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Old 06-05-2018, 11:24 PM
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There is just a little more to this story. Back in 2002 I had a friend who passed away suddenly at just 53 years old. I was charged with disposing of his estate which included a large number of AMC cars and parts. One of the pieces was a 401 shortblock he built along with a set of home ported cylinder heads and I purchased these from his family. This engine has sat for 16 years in storage bags when I finally decided last year to build "his" engine. I updated the build with more modern parts but kept it much the way he intended and located a TR manifold. He was a Hornet Pro Stock fan and wanted to build a tunnel ram replica of the Maskins Kanners cars. So I built this car with that engine in mind. My old friend is never forgotten and will always be riding shotgun in this car.


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Great tribute to your friend, I'm sure he appreciates it, may he RIP.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:39 PM
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Took a better video today. No sound. Solved the overheating issue....had the fans wired backwards duh. Runs at 180 now with 65 lbs of oil pressure at 3000 rpm....PERFECT!! Car is a blast just cruising around town.



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Well the car is finally done done after 15 years. The hood closed over the carbs but no room for an air cleaner so went with the stacks through holes in the repro scoop. Car is very fast and very loud despite mufflers and baffles. Draws a crowd wherever it goes. Decent street manners despite no power accessories.









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2000 Trans Am 2nd owner LS1 auto
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1997 Jeep Cherokee 2 door 4.0 188k and still kickin
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Nice! Maybe Adam-12 HAD to switch to Ramblers!!
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Absolutely love the tunnel ram! Just screams cool.
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Very nice!
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Very cool love it!
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Harry - just beastly looking! One of the tuffest AMC street cars I've seen. Congrats!
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Love it. Had a friend back around 1990-1991 or so that had a yellow '73 Matador, and this brings back memories. Spent a lot of time riding around in that car, going to metal concerts, listening to Anthrax, Metal Church, Megadeth, etc cassettes, and just doing the dumb (and sometimes less-than-legal) stuff that 19-20 yr old males did to pass time in the pre-internet age.
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