Here is an article from May 69 Super Stock magazine on the
day at Orange County Raceway with pictures of Shahan and
the prototype car and first hoodscoop:
So far, we know a prototype car was made about Dec 68,
tested in Florida, and shown in California with Shahan to AMC
dignitaries. Hurst sold the idea to AMC the same time they
sold the SC/Rambler idea. A letter was sent out asking for
50 orders. A second letter went out stating they needed a
few more orders. The car was given the green light, and
shipped to Hurst. There is a picture of at least 20+ white cars
in the Hurst facility. AMC stated they had enough orders to
homologate the car with the NHRA, and was sending VINs and
owner names to get the process started.
The cars had some items removed to save weight, such as
hood springs, radiator filler, heater assembly, core support
bars, hood latch assembly, and had block-off plates for the
heater assembly, radio, and there was no clock, or
undercoating. It was a 390 4-speed drum brake car with a
4.44 posi rearend, no power steering or brakes. Hurst
supplied a crossram intake with two specific Holley carbs, a
Mallory distributor, velocity stacks, a new shifter and handle,
one-piece axles, and a special scoop. Also a clutch assembly
with a blowshield. The battery was relocated to the trunk.
Most of the owners would be dealers. Most received their
cars through regular car delivery, but some picked them up-
either from the Ferndale, Michigan Hurst facility or a local
To support the owners, AMC sent a number of performance
bulletins to help them during the season. AMC and Hurst
sent telegrams whenever they could. Here is Performance
Bulletin #1, as part of the introduction letter:
It is dated March 20, 1969 meaning this is when the cars
started to ship out.
We now know the car had special front 90/10 front shocks,
complete with a Hurst part number. There are also special
rear shocks (50/50), special rear axles, and special rear
springs, with two part numbers, meaning they were left and
right, not interchangeable.
Stock tranny, and a new shifter with a reverse lock-out that
has a different mounting plate (which is why they cut the
floor) and different rods. Was the rest the same?
New flywheel, bolts, clutch disc, and pressure plate. Also
came with a blowshield (though interesting, not a driveshaft
Stock fuel pump, special heads reworked by Crane.
Recommendation for tolerances, oil pump modifications, etc.
Here is the next bulletin, #2:
Needs better head gaskets-care to speculate how they found
this out? Ouch!
Slipping linkages for the carbs.
New clutch linkage geometry.
And why would they show the rear wheel opening configuration?
FYI-because some owners stated to me (hearsay evidence) their
cars did not have modified rear wheelwells.
Bulletin #3-the car was originally to be classified as SS/G,
but now we see it is SS/E.
Wrist pin failure? Another ouch! I wonder how many blocks were
lost? Dated June 6-the owners have had their cars for two