P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 10:27 p.m.

Alright, we'll do this the right way. An old-school build thread! The car is a just-purchased (8/16/10) AMC Javelin. It's the SST trim package, 360ci V8, 4Bbl, dual exhaust. It has a 727 Torque-Flite transmission, an inverted-U floor shifter on a full console, power front disc brakes (with dual-piston calipers), and power steering. It also has a tilt wheel and electric wipers.

The Javelin has been sitting for well over 20 years, and I will be technically the 4th owner. It was abandoned at one time, but I have all the legal stuff signed, sealed, and notarized to make it mine except one little tiny detail - it has to be presented to the local State Troopers in running form to prove that it's been rebuilt!

So, the plan is to get it running!

Reader's Ride

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 10:30 p.m.

Since it needs to run, I figured a good first step was cleaning off the 20 years of dirt so I could work on it. Here's the before shot:

Here's what an hour of shop-vac, scrubbing, and elbow grease got me:

No water made it into the engine and both the oil and trans fluid still look and smell new! It honestly looks like a battery and a squirt of gas are all it's going to take to get the old 360 to fire. More to come (especially as racing season ends and winter steps in!)

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 11:34 p.m.

This is my inspiration. Especially since mine is already Trans-Am Red!

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 11:35 p.m.

And this one has the stance, wheels, and even the color!

OK, enough drooling. I'll get back to work on it after the weekend (autocrossing Sat & Sun).

MrBenjamonkey Reader
Aug. 19, 2010 11:45 p.m.

Damn dude, it looks like you found a score.

If you want to make it super bad ass, the 401 V8 will bolt right in and they are stupid tough engines. Forged crank/rods. People loved them for desert racing because they wouldn't pop when you overrevved them on jumps and whoops.

Are you staying automatic or swapping in something cool?

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 11:47 p.m.

OK, wasn't quite done drooling yet. I found one built as an autocross car. Gotta love the modern takes on the minilites from Donohue's original (which just sold for $847,000!!! ).

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 19, 2010 11:48 p.m.
MrBenjamonkey wrote: Damn dude, it looks like you found a score. If you want to make it super bad ass, the 401 V8 will bolt right in and they are stupid tough engines. Forged crank/rods. People loved them for desert racing because they wouldn't pop when you overrevved them on jumps and whoops. Are you staying automatic or swapping in something cool?

All in due time I've owned a 401 for 10 years, and had the AMC T-5 for it for 5. Those were the whole reason I was even looking for an AMC project. And yes, both will eventually go into the Javelin.

Appleseed SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2010 12:12 a.m.

Keep the outside scabby and turn the guts golden. Please.

Aug. 20, 2010 12:25 a.m.

Hint hint ...

forzav12 Reader
Aug. 20, 2010 12:43 a.m.

What's not to like? Get cracking on it and post pics!

2002maniac HalfDork
Aug. 20, 2010 12:51 a.m.

Very cool car!

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2010 8:06 a.m.

The pictures found their way into the GRM machine, so I edited the first two posts to how they should have started.

bravenrace Dork
Aug. 20, 2010 8:13 a.m.
P71 wrote: And this one has the stance, wheels, and even the color! OK, enough drooling. I'll get back to work on it after the weekend (autocrossing Sat & Sun).

Wow, is that a factory color? I love it! Damn you, P71! I've never liked these cars before, and now you've got me wanting one! I'll be following your build closely.

stan SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2010 8:22 a.m.

Way (way) cool!. What year? '71? Looks like a real clean car to start with.

I've had a bad desire for some V8 happiness again lately too...

Thanks for the thread (and inspiration)!

Cotton HalfDork
Aug. 20, 2010 8:23 a.m.

Very clean looking car. This will be a keeper for sure.

P71 SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2010 8:44 a.m.

bravenrace,

That is a 71 in either Bittersweet or Copper. AMC had some amazing colors back in the day.

stan,

Mine's a 73.

bravenrace UltimaDork
Aug. 20, 2010 9:02 a.m.

In reply to P71:

When I was 7 years old I got my first Hot Wheel car. It was a copper colored Cougar. Then just by chance my first car was a '68 Camaro that was just a plain old coupe except it was one of 300 that were painted Corvette Bronze like the one below. I've loved that type of color ever since.

a401cj New Reader
Aug. 20, 2010 8:34 p.m.

you'll love the 401. 304s and 360's are stones but 401's are a whole 'nother paradigm. They are 454 Chevy strong. Make sure you've got the right harmonic balancer (they're unique) and flywheel or flexplate and it is a direct bolt in. EVERYTHING lines right up.

Have fun!

Rob_Mopar Reader
Aug. 20, 2010 9:30 p.m.

When I was a kid, my favorite Matchbox was this one:

I'll be keeping an eye on your build.

btp76 Reader
Aug. 20, 2010 10:21 p.m.

A good friend of mine had one of those several years ago. Driving down the freeway one day the fiberglass hood "unbonded" from the metal frame and blew away. If yours is glass you may want to... I dunno, do something to keep it on.

Jensenman SuperDork
Aug. 21, 2010 7:33 a.m.

Great score!

The Javelin has always been one of my two favorite pony cars, the other is the 1969 Camaro. I remember the ads for the Javelin: 'We went all out to make the Javelin a really different-looking car. Even at the risk of scaring some people off'.

Aug. 21, 2010 8:29 a.m.

Cool car, can't wait to see more progress. You must have a ton of AMC's up your way, you always seem to be tripping over one

BBC

ZOO Dork
Aug. 21, 2010 8:36 a.m.
bravenrace wrote: In reply to P71: When I was 7 years old I got my first Hot Wheel car. It was a copper colored Cougar. Then just by chance my first car was a '68 Camaro that was just a plain old coupe except it was one of 300 that were painted Corvette Bronze like the one below. I've loved that type of color ever since.

Slight hijack (sorry P71 :)). My friend's Infiniti 4.5 powered 240Z (he's called it the 450Z) is a similar colour. I rhink it's from a Dodge.

bruceman New Reader
Aug. 21, 2010 8:43 a.m.

Awesomeness

Appleseed SuperDork
Aug. 21, 2010 10:12 a.m.

You can thread-jack all day with Z cars like that.

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