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David G.

AMC Hornet AMX

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One of my all-time favorite cars that I owned was a 1977 AMX Hornet. So of course, I've wanted to build one for some time. I recently found a suitable model from which to start. 

 

My goal is to turn this:

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Into this: (Not my photo)

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It's an old Jo-Han promo.

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It'll need some interior modification, so I'd like to disassemble it without breakage. I'm also considering using the body and mounting it to a suitable donor chassis, if there is one.

At this point, I'm still very much in the research and planning phase- collecting parts and information. If there is anyone out there who has experience with these, I would be appreciative of any advice that you could offer.

Thanks ,

David G.

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VERY excited to see this project! I had a hornet in 83-85,, thought it was a great car,  until someone ran a stop sign and hit me. I built one,  not as an AMX, but as a replica of mine.

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Gonna be a great build!

Although lacking detail, these old Johan's were so nice. Hard to find inaccuracies unlike many new kits. 

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Now that is COOL...!   id be too happy to have one like that only with the white body stripe down the sides like one my late uncle owned.   The AMX version is cool...only seen one in 1 to 1 once. I dig the promos anyway...and Johan made some really nice ones.

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It appears the Hornet and Plymouth Duster share the same wheelbase, and might have similar suspension setups, so I think the chassis from the AMT 1971 Duster would work well.

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would say find a s/c scrambler for the chassis the front maybe a stock suspension from revel 70 cuda ,would say duster but having seen one of them that the subframe wasn't twisted

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Hhmmmmmm I’ll be watching!!!!! I have a Hornet like the one your building towards!!! Although not as nice as that one!!! Lol 😆 

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I'll be watching.....I owned a '77 AMX and it was a cool little car. I also have that same promo......and wheel flairs from a Volaire kit!!!

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2 hours ago, Dave Van said:

I'll be watching.....I owned a '77 AMX and it was a cool little car. I also have that same promo......and wheel flairs from a Volaire kit!!!

Ah, a Volaire kit, of course! I was wracking my brain for a source for the flairs. That'll be the most challenging part of this project. 

Thanks for the tip.

Is that Volaire kit still readily available? 

I do have it safely disassembled now and I'm making my parts list. 

Thanks again,

David G.

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On 1/16/2018 at 7:03 PM, David G. said:

Is that Volare kit still readily available? 

Yes, on the secondary market (eBay) for less than the MSRP when first reissued.

Honestly, I would suggest keeping the promo style chassis plate, and focus on the interior and body. No good late AMC V8 is available, and no good AMC donor chassis, either, so consider how deep you want to dive. Curbside-- it's not a dirty word. ;)

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Very much interested in this build! I owned one of these when they were new.

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Not my photo, but the '77 AMX I had was exactly like this one.

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6 hours ago, Casey said:

Yes, on the secondary market (eBay) for less than the MSRP when first reissued.

Honestly, I would suggest keeping the promo style chassis plate, and focus on the interior and body. No good late AMC V8 is available, and no good AMC donor chassis, either, so consider how deep you want to dive. Curbside-- it's not a dirty word. ;)

After looking at my options I agree with you. I'm sure to have enough of a challenge creating the spoilers and flares.

David G.

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That thing is mint, but if you are going to make cherry pie, you have to start with cherries.

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5 hours ago, David G. said:

I'm sure to have enough of a challenge creating the spoilers and flares.

Here's to hoping some of the flares are interchangeable-- that would save a bunch of work. :unsure:

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8 hours ago, Casey said:

Here's to hoping some of the flares are interchangeable-- that would save a bunch of work. :unsure:

The front two flares are integrated into the chin spoiler so each is unique. I believe that the remaining six could be cast from two masters, one left-handed and one right-handed. 

David G.

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On 2/16/2018 at 7:05 PM, David G. said:

The front two flares are integrated into the chin spoiler so each is unique. I believe that the remaining six could be cast from two masters, one left-handed and one right-handed. 

Hope so, as that should save a bunch of work.

I love how you can clearly make out the engraved "Hornet" nameplate just rearward of the marker light on the body. JO-HAN had some talented artists engraving those molds back then.

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the basic are there just need some tweaking ......... should look cool when done.

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I like it ! and will follow, I'm an AMC fan, currently only have one 1971 Javelin. ( and no model of it) I'm a detail guy but I kinda like the curbside idea.

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Still in the stages of gathering parts?

The Gremlin is basically a Hornet that was rear-ended by King Kong´s fist. The two cars have a lot in common underneath. I have built AMT´s ´76 Gremlin about two years ago and that kit has quite the ton of upgrade potential as I have experienced. I did put some work in it, but that would the case with your build anyways if you want to swap parts. I´ll search for my built Gremlin if interested...it´s stored in a box somewhere. It now has steerable front wheels and a scratchbuilt engine bay. The Gremlin kit could be a starting point...bringing the chassis to the correct length or maybe combining chassis sections of the Gremlin and the Hornet.

 

EDIT: ...found it...

Inner body structure in front of the firewall is either scratchbuilt or from the parts box. Can someone identify the inner fender wells? I don´t remember where they came from. Maybe from a ´66 Nova Pro Stock kit!?!

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Looking at the pic of your promo-chassis...I´d say the Gremlin parts could do the job for your Hornet. I´d totally try it myself if I had a Hornet promo.

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Edited by 440 6BBL

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Thanks for the information Hugo.

I think I'm going to build this as curbside and focus on the interior bits and body features- spoilers and such.

Right now I'm looking for some sport mirrors and AMC bucket seats and center console.

Thanks,

David G.

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Check the MPC Pacer kit for decent AMC bucket seats.  The one on the right is a Pacer bucket. The one to the left is one I modified for the 1980 AMX I built.

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Interesting Stuff. I'm somewhat surprised by the amount of 1:1 ownership on the forum. 

Looks like your off to a good start on things and I think Curbside is a great option as well, it allows us to focus more clearly. Which in my case is a good thing....

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For the

9 hours ago, Karl Sheffer said:

Check the MPC Pacer kit for decent AMC bucket seats.  The one on the right is a Pacer bucket. The one to the left is one I modified for the 1980 AMX I built.

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Hello Karl, I'm actually working on that MPC Pacer right now so I've already borrowed the seats and steering wheel from it. I was hoping to avoid modifying the seats so I've been searching for old Jeep CJ kits from that era. The old Jeeps should have seats with the proper upholstery pattern, the same center console and possibly an under-dash package shelf to boot.

But the thrill is in the hunt, right?

 Thanks again,

David G.

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