of those cars, the disparity between 'body number' at the top of the tag, and the 'sequence number' at the bottom of the tag is often huge. (these numbers rarely, if ever, match, but are often within a few hundred to a thousand difference)
With only around 11,000 Matadors of any kind (2 door, 4 door and wagon) built in that final year, this appears to be what happened. Concord, Gremlin and Pacer build/sequence and VIN of Kenosha assembled cars in 78 don't seem to have this disparity.

This may not be the kind of info you were looking for, but it is one of those curiosities that has cropped up in my research.


Edited by 73Gremlin401 - Jun/11/2021 at 10:12am
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Thank you all for the info! I'll definitely track down a copy of that book and if the Rebel body came from Milwaukee, then I've definitely already "encountered" some bits my Grandpa may have handled haha. Memorial Day Weekend was spent cutting out the lower rear quarters and reforming inner and outer patch panels from scratch basically using the trim for the template. They turned out very nicely though and I'm hoping my icepick has been telling the truth with the rest of the panels. We'll see as the project progresses.  

That's interesting on the Matador bodies towards the end. In other words the body shells sat a fair amount time between their assembly in Milwaukee and final assembly in Kenosha. My grandpa took a buyout in '76 or '77 I believe, and passed away in '79. I was born in 1982 so I never got to meet him so the info here is very appreciated. Been looking for an AMC project for a long time and took on a big restoration project for my first try, but have some help and what seems to be a solid 360 SST for the most part. Will be a complete restoration but the way I see it, that's probably the best way to really understand the car and maybe a little more of the man. Again, much appreciated!
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Originally posted by Montana 70 Rebel Montana 70 Rebel wrote:

 
 In other words the body shells sat a fair amount time between their assembly in Milwaukee and final assembly in Kenosha.
 
 I don't think that is a fair statement at all. It would take time, and space, to store bodies for any length of time before assembly, which would cost money. Money that would be better spent elsewhere. 
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Originally posted by BU1 BU1 wrote:

Originally posted by Montana 70 Rebel Montana 70 Rebel wrote:

 
 In other words the body shells sat a fair amount time between their assembly in Milwaukee and final assembly in Kenosha.
 
 I don't think that is a fair statement at all. It would take time, and space, to store bodies for any length of time before assembly, which would cost money. Money that would be better spent elsewhere. 


Correct.  I think with the Milwaukee plant shut-down looming, that the Senior line was slowed down to a crawl and the bodies were built on an as-requested basis, with just-in-time delivery to Kenosha for final assembly. You'd think that would also mean these bodies were assembled with greater care - but from what we've seen of the 78s in our yard.....that doesn't appear to be the case, unfortunately.
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