Started on Aug. 17 by Javelin (Forum Supporter)

1973 AMC Javelin

37

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I finally own my original dream car, an AMC Javelin! Granted, it’s the 70 Mark Donohue that have always intrigued me, but this will do, as it can be a 73 Trans Am Championship car (which was a dealer-ordered fender decal). It’s a 1973 AMC Javelin SST. Trans-Am Red, Black interior with White vinyl high-back buckets. 360ci V8 with a 4Bbl and dual exhaust. 727 Torque-Flite transmission, full length console with a floor shift. Power brakes, front sway bar, power steering, and electric wipers. Mods so far: MSD Coil, K&N open-element air cleaner, 1970 high-flow non-emissions exhaust manifolds, 2.5” dual exhaust with Hooker Aero Chamber mufflers and downturns, KYB shocks, Weld Rodlite wheels with BFG radials, and a factory AMC front disc brake swap. Project costs: Car: $250 Transportation: $150 Solenoid & cables: $36.49 Remote start & ignition switch: $25.93 Plug wires: $24.72 Tune-Up parts: $100.72 Points & coil: $75.39 Air cleaner: $33.99 Brake lines: $168.32 Water pump, etc: $168.84 Wheels & Tires: $400 Fuel pump, hoses, shocks, etc: $181.72 Turn rotors, rebuild calipers: $52.00 Brake hardware: $34.40 U-joints and starter button: $78.63 Transmission and differential service: $212.01 Drums: $77.90 Mufflers: $152.00 Exhaust: $188.83 Optima: $169.09 Battery Return: -$66.01(CR) Oil change & wipers: $78.96 Lug nuts: $57.62 Spacers: $25.00 Total: $2676.55

Latest updates
Feb. 23
Cherry on top

One thing that was really bugging me in the engine bay was the original oil …

Feb. 23
Charging system complete

Here’s the Optima I had to buy to make it through the autocross. This stupid …

Feb. 23
Alternator drama

The big news since the autocross is that my original alternator was dead (which killed …

Feb. 22
Conclusions

Even though the Javelin still has teething issues, it really does drive well. Plus I …

Feb. 22
And what's not working

Okay, so now for the truth. My codriver got DFL, and I only beat a …

Feb. 22
Wheels are working, tires are not.

So we had the car on jackstands before our run group went to decide on …

Feb. 22
So far, so good!

Well it can make it around a course! Nothing has broken, nothing is leaking, and …

Feb. 22
Oh yeah, here we go!

Can you believe that less than 10 weeks ago this thing drove for the first …

Feb. 22
Better light

I finally got the stupid lights to all work, too! I had to replace the …

Feb. 22
Catch can

One of the glaring defaults with my car is the lack of a coolant overflow …

Feb. 22
Landing pad

More time, more drives, more miles. Just driving this thing on mundane trips, like here …

Feb. 22
The fronts, not so much...

That same wheel is horribly sized for the front, however. The 285 is the absolute …

Feb. 22
285/30/18

That’s the size of the Kuhmo V710. The height is okay, but it could be …

Feb. 22
Test fitting some big wheels

In preparation for the upcoming autocross, I borrowed a good friend’s Enkei RPF-1 from his …

Feb. 22
Natural enemy...

An old boss and friend of mine owns this 1969 Trans Am (clone, but done …

Nov. 07
Size...

When you look at pictures of just the Javelin, it looks massive. In reality though, …

Nov. 07
Stop! Re-do everything!

On a drive home from work I started to get a growl, then a squeak, …

Nov. 07
Still messing with lights

My lighting problem came and went and came again, and I finally traced it down …

Nov. 07
Topping Off

It’s been a few hundred miles now, and the old 360 ate/dripped about a quart, …

Nov. 06
The age of knowing how to get things done...

We’ve all seen that commercial. Old dude in a Camaro, it overheats, he stops for …

Nov. 06
Vancouver, ho!

And now it’s time for the big road trip! I took the Javelin ~40 miles …

Nov. 06
Cinching up

The new exhaust collector gaskets needed to be tightened as well after a few miles, …

Nov. 06
Adjustments Part 2

I started with the squeaky belts. They stretched as they wore in, so I had …

Nov. 06
Electrical fault!

Suddenly the Javelin’s brake lights went out, and then the taillights and parking lights followed. …

Nov. 06
Coastal drive

Now that the Javelin is running and driving, it’s time to start putting some miles …

Sept. 05
Take the long way home

Do you see the busy road on the left? That’s I-5. I don’t like that …

Sept. 05
Driving to work

After the show and cruise I ended up taking the Javelin to work nearly all …

Sept. 05
First cruise!

