A dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s house, a cruise with Jerry Seinfeld, a private meeting with the Queen–there are certain opportunities you don’t refuse. Us automotive obsessives have these moments too, usually in the form of some personal time spent with a rare car or meeting a motorsports superhero. So, when I was asked if I wanted some short seat time in Ringbrothers’ new AMC Javelin, it was a matter of when and where, not if. Since the Wisconsin-based fabrication shop put the finishing touches on its first creation more than 20 years ago, Ringbrothers has become a big name in big-money muscle car builds. Look, I get it–restomodded Detroit iron is a prosaic as it comes. It’s hard to stand out amongst the fleets of 1,000 hp coupes wearing acres of chrome and gallons of candy paint. The sleek, buttoned-down builds coming out of the Ringbrothers shop are consistently disruptive, usually shaping the donor muscle car into something entirely different, a … [Read more...] about Exploring Superlatives with Ringbrothers’ 1972 AMC Javelin AMX Defiant!
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When everything is special, nothing is special. Custom, big-dollar builds based on Camaros, Mustangs, Chargers, Corvettes, and Challengers clog showhalls around the country, giving rise to an unfortunate normalization of the restomod muscle car.Thankfully, there are still a handful of shops whose thinking is decidedly “out of the box,” creating incredible builds that are almost more art than car. At this year’s SEMA Show, Ringbrothers once again proved itself the king of this space, unveiling a wild, 1,080-hp 1972 AMC Javelin AMX.Looking over the Ringbrothers’ Defiant! AMX (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name), it’s hard to believe the Wisconsin-based workshop began the project just one year ago. Even before head sponsor Prestone knocked on its door, Ringbrothers already knew an AMX would serve as the next canvas.As is the case with most of Ringbrothers’ builds, the Defiant! is radically different from the car it began life as. … [Read more...] about Ringbrothers Debuts Hellcat-Powered 1972 AMC Javelin AMX at SEMA
Robert Stefanik from Corning, New York asks… Can I stroke an AMC 290 V8 using parts from larger AMC engines? Q: A: Let’s look at AMC interchange from the bottom up, starting with the basic cylinder block. Block: Externally, AMC 290 through 401 blocks share the same basic design. The major differences are in deck height (crank centerline to top of block) and cylinder-bore diameters. The ’66–’69 engines had a blueprint deck height of 9.175 inches; later blocks are 9.208. This affects intake-manifold, pushrod, and piston interchange. Crank: AMC offered four factory stroke lengths: 3.28-inch for the 290/343, 3.44 inches for the 304/360, 3.574 for the 390, and 3.680 inches for the 401. All have the same 2.747-inch main-journals, so any crank will fit in any ’66-and-later AMC V8 block, though the 290/304 small-bore blocks must have the bottom of their cylinder bores clearance-ground to clear a 390 or 401 crank’s larger counterweights. … [Read more...] about Can You Stroke an AMC 290 V8 using Larger AMC Engine Parts?
When Eric Beal sent us photos of his 1972 Javelin, he prefaced his email with, “Don’t roll your eyes, hear me out!” Silly Eric, we love a good AMC story, and Eric’s story was good enough that we wanted to share it with you. In 1972, Eric’s dad, Richard Charles Beal, bought a brand-new AMC Javelin SST. The choice of car was a no-brainer—Eric’s grandpa was a mechanic for Rambler/AMC. The car was pretty loaded, if not exactly high-performance, featuring a 360ci engine, two-barrel carb, single exhaust, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, TF727 auto, and some serious highway gears, an open 2.89-geared AMC rear. In proper 1970s color palette, it was Frost White with a brown interior. As Papa Beal was a hot rodder, he ditched the little carb for a four-barrel and bolted on a set of 1-7/8-inch Hooker Super Comp Headers and double pipes. In 1976, Eric’s cousin was born, in the middle of summer, in Florida, and his uncle asked if they … [Read more...] about Can a Car Be Part of the Family? This 1972 AMC Javelin Sure Is
“Stuff’s gonna break, stuff’s gonna happen; these things require maintenance. That’s just typical of these kinds of cars,” says Tom Lodge as we talk on the phone. He has just listed off the repairs he’s had to make either on the road or in the aftermath of a road trip in the four years since the restoration of his pristine ’69 Javelin. And he is not complaining about any of them, either. That makes him just the kind of guy Year One wants us all to be: not afraid to restore an old car and hammer on it from time to time. That’s the point of the Year One Experience. The Year One company decided to throw a party in 2001 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It’s held the Year One Experience annually since then. A participant ticket costs $50, and anyone can enter. The bulk of the action takes place at Road Atlanta, a 2.54-mile road course in Braselton, Georgia-right down the street from Year One’s headquarters. There, attendees can … [Read more...] about 1969 AMC Javelin SST – Breaking Down On The Road Can Be Good
