1970 AMC Hornet, December 2004 &emdash; March 2005

 

Three months of near-zero progress. Record Los Angeles rains and work schedule conspired to prevent me from doing anything to the car (I don't have a garage).

It wasn't quite zero though, in that I've collected a lot of major components. In December I bought a T-150 transmission with overdrive, shipped from the east coast (ouch). Collected a lot of interior and small chassis parts from U-Pull-It; picked at the lexan tail lights. I was also majorly distracted by another restoration project, one that I could do indoors.

I also bought a rebuilt and somewhat hot 258 from the Ripster; he was going to put it in his Rambler, but ended up going with an old AMC 327. A friend built it for a jeep and got cold feet after siz hous of run time. I'll likely change out the cam for an RV cam; mileage will probably become more practical than power, though ask me again after I drive it for a while...

Now, late March, I'm regretting buying the T-150/OD transmission. I still think it's a fine thing, probably the "right" thing, but I'm stalled trying to get it together -- still no clutch linkage parts, I have to re-adapt the Hurst shifter (currently installed on the T-14 in there now), yank the flexplate off the engine, rebush the crank end, find an adequate clutch (you'd think that would be easy), make a driveshaft (T-150/OD was rare, it has a special yoke), adapt the speedo cable...

Plus I have a decent 904 Torqueflite here, probably runs fine but a great rebuildable core, and a new B&M Megashifter sitting on the shelf, and a driveshaft. I'd probably have it on the road by the end of April...