Drive Test 1971 AMC SC/360 Hornet Eddie Stakes
Memorial Day 2012. Zero miles on 1971 AMC SC/360 Hornet. Brought the car
out for Memorial Day to honor our veterans who have proudly served this
great country & nothing gets stares, cell phone photos, waves & thumbs up
like a red, white and blue AMERICAN Motors car. I still need to put in sill
plates, the radio, detail engine bay, and install the ram air pieces taken
off several years ago to reproduce of which only the flapper door was made.
Also found out the small gas tube filler hose has crack, so while putting
93 octane at Exxon at Wilcrest & I-10 gas was dripping out and found this
out, so will have to change this quickly. Has several nice comments at the
Exxon from fellow Houston motorists including the clerk who came out for a
look at this busy store. While driving off a guy in Uncle Sam getup for the
Big Tree place at Wycliffe @ I-10 put down his large sign to give son Noah
& me two thumbs up when we passed! The short film was taken at Brittmoore &
I-10 at the old Roomstore, now Doomstore (it's last 2 days this week). I
will have to slightly adjust the timing and Holley 750 on this also as
noticed it bogged slightly in 3rd. The car is original 360cid/280hp, Hurst
4 speed, electric wipers, power steering, and 3:91 Twin Grip. It is the
ONLY known Medium Blue Metallic 71 SC/360 know to exist out of 112 I have
documented with the SC/360 Registry in 12 years.
http://www.planethoustonamx.com/sc360/sc_registry.htm Total production
for AMC's rarest muscle car was 784 units, a 1/3rd of production of the
Rebel Machine and 1/2 of production of SC/Rambler. Fun car to drive, very
light, about 3000 lbs.
1970 AMC Hornet SST
My 1970 AMC Hornet SST. Only paid $700. It has had a few upgrades done to
it by previous owners.
The engine is now a 232 from a 78 Concord. It had a Carter BBD 2 BBL from a
258. The transmission is now a Torque-Command from a 72 Gremlin. The front
disk brakes and rear end are from a 80 Spirit. The 100MPH speedo gauge is
from a Gremlin and the Fuel Economy Meter is from a 75/77 Hornet/Gremlin.
It may not be a matching number car anymore but its still a great ride and
still all AMC.
1974 Hornet Hatchback by AMC
Hi fellow youtubers! So there is a bit of a story here regarding this
nice example of a 1974 AMC Hornet. I used to own this car from 2002-2007.
Then, I sold it. I regretted doing that and so this year, I decided I was
going to ask the person I sold it to in 2007 if I could buy it back. I had
asked that person to contact me if they ever decided to sell it to offer me
the first right of refusal to buy it back. I even called this person every
year since 2007 to touch base with them, see how they were doing and if
they were enjoying the car. I found out in Oct 2011, when I made my call
to this person to inquire about buying it back, that they had sold it in
JUNE of 2011!! They had never even contacted me to tell me that they were
going to sell it. (Even though I had provided them with all of my still
valid contact info that was still with all the paperwork when I bought the
car back!) I was certainly "bummed" (that's me being "nice") to say the
least, but I tracked down the car from the June sale and then found out it
had been sold yet again in only a six month timeframe! Out of
desperation, I put an add out on craigslist with a photo of the car and a
nice gentleman called me back who knew the new current owner! (That's like
winning the LOTTERY!! WOW!) So, true to his word, the nice gentleman who
called me in response to my craigslist add, contacted the current owner and
gave them my number. The current owner actually called me back and I
explained to them that I used to own this car and would love the chance to
buy it back. They thought about it for a day and decided they would sell
it back to me. I was elated!! I felt so lucky to have been able to just
find it again, let alone buy it back! To learn that it was still in great
shape after five years of not owning it was just MORE icing on the cake!!
So, I hopped on a flight to Ohio and drove this car all the way back to
Palm Springs, CA where I live! (I had it gone through thoroughly by a
mechanic first!) Even so, the trip was not without incident (I broke down
in Stroud, OK,). Again, lady luck was on my side and I was able to get it
repaired and made it the rest of the way home without incident! That is
why I mention in the video about being glad to get it back and what I'm
referencing when I say "what I went through to get it back!"
