GOING FOR low… NASA American Iron AMC Javelin update

So after 2 years the car was rebuilt, repainted, re-stickered and ready to go. Seems like the perfect time to tear it all apart again! Ever since I first built the car I’ve been unhappy with the ride height. The car was much higher than the cars I was trying (and failing) to compete with. After all this time and work the car had nothing done to it that would make it go faster than it had before I wrecked it. Now a decent chunk (maybe even half?) of the time I was losing to the other cars was my driving. But when I put Dave Brown in the car and he was still 6 seconds slower than another mid-pack American Iron competitor I knew the car needed some re-engineering. I was about to start that process when the accident happened.

So here we are 2 years later and it was time to finally get serious about making this car faster. And that meant lowering it. Wilwood came out with these 2″ drop spindles and I really wanted them on the car. So here’s a video showing the progress. Plan is to do everything I can to get the car as low as possible and try to go racing again next year. Stay tuned…

1974 Javelin-road race, American Iron, Suspension, video


  1. Dan

    Drop spindles??? Whoa, when did those come out and I’m assuming they’re for the control freak IFS?

  2. Control Freak uses a Pinto/Mustang II spindle. The Wilwood spindle is “universal” for any system that needs a Mustang II spindle. They didn’t make it specifically for the Control Freak IFS.

  3. Asif, have you done any more research into an airdam/splitter set-up to replace the chin spoiler…?

  4. Gregg, as a first step I’m just going to do spoiler extensions like the real Trans-Am Javelins have. Now that the car is lower maybe I can make them long enough to really get close to the ground. That mod is coming up soon. I did it once before but the extensions were too short and the car was too high.

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