1970 AMC AMX
Frederick Zeek, Belcamp, MD
Best E.T.: 12.83/106
AMC followers are a loyal bunch, and Frederick Zeek is no exception. His first car was a black '74 Javelin AMX that he purchased with $1,000 worth of grass-cutting money, and $700 bucks help from his dad. Since that day he's always had an AMC of one type or another to wrench on, though never as his daily driver.

While browsing the AMCcars.net forum, Frederick came across a complete and rust free, but disassembled, '70 AMX. After corresponding with the owner and determining it was a good deal, Frederick rented a box truck and trailer, and braved snow and black ice from Maryland to Ohio to retrieve it. When he arrived, he was surprised and delighted to find it in climate-controlled storage with loads of extra parts-plus all the little stuff was bagged and labeled. We only wish we were that lucky.

On the way home, bad weather and slow traffic gave Frederick plenty of time to think about the right direction to pursue with the AMX. He began to have visions of a modern AMC, one with fuel injection and overdrive that he could drive anywhere without worry. Not that AMC drivelines aren't reliable, it's just that parts can be expensive and occasionally impossible to find on short notice.

AMX's are unique muscle cars by design, so Frederick's modern engine choice was equally distinctive: an LT4. The swap was straightforward, thanks to help from a fellow AMC fan with two small-block-powered AMCs. Of course, stock LT4 power wasn't muscle car worthy, so Morris Machine in Manchester, Maryland, was tapped to freshen it up and slide in a COMP Cams XFI bumpstick.

True to his plans, Frederick says he drives the AMX as often as possible to work, cruises, shows, and recently the dragstrip. To his surprise, he easily snagged a 12.83 at 105 mph. Not bad for just dropping the 4L60E in Drive and mashing the pedal.

WHERE THE MONEY WENT
'70 AMC AMX: $8,000
Paint and body: $9,000
Interior: $900
Engine with harness: $700
OBD1 PCM: $75
Trans: $350
TCI 10-inch converter: $200
Harness converted to OBD1: $250
Engine and trans mount fab: $350
Engine rebuild parts: $1,000
Machine shop costs: $1,300
Driveshaft: $350
Rear brakes: $1,200
Headers: $200
Mufflers: $50
Exhaust with X-pipe: $500
Steering box: $40
Misc. parts $1,000
Total: $25,465

BY THE NUMBERS
'70 AMC AMX
Frederick Zeek, 47 • Belcamp, MD
Total cost to build: $25,465
Engine
Type: GM LT4 small-block
Block: stock GM
Oiling: stock GM pump and pan
Rotating assembly: original GM crank, rods, and pistons
Cylinder heads: GM LT4
Camshaft: COMP Cams 466XFI,
.565/.570-inch lift; 218/224 duration
Valvetrain: COMP Cams Pro Magnum 1.6 roller rockers and pushrods,
Manley dual springs
Induction: GM LT4 intake manifold,
stock 52mm throttle body with 28-pound injectors
Ignition: GM Optispark
Exhaust: SLP shorty headers
Cooling: stock water pump; aluminum radiator,
and single electric fans
Output: 349 hp at 6,050 rpm and 335 lb-ft at 4,350 rpm
Built by: Morris Machine
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: '94 GM 4L60E with 10-inch
TCI 3,000-3,500 converter,
'94 Camaro shifter
Rear axle: AMC Corporate Model 20, 3.73:1 gears
CHASSIS
Front suspension: stock with one coil cut,
'88 Monte Carlo SS steering box
Rear suspension: stock leaves with torque link
Brakes: Kelsey Hayes disc brakes, front;
WSC brake conversion, rear
ROLLING STOCK
Wheels: American Racing Torq Thrust II 17x7, front; 17x8, rear
Tires: 275/40R17 drag radials, rear