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Note: This project has morphed into the AMCyclopedia. I'm no longer maintaining this section of my website but you can find some of this information (and much, much more) at http://www.amcyclopedia.org. Eventually, everything here will be on that site.

1963-1969 AMC Front Suspension
1968-1974 Power Steering (199, 232, 258 only)
Miscellaneous
Body

1963-1969 AMC Front Suspension (confirmed) All except as noted

  • Front suspension members including lower control arm, steering assembly, trunions, and strutrods were all chassis black.
  • All sheet metal including inside of the fenders and the wheel house were all body color.
  • Shocks are gloss black.
  • Sheet metal was pre-painted at the body plant prior to assembly of suspension.
  • There is a fairly light coat of asphalt undercoating sprayed directly from the side up into the front wheel well. There wasn't much of an attempt to insure a thorough coating because protrusions such as bolt heads, brake lines, etc. left a "shadow" of uncoated metal downstream.
  • Springs are chassis black with dabs of paint to indicate the rate.
  • The bolts  for the tie-rod adjusting sleeve clamps go in from the front (open end of the clamps are facing up in the pictures I have).
  • Lower control arm bolt goes in from the front.
  • Upper control arm bolts go in from the front.

1968-1974 Power Steering (199, 232, 258 only) Saginaw pump type (unconfirmed)

  • Steering box bolts go in from the outside of the car. There is a thick flat washer under the bolt head and bolts screw into threaded holes in a sill adapter plate. Some cars may have shims installed between the spacer and the steering box or sill to align the steering shaft.
  • Pitman arm - chassis black
  • Reservoirs - 1968-1971 is round with a long oval shaped filler neck, 1971 and newer is teardrop shaped. This was a midyear 1971 change. Early cars should have the old style and late cars should have the new style.
  • Pump - gloss black
  • Upper bracket (cast aluminum) - bare
  • Lower brackets (stamped steel) - black oxide
  • Gear box - chassis black
  • Pump pulley - black oxide
  • Crank pulley - black oxide
  • Sill Adapter (when used) - chassis black
  • Hoses run underneath the engine from the passenger side to the drivers side

Misc. (unconfirmed)

  • Smog pump drive belt (I have the original California emissions equipment) Gates 3182261 (1966 Rambler American)
  • Spark plug wires: Packard Radio TVRS LR 3 Q 65 (note: 3 Q 65 is the date of manufacture, 3rd Quarter 65 in this case) (1966 Rambler American)
  • Upper radiator hose: GR 2038 PT 3172583 It's black with not stripe. (1966 Rambler American)
  • Lower radiator hose has the Gates "Blue Stripe" but I could find not number. (1966 Rambler American)
  • All heater hoses were black with no markings. Same for smog pump hoses. (1966 Rambler American)
  • Radiator cap has the blue AM logo.
  • Flexible brake lines are black rubber with "grooves" but no lettering (lettering may have been printed in ink on them).
  • Brake drums are flat black.
  • Steering box bolts go in from the outside of the car. There is a thick flat washer under the bolt head, a lock washer and nut on the steering box side on manual steering cars.  On manual steering cars, there is a triangular spacer between the steering box and the sill (note: Americans use a single "thick washer" type   spacer between the rear bolt and the sill).  Some cars may have shims installed between the spacer and the steering box or sill to align the steering shaft.

Body (confirmed)

  • Body (starting in 1966) was primed with zinc chromate primer after assembly (body was dipped in primer)

Last Updated 04/01/06 03:27:11 PM