This car was originally an Arizona car and although it is not a Hornet
X, it is a very well optioned out Hornet. It's original factory color was
Sienna Orange as evidenced under the hood. Before I bought it (the first
time) in 2002, it had already been re-painted to it's current Grasshopper
Green (paint code C-8) color. I think the color suits the car nicely, (and
it's great to say I have a "Green Hornet"), but I would love to re-paint
the under hood area to match the rest of the car. Even though this car
only shows about 47,000 miles on the clock, I would like to slowly restore
it and have all the systems of the car gone through since she is 38 years
old. Other than the re-paint and new belts, hoses and tires, etc, the rest
is pretty much all stock and original. I think the design and body lines
of this car have withstood the test of time well. She certainly draws lots
of attention and thumbs up from folks everywhere. I had a lady once follow
me for ten miles just to ask me what kind of car it was! It's fun to take
her out and enjoy the nostalgia that it brings out in people. People tell
me all the time that they used to own one,or that they learned to drive in
one, or even that theirs was a POS or that it was the worst car they ever
owned!! LOL. It's all good!
My Mom had a four door Hornet that we tooled around in when I was a
small kid, so for me, I love the good memories that it brings back to me of
that period of time in my life. The music was fun and times were simpler.
This little two door hatchback, with it's V-8 and A/C, bucket seats,
"hidden compartment" and two rear view mirrors and optional alloy wheels
makes this a very well optioned Hornet! The fact that it is also in very
well maintained shape and it isn't a rust bucket and that it has NOT been
abused makes it now even MORE rare! Before I bought it back, I looked long
and hard for another Hornet hatchback and there were REAL SLIM pickings out
there! Most were the in-line sixes (still an awesomely rugged and stout
engine!), without A/C and most had bench seats. I can tell you that in the
last five years, a LOT of these have been crushed or sold for scrap. So,
maybe I didn't win the "mega-millons" lottery, but I sure feel like I
"buzzed" in on the amazing chance to get her back! Thanks for your
interest in my video and for reading my small book if you made it this far!
Please feel free to leave a comment if you can behave and write
something nice or meaningful. Peace and take care everyone!
1976 AMC Hornet X for sale at Gateway Classic Cars in our St. Louis, MO showroom
For sale is a 1976 AMC Hornet X. The Hornet X was AMC's sports coupe and
they are getting harder and harder to find. Development of the Hornet model
took AMC three years, a million man-hours, and $40 million. The Hornet was
an all-new design sharing no major body components, but utilizing some of
the Rambler American's chassis and drivetrain. An all-new front suspension
with anti-brake dive was developed for AMC's large-sized "senior" 1970
models, and instead of developing lighter components for the new
compact-size platform, the same parts were incorporated into the Hornet.
This '76 is painted gloss black with white stripes running the length of
the car. The interior is comprised of black vinyl. Under the hood you will
find the numbers matching 4.0L inline six cylinder engine and an automatic
transmission both of which have 20,000 miles since rebuild. The 4.0L engine
is similar to the engine used by Jeep and is known for its durability and
lifespan. Other options include: A/C, AM/FM Radio, CD Player, Hatchback
Tent, Power Steering, Seat Belts, and Aluminum/Alloy Wheels. To view this
car please visit www.gate-wayclassiccars.com or our St. Louis showroom. For
more information please call 618-271-3000.
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The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer
Behind all the jokes and insults, the AMC Pacer is actually a car with a
great deal of history. It began as radical new design from an underdog
company. In an attempt to combat the big, bland, boxy cars from Detroit's
"Big Three," little American Motors Corporation decided to build something
a little different. Their one-eyed car stylist Dick Teague proposed a
small, wide car with big windows and smooth areodynamics. Americans had
never seen anything like it.
This in-depth documentary tells the true story of the Pacer. Unbeknownst
to many, the car persevered through manufacturing setbacks, government
regulations, and many other troubles. Featuring a ton of old car
advertisements and rare footage of AMC's factory, the film helps paint a
picture of the Pacer's world. Director Joe Ligo sits down with AMC stylist
Vincent Geraci, author Patrick Foster, and television personalities John
Davis and Pat Goss from PBS's MotorWeek.
1967 AMC Rambler American , commercial American Motors
1969 was last year in the USA for AMC to use the name Rambler on it's
automobiles. In 1950, the Rambler was introduced by Nash. After the
merger of Hudson and Nash to form AMC, the name then was also affixed to
Hudsun Ramblers. By 1958, Nash and Hudson names would be gone and only
Rambler used by AMC (if you see someone with a post Rambler American or
Metropolitan calling the car a Nash, they are incorrect, the name Nash was
no longer used after 1958). By 1969, the move was back to focusing on a
full line of cars. With then impeding introduction of the AMC Hornet,
Rambler was phased out. The final year is simply just a Rambler, not a
Rambler American, that too was phased out. Over 100,000 Ramblers were
built in the USA for 1969. During the 60's, AMC HeyDays, they were
EVERYWHERE. The Rambler Name continued on in other parts of the world.
You can find Rambler Ambassadors, Matadors and Hornets in Mexico and
Austrailia and New Zealand and South Africa.