Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

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Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

Postby RayAR » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:27 am

Nothing purchased yet but after months of thinking about different cars, from some of the stock classes all the way up to CM,EM and FM(FM still sounds appealing just because its the easiest, least expensive way to go fast) I finally decided on my next project. It won't be done for next season, in fact I don't believe it will be done until a few years after we move, so it will never run here.

Since I like to make my life difficult I have decided to stay in CP and since I am really into pain I have decided on building an AMC car of some sort. It seems like late 70's early 80's Spirits are fairly easy to find but whatever I can find will work, the less expensive the better, lets put it this way, for what I am planning on doing a fairly rusty shell will work fine. The fenders, doors and rear quarters(At least flares) will all probably get fabricated out of fiberglass. The plan is to build it as close to a tube frame car as possable without being in exess and taking the 10% weight penalty. After I find a shell I expect that it will be a long term project but will build it with the intent of it being a Nationally competitive car not just a fun local car like my Camaro was. I know it's not going to be a cheap build but even if I double my price estimate to build(Probably pretty accurate) I will still have less into it then what I would have into a new competitive stock classed car.

My blood has been running AMC red white and blue ever since I had a nicely built 401 in my Jeep. The AMC V8 is so underated and with decent heads, pump gas 401's are putting out 550+ HP with enough torque to rotate the earth plus they weigh just a touch less then your typical small block chevy. They do need a little work with the oiling system to make them live at high RPM but it is a quick easy job. BTW, my 401 would idle under 500 RPM when rockcrawling and the next minute be spinning close to 7000 RPM in a mud pit and do it all without protest. it was a great engine.
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Re: Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

Postby rkaiser » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:56 pm

I always liked these
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Re: Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

Postby BluToyBoy » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:52 pm

YES!! Kool cars, 390 4spd... :D

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Re: Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

Postby DaveMk1 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:39 pm

Does this mean you are staying in the area Ray?

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Re: Next Project, long term. Maybe just a pipe dream.

Postby RayAR » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:48 am

DaveMk1 wrote:Does this mean you are staying in the area Ray?

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Unless something unforseen happens we are moving to Hawaii(the Big Island). We really wanted to move to Kauai but expenses on the big island are a lot more affordable. The wife wants to move by August but I really feel the end of September will be a bit closer to reality, Mostly because I can't put in for a transfer until July and it will take 2-3 months for that to go through. I will be in Bozeman through the Summer but trying to save enough money to make this move a reality means that not only am I working a full time job but also staying busy with my business on my days off but it will be worth it.

I allways liked the AMX's or Javelins but it seems like people want a mint for them even in basket case condition. SCRamblers and rebel machines are in the same boat and even the lowly Gremlin is headed in the same direction. Any of the 60's era AMC's would be neat but just have a feelin my best bet will be a 70's-80's Spirit, they are still pretty neat cars but look a little like a Pinto. If I could chose a car it would be an AMX or Javelin
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