Jul 2008

Another AMC interview!

Hey, AMC fans!

I just got off the phone with a great guy. In fact, he's the subject of my next podcast.

Gerald Meyers, the former Chairman of American Motors, spent an hour reminiscing about AMC and several of the cars they built.

Check back here for some fun stories about Roy Abernethy, the Marlin, the Javelin, the AMX, and the AMX/3. (Give me some time to edit it first, okay?)

Torq-O Podcast #7: Bill McNealy on the Javelin

He was a force of nature at AMC in the Late Sixties. He drove the company to modernize its image. He took American Motors by the shoulders and yelled, "Wake up!!" as he shook the company out of its sleepy granny-car complacency. He helped to make AMC more appealing to the exploding youth market.

He had passion and energy and impatience that seemed almost elemental. Call it McNealium.

Now, in a Torq-O exclusive podcast, we bring you an interview with AMC's former Vice-President of Marketing, Bill McNealy. Listen in as he talks about the car that he used to create a tidal wave of good buzz for AMC: the Javelin.

My Metropolitan: it's alive!!!

A personal blog entry today.

Last week, I got my 1961 Metropolitan hard top back from MG Automotive! I took it to owner/operator Steve Miller and told him to fix every mechanical component that looked like it wanted to take the day off. (MG, you ask? Wha??? Remember that the Metropolitan was built for Nash/AMC by Austin in England. It's a 98% British car.)

Steve completely rebuilt the brakes. He had a valve job done on the engine. He fixed the rear shocks. He worked on the carburetor. He brought the car back to life. It now runs like a top.

Yesterday, I went to the local BMV to get new plates and tags. As I left, I noticed an old furniture showroom had been turned into an indoor flea market. I've always been a total sucker for that kind of stuff, so I went in and looked around.

By total chance, I found a booth that sold vintage Ohio license plates. The guy had a matching pair of 1961 plates. I bought 'em on the spot and retraced my steps back to the BMV 100 yards away to get the vintage plates registered.

Next step: insurance. I've already had a "discussion" with the insurance folks about the definition of "pleasure drive." I don't intend to keep this car hermetically sealed in the garage. I'm gonna drive it. And after that, I'm going to get that unit body restored! (Even though the photo doesn't show it, there are little rust bubbles, and the rubber is old & crusty.)

Anyone wanna go for a drive?