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The AMC Rebel 1969 and 1970

The 1969 year sees the elimination of the convertible as well as the 550 and 770 badges.  The four door sedan, the wagon, and the two door hard top all available as basic models or with the SST trim package; this package now has simulated louvers in front of the rear wheel wells with other trim as well. Other exterior changes include 1” increase in track width between the front and the rear wheels, a new grill, wrap around tail lights, and some trim additions.  Inside the dash is recessed further away from riders with the controls moved to directly in front of the operator.

AMC Rebel 1970

© Ananthkrish | Dreamstime.com - 1970 AMC Rebel Car At The Car Show Photo

Sedans and the coupe have a restyled rear end for 1970 as well as a restyled bumper and the body has a C-pillar shape. Mean while the hard top gets a more sloped roof line and the quarter windows are up swept at a reverse angle. The hard top also sports a new sloped roof line. The tail lights are housed inside a new looped bumper with “Rebel” printed between them. The grill on all the models has been changed and now has a horizontal split with Rebel spelled out on the front lip of the hood. The 1970 models in the other three automakers are getting bigger but the AMC maintains a good size passenger compartment but is getting smaller in outside dimensions and lighter curb weight.  Safety measures this year include the “clam shell” bucket seats are offered with integrated head rests and the sides of the sedans as well as the hard tops are made much stronger than previous years.

AMC Rebel side 1970

© Raytags | Dreamstime.com - Classic Car Photo

Under the hood the options are increased for 1970. The 290 is dropped and basic engine is now a 304 cu in (5.0 L) V8 giving 210 hp (157 kW; 213 PS). The 343 is also replaced with a 360 cu in (5.9 L). Two carburetor options for the 360 are a two barrel putting out 245 hp (183 kW; 248 PS) or the four barrel producing 290 hp (216 kW; 294 PS). The next power option is available on SST and is the AMX 390 cu in (6.4 L) giving 325 hp (242 kW; 330 PS). Not good enough? “The Machine” comes equipped with a high performance 390 putting out 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS) and 430 lb-ft (583 N-m) of torque at 3600 rpm. This engine has a four barrel mounted on redesigned heads, special valve train, hot cam shaft, and revised  intake and exhaust system. AMC liked to present its automobiles as an economy minded persons family car in most cases and "The Machine" does not fall into that category - it is definitely a muscle car but it does have a lot of passenger and truck space as well.   The transmission on the Machine is Borg-Warner T-10 standard four speed with a Hurst shift kit having a pistol grip handle - optional on the SST. The floor mounted shifter comes in a console and on the Machine it is backed up by either 3.54:1 or 3.91:1 rear axle gear ratios in the differential. The Machine also has a heavy duty set of rear springs that make the rear end higher than the front giving the car a raked look. The Machine has a functional “ram air” style hood scoop with an integral tachometer comes with one paint job – it is red, white, and blue only.


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