[DML] Re: Bob's BTTF car and more
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[DML] Re: Bob's BTTF car and more

I am pretty sure the final Gremlin/Hornet/Spirit/Concord platform (mechanically, they are all the same car) used the same suspension as Javelin/AMX. Ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, etc are all interchangeable. That is why a V8 Gremlin is so deadly -- it's an AMX in sheep's clothing.

The SR4 has a cast aluminum body (I believe the T4 is cast iron). It's also geared pretty tall for fuel economy purposes. I am not particularly wedded it -- I just don't want to make a custom drive shaft (been there, done that). 

My little car *WILL* have a 258 eventually. Until then, it can at least propel itself under its own power.

AMC of course did not have a 4 cylinder engine of its own when the second gas crisis hit. 1978-79 Concords and 1979 Spirits were optioned with a 4 cylinder Audi 121 inch plant, and you can guess how well that worked. Starting in 1980 AMC optioned Pontiac's 151 inch engine. The "Iron Duke" is what it is, but it isn't what it isn't -- a 2,700 lbs car needs a 6 cylinder engine. If my parents would have just waited another year or two to buy the car, I could have gotten a proper AMC 4 banger (or they could have purchased a 6 cylinder engine in the first place and saved me a lot of trouble).

Bill Robertson

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Bob Brandys <BobB@...> wrote:
> Bill, 
> I did not know that Spirits came with an iron duke engine.   I certainly am no AMC expert.  
> What kind of mpg are you able to get with this SR4 set up. 
> I have a friend who wants to put a 4 banger in a 69 Camaro because a few of the 1969 Camaros that were made in the Philippines where 4 cyl.   Talk are rare!!
> I like all the chrome you have added to your car.  It is one of the things that give old cars both class and styling.  As opposed to the mono color (aka the movie Labyrinth) of most of todays cars. 
> (black, white, or silver. with almost no chrome trim.)
> Dog dish - fly saucer- hub caps are back in.  Probably because they are so rare or unusual. 
> I just saw the article in the last issue of DCS about the A arm reinforcements.  
> The pictures added so much to understanding of the discussion. 
> I similar thing was done with A arms on mgs (late 50s to 60s?).  These are the same lower A arms that fit the Nash Metropolitans.  The mgs had a sway bar, the Mets did not.   The mg A arms were reinforced -similar to the D upgrade- to support the sway bar connection.  
> Thickness of the metal was similar to that of the Ds.   
> If I remember correctly, Marty has raced his D in slaloms courses. He also made some changes to the front suspension. 
> In LV, they rent out the race track for slalom racing twice a year.  $30 all day entry fees.  I have some AMC friends who do this with their AMXs.   It is great fun.  I hope to do this with the V8 time machine some time in the future.   What great photo opts.  
> Come to think of it,  if I have my friend with the V8 bus do the same course, and we blend the video, with a slight time delay, that could be really a fun thing to watch.  (fireworks coming out of the rocket lancher?)  Got to save this idea!
> Bob


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