Doug Novak

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  • Birthday 01/06/1950

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    1968 AMC AMX
    1974 PORSCHE 914

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  1. I bought a four year old 2014 Chevy Equinox from Carmax that had only 14,000 miles on it. It was like new at half the cost of a brand new one. Found out that the way CARMAX works is they get used vehicles from the larger Auto Auctions and when you trade a car in at Carmax an Appraiser from the auction comes to Carmax to buy it from Carmax and auctions it off. The trade in cars go to auction. So the CARMAX cars are shipped from the Auction lot for Carmax to sell and your traded in goes to auction. Many of the Corporate Companies that give their sales employees new rental cars to drive and rotate them every 4 years. The employees get new model cars every four years. The company cars are well maintained and low mileage.This gives you great value to purchase this way and CARMAX will not negotiate pricing. We love are Chevy Equinox.
  2. Best bet might be to check with some of the American Motor Parts Dealers on line. Try Kennedy American Motors, Inc., America Parts Depot or Planet Houston AMX. Use Goggle for contact info. or call them and check with them what works. My '68 AMX does not have power Breaks and all the other AMC Cars I have owned, all with Drum Brakes, stopped easily so I never felt the need for Power Brakes.
  3. Served in the Navy on the USS Oriskany Air Craft Carrier, in the Golf of Tonkin 1969 -1972. Bought my first Old car about 18 years ago, a '68 AMC AMX, also inherited my Dad's '69 C10 Chevy Pick Up Truck and bought a '74 Porsche 12 years ago. I was a gear head since I was 13 and still am at '70. Vietnam didn't make me an Old Car Guy it just delayed it.
  4. Hi Joe, I just came across your post and hope you can find what you are looking for, these are great cars. Less then 7,000 made in '68 which was the first year of a 3 year production run. So, here is a You Tube I made of my '68 AMX taken before leaving for the 2016 AACA Grand National in Williams Port Pa. In the VIDEO I show all the things you want to look at and my AMX received the Grand National Award at the show. If you have any questions that I can answer let me know. You can email me at Here's the You Tube link.
  5. Happy back at ya....................but wishing for Snow. Looks like Spring is going to be real early 2020 here in South Central Pa. Lots of rainy days lately.
  6. Bimetallics are two metals one over another causing heat to bend them to a point where it causes another device open or close if I recall. One other thought with your set, up does it have a heat riser tube coming off the exhaust manifold to the carb?
  7. Not sure but I think that on my'68 AMX with a four barrel Carter the Spring Plastic Housing can be rotated to dial in the sweet spot to make the choke work at some point. Also, most chokes will go to the choke position it you press the Gas peddle down and then release it before cranking the engine. Hope this helps.
  8. AACA cars should be restored to stock if you want to show them at judged events so go with the stock flat head. BUT if you are not chasing Trophies and want a dependable ride with dependable and better performance drop a more modern engine in it. You can still participate in Judged and Non Judged events everywhere, and drive it anywhere but don't expect Awards. Either way is fine, it's your car make it what you want. ( If you replace the original motor, pull and save that original motor for future thoughts).
  9. Yep makes sense to me, still see them on the road and many are looking like they are well cared for. Easy to maintain and fun to drive. My first car when I was 16 was a very warn '64 I think with the Nerf bars above the rear bumper. Had a canvas sun roof, no gas gauge had to remember to go to the reserve handle when it would start acting up letting you know it needed gas. I forgot to switch the reserve handle back to the off position and ran out of gas in Baltimore around mid night and had to leave the Bug in the City. Eventually sold it for more then I payed for it around $300..
  10. REMEMBER THAT THE ORIGINAL 2 SEAT AMX'S WERE ONLY A 2 & 1/2 YEAR PRODUCTION RUN WITH THE '68 BEING THE HALF YEAR. The one pictured in the factory photo is more Javelin in appearance having a Javelin Gill and Engine Hood. That being said the AMX from '71 on were Javelin's with the AMX Badge. Later the AMX Badge was on several other AMC's none of which were 2 seat. There were 2 door 4 seater Javelins made in ''68 that shared the Doors, Bumbers windows and other such with items as the '68 AMX. Less then 7,000 68' AMC AMX made and less then 20.000 made in the 2 and a half years.
  11. John Candy taking the jacket off and getting both arms stock in the CARS TRAINS AND AIRPLANES movie. I know it wasn't real but I'm sure it's actually happened to some one.
  12. Most Fender Jacks have to be the worst as the weight on the rear fender might cause the car to roll. I don't know of any newer car to have these any more. Also some Jack Stands are know to release accidentally if they are the type with out the pin that goes through to hole.
  13. I think it might be these guys. New Garden Air Port has an annual AIR SHOW and their's a connection with a MILITARY AIR MUSEUM that sends PLANES OUT TO PERFORM at the New garden Airport. They are close enough for them to fly up from from the South to Hershey.
  14. I'd like to be a 60's VW Beetle......everybody loves them and they are dependable, simple, run forever and easy to maintain.
  15. If you entered to be Judged you should get the FIRST JUNIOR AWARD and the Grill Junior Badge will be given to you shortly. It most likely comes in the mail, or call the HQ in Hershey to pick it up if you are near by. Same with the Trophy you will be given. Congratulations, to tell the truth a lot of us don't make it on the first try and chalk it up as a learning experience. Once the badge is on you grill, next year you will be entered for Senior which gets slightly harder as the total point deductions become greater. See if you had point deductions that you need to fix. After Senior the next step is the Grand National award which you need to be at 385 points to win. Find the entry list given to you at the entry gate in the large envelope and find your class and if your name and car are listed you should have a Green sheet that goes on the car and gets a sticker from the Judge after they finish that says "JUDGED". Only question you might have is, depending on the points, did you hit the mark, the don't tell you and you can't ask them. Also read the literature you got in advance from AACA that tells you how this all works. You'll get a letter in the near future, but remember there were hundreds of cars entered that AACA will need to have time to sort through. Last thing to mention is you can request from the AACA CHIEF JUDGE a copy of the judging sheet to see what needs fixing. Get to know the guys in your class and ask them to look your car over the morning of the Meets. We all help each other this way to get it right eventually. I think you can also down load the AACA Rules for more helpful information. Doug