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  • You Don't See Too Many Old AMC Cars Out On The Road

    First Coast AMC member Earl Sheppard acquired this 1967 AMC Ambassador 2-door hardtop in 2003. It's fully equipped with factory-original equipment, including power steering, automatic windows, automatic shiftable transmission, power disk brakes and electric windshield wipers.

    Like most members of classic car clubs, those in Jacksonville, Florida's First Coast AMC Club are truly passionate about their classic cars, even though you don’t see that many restored AMC cars out and about.

    But among car collectors, none are more dedicated to the pursuit than American Motors Corporation vehicle owners, a dedication that stems from a combination of patriotism, nostalgia and the thrill of the hunt, since AMC vehicles are quite rare.

    American Motors Corporation was formed in 1954 when Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson Car Company merged in what was then the largest corporate merger in U.S. history. For the next three decades, AMC produced cars for the American market that were reliable and affordable and, in many cases, powerful muscle cars that appealed to teenagers.

    “Most people who collect classic cars do so because it provides them with a connection to their childhood,” said Cliff Danley of the First Coast AMC Club. “When I was 18, I bought a 1971 Javelin. It was a sports car and the price was low, which is important to an 18-year-old in the market for a car. It was a good-looking car but also different from other muscle cars of the day.”

    He added, “AMC vehicles are extremely rare, which is very appealing to me. Rare, however, does not necessarily translate into monetary value. But it is a novelty and I appreciate that aspect of AMC ownership."

    The 1981 AMC Spirit GT that Danley owns was originally equipped with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, since improving gas mileage was very important in 1981. Danley added, “It now has a 401-cubic-inch V-8 built for drag racing. It wasn't produced in large numbers, so the car is very rare. Younger people today have no idea what it is, and aren’t even familiar with American Motors. But it’s 100 percent American-made in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”

    Steve Berg, president of the club, owns a few AMC vehicles, including an AMC Spirit, a 1978 AMX and a 1967 Rambler Rebel. “The first vehicle I owned as a kid that was actually operational was an AMC Rambler,” Berg said. “You just don’t see many AMC models these days, even at car shows. You'll see plenty of Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler classics. Those are great cars but they are common. If you see an AMC at a car show, that’s unusual.”

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  • Spray Paint can't stand the heat? Maybe it should get out of your car's "kitchen"!

    When I say kitchen, I of course mean "engine bay". Everyone loves to clean up their engine bay and painting pieces of your car's power plant has always been a proven way to do so . Commonly folks will reach for that can of cheap spray paint under the work bench. Sure this will make the part initially look better, but what will it look like in the long run? Engine temperatures in many vehicles can be quite high (most average 250-300 degrees). Unfortunately that can of "Ford Blue" econo spray paint from under your work bench won't cut it.

    We at Eastwood have developed a high temperature engine paint that boasts the highest temperature rating in the industry at 650F! In order to do this we have worked hard with some of the newest ceramic technology to come up with a finish that can not only withstand high temps, but also resist small chips and most chemicals! The paint can either be brushed on, or for the smoothest finish, shot with a HVLP spray gun. We have also been working hard to come up with all of the standard engine colors (Ford Blue, Chevy Orange) that you love, but also have a few cult classics that you may want to check out (AMC Blue comes to mind!).

    For a full description, check out our video we just recently finished showing off the product on our YouTube page!

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