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Offline mojobean

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1979 Spirit GT Project
« on: January 21, 2010, 09:43:18 PM »
A while back i was making a list of parts interests for a Spirit I found locally. see here: http://forums.amceaglenest.com/index.php?topic=23091.msg220396#msg220396

Well, we decided to haul the whole car home and rebuild it. Here are a few photos and i will be adding more in the coming days as we've already begun a bit of work on the poor thing.

These are the day it came home:



And the interior that day:



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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010, 09:49:08 PM »
Hello looks like you have your work cut out for you on this one. hows the crank tattoo coming  ;D

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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010, 10:00:09 PM »
Hello looks like you have your work cut out for you on this one. hows the crank tattoo coming  ;D

just started looking up tattoo artists locally.. i'm quite picky about who tattoos me. If one thing rubs me wrong (ie: rude tone to voice when answering question, having an air of "i'm better", etc.. etc.. it could be any number of things that will make me walk away) then they get scratched from my list. Only thing is its rough to go in person to all of them, catching all artists that may be working in any one location.. in order to rule them in or out. So its prolly gonna be a bit.. but i'm workin on it. ;)
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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 01:22:02 AM »
Cool Spirit! Looks like it'll be a great opportunity to brush up your bodywork skills  :o

It's sad that someone used the hood/cowl as a staging area to spraybomb something red. What's the matter with people?

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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2010, 06:41:10 AM »
Looks to be a real project.  I am guessing the underbody is solid?
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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2010, 11:25:58 AM »
Nice.... as if you don't have enough projects already, geez! What the heck are you thinking? Probably the same thing I am - YEAH BABY! LOL!

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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2010, 12:09:11 PM »
man, that interior is a carbon copy of my 80 GT. except for the sunroof. i have all the glass and brackets, but could figure how to get the gasket and headliner parts out of the old one. maybe the pick and pull will have one one day and ill pilfer it. i did love the sunroof in my 79.
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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2010, 01:55:40 PM »
Man, what happened to that poor Spirit!?  Well, at least it is good hands now.  :)
-Rob
Nekoosa, WI

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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2010, 07:37:08 PM »
the underbody is indeed solid Doug! that was the simple factor leading us to bring the whole car home.  ;)

as far as bodywork skills.. yea.. its a good thing the mister had a swell class on that earlier this month out on the coast. He can practice all he wants.. and if it turns out wonky.. i've got spares.

I'm still trying to track down the original seller.. (it was passed through a few people who didn't title it  >:() and have only had a name to go by. one of which lived near the raceway on the south end. i wouldn't be surprised if it had been in a minor altercation in the derbys.
1981 AMC Eagle SX/4 automatic
1981 AMC Eagle Kammback automatic
1981 AMC Eagle Kammback 4speed
1980 Honda cx500c
1979 AMC Spirit GT project
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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010, 01:40:52 AM »
compared to the front seats i wonder if anyone sat in the back they look great

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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2010, 11:28:08 PM »
Any updates on this project? Just wondering.
-Rob
Nekoosa, WI

-76 Hornet 2-door sedan, 304 V8, Auto
-76 Pacer Sedan, 258, Auto
-81 Concord D/L 4-door sedan, 258, Auto
-82 Eagle Limited Wagon, 258, Auto (4.0 Head Swap, Holley 4bbl Carb, Headers, MSD Ignition with Team Rush Upgrade)
-82 Eagle SX/4, Iron Duke, Auto
-83 Eagle Limited Wagon "Woody," 258, Auto
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-85 Eagle Wagon, 258, Auto (Inherited from Grandfather)
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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 09:33:30 PM »
pulled the engine out to clean er up, located a wiring harness in way better shape than the original, slapped a shower curtain over the roof to keep water from dripping in the sunroof (leaky seal) and just pulled it back onto the pad the other day. but its been raining. thats it so far.
i did locate some of these by pure chance:


and will be retrieving them saturday. ;D
1981 AMC Eagle SX/4 automatic
1981 AMC Eagle Kammback automatic
1981 AMC Eagle Kammback 4speed
1980 Honda cx500c
1979 AMC Spirit GT project
1974/77/78 Secret Squirrel project
1978 AMC Concord AMX


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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 11:52:32 PM »
Alrghty! Keep up the good work, fill us in as time goes!
-Rob
Nekoosa, WI

-76 Hornet 2-door sedan, 304 V8, Auto
-76 Pacer Sedan, 258, Auto
-81 Concord D/L 4-door sedan, 258, Auto
-82 Eagle Limited Wagon, 258, Auto (4.0 Head Swap, Holley 4bbl Carb, Headers, MSD Ignition with Team Rush Upgrade)
-82 Eagle SX/4, Iron Duke, Auto
-83 Eagle Limited Wagon "Woody," 258, Auto
-84 Eagle Wagon, 258, Auto (Work in progress)
-85 Eagle Wagon, 258, Auto (Inherited from Grandfather)
-96 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 4.0, 5 Speed
-96 Pontiac Grand Am, 2.4L, 5 Speed
-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4.7L V8, Auto



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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2010, 10:00:29 PM »
I fixed  the door hinges, used those pins from the eagle nest store.  I got bushings too.  I had to weld up some of the wobbled out hinge pin holes, and rebore them on the drill press.  the pins  were a little large for the outside of the hinge.  so I bored those out with a letter Q drill bit (maybe it was R).  I broke off a number of the bolts in  the hinge plates and had to drill them out.  the sheet metal was a little fatigued and cracked on the drivers side, where the upper hinge attached, so I welded up that crack.  But the doors open nice now.  Behind the front bumper there is a sheet metal valance that wraps around a spreader beam (best way to describe it).  Someone tried to tow this car by wrapping a chain around that or something.  They had pulled that beam out from its spot welds, it was hangin on by one spot weld.  Got that all dialed in and rewelded.  Help from a  ball pean, large crescent wrench, and a large pipe wrench.  so next I will work on getting the harness all tacked in place, then I will concentrate on the rear hatch.
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1981 AMC Eagle Kammback automatic
1981 AMC Eagle Kammback 4speed
1980 Honda cx500c
1979 AMC Spirit GT project
1974/77/78 Secret Squirrel project
1978 AMC Concord AMX


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Re: 1979 Spirit GT Project
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2010, 10:11:50 PM »
Now come do mine for me.
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