The big draw of the Unique Tin show is actually the cruise in at night. …

Sept. 05
First car show!

All of the flurry of work was to get the Javelin ready for this car …

Aug. 31
Where else would I go?

And the first stop after the new exhaust? Why the parts store, of course! Actually …

Aug. 31
New exhaust installed

With the new manifolds in I was finally able to make it to the exhaust …

Aug. 31
More power from better flow

The original exhaust manifolds on the Javelin had EGR provisions, which are these tubes that …

Aug. 31
PHR ink!

My Javelin got picked as one of the cars featured in Popular Hot Rodding’s annual …

Aug. 31
Foiled!

I originally brought the Javelin into the exhaust shop a few weeks ago but not …

Aug. 30
Close up

Compare this shot to the earlier ones in the build and you can really see …

Aug. 30
Phew!

And quite a few hours and many 6” buffing heads later… Voila! Again, it’s not …

Aug. 30
Break out the polish!

I was tired of the outside looking like absolute trash, so I spent a day …

Aug. 30
Driving places!

Now I can finally drive this project places, like to work! It’s still loud (no …

Aug. 30
More cleaning...

Lots of vacuuming, de-carpeting, scrubbing, de-molding, etc, etc got me to here… You can ride …

Aug. 30
Finally!!!

The rest of the front suspension finally arrived! My special welded LCA’s got damaged beyond …

Aug. 30
Repeat steps 1-100...

The passenger door didn’t even open when I got the Javelin. It took longer than …

Aug. 29
Door complete!

After a thorough scrubbing of the door panel pieces and a coat of 303 Aerospace …

Aug. 29
Upholstery work

Don’t be afraid of interior upholstery! After fixing the plastic inner piece’s cracks with JB …

Aug. 29
Door innards rebuild

Of course the main reason for popping the door panels was to rebuild the innards. …

Aug. 29
Door panel disassembly

The next item on the list was to rebuild the doors. I started with the …

Aug. 08
And into the shop with you!

Trip three was to the local repair shop staffed by some good friends. They are …

Aug. 08
Started scrubbing the interior

After getting some gas in the car (trip 2!) I decided it was high time …

Aug. 07
Save the paint?

Here’s what 5 quick minutes of hand-rubbing with a mild polish got me… I do …

Aug. 07
Adjustments

Well if you watched the first drive video, you know the brakes were dragging. The …

Aug. 07
Another pressure washing

With the Javelin out in the sun it was time for another pressure-washing. Goodbye mold, …

Aug. 07
First Drive!!!

And there we have it! The first drive under it’s own power since 1986!!! Video …

Aug. 07
Down on all fours!

This is the first time in over a year that the Javelin has been on …

Aug. 07
Disc swap

The disc swap portion of the brake job was actually stupid easy. These are the …

Aug. 07
Movement!!!

The jackstand test of the transmission shows movement in both axles and all four (including …

Aug. 07
Exhaust fail

The original duals have had it. Both mufflers were completely rusted out and both pipes …

Aug. 07
Brakes are done!!!

With the correct spacers for the booster in hand I completed the brake rebuild/upgrade with …

Aug. 07
Trunk floor

It took a lot of unloading and cleaning, but here’s the bare trunk floor. There …

Aug. 07
Dropped the tank

Part of the rebuild process was to get the Javelin off of the fuel can …

Aug. 07
26 years off the road...

Yes, these are the original 1973 Oregon plates. Don’t be fooled by the “98” registration, …

Aug. 07
Finally got the trunk open, too

And boy was it full! Two tires, a wheel and tire, and a wheel, plus …

Aug. 07
Fan issue solved

This took way longer than it should have, but I finally got the right combination …

July 22
Brakes are closer...

And I finished off by finishing mounting the spindle, caliper bracket, and dust shield on …

July 22
More air

The new K&N filter is in and some general cleaning and maintenance performed. I want …

July 22
Problems!

Then the problems started! The new water pump has a different shaft and snout compared …

July 22
Alternator repaired and installed

The new GM-style alternator I have from a Wagoneer won’t work on my Javelin without …

July 22
Hoses and wires

All of the heater hoses are now in and done. Everything is new, even the …

July 15
More work on the engine

I kept going on the engine today. The thermostat has been replaced, and I’m glad …

July 15
Because I can, that's why

Yes, I painted my calipers bright red. It’s my car and I’ll do whatever cliche’s …

July 15
Rotors turned

The used rotors I have were able to be turned and I got those back …

July 15
And new water pump, too!

