Third Report of Work Done - San Antonio, Texas Stop
March 17, 2002
This week, the new fan, fender strut rods, and battery tray were prepped
and painted by yours truly [Alfred Koos]. The parts all look fantastic! I also started
restoration work on the electric wiper motor and we picked up the horn relay, which had
been on order. We also were able to reconfigure the heater valve that Tom provided so that
it would fit properly. Emergency work on a club members Eagle somewhat interrupted
the progress, but were hoping to put in some extra time this coming week to try and
finish out the engine bay.
PARTS RECEIVED/DONATED: (Since the last project update)
- From Tom Benvie, we have received two NOS directional housings and the ram air
Y-pipe and circular foam housing that fits into the hood.
- Dan Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org) has contributed the long needed drivers
door glass! The package arrived Thursday in great condition, although I havent
opened it yet.
- Mike Hathaway (email@example.com) wrote: "There is a 70 Javelin sitting in
a bone yard here locally...the gas tank is still there." Did you get back there to
check it out, Mike? Im still waiting to get our tank back for inspection, but a
backup tank would be great!
- Michael Bursaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes: "I have spoken with the local club
here, and our club (Mid-America AMC) and my company we would be willing to donate a set of
the [Trendsetter] rails, shields, endcaps and bent pipes to the Charity AMX. The only
things left to complete the kit would be a set of mufflers and a pair of chrome tips.
Please let me know if you are interested in this. Thanks for taking time to respond."
Very generous of you, Michael! (The only downside is that the car will now have to go to
Kenosha sans exhaust system, since Im sure it will need to be painted before these
pipes can be installed!)
- Joe Roberts (email@example.com) wrote: "I have a pair of 70 rocker moldings.
They need someone to straighten and polish them as they are dented. I [also] have a jack
w/2-piece handle and an inflation can that only need to be detailed and the correct label
applied." It sounds like the Trendsetter-style exhaust is going to be used, so I
guess we wont need the rocker moldings. We do need that jack and inflation can
- Tom Benvie wrote: "Joe Roberts does an awesome seal kit and he will send a set
(plus other stuff he said he would donate)." Im assuming this is for the door
and windows seals.
- Kevin Dalley (AMXAMC@aol.com) wrote: "I also have a right bumper scoop."
- Mark Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: "If a good tank is not found. I can
investigate having the one in it redone. There is a shop in Greensburg,Pa that does seals
and refinishes tanks. I think the cost was around $200. I can try to see if we can get a
discount or freebee if nothing else turns up in the way of a tank." On the same
subject, Cliff Danley (email@example.com) wrote: "One of our members operates a company
called Classic Restorations and sells POR-15 products. They have a gas tank
sealer kit, which he [has offered] to donate." I havent yet been able to get my
hands on the existing tank to see how bad it is (one of our clubmembers was taking care of
this). As soon as I get the tank and see how bad it is I will let Mark, Cliff, and the
rest of you know which way were going to proceed.
- Randy Tate (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: "Are you going to try to clean the gas
tank sending unit? I cleaned mine in an ultrasonic water bath that I have access to at
work. Works within factory specs now. I would be willing to try on that one." I
havent yet tried this, but well have to address it soon. It looks like
its mostly varnished rather than rusted, but I havent messed with
it yet. I do know the round seal is wasted...anyone have a source for those?
- Kevin Dalley (AMXAMC@aol.com) writes: "I have a relationship with a bumper company
here in Houston--they owe me a favor for a roof job I helped them with and I can get the
bumpers rechromed at no cost." Sounds like we may just send em over to Houston
for this work! Drop me a line, Kevin.
PARTS STILL NEEDED:
- Correct Steering Wheel. We need a good, black steering wheel for a 70 AMX. Tom
Benvie has offered the AMX center horn bar if a non-AMX steering wheel can be
- Directional light lenses for the grille. We now have a beautiful set of housings...all
we need are the lenses.
- AMX nameplate for the grille.
- Black passenger door armrest (Do these need the woodgrain overlay?)
- Taillight Assemblies. We have the complete set, but they are MASSIVELY pitted and nasty.
Kevin Dalley and George Graham (email@example.com) of the Houston club have offered
a decent set in exchange for the nasty set. However, if we want a
good set (i.e. restored with no pits) we should pursue having the existing
units redone. The lenses are dark and clouded (from age) and I noticed yesterday that one
is partially melted.
- Fuel Tank Sending Unit. I may be able to salvage this, but it is nasty. It may be easier
to get a new/reproduction one from one of the vendors.
- Air Cleaner canister parts. We need the canister that sits on the carburetor plus the
flapper door, vacuum solenoid/bracket, and rear tab.
- Tires. Tom Benvie is currently collecting contributions in order to purchase a full set
of reproduction performance tires. The existing tires (two pairs of radials)
are already mounted on the car and look quite good...they will suffice until someone is
ready to finish the wheels.
- Seal, fuel tank sending unit to gas tank. I would buy a couple of these for myself if
someone has a source!Rear Leaf Springs. Just started looking at this the other night...the
rear springs are rather tired and should be replaced.
- Sill plates. We have them, but they are pretty corroded. Isnt someone reproducing
(DISCLAIMER: Undoubtedly there are more parts that will be needed. I cannot possibly
anticipate everything that will be required to finish this car. The parts discussed above
are those that I have made note of, and should be considered priority parts at
WORK STILL NEEDED AT FUTURE STOPS:
- Body work/rear quarters.
- Body work/floorboards and rockers.
- Body work/core support
- Interior. We have two good bucket seats, but the upholstery is different. There is only
one seat back.
- Chrome trim/taillights, etc. refinished. The chrome surrounds for the Ram Air hood need
to have the pins replaced and be rechromed as well.
- Grille restored. The grille Tom provided is complete but needs some minor
gluing/reworking. Tom has also provided a chunk of another grille for parts. I
know someone out there is an expert at this!
- Striping. Are we going to put a C-stripe on the car?
- Electric wiper wiring. Andre Jacobs showed me how this works...we have the necessary
- Door tag. Tom Benvie has the original door tag, which will be reunited with the car.
- Craig Caudle (ccamx73@airmail) of Dallas wrote: "As for the car getting to
Wisconsin, I may have a way to get it there this summer from Texas. I'll discuss
that with Fred Koos." Drop me a line, Craig!
- Dan Whitehead has also made an offer: "If Fred doesn't get any offers from the
clubs here in Southern Wisconsin, I will be open to take the car. I know the car will be
up here in July for the show. If at that time...no one has offered to take the car,
contact me and I will store, work on, and try to get clubs together to get this
- We also heard from AMXJTaber (AMCJTaber@aol.com) who wrote: "[I am]
building a 70 AMX race car [and] have many extra items. Maybe we could trade...also
we [are] willing to do some work on the car. We have twelve 68 to 70 cars in our
loose 'club'." Another great offer! Still waiting to hear back from J...
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Charity AMX has its own Internet website hosted by Matt Haas:
The San Antonio contact for the car is me:
San Antonio, TX