Exceptional SoCal classic in 2+ condition. 401ci, Auto, PS, PB, A/C. Only 4116 of these 2-seaters made in 1970, the final year. Car has always been garaged in SoCal since purchase in 1986.
_____This build focused on reliability, low maintenance, and updated appearance. There are some performance mods, but my primary goal was an easy to drive, carefree, AMX that turned heads. Working on it in my spare time, this restoration took 10-years to complete. Since completion, this car has been driven less than 2000 miles. In fact, based on the oldest gas receipt I could find, this car has been driven 377 miles in the last 7-years.
_____Ive always thought the 70 AMX was a great looking muscle car with a unique blend of American and Euro styling cues. It retains the signature contours, edges, and proportions of the original Italian designed prototype. It doesn't look like any other muscle car of that time, or since. If you are interested in an affordable and uncommon classic, the distinct lines and presentation of this car always draws attention. I encourage you to check out other 1970 AMX's to appreciate the detail, build quality, and price of this head turner.
_____MISC_____ I made the 1-page info sheet after the pics for car shows. I have to display my browser in full screen mode to see it clearly. Also, pics have been compressed on this webpage. If you are interested, I can email the orig pics which are 3x higher resolution and far more clear.
Engine is a completely rebuilt AMC 401 bored .030. The main reason I chose this engine was a practical matter. The original high compression 360 required high octane gas which is no longer available. The 401 has lower compression than the original 360, but it makes up for that with displacement and the ability to run more ignition timing.
The orignal Borg Warner automatic was rebuilt with mild shift kit added. There was no compelling reason to go with the higher performance TorqueFlite just for cruising.
To accommodate modern custom wheels, the rear axle was narrowed 3/4" per side for tire clearance. Because of the OEM spline design, the original axles could not be shortened and were replaced with Moser axles. Retained OEM (3.15) gears.
I have a big appreciation for clean engine compartments. And, I have an equally big dislike for the cluttered engine compartments common in production cars. Considerable effort was made to clean up and simplify the appearance in the engine compartment. This includes rerouting wires and hoses, relocating components, and general layout. This was one of the most tedious and rewarding tasks of this project.
_____Here are engine mods, and engine compartment items of note. Compare this with pics of cars that retain the OEM engine compartment to see the differences.
• Oil filler tube removed from front of intake manifold
• Push on valve cover breather for adding oil
• Custom length, routed 11mm plug wires with full length fiberglass sleeve covering
• Wiring harness cleaned up and elec components nested out of the way (voltage reg, starter relay, horn relay, MSD tach adapter)
• Custom brake lines at master cyl for easy access to rear plug
• Valve cover bracket for oil dip stick tube
• Dual parallel throttle return springs
• Insulating carb base spacer for 50cc accelerator pump
• ProForm laminar flow carburetor main body
• MSD ignition, distributor, and coil. MSD control box mounted in inconspicuous location with easy access
• PowerMaster hi-torque starter
• Clutch fan setup from Jeep
• Free flow exhaust manifolds without air injector ports
• FlowMaster stainless steel mufflers with H-pipe exhaust system
• Trunk mounted battery with cutoff switch
• Newest design Edelbrock Air Gap intake manifold
• Edelbrock air cleaner with matching red paint
• Holley 3310 750-cfm with 50cc accel pump
• Fuel inlet pressure gauge
• Electric fuel pump (for easy prime after extended non-use)
• Inline GANO coolant filter (reusable) in upper radiator hose
• Hood insulation
• Custom windshield wiper motor cover plate
_____BODY & EXTERIOR_____
• Custom 16" wheels update look and low maintenance cleaning. Spokes merge at small center giving large diameter effect. But ride is still very comfortable with 50-series tires
• Dual door mirrors relocated 4" forward
• Flush mount hood scoops (trim removed)
• Black textured surround mask on rear tail light assy
• Black textured surround mask on rear side windows
• Frosted satin finish on backup light lens for black AMX letters
• CNC waterjet/polished stainless steel "I" trim on tail light lens
• Full body undercoating
• Black AMX lettering on quarter panels
• All new weather stripping
• Reconstructed and straightened front grill vanes
• Late model GM Pewter Metallic clear coat paint
• Rear lower quarter panels replaced
• Rechromed & straightened front/rear bumpers
• Deep side bolster FlowFit seats
• Deep gloss black dash cut from original dash template
• Black textured door sill plates
• Shortened gear shift with matching black ball handle
• Carpeting on rear side panels, rear sail panels, and console for appearance and noise control
• CNC waterjet faceplate adapter for aftermarket DIN stereo
• Fire wall mounted front speakers w sealed cast alum enclosures
• Active subwoofer
• GT steering wheel
• Tinted windows