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Barn Find AMX Project Car

Originally this Project Car was going to have the engine and suspension freshened and paint buffed and put back on the road after sitting for nearly 30 years in a barn. Like most Project Cars I decided I wanted more out of this little bomb. After rebuilding the engine, suspension and detailing the underside of the AMX as well as the engine bay I realized the paint was not salvageable.

That called for a soda blast and minor body massaging to get it laser straight. New paint couldn’t be done without out putting a new interior in it and gosh new tires and wheels are a must. You get the idea!

The Barn Find was scheduled to be revealed at the Good Guys show in Nashville last May; its now November and little progress has been made since last spring. It was time for a new plan. After visiting with the Rod & Custom Machines Shop I told you about a few weeks ago I decided that was the route to go. I called Jeremy up at 615-496-1789 and asked him if he and his dad, Mike, would like to finish the AMX. His response as an immediate yes.

I asked what it would cost and when he could start. The answers to both questions were pleasant surprises. The price was excellent and the work could start as soon as I could get the car there. In two days I had all the parts sorted and loaded along with the AMX on the trailer and we were off to Mike and Jeremy’s 10,000 square foot shop in Middle Tennessee. I hope to be able to pick the AMX with fresh paint and all the exterior details and chrome placed back on the car in less than a month. I can then install all of the new interior parts along with the new tires and wheels.

This year’s Christmas present to me is going to be a bright red and fresh 1969 AMX with 390 4-speed and factory air! Think I’m not going to have some fun next summer with this set up?

As way of an update, the AMX has been primed and blocked and should get color around Thanksgiving week. I will bring you more photos then along with a little more info on Mike, Jeremy and their Rod & Custom Machines.

Here is a link to the next phase of the Paint and Body work as we near completion!

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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