I removed the original water pump while I was doing the fuel pump for better …

July 15
New fuel pump is in!

Next up was the fuel system. I took the old fuel pump off. It had …

July 15
Mocking up the front disc conversion...

Time to start attacking the front brakes now. I cleaned, sanded, and painted the various …

July 15
New wheels fit well on the back

With the drums completed on both sides, I polished up the new Welds and mounted …

July 15
Rear drums completed

With the correct wheel cylinders in hand it was a snap to get the drums …

July 08
Wrong parts!

And then I hit a snag! The rear wheel cylinders didn’t fit. The bolt pattern …

July 08
Power steering pump

I cleaned and painted the power steering pump off of the bracket and reinstalled it. …

July 08
Yet more blue

Since the alternator is out it was time for more blue! I know it’s not …

July 08
KYB's

The new shocks are KYB’s. Not anything fancy, but since the suspension is stock right …

July 08
Shock mounts in

The shock tower hats/mounts are re-installed all cleaned up. The old Monroe shock is on …

July 08
New drums

Since the right rear drum was shot I had to buy new drums. The ones …

July 08
Scrape, scrape, scrape

There was a ton of oil and sludge buildup on top of the oil pump, …

July 08
Blacked out the back

Since the rear was up on jackstands and everything was apart, I blacked out the …

July 08
Stuck axle solved

When I had the Javelin delivered the right rear axle was frozen solid and the …

June 09
Organized!

I finally cleaned out the shed and got all of the Javelin’s parts in one …

June 09
Wheeless, too

I sold the old P71 steelies off the car, and I need to do the …

June 09
Brakeless

The master cylinder, brake booster, and some of the lines are removed. Threading in the …

June 09
Shock mounts

I took the front shocks out to replace them and cleaned and painted the mounts …

June 09
More new stuff...

I also ordered up a new aluminum water pump, thermostat, some gaskets, and that K&N …

June 09
New suspension - Part II

All the suspension parts (sort-of) came in! I’ll explain; I wanted to get a spare …

June 09
Fan & Cooling

Got the fan and pulley cleaned, sanded, primed, and painted. Cleaned the spacer bracket as …

April 23
Roof primer is holding up

The roof primer is holding up well. There’s no bare spots or rust besides a …

April 23
Weight savings

The front plate mount was large, steel, mangled, rusty, and heavy, none of which are …

April 23
Problem found

Since I was already there I decided to pull the original 55 amp alternator out. …

April 23
Keep taking stuff apart!

Now I’ve got some good access to the front of the motor. Obviously I need …

April 23
While you're in there...

I have a seriously bad habit of going “while I’m in here” with this car… …

April 23
Coolant system rebuild time

I also managed to start the coolant system rebuild. The old coolant actually looked really …

April 23
Grill header finished

The grill header panel is finished and reinstalled. The driver’s fender needed a little tweaking …

April 15
New wheels!!!

This weekend was the giant swap meet at Portland International Raceway and the Portland Expo …

April 08
Cleaned up

So I pressure washed the car. All of the mold is now gone and the …

April 08
Mold, ugh.

As a result of my carport being destroyed in the snowstorm and the crazy high …

April 08
Brake lines

The new brake line kit came in from Inline Tube. This is an all new …

March 17
New parts!

Say hello to a new set of KYB shocks, fuel pump and filter, and radiator …

Feb. 04
Finished (for now)

That wraps up the primer-thon for now. I removed the tape and I’ll let it …

Feb. 04
Primer bomb!

After hand sanding or wire brushing in the channels, using compressed air to spray all …

Feb. 04
Pillar rot

Unfortunately, the a-pillars are rotted out. This is very common in cars this old, and …

Feb. 04
That's a lot of work!

An hour or so later, and many sheets of 80-grit gone, we had a somewhat …

Feb. 04
Prepare to sand

Today was a very nice day, so I had de-tarped the Javelin so the interior …

Jan. 29
Re-covered

I was able to tarp the Javelin quickly after the collapse, but I wasn’t happy. …

Jan. 29
Top tip: Restore your hardware!

One of the reasons all these little jobs take up so much time is that …

Jan. 29
And of course, painted too.

The bracket then got coated in the original semi-gloss black. Every little bit helps on …

Jan. 29
More brackets being restored

Even though the Javelin came from a dry area and has minimal rust, there’s still …

Jan. 29
Linkage restored

One of the next little jobs on the Javelin was to restore the throttle and …

Jan. 29
Close one!

