My dad bought this 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler new on May 6, 1969 from French & Morrow Rambler Sales in Fort Worth Texas. It’s been in our family ever since. Even as a kid I loved the car and wanted one.
In 1980, dad rebuilt the 390 V-8; however, in 1985 he decided to park the car when the brakes failed. In July 1999, when in route to watch the Craftsman Truck Series race in Bristol TN, I passed what at first I thought was another SC/Rambler (after reviewing the pictures I took, I realize it was a fake). It made me begin thinking of dad’s car and how I’d like to rebuild it.
After talking with my dad about what the car would need, I decided to go ahead and do it. In November 1999, I picked the car up from Texas and towed it back to North Carolina.
Since obtaining the car, I’ve parked it in the garage and began restoring it. First, we cleaned it up and began disassembling it. In December 1999 we pulled the transmission out and rebuilt it in January 2000. In January, we pulled the motor and began rebuilding it. It needed a lot of work. In fact, we had to beat the pistons out of the block with a brass bar as moisture had seeped in over the years through the hood scoop and down the carb.
While the motor was at the machine shop (February to May), we pulled the rearend and springs and had them blasted, painting them before reinstalling.
We’ve also done both front and rear brakes with help from Master Power Brakes. We painted the wheels in the original blue and put on new radial rubber. I wish now we’d gone with some cheaper tires – the Firehawks hook up way too well to allow for much wheel spin.
While the engine was out, I wet sanded the engine compartment and we painted it before putting all of the parts back in.
In May 2000, the engine came back from the machine shop and by July we had it assembled and installed into the car.
Next, we’ve gutted the interior and put it back together. The dash crash pad had new vinyl installed by Just Dashes and Mr. G’s rechromed the dash plastic. The seats were recovered by Gordy Chilson in Lawrenceburg PA (who, with his brother, has four SC/Ramblers as well as some other very nice AMC vehicles). The door panels, sun visors, and arm rests also were reworked by Just Dashes, and a remanufactured steering wheel obtained from Gordy Chilson.
The stainless was reconditioned by the Ole Chevy Store in Concord NC. A new windshield was also installed to get rid of the Texas rock chips.
In June 2002, we put it on the road. Drives like it’s over 30 years old…. so we put in a front bushing kit. Motor has LOTS of torque, and it sure is fun to drive on those sunny Sundays when it it not too hot. This thing puts out a ton of heat! .
Next up, it’s off to the body shop for some cancer fixing and paint. One day anyway.
I still get her out and drive around town as a Sunday driver.
I’m looking for ideas on the radio knobs. The stock knobs have the inside clips busted due to age and abuse, and I haven’t found anything similar to use.
I have all new front trim, badges, reflectors, front turn signal housings, rear backup housings and decal kit ready for when she comes back from the paint shop. One day…