1974 AMC Hornet Base 4.2 from North America
A good car from a good, underfunded company
Turn signal cam was worn.
Replaced the steering column with a tilt column.
Window feltie on the driver's door were all but gone when I got it. A 40 year old '70s car; not surprising. Driver's seat belt was worn, and hard to retract and extract.
Driver's seat foam feels like it disintegrated.
Driver's door doesn't look closed when it is indeed closed. Bought another door off a Gremlin, and will install it when I get it painted to match the snow white exterior.
Rear brakes were gone and I did a complete brake job on the rear; new everything. Brakes work very good now.
Despite the wear and tear that was on certain parts of the car, I just love its character.
The Hornet is so easy to work on. After working on Mercedes for exactly 30 years, it is a joy to fix and a labor of love.
The power steering is way over boosted, and it's hard to do S curves accurately.
The interior size is perfect for me. My snob wife refuses to ride in it (that's reason 2 why I bought it).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2014
I wouldn't marry any woman who doesn't respect a Hornet.
Why, though, would you sacrifice the Gremlin by taking the door?
The door came from somebody's field Gremlin. EBAY, I needed it. He had it. I bought it.
The issue with the driver's door is most likely due to worn hinge pins and/or a misadjusted latch mechanism.
Buying a whole other door to fix it is kind of like buying new shoes because one of your shoelaces broke.
My snob wife commented often on my "old cars". Why when you have new cars? Especially not having air, besides being ugly. Never understood them, but appreciated how much money I made off them. Paid for family vacations with selling them. I got over it.
The reason for the Gremlin door to replace the misaligned door was to get the intact window felties, which I tried every outlet in the U.S... nobody sold them. AMXs and Javelins, yes. Hornets and Gremlins, no. It was a decision solely based on having a really good door, or keep the Hornet door, which had a window that rattled freely without the benefit of smooth up and down motion, and an overall quiet existence.
Yes, I am aware of the hinge pin problem. That was secondary to the god awful rattle. Thanks for second guessing me.