I have to give my canopy credit. It may have collapsed, but it didn’t damage …

Jan. 29
Mother nature gets mean

We had a freak snow storm drop 12” in 24 hours this January, which was …

Jan. 29
And supported, too.

The last thing to do to the control arms was weld in side plate supports. …

Nov. 05
Driver's Side Blacked Out

I also finally got around to scrubbing, sanding, and painting the wheelwell on the driver’s …

Nov. 05
Boxed!

So I boxed them! (Well, one in this picture…) I made a metal plate that …

Nov. 05
Control Arms?

Here’s a spare pair of front lower control arms that came with the brakes. What’s …

Nov. 05
Brakes disassembled

I was finally able to get to the brake assemblies that my Dad sent and …

Oct. 10
401 is going away...

Part of the reason progress on the Javelin has been so slow is that my …

Oct. 10
More chrome!

And with that I cleaned and painted the hardware for this side and installed the …

Oct. 10
Matching head, good valvetrain

I finally got around to the Driver’s side valve cover and the numbers on this …

Oct. 10
Welding!

Was does this have to do with the Javelin project you ask? Well, the quarter …

Oct. 10
Covered work area

It may not look like much, but this metal and tarp contraption will allow me …

Sept. 10
More blue

I finally started making some progress on the other side of the engine! The intake …

Sept. 10
Ewww...

This is the fuel filter that I bought brand new for this thing for it’s …

Aug. 25
Welcome to the Jungle!

So the Javelin hasn’t been worked on much (at all) lately, because I’ve been getting …

Aug. 25
More stuff!

Another box from Santa (my Dad) came in containing everything I need to restore the …

July 04
Happy Independence Day!

I celebrated July 4th by firing the 360 up and letting her turn some gas …

July 04
Lens replaced.

Not the most exciting update, I know, but the broken lens would have failed the …

July 04
And electrical system finished, too.

Now that the battery tray is solid and rust-free I was able to reinstall the …

July 04
Battery tray is in.

The new battery tray is now installed with new hardware. Since the fender/framerail metal was …

June 25
And now for the other side...

I kinda hate to admit it, but my motor is only 1/2 clean and shiny… …

June 25
And in box #2...

I have to confess, I was nervous about this. See, there was supposed to be …

June 25
Presents!

Well one box contained a new power booster, a master cylinder, a radiator hose, a …

June 25
Santa came!!!!

There were some heavy boxes left on the doorstep, I wonder what they could be?

June 05
Chrome, I has it.

That’s why! After a few hours of cleaning, degreasing, scraping, and vacuuming, I was able …

June 05
Original decals

These are reproductions of the decals originally found on my engine. Usually you got either …

June 05
6090!!!

The 6090 (last 4 before the dash) heads are the second-best AMC casting after the …

June 05
Clean on the outside, clean on the inside

The inside of the engine is amazingly clean! There was no varnish or sludge in …

June 05
A little more Blue...

I’ve slowly been able to de-grease the engine and get it repainted it’s factory EN66 …

June 05
Ready for re-installation

The battery tray bolts to the inner fender apron, and mine was pretty solid underneath. …

June 05
Rust-B-Gone!

One of the worst areas of rust on the Javelin is pretty common amongst all …

June 05
Painted, too.

I wasn’t really clear in my last update, but when I said stuff was getting …

May 20
Paint booth

Okay, so I get a little crazy with the spray paint when the ice thaws, …

May 20
Temporary solution

So for now all I could do was sand it down with some 80-grit and …

May 20
Roof rust

This is my biggest worry on the body of the car. The roof and sail …

May 20
More engine clean-up

I can’t help it. Old American V8’s are probably the only truly pretty motors out …

May 20
The first box has arrived!

The first shipment of goodies has arrived! This is one of the many cool parts …

May 20
Passenger side cleaned up

I also took the spindle off of the passenger front. You can see there’s a …

May 20
Driver's side is apart

After much cursing and hammer beating I did finally manage to get the drum of …

May 17
Old School

I actually got this months ago, but am just now getting around to posting about …

May 17
Proof of concept

Well work on the Javelin ground to a halt. Between Mother’s Day activities, making family …

May 02
MUCH better!

Ah! That should fix it! Yes, I realize there is nothing left but a spindle, …

May 02
Gobbily-gook!

What manner of sorcery is this contraption! Oh, it’s a drum brake in need of …

May 02
Cleaning from the bottom up

So I did! I hand-scraped the majority of the gunk off, took a wire brush …

May 02
Ewwww, greasy!

