Sixth Report of Work Done - San Antonio, Texas Stop
April 6, 2002
Things are really picking up with the Charity AMX now that so many people are
generously contributing the desperately needed parts! I am now working on the car two or
three days a week as we prepare for the upcoming Southwest AMC Regional show in June. Over
the past week, several more steps have been accomplished:
NEW PARTS RECEIVED:
- Long time AMC Mailing List veteran Steve Brueggeman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
has sent us a nearly perfect passenger side armrest for the car. Thanks, Steve! A package
arrived just moments ago from Joe Roberts (email@example.com).
Inside are a restored jack, jack handle, a pair of used adjustable hood bumper bolts, and
(I assume) the 'underhood seal kit' (I will need some instruction on where all these
pieces go!) Thanks, Joe!
- I purchased the new brake parts at the local auto parts store, but Jeff Reeves and Jeff
Barfield (from Peach State AMO) are interested in contributing to the $35 cost.
- In my last update, I mentioned that the rear brakes were wasted (seized cylinders, paper
thin rusty brake lines, etc.) In an amazing bit of selfless charity work, Mr. Jeff Reeves
of Peach State AMO has managed to convince the fine people at 'Fine Lines' (http://www.finelinesinc.com) to donate a complete
set for our AMX! Job well done, Jeff! (And anybody who might need brake lines needs to
remember Fine Lines when it comes time to buy!)
- Larry Mitchell of AMCWC is sending us a complete '70 AMX decal kit including air cleaner
sticker, emission sticker, tire pressure sticker, etc.
- Kevin Dalley (AMXAMC@aol.com) is in the process of
having the bumpers straightened and rechromed. George Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) is going to see about
replacing the taillight assemblies with something more presentable. Eddie Stakes (email@example.com) has
also offered us a nice set of lenses to go with George's housings, as well as a front
- Joe Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) has made
arrangements to acquire a reproduction grill emblem from Jeff Kennedy.
- Matt Haas (email@example.com) has
already ordered a new fuel tank sending unit, gasket and strainer.
- In addition to checking on the other gas tank, Mike Hathaway is supposed to send us a
rear 'valence panel' that goes under the back bumper.
- We are still awaiting word from Ron Akerman (AMX1970@aol.com)
whether the rear quarter panel can be installed in San Antonio. Ron
himself works in the Indianapolis area and may be able to do some work
PARTS STILL NEEDED:
- Horn contacts. I can't remember what small parts are required to make the horn button
work on the '70 Javelin steering wheel. I think it's a small spring and a metal plunger.
Anyone have this lying around? (This is the type that works by contacting a metal tab on
the horn button, NOT a wire.)
- Horns. I just realized that they are missing! Anyone have a decent set lying around?
- Directional light lenses for the grille. We now have a beautiful set of housings...all
we need are the lenses. I have a set from a Jeep Commando...are they the same?
- Armrest overlays. Tom Benvie may be able to contribute these.
- Driver's Side Seat 'Turtleback'. Tom Benvie may donate this as well.
- Windows sweeps. The felts for the front doors, especially. I'd like to install the
window glass but we need new sweeps. Can someone talk to a vendor about contributing
- Underhood pad. Do Ram-Air cars still use a pad?
- Metal radio pod. I recently noticed that the unit on the car has been 'cut' in order to
accept a larger radio, and I have removed it from the car. Does anyone have a decent
original '70 radio pod...and maybe even a correct AM radio to fit it?
- Air Cleaner canister parts. We may have to rethink this, because the car now has 'free
flow' manifolds, and therefore the stock '70 heat riser stuff (the 'stovepipe') will not
work. Should we use a '71-74 Ram-Air air cleaner housing (which uses a shorter air
cleaner) and just put extra foam under the hood for the hood scoop? Should we still go
with a '68-70 style air cleaner and 'rig' the heat riser stuff? Has anyone done this? For
reference, the parts we were looking for are:
(4.015-1) 3191898 - DUCT, Carburetor Air ('68-70 V8 w/4-bbl)
(4.015-3) 3192223 - DUCT, Exhaust Manifold Hot Air ('68-70 exc. 390)
(4.088) 3198376 - CLEANER, Carburetor Air ('70 360 V8 w/'cold air induction')
(12.001-16) 3198374 - DOOR, Hood Air Scoop Rear Duct ('70 w/'cold air induction')
(12.001-17) 3198375 - RETAINER, Hood Air Scoop Rear Duct Door ('70 w/'cold air induction')
(12.001-18) 3198370 - CONTROL, Hood Air Scoop Damper ('70 w/'cold air induction')
- 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. We test fit one of the wheels Tom Benvie sent, and it appears
to be correct. We may dismount the tires one more time to try and get a matching set of
- Rear Leaf Springs. Just started looking at this the other night
the rear springs
are rather tired and should be replaced. They are rusted to the point where I would not
attempt to 're-arc' them. Anyone have a good used set? Can someone find a source and price
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Charity AMX has its own Internet website hosted by Matt Haas:
The National Project Coordinator is Frank Swygert (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once the car reaches Kenosha, Frank has designated Dan Whitehead (email@example.com) of Wisconsin as the
next regional coordinator. Dan has already been talking to Mike Spangler and others about
contributing once the car arrives back in it's 'birthplace'.
The San Antonio contact for the car is me:
San Antonio, TX