Eleventh Report of Work Done - San Antonio, Texas Stop
June 3, 2002
(Please read carefully...a lot of information has been added and/or updated.)
The update is quite late this week because I made a trip up to Chicago to help my sister
move her stuff back down to San Antonio. I left on Wednesday morning and got back Friday
night, so I've been playing 'catch-up' since then. We did get a lot done at the fifth
'Official Alamo AMC Charity AMX Thrash Night' on Tuesday, and there will be only one more
'Thrash Night' before the Southwest AMC Regional next Saturday.
- The highlight of Tuesday's 'Thrash Night' was the fact that I became the first person to
actually DRIVE the Charity AMX on a public street! Yes, that's right, the Charity AMX is
officially alive! On Tuesday night Brett and Brian Schneider aligned the front end and
popped open the carburetor to see why the car wouldn't idle. Brian blew out all the
passages and worked some of the linkages in order to free everything up, and that seemed
to do the trick...the car started and idled perfectly once we reinstalled it.
DRIVING IMPRESSIONS: I was the first to take the car out onto the street
in the Industrial Park where we have our shop. I took an easy run down the block to make
sure all the running gear was working well. Everything seems in order...the brakes are
great, the power steering works very well, the clutch feels fine, and the transmission
shifts smoothly. The front suspension felt great, although the rear was still quite jouncy
(we did not get a chance to install the leaf springs yet). After checking everything out
and making the turn onto a straight stretch, I decided to give it some gas and run it hard
through the gears. Whoaaa!!!! I was totally amazed at how HOT this car is! The car builds
horsepower VERY quickly, and feels very torquey through all four gears. After returning to
the shop and raving about the power, the Schneider Bros. took turns driving the car as
well. Brian's report was that I should "tell those Georgia guys that they really knew
what they were doing!" Brian has been building AMC race motors for many years, and he
was very impressed with the cam selection and power of the 360...quite a compliment!
- We did get the new rear leaf springs purchased by Ray Summit (email@example.com)
delivered to the shop, but have not had a chance to install them. We may wait until after
the Regional so that we can acquire some new 'U Bolts' for the rear axle. Ray also
contributed a rear valence panel, which I have installed on the car.
- I am having some trouble getting the driver's side door glass to roll up and down
smoothly, and have been consulting the TSMs for assistance. The passenger side glass gave
me no trouble at all.
- We still have also not been able to get any of the dashboard lights/gauges to work
electrically, but the 'Alt' light does come on when starting the car. I don't know if it's
a switch or fuse or what.
- Frank Swygert has reimbursed me for the fuel pump and the side-window glue.
- I am in the process of compiling a complete 'Contributor's List' that will accompany the
car (and hopefully be made into a plaque or something when it is finished.) I will post
this at some point and allow the previous clubs to add on to it and/or make corrections.
NEW PARTS RECEIVED:
- Bob Antonelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) has
contributed a vintage 'Hurst' T-Shifter handle. The handle looks quite good, but the
'Hurst' logo is upside down for some unknown reason! This part was needed badly as the
Hornet shift knob I had was too big (shaft size). Thanks, Bob!
- Steve Singer (email@example.com) has sent us a set of
nuts and washers for the windshield wiper shafts. (We still need the chrome inserts for
the cowl panel to replace the corroded originals.) Thanks, Steve!
- I've been talking with George Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Kevin Dalley (AMXAMC@aol.com) of AMC of Houston
about the taillight housings and bumpers. Kevin reports that the bumpers are 'done'
(straightened and rechromed) but I haven't heard about the bumper brackets, which needed
to be straightened, sandblasted, and refinished. George and Kevin are also working to get
the 'taillight' housing situation resolved. Obviously we are NOT going to get these on in
time for the Southwest Regional unless we are able to install everything in the parking
lot on Friday night!
- Walt Garson (Bigwaltsshop@aol.com) has
reported back to me that the full set of grille brackets (originally contributed by Tom
Benvie) were still in the bottom of the box that the grille was shipped in! I did not know
the brackets were in there...I only discovered that Tom had already sent them to us by
re-reading some of his old posts! Needless to say, I am relieved that we used the same box
that Tom had used when we shipped the grille to Walt, and that Walt had not thrown the box
away! Walt is going to refinish the brackets to match everything else, and we'll give
everyone a full report on the grille and headlight door restoration once Walt has a chance
to work his miracles.
- Tom Benvie (email@example.com) is going to send
us yet another 'gift pack' of needed parts! In addition to the underhood decal kit, Tom is
going to send a three-spoke steering wheel, driver's seat 'turtle back', a radio with
faceplate, front seat tracks, and the 'woodgrain' armrest overlays. Tom has also
contributed the $60 shipping costs the he incurred back to the project.
- Dave Meger (firstname.lastname@example.org) is going to send us a
set of clear turn signal lenses. One of the lenses is cracked, so if anyone can contribute
just one...we need it! (These were also used on the '71 AMXs.)
PARTS STILL NEEDED (newest first):
- Rear axle hardware. I expect the 'U-bolts' to break when we try and change the leaf
springs. Anyone have a source?
- Side mirror remote control 'ring'. A relatively small item, but I can't find the
threaded retainer ring for the remote-controlled driver's side mirror 'joystick'. Anyone
have one of these lying around?
- Windshield Wiper hardware. We need the little chrome collars that attach the windshield
wiper mechanism to the cowl panel. Ours are very pitted and nasty.
- Jack 'hardware'. We need the bolt, wing nut, and any other brackets, etc. to bolt the
jack, collapsible spare, and air bottle to the trunk.
- One '70 AMX 'simulated exhaust' rocker panel molding.
- Air Cleaner canister parts. At this point, I think we're going to settle for a '70
canister and top, and leave the 'heat riser' situation up to somebody else. If you have
ANY '70 V8, we need a air cleaner canister! Tom Benvie has a complete '68-69 'Ram Air'
canister that he has offered to trade with someone who could provide the '70 style setup.
(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 address the wheel situation.
HOST CLUB UPDATE...
Frank and I have been working with Jock Jocewicz of NAMDRA (email@example.com) to find a host for the car once it
arrives in Kenosha. At Jock's recommendation, Frank has written a nice letter to Brian
Ambrosini, a Kenosha-based AMCer who also owns a body shop! If anyone knows Brian
personally and can help us persuade him to host the car, PLEASE HELP! Jock has really gone
out of his way to help secure a sponsor for the project, but we need all the extra help we
Dave Meger has also offered to help store the car in Schaumburg, Illinois (Chicago area)
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).
The San Antonio contact for the car is me:
San Antonio, TX