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Gremlin / Newport Question Update
« Reply #165 on: April 07, 2011, 04:41:46 PM »

He can do both?
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« Reply #166 on: May 31, 2011, 08:56:14 AM »

Took the Gremlin to Cole's Wheel and Brake today to get custom cables installed so the car can finally have E-brakes.  Hopefully all will work out.
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« Reply #167 on: June 02, 2011, 10:13:54 AM »

The E-brakes are great!  I also had Kirk install a new front ball-joint that I have not had the time to do.  He found a few things that have worn in the time since I rebuilt the frontend five years ago.  The most important was the end of the idler arm that attaches to the center-link was totally shot!  I am hoping the new one arrives from Ohio before we take the car to Chico next Wednesday.  Even so, the steering is a lot tighter now!! 
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« Reply #168 on: June 11, 2011, 08:22:52 AM »

Well, the story continues.  The Grem suffered a blow-out in MacFarland, 20 miles form the Bake.  Jerry heard a "banging"sound ten miles earlier; he must have hit somethign that cut the tire because it shredded.  I asked him if he wanted to stop and look but he said the car was riding fine.  We had it towed back to the house and continued the trip by taking the Newport to Chico.
 
So, the Grem is still in Bakersfield.  Chris "the Doctor" and I are going to tow it to Chico in a week.  My tire man at America's Tire is replacing the TA at no cost.
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« Reply #169 on: June 21, 2011, 07:42:24 AM »

The Gremlin is now in Chico.  Whoo-hoo!  As of next Monday - June 27 - so will we be.
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« Reply #170 on: June 22, 2011, 06:20:27 AM »


When I sell the 57 Linc I'm going to get something small that will
leave me with some actual space in the garage.  A 6 cyl Gremlin
might work.  Has to be under $2K too, running, solid,
paint/upholstery not important. Did they ever make a 4 cyl Grem? 
I could care less about speed, a fun putt around town car that gets
decent gas mileage is what I want these days. And weird looks are a
plus!



Horror of horrors, I'm also thinking about an early 70s Celica or some
such... you just never see 'em anymore, at least here.  I want
something dependable, fun, and cheap to drive.



Good luck with the big Move!  Know from experience it's not fun. MD>PA>VT>NY.


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« Reply #171 on: June 22, 2011, 07:09:29 AM »

There were no 4 cylinder engines for AMC in the 70s, closest they came was the Wrankel engine being built by GM that was in the Pacer's first year, 1975, and a one year model engine, period. After that, it was all striaght six and little V8s.
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« Reply #172 on: June 23, 2011, 11:38:04 AM »

Quote from: dana44
There were no 4 cylinder engines for AMC in the 70s, closest they came was the Wrankel engine being built by GM that was in the Pacer's first year, 1975, and a one year model engine, period. After that, it was all striaght six and little V8s.


 
You are wrong, O Great Navy Breath!  (Did you ever watch Johnny Carson?)  See my following note.
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« Reply #173 on: June 23, 2011, 11:50:39 AM »

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When I sell the 57 Linc I'm going to get something small that will leave me with some actual space in the garage.  A 6 cyl Gremlin might work.  Has to be under $2K too, running, solid, paint/upholstery not important. Did they ever make a 4 cyl Grem?  I could care less about speed, a fun putt around town car that gets decent gas mileage is what I want these days. And weird looks are a plus!
 
Yes, they did sell a 4 banger Grem starting in '77 or 8 after AMC was purchased by Renault.  There was even a Diesel version, but since they were real pigs they are very rare.  The problem with the 4 cyl motor is finding parts!  There is always someone on GremlinX.com looking for parts for those.  The motor was from Audi, but they do not stock a single part for them today.
 
Grems were 6 or V-8 cars for the first 6 years.  In '70 the smallest motor was the 199 cid 6; don't know if that motor made it through '71.  By '72 the smallest motor was the 232, with the 258 being the optional 6 and the 304 being the only V-8 except for the 2 years they dropped 360s into a few of them.  There were no factory 401 Grems, nor 390s, but Randall AMC of Arizona did build some 50 401 Grems with permission from AMC.
 
As for finding a good one for 2 grand, that was entirely possible 4 years ago, but today....  It's a crapshoot.  Plenty of these cars can be found however, especially the later '70s ones.  Also, they were made in Mexico up through '81, although dropped in the US after '78.
 
Another point, a lot of people think that a "Gremlin X" meant a high-performance version.  That is not true.  The "X" was merely a package that gave some options like AC, the lower shelf, and a locking glove box.  They came with any motor available.   Ours was an X with the 258.
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I always liked the early '70s STs.  They are rare even in California because they were not built very well and then were often trashed by the owners.  I see one every once in a while, but they are usually the later versions.  I did see a sweet '72 in Oregon when I was there a year ago!!
 
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Thanks.  It's a pain and I'm taking a break at this moment.  The moving truck arrives tomorrow.  Whoo-hoo! 
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« Reply #174 on: June 28, 2011, 05:28:16 AM »


Post some pics of the transition!
It's always fun to see other people working.

I thought I remembered a 4 cyl Grem, though didn't realize it was an Audi, yuk.
Too bad they didn't use the 4 cyl they used in some Cherokees.

IIRC none of the GM Wankel engines ever made it into any production car.
The program was cancelled, it was to go in the Monza/Skyhawk/Starfire body.
At one time it was considered for the Corvette!
I had a '76 Starfire V6 5 speed. Drivetrain was fine, but had the worst body construction of ANY car I've ever owned, bar none, and that's about 150 cars. A real rust rattletrap POS.

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« Reply #175 on: June 29, 2011, 04:13:46 AM »

How many Gremlin/Hornet parts moved on to the Spirit/Concorde models?

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« Reply #176 on: June 29, 2011, 07:03:47 AM »

The Spirit hatchback was essentially a renamed Gremlin I think,
identical 6cyl engines too. Same with Hornet -> Concord, my
Grandfather had the latter. Not a bad car but lousy interior quality.
Nothing on the dash lined up straight. Ran good though.

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« Reply #177 on: July 01, 2011, 03:50:31 PM »



DO NOT see Cars 2 Brother Snotty!!!!! You will be ANGRY!!!!
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« Reply #178 on: July 01, 2011, 09:30:02 PM »

I've ehard that Bro, but I will see it anyway....
The Gremlin was made in MExico up to '81, but it looked like the US Spirit.  The last one - '81 - looks cool IMO, but it has to pass CA smog so... nope!
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« Reply #179 on: July 05, 2011, 05:30:59 PM »

The idiot who trowed the Gremlim back to Bakersfield after the blowout bent the radiator mounts!!!  The electric fan is now riding on the waterpump!!  Sure glad I/we didn't try to drive it anywhere; we would have had real fun!
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