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Now that we've had some road time with the SX/4, I get this claimed and asked many times through out my(our) travels. So here's a short list of the claims I've heard, some are kinda funny.

Chevette!!-  :rotfl: Have heard this quite a bit.

Pinto!!- Yup someone went there, she asked her bf, "was that a lifted Pinto?" bf responded, "no that's Shaggy with the Eagle" lol (coworker).

Vega/Monza- Just another confused gent....

Spirit- Young gal, former amc spirit owner, tracked me down at a carshow to ask me if I would sell it, lol, turns out she is a friend of Eaglegirls (she wasn't with me at the time, I snuck her car out to a cruise in while she was shopping, :hiding:)

Gremlin- at least they knew it was an AMC and had the right size car in mind, lol. We hear this the most out of any.

Hornet- Not just any hornet, guy walks up, "Wow, this is just like the one they used on that James Bond movie!!" I almost hated to tell him that it wasn't...

Javelin- Had to take that as a complement.....

Pacer- Yup even asked where the flames and licorice dispenser were,  :rotfl: (I got a kick out of that one).

AMX- We went out to dinner, the manger of the restaurant was outside as we pulled in, literally ran over to ask about the AMX, lol, we got very good service at the restaurant that night too, maybe coincidence??

Everynow and again I do meet someone that knows what the car is by its proper name, lol, either they had one or knew someone that did. The one that stands out in my mind most though, is when I was at a little gas station in the southern tier of NY. I was pumping away, when I heard a shriek of sorts from across the street, followed by a stream of obscenities proclaiming it's a  :censored: :censored: AMC :censored: :censored: EAGLE!!! I couldn't say say a thing to that, so it was just a laugh and wave moment, hahaha.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 06:02:08 PM »
with the spirit i used to get gremlin alot, or "waynes world car". some people said it was "one of those 4 wheel drive things". one guy asked me what it was with no idea, and after i explained, he says, "so, that things like a cross between a vega and a pinto then?" "sure.  ::) "

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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 06:33:03 PM »
I've gotten Gremlin a couple times myself. At least they have the right manufacturer. During the Rambler Ranch meet I went to a few years ago, a bunch of us pulled into a breakfast joint. Next door was a shop where they make statues out of logs with a chain saw. We went to check it out and the guy told us he said to his coworker, " Holy cow, look at all those Eagles!" He said she looked to the sky and said, "Where?" She said she didn't notice all the cars in the parking lot were the same model until he brought it to here attention.   ???
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 10:52:43 PM »
I heard a shriek of sorts from across the street, followed by a stream of obscenities proclaiming it's a  :censored: :censored: AMC :censored: :censored: EAGLE!!!
 :rotfl: That's awesome.  :)

I've had a few of such instances like this, I turn head all of the time with my Eagles.  It's a LOT of fun, I enjoy it so much as I'm sure you do too.

So keep Eaglin' and turnin' those heads man.  ;)
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011, 07:04:13 AM »
It's kind of funny, this car does the exact opposite of what I thought it would. When I first brought it home and started fixing it up, I figured it will be a great car to fly below the radar with, slip around without being noticed, lol. I couldn't have been further from wrong, haha, at least it's all positive so far.

On another confused note: A friend of mine has a Marlin, he was at a car show a while back, had a guy walk up to it, look it all over, and say to him "I've never seen a fastback Malibu before"  :rotfl:.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011, 12:01:06 PM »
It's kind of funny, this car does the exact opposite of what I thought it would. When I first brought it home and started fixing it up, I figured it will be a great car to fly below the radar with, slip around without being noticed, lol. I couldn't have been further from wrong, haha, at least it's all positive so far.

On another confused note: A friend of mine has a Marlin, he was at a car show a while back, had a guy walk up to it, look it all over, and say to him "I've never seen a fastback Malibu before"  :rotfl:.
LOL... Coincidentally... My dad owns a Marlin as well, and had THE SAME comment said to him!  ::) LOL
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-Blue 1981 AMC Concord D/L 4-door sedan, I6, Auto, 76k miles

-Tan/Brown 1982 AMC Eagle SX/4, (Show Car) I4, Auto, 63k miles

-Dark Blue/Wood Grain 1983 AMC Eagle Limited Station Wagon "Woody" (Show Car) I6, Auto, 140k miles

-Maroon Red 1984 AMC Eagle Station Wagon, I6, Auto.  Work in progress.

-White/Red 1985 AMC Eagle Station Wagon, (Show Car) I6, Auto, 87k miles (Used to be Grandfather's Car, special to me...)

