Rick's '70 is a great example of an often overlooked piece of musclecar history. The '70s
When Rick Bennett was approaching 17, he went to look at two cars for sale with his father: One was a fairly complete '70 Charger with a strong 440, air, disc brakes, and good paint. The other sported badly faded paint, a worn 360 with a nasty tick, and a shredded interior with a pair of buckets donned in some sort of rawhide with two-tone shag green carpet. Not only that, but the AMC was a few hundred bucks more than the Mopar.
For some reason they decided on the ragged AMX and Rick has never looked back. What could've caused such a strange choice? To answer that, let's flashback to Rick 's impressionable childhood.
The AMX (American Motors eXperimental) was based on the Javelin with about 12 inches cut o
When Rick's parents packed the family car for summer road trips, it wasn't a Brady-size station wagon or custom van (as was the current style). The Bennetts loaded their three kids, along with a week's worth of luggage and road food, into their '51 Hudson. Rick spent countless hours leaning forward to see over the Hudson's chrome deco dash and beyond the massive hood on many long trips from El Paso, Texas. We're talking serious road trips here. The Bennetts traveled to the shores of the Atlantic in South Carolina, to Northern California to take in the Pacific, to Pikes Peak, and to the majority of the state parks in between with a 308 straight-six pumping away through a three-speed overdrive trans. Those early trips in a car so different from the norm shaped Rick's appreciation for cars a little out of the ordinary. We can even back up this theory, as his brother has a '69 AMX!
To make the 401 feel at home under the hood, Rick bolted on factory pieces like the exhaus
In the 20 years that Rick has owned his X it has gone through a variety of upgrades, engines, and options. It served as a daily driver through high school and many years after with plenty of cruise nights and dragstrip time but has never looked or performed better than it does now.
Long gone is the original 360 (tucked away in the attic). These days, a healthy 401 provides plenty of AMC power. Though the 401 never made it into a production '70 AMX, it looks right at home between the fenders of this shortened Javelin. A rare factory-offered cross-ram intake is the crown of the engine giving it a serious performance look, sound, and feel. A set of Carter AFBs meter the fuel mixture sliding into the home-ported heads before being compressed by 10.5:1 TRW pistons and sent out through the stock exhaust manifolds.
The bold factory dash sports a 140-mph speedo complemented by an 8,000-rpm tach. The AMX w
The original four-speed spent a lot of time transferring the torque, so Rick recently opted to try an automatic. He assembled a strong TH400 with a switch-pitch converter to give it smooth driveability along with a hearty holeshot. BFG drag radials hook up through an AMC Twin Grip rearend with 3.54:1 gears.
To make the X even more unique, Rick has added such factory options as a tilt column, power disc brakes, and an AM/FM stereo. The 15-year-old Golden Lime Green Metallic is the only thing on the car that Rick didn't handle himself.
The AMX may exist in the shadow of other cars from its era, but for those who know and enjoy the peculiar offerings of the American Motors Company, no other will do. Rick thoroughly enjoys his AMC product and is now in the process of restoring a '70 Rebel Machine! This car shows up at local cruises and occasionally the dragstrip, and even with its low-key color the AMX stands out among the other unusual cars. Especially when he parks next to his Dad's '51 Hudson.
||401 AMC V-8
||AMC/Edelbrock cross-ram intake, two Carter AFBs
||Comp Cam's roller
||MSD Digital 6 Plus
||Factory manifolds, Flowmaster mufflers
||GM TH400, Switch-pitch torque converter
||AMC Twin Grip, 3.54:1 gears
|BRAKES, WHEELS & TIRES
||Factory disc Magnum 500, 14x7 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires
||OEM drums Magnum 500, 15x7 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires