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Offline El Matador

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Just Bought 1982 Concord
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:56:05 PM »
Just bought this on Sep 29:

http://photobucket.com/1982Concord

I first spotted the ad on Sep 17, and noticed that the postal code was similar to that of my childhood house (where my dad still lives).  I then clicked the map and discovered that it was VERY close - only 0.7 km (0.5 miles) away.  I knew that my dad had an open space at his place, so at that point I became very interested.

Finally got schedules coordinated with the seller and went over for a look.  Going in I had a figure of $250 in mind, and that's what I bought it for.  At first sight it looked downright awful (and of course in my wisdom I forgot to take some "as found" pictures).  It had been sitting in the back yard, under a tree, since 2003 or 2004.  It was absolutely covered in dead leaves, twigs, and dirt.  The six pictures in the link above were taken after relocation to my dad's yard, and after significant cleaning had taken place.

The seller had misplaced the keys, so I took my coffee can o'keys with me.  I had about 70 different keys to try, sorted into rings of 10.  Went through three rings without success, then the 33rd time was the charm - third key on the next ring turned the ignition.

One step down, next was a battery and some gas.  Almost no gas in the tank (thankfully), but with some gas poured down the carb, the engine showed signs of life.  Went to pour my jerry can into the tank - locking gas cap.  Had to destructively remove that, but eventually got it off of there.  Poured a few litres of gas in, then tried starting again.  It took a few tries (car had been sitting for nearly a decade, after all), but it roared to life and stayed running.  Three tires were low, the other completely flat, but he had a compressor on hand.

This was actually a diamond in the rough.  The body was pretty good with not much rust.  The windshield and brakes were brand new just before it was parked.  It doesn't sag in the rear like many of these cars do, so the leaf springs may be replacements as well.  Doors don't sag, and the hood release handle is intact.

Much to the seller's surprise, I drove it out of his yard - leaving behind a Concord sized patch of dead grass and four pits about 3" deep.

It needs a tuneup in a big way, and I haven't found a working key for the trunk yet.  A good cleaning is in order too.  Shouldn't take much to get this one on the road again.
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 06:41:49 PM »
Another one added to the flock.  Back up to Ten again?

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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2012, 06:56:11 PM »
Another one added to the flock.  Back up to Ten again?

Nope, only nine.

"Only" nine...  ::)
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 06:58:28 PM »
Yay! Good find. :)
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AMC 258C {R2:27.Jun.13}
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 10:18:07 PM »
Ok, so have you decided what you're gonna do with it?  You gonna keep it, and fix it up/sell it, or you gonna use it for parts?

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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 11:01:58 PM »
Awesome!  Just plain awesome!
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 11:26:44 PM »
Ok, so have you decided what you're gonna do with it?  You gonna keep it, and fix it up/sell it, or you gonna use it for parts?

I don't know if I'm going to keep it or sell it, but it is definitely NOT a parts car.  Way too solid, and lots of new parts installed by the previous owner.

I'm only the third owner, and it has a relatively low 212,155 km (131,827 miles) on it.
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 09:46:28 PM »
I'm updating this post as El Matador sold this concord to another AMC club member.  He's got it at my place, and we are gonna ditch the plastic valve cover, and put on a metal one.  Looks like the holes were already tapped for bolts.  someone modified the plastic valve cover.

Seems to run ok, needs new vacuum hoses all over, and Maybe a few other minor fixes.

Gotta check the brakes... 
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2017, 08:47:52 AM »
Thanks for the update!
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2017, 12:54:28 PM »
Hey vangremlin !

Stupid me, I was looking for the 'Like' button... I think I'm still on Facebook.... geezz...

Went to EM's place last night, got a metal valve cover, a re-core'd rad, and a gasket that I hope fits.  it's about the right year for the head, so finger's crossed.

I'll get some pics asap.
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2017, 11:15:03 PM »
Well, we got the new valve cover, with a new gasket.  changed out to some new vacuum lines, as some were cracking, and put on some new gas line hose.

Got some new sparkplugs from Dean tonight, and those will go next weekend. 

Having issues inserting images from my pc... It's been awhile since I've done this...
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2017, 05:33:55 AM »
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 10:29:16 AM »
Right!  Got it, thank you.  I was still in the upper area under the 'B' to bold the text...

So, we pulled off the valve cover... There was some kind of squeeze on gasket, and it was just was crumbling apart.  no wonder it was leaking...

Got a new washer fluid motor for the car, put on a new rad, and overflow container for the rad.  EM (Dean) has several, so

Russ - The new owner said the brakes were a bit squeaky, but the car hasn't been driven for like 5 years.   Had to fix a spring that had come off the back Driver's side drum, and the adjuster had fallen down. but now it looks good.
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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2017, 11:00:36 AM »
So we go to put the new gasket on, and I think the bolt holes threads are stripped...  Russ tried putting Loc-tite on them, but it appears that didn't work, it's still leaking oil... So now we are gonna have to drill out the holes that hold on the valve cover, and re-tap them. 

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Re: Just Bought 1982 Concord
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2017, 05:58:12 PM »
When you drill out the holes are you going to tap to a larger size. I ask because I recently had some trans. work done & it looks like they stripped (1) bolt (won't tighten) or the hole for the oil pan. It's leaking. I've got to pull it to be sure.  I could take it back but they will probably put some lock-tite or something in there.
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