-Black/Red 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport, (Daily Driver) 4.0 HO I6, 5 Speed Manual, 199k miles

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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011, 12:52:45 PM »
 :rotfl: aparently it's the 327 engine along with the script used that throws people off, haha.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2011, 11:04:16 PM »
when I went to  a junk yard the other day i asked the guy to see the eagle they had...he said we actuaally have 5 of them....I though "jackpot" but my bubble was soon popped when i saw 3 talons a premeire and a summit...not quite what i had in mind...the one i was actually there to look at had been crushed.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2011, 11:15:40 PM »
Interesting reactions. 

Shane you actually saw a Premiere?  I don't think I ever saw one of those when they were new. 

I had some good reactions to eagles this last week. 

1.  One of the classes I am course assisting (kind of like student teaching) is doing a unit on buying a car.  We gave the students some options on cars they can mock purchase.  We gave them a few options for first cars (all of our first cars - 3 adults in the room). 
They had choices of generic: Pickup, Sedan, Economy car and convertible.  Then came the free choices our first cars (so the eagle wasn't my first - so what...
A.  1984 Chevy Cavalier (Teacher's 1st car - no reactions)
B.  71 Chevy Nova (para's first car - no reactions)
C.  AMC Eagle (showed them an SX/4 and a Wagon)
Here's the reactions to the Eagle...
Teacher: "That looks a lot like my old Cavalier (SX/4)"
Students: "So it's like a wagon right?"
"No it's a Jeep genius"
"That's 4 wheel drive?!?!" (wagon)

I couldn't help, but laugh.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2011, 11:20:55 PM »
Earlier today Morgan and I arrived at my gym.  As we were getting out the car a few spaces down a guy got out of his.  He glanced over and nodded at me and turned toward the door.  Then he did a double take and walked up to the passenger fender of the Eagle, he stared at it a second and nodded. 

Then he turned to me and said, "Nice car.  I remember those when they were new.  AMC was ahead of it's time on that."

I thanked him and mentioned I've put a lot of work into it.  He responded, "Nice touch with the wheels; the way they should have been."  Then I pointed out the "Eagle" script stickers.  He said, "Nice!" and went about his way. 

Have to love reactions like that.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2011, 11:23:41 PM »
At lunch the other day, guys were sharing what they're doing for the weekend.  My turn came and I said, "work on my Eagle".  My supervisor said, "think you should lower the car some".  I go, "What?  why would I do that?  I like it where it is"  

He goes, "Nahhh, put it back to where it was"

I go, "that IS where it was.  That's the factory ride height.  I didn't lift it"

Supervisor says, "A buddy of mine had one, and they were not lifted like that, I'm sure of it".


I actually really like him, and he's pretty smart, but I think he's thinking of a concord.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2011, 11:37:58 PM »
I can see how a concord and an Eagle could get confused (of course not the Chrysler concord).
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2011, 01:12:11 AM »
I can see how a concord and an Eagle could get confused (of course not the Chrysler concord).
a former coworker of mine had one of those chrysler concords and i made her mad when i told here that it wasn't a real concord in my opinion.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2011, 11:29:22 AM »
At about every cruise-in or car show I hear about how AMC cobbled parts from the other manufacturers for their cars.  It's like the AMC guys in charge of purchasing parts were just driving a truck from the Chrysler, GM and Ford warehouses looking for whatever was laying around and wasn't used.  I've also heard that the 6-cyl AMC engine was made by GM, the 360 is a Chrysler engine, the AMC Concord and Eagle were the basis for the Chrysler Concord and Eagle cars, the AMC 327 is the same as the Chevy 327, etc.   I had one avid chevy guy look at my 64 Classic and ask when I was gonna drop a Chevy 350 in it and I told him emphatically NEVER!  He wasn't too happy with that response.
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Re: Hey!! I haven't seen one of those in years!! It's a..........right?
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011, 12:18:20 PM »
At about every cruise-in or car show I hear about how AMC cobbled parts from the other manufacturers for their cars.  It's like the AMC guys in charge of purchasing parts were just driving a truck from the Chrysler, GM and Ford warehouses looking for whatever was laying around and wasn't used.  I've also heard that the 6-cyl AMC engine was made by GM, the 360 is a Chrysler engine, the AMC Concord and Eagle were the basis for the Chrysler Concord and Eagle cars, the AMC 327 is the same as the Chevy 327, etc.   I had one avid chevy guy look at my 64 Classic and ask when I was gonna drop a Chevy 350 in it and I told him emphatically NEVER!  He wasn't too happy with that response.

My uncle told me something similar.  He said AMC bought the rejected motors from other manufacturers that the assembly line said were substandard.  The 327 was chevy motor, the 390 a Ford, and so on.