So I’ve been splitting time between the Javelin and the Gremlin. At this point I’ve completely removed the interior and pulled the engine/trans. I haven’t explained why the motor came out so let me tell that story. I had originally hoped to get the engine running but a little bit of time messing with it… Continue Reading Gremlin Track Rat – gutting doors and buying parts!
After the test day in January (2014) it was time to get the car ready for paint. I was not looking forward to that bill so I wanted to do as much as I could on my own before bringing it back to Maaco. I had a long list of things to do: 1. make/weld… Continue Reading American Iron Javelin – Getting ready for paint
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… Continue Reading Norcal AMC “work day”
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… Continue Reading Gremlin Track Rat – Scarebird Disc Brake upgrade
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.… Continue Reading Greta – Maiden Voyage!
Since I’ve moved I’ve been able to go to the local AMC club meetings every month. I finally took the Javelin to a meeting and the car was overheating. It was weird. it’d get to 200* when stopped at a light but then go down when moving… I only had a 20 minute drive so… Continue Reading Yellow Javelin Update
I’ve been in the new house for six months now and am settling in and looking around for how to make use of all the space I have now (read, looking for more AMC’s to buy). One day it dawned on me that there was an AMC club in Santa Rosa and I’m like 15… Continue Reading And Greta makes four…
After exactly 444 days Franken-Javelin returned to Sears Pt. for a shakedown run. Signed up for the afternoon test session 1pm – 4pm. Got to the track around 11am so I had plenty of time to register, get unloaded and get the car gassed up. While I was unloading who walks up but Gaetano (Track… Continue Reading 444 days…. NASA AI Javelin update
After getting the car back from Joe’s I still had a number of things to do: 1. I nut and bolted the whole car. 2. I painted and installed the grille block off plate Joe made me. 3. I installed the right side window net. 4. I welded a few more holes closed. 5. I… Continue Reading Prepare for (re)Launch! – Nasa AI Javelin update…
Since I have a shop now I’m going to occasionally write a little about how I’m setting up the shop. Music I mentioned in the last post how important good shop music is. Radio reception isn’t great around here and even if it was you end up having to listen to tons of commercials. I… Continue Reading Shop Talk