The Javelin is actually pretty clean underneath, but every car could use a good scrubbing …

April 25
De-molding

Well yes, the actual trim molding will come off too, but right now I’m talking …

April 25
Engine work continues

Now that the Javelin is a confirmed runner I need to start focusing on other …

April 21
New tiller

I picked this up at the swap meet at PIR a few weeks ago, an …

April 10
Suspension?

While the suspension is no doubt tired, it should be OK for the inspection to …

April 10
Next step: brakes

The next step to getting the Javelin totally operational is to change the brakes. The …

April 10
Less smoke

Now that the engine has been run up to temp a few times and has …

April 10
Fresh oil.

After running up to temp again the old oil was drained. It actually looked pretty …

April 10
It's a gas, gas, gas!

This is how it’s fueled for now. Basically, I have no idea what kind of …

April 10
Fire in the hole: Part 2

Yesterday the Javelin got started again, she fired right up. The engine was run for …

March 20
Future plans...

So now that the 360 runs, where to go from here? Well, here’s the plan: …

March 20
RTFM

When in doubt, read the f-ing manual! This is an original 1974 AMC TSM (the …

March 20
IT RUNS!!!!

The smoke in the pipe lets you know the old girl is running! The engine …

March 20
Fire in the hole!

So after months of trying, buying and swapping parts, testing things, and generally working my …

March 20
But still no spark...

Hmmm, coil didn’t do it (even though the old one tested bad). Only one thing …

March 20
New spark!

So after an off weekend to start autocrossing, it’s back to the Javelin! First up …

March 08
But no spark.

After all of that diagnosing and churning it was time to lay fire into the …

March 08
Fuel!

For the first time (supposedly) in 28 years, there is fuel in the carb! Of …

March 08
Electrical round 7...

Yes, that is another new solenoid. I’m 99% sure the other two are actually fine …

March 08
Grounded

Whilst chasing down the still no-start issue it was pointed out that grounds could be …

Feb. 28
Progress Stalled!

We got hammered with a snowstorm last week, and then again on the weekend. Hours …

Feb. 21
Chasing down the issue...

Okay, a recap. The Javelin now sports the following new parts: battery, battery cables, ground …

Feb. 21
Ignition switch

Still had a no-start situation with the Javelin, so I grabbed a new ignition switch …

Feb. 21
New starter installed

Here’s the new starter in place, with new cable. This old car is a joy …

Feb. 13
Getting closer!

Got the Javelin up in the air and the engine turned over by hand! Now …

Feb. 08
Looking good so far!

Okay and a few hours later, everything is installed! We are really close to trying …

Feb. 08
New stuff!!

So it was off to the parts store! What you see here is a new …

Feb. 08
Plugs and cylinders

All eight spark plugs were then pulled both to assess their condition and to spray …

Feb. 08
Assessing the engine

Now that the long, cold, and rainy winter is nearing being done I’ve been able …

Oct. 13
New tool!

This simple looking device is an AMC V8 engine priming tool. My grandfather actually machines …

Oct. 13
Getting ready for a fire...

This is the original Motorcraft 4 barrel carburetor. First time it has seen the light …

Aug. 26
Instrumentation

Did a little cleaning today and some more inspecting. The interior should clean up nicely! …

Aug. 19
Let's get started!

First off, under the hood. I shop-vac’d up all the dirt and mouse poo and …

Join Free Join our community to easily find more reader's rides.
Comments
Rusty_Rabbit84
Aug. 18, 2010, 12:06 p.m.

This vote is for you! Big up for owning your dreamcar!

thirdvector
April 28, 2011, 10:53 a.m.

Big iron bucket-o-awesomeness. You sir, have made me a fan of Javelins.

GearBanger
Sept. 16, 2011, 1:46 p.m.

How is the brake job coming along?

P71
Sept. 16, 2011, 7:14 p.m.

Not well. No issues with the brakes, issues with me having time to work on the car :(

GearBanger
Dec. 22, 2011, 1:42 p.m.

Hey Javelin, when you swap out the control arms for the boxed set do you have any plans for the old ones if they aren't trashed, I'd be interested in them so I can get the rebuild started on mine.

crankwalk
Jan. 17, 2013, 11:35 a.m.

The before and after picture of the motor is jaw dropping. Great job with it!

Add your comment
See more
Our Preferred Partners
I6wzsuTMJNAWUGVSoQJfM6u8QCxJkk4WaRaJKWCKQkHO7g2lt2SkEbK28wLcMoI2