A good shop needs good seating. A place for buddies to take a load off or for you to just sit and ponder your projects. My shop is pretty weak in this department. I have one CHEAP Ikea stool and… that’s it. Before I moved in I had thought I would snag a free couch off craigslist. But once I got all my stuff moved into the shop I realized it really wasn’t big enough to put a couch somewhere. So I gave up on that idea…
I had pulled the Gremlin bench seat out of the track gremlin and didn’t know what I was going to do with it. I knew I was never going to put it back in a Gremlin but I didn’t want to just take it to the dump. Then it hit me. Slap some legs on it and make it a SHOP SEAT!
So that’s what I did. Picked up a 10 ft. stick of 1×2, some angle iron and four casters from Harbor Freight. Maybe an hour of time to cut and weld and voila! An AMC shop seat that rolls! Can you tell I’m quite pleased with myself?
Here are a couple of pics:
So, 99.99% of the time, when I work on my cars, I’m solo. I don’t mind it but I do think it’s nice to have another set of eyes and hands to help with projects. So, I suggested a “work day” to the club. My idea was get people to drive their cars over to my shop and spend the day helping each other work on any projects that needed doing. A few guys said they were in so we scheduled it and today 4 cars showed up making a total of 8 AMC’s in one place at one time A couple of guys swapped carpet, another couple worked on the windows in their ’68 AMX and I yanked the motor/trans from the track Gremlin (with help from some of the guys). It was a lot of fun and I hope we do it again. Here’s a little video I put together.
So, I’m trying to get the Gremlin track worthy. One of the first things I knew had to happen was ditching the front drum brakes and getting disc brakes. My goal for this car is a BUDGET FRIENDLY / PARTS BIN build. I’m trying to reuse as much stuff as I have laying around and when I do have to buy something I’m trying to find it used on craigslist or ebay or the cheapest option I can find. With that in mind I decided to give Scarebird a try. Scarebird is a company that makes caliper brackets for lots of different cars that allow you to use calipers (and rotors) from more common cars. They have an AMC kit that works on Gremlins so I ordered it ($125). You can use your existing drum brake hubs (with modifications) or you can buy pre-modified hubs. I just got the bracket and used my existing hubs. You have to separate the hub from the drum and turn down the outer diameter and the snout of the hub on a lathe. I had to pay to get that done. I also installed longer wheel studs. This kit allows me to use Toyota Previa rotors (which I found on Amazon for $16 each) and Chevy Cavalier calipers (I paid $50 for a pair). So, the whole upgrade (including the lathe work) is just under $500… If you have access to a lathe you can get it done for about $350.
I got everything installed on the car and just need brake lines to finish it up. Here’s a couple of pics:
Took Greta to the grocery store today. It’s only 7 minutes from my house. Got there ok but the clutch slips pretty bad and the car gets a lot of fumes in the cabin. Definitely a lot of work to do with this car but it was fun to be tooling around in a Gremlin. Of course as soon as I parked someone came over and said, “oh, man, my brother had one…”. So it was a successful trip but probably my last until I figure out what to do about the clutch slipping. I had assumed it was just a worn disc but the more I look over this car, it has a significant oil leak(s) and the bottom of the car is caked in oily crud, I think the clutch issue MAY just be that the clutch is covered in oil…
Unfortunately, not a quick or easy theory to prove and this car is 3rd in line behind the road race Javelin and the track Gremlin.
Here’s a pic…