Art Lucas built his 1973 AMC Javelin AMX with the intent of being a little more than the average Camaro. “It’s anything but a first-gen Camaro,” Art told us, while explaining his choice for the Javelin. With his hands ghost-reaching along the haunched fenders of the Javelin, “We wanted something with more curves.” He found this original 390 big-block car at a show near Columbus, Ohio. They had been hunting for a Javelin, and this one popped up while returning from SEMA in 2014. It was the “most awful safety yellow,” said Art, and the seller had claimed that it was sprayed by a famous Egyptian painter. “What we thought was that a bunch of guys got drunk one night, and thought to themselves that this yellow was a good idea.” However, the price was right, and the Javelin was quickly dragged to Art’s shop, Powerhouse Customs, in Proctorville, Ohio. First, the front suspension was replaced by a Control Freak’s tubular … [Read more...] about This AMC Javelin AMX is the Road Warrior of HOT ROD Power Tour
Linda Towers 1974 AMC Javelin The story of my wife Linda and her 1974 Javelin began in April 1974, when my parents bought my younger sister Debbie a brand-new 1974 Javelin for her 16th birthday from Hooker AMC in Sherman, Texas, about 75 miles from our home in Paris, Texas. Linda fell in love with my sister’s Javelin and wanted one herself. On May 24, 1974, Linda and my mother visited Hooker AMC. Linda special ordered her new Javelin with the same options as my sister’s, except my wife wanted G-4 Plum exterior paint. The Javelin arrived on July 11, and we purchased it on July 16. It had 6 miles on it when Linda drove it off the lot. At that time Linda was 21 and I was 22. We had just returned from West Germany, where I had been serving in the Army. The Javelin was the first new automobile that we had ever purchased. From 1974 until 1998, my wife put 118,000 miles on the Javelin as a daily driver. In 1982, a massive tornado struck Paris with little warning. The Javelin was … [Read more...] about 1974 AMC Javelin and 1967 Ford Mustang – Readers’ Rides
When you own an AMC project, you are bound to be a scrapyard junkie. Because of lack of repop and replacement parts, your free time will probably be spent walking the rows of countless salvage yards looking for those few Javelins, Rebels, and AMXs that managed to keep some of their vital parts. Ray Tietz is one of those guys. He has spent plenty of his spare time traversing the junkyards of the Northeast searching for pertinent pieces to complete his 1969 Javelin SST. Luckily, New York State had a couple of good yards that contained some of Kenosha’s best products, and some were even close to where Ray lived. Scott Turney worked at one of those scrappers, and fortunately for Ray, he was also an AMC junkie. The two met several times over the years during Ray’s junkyard jaunts and bonded over their love of AMC products. But the two muscle car lovers had another commonality between them. You see, Ray’s project SST Javelin, a car outfitted with a 390/four-speed drivetrain … [Read more...] about It Took Two AMC Fanatics and Years of Junkyard Crawls to Restore this Rare 1969 AMC Javelin SST
Things rarely stay on track when a guy builds a car, and Joe Menacci’s AMC is no exception. Though Joe had purchased this ’70 Javelin from its second owner, it was still a real cream puff. It was originally sold to a woman named Guinevere on October 15, 1970, in Morro Bay, an ocean-side city on California’s central coast. She bought it equipped with a 304 and a three-speed automatic and owned it all the way through 1991 before selling it to a younger kid who then moved from California to Phoenix. He never got the chance to put many more miles on it, though. The transmission gave up in 1995, and there it sat in the baking Arizona sun until Joe towed it home in 2005. “When I bought it, my only plan was to freshen it up and drive it,” he tells us. That plan wasn’t in effect for too long. Within two weeks of getting to his house, this Javelin had been taken completely apart, and the body was at the blaster being stripped to bare metal. Joe owned a couple … [Read more...] about 1970 AMC Javelin – Cross-Ram Cruiser
It was 1984. Van Halen, Iron Maiden, and the Scorpions were on the radio stations I listened to, while Prince, Wham, and some guy named Michael Jackson were on the stations I avoided. I was a young punk and I ran with a fast crowd. Whatever, I was into fast.At just 17 years old, my best buddy Rick had already owned a string of jalopies. His first car had been a VW Beetle of dubious quality and it had made him famous around the school when its throttle stuck wide-open. Fortunately the gate to the high school football field happened to open and Rick was able to pilot the car out onto the perfectly maintained grass where he was forced to do donuts for his very life until the poor beast finally sunk up to its axles. After that had come a string of unremarkable cars, but then finally, he managed to score some real muscle, a 1974 AMC Javelin.Rick’s Javelin was an amazing machine and I was instantly taken with its quirky style and it funky purple color. Equipped with a 304 small block … [Read more...] about Fast Times: How getting rid of an AMC Javelin led me to a better life