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Jeff Dunham's AMC Gremlins - Jay Leno's Garage

Published on Jun 27, 2016 993,303 views

Jay invites Jeff Dunham to the garage to check out his 1972 and 1973 AMC Gremlins.
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Jeff Dunham's AMC Gremlins - Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno's Garage

  • Charlie
    Charlie 2 года назад I never understood why people made fun of these cars. I always thought they looked nice, were easy to work on, had a good price, and ran pretty good.
  • Fano Boss
    Fano Boss 2 года назад I, concur. AMC cars are wonderful. I wish that they would've survived the gas crisis.
  • Howabouthetruth
    Howabouthetruth 2 года назад SEE MY COMMENT ABOVE CHARLES........l THlNK YOU WlLL ENJOY lT. TRUST ME.
  • