We finally got this car home to our garage and had an opportunity to give it a once over and start our list of “must haves”.
This is a 69 AMC AMX 390 Go Pack car. Automatic, Positraction, PS, PB, Tilt Wheel and 8-Track with Leather Interior.
Most restorers will tell you to make your list of what needs to be done to the car prior to purchasing it. I absolutely agree but sometimes you just can’t do a thorough examination prior to purchase. This might be because it is on eBay on the other side of the Country or just buried under a pile of stuff the seller isn’t willing to move. This is where instinct meets emotions and you must make a decision. My rule is walk away unless the price is low enough that the worst case scenario works. I have been burned this way and I have also made out real well doing this. I have also missed on some great deals because I was too cautious. However, I would rather miss on one good deal than get stuck with a real looser.
This is a real grease pit. It will get a pressure wash to see what is under all that goop. Next will be a tune up and compression test to see what we have.
When we got the AMX off the trailer (drove it on and drove it off, managed to lay a big patch of rubber on the way) it went straight into the stall I had previously cleared for it. The next step was to do a quick overview and then go back over it making the first list of all the obvious things we will need to complete the restoration. Of course this list can be long or short depending on your desired level of restoration. A complete 100 point show restoration will require a much much longer list than one for a Saturday night cruise car. With that being said, the car is very solid with the exception of the rear window and trunk area. This is where we will focus our initial efforts. Our ultimate goal is a nice driver quality AMX for having fun with.
The quarter panels (replacements are available) will need to be replaced and this small fender area will need to be patched.
As you can see from the photos we have a big job ahead of us but you will get to see everything we do, right and wrong. If all goes well this car will be done in time for some summer fun. Please note that I did not say what year!
The trunk lid is shot. A solid replacement has arrived.
This area around the rear window has some problems but a body man has assured me it looks much worse than it is and he will have it fixed in a few hours.
The interior is not terrible but far from acceptable. We will need all new carpet, might save the seat upholstery, new door panels, sun visors and a steering wheel restored. In addition, we would like to replace every seal and gasket but each will be evaluated before replacement.
This AMX will be redone as a very nice driver and kept as correct as possible. We will defiantly be going with red line tires but may go to a mag wheel rather than restoring the original wheels.