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Re: Why Unibody

To: "Chris Attias" <>, <>,
Subject: Re: Why Unibody
From: Larry Macy <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 12:47:11 -0500
I worked at an American Motors dealer when the Eagle line was introduced. 
The Concord/Hornet station wagon was the first. They also included an 
adaptation of the Gremlin as a 4x4. They were not sold as an off-road 
vehicle, even though they raised the ground clearance. Were they unit 
body?? As I recall - yes. Was the 4x4 system any good?? Yes. They used a 
viscous coupling developed by their Jeep subidiary. It is the model for 
nearly all automatic 4x4 systems used now. I remeber taking the station 
wagon ou for a test drive with the head mechanic, we ran across a Jeep CJ 
stuck in some sand. They had a Chevy 4x4 manual tranny trying to get them 
out. We tied on to it with the Eagle and out it came. I was pretty 
impressed. This was in Wyoming were 4x4 were used as 4x4's long before 
the SUV craze hit. 


78 Midget

PS I am on vaca in Wyoming so this is from a Powerbook and I forgot my 
signature file.

>I remember reading this in a late Seventies 4 wheel drive magazine 
>about the 4 x 4 adaptation of the American Motors Hornet line--I 
>believe they were called Eagles (pre-Renault).  Before the SUV craze, 
>people hadn't figured out that some 4 x 4s  really weren't meant for 
>the Rubicon Trail...
>> >  Early attempts to use
>> >  unit bodies on mass produced 4x4s (American Motors?) were criticized
>> >  because some weren't rigid enough, and would bend and deform over
>> >  rough terrain, doing things like preventing doors from opening.
>>I don't think that AMC made 4X4 back when unit bodies came out.  They were
>>more famous for very boring sedans.
>>Here is one piece of triva that you can win bar bets with though.
>>Q. What vehicle won the very first Baja 1000?
>>Who was the driver?
>>Anyone, anyone?  Bueller?
>>Answer to follow......
>>Rick Ewald
>Chris Attias
>'64 MGB
>'84 Alfa Romeo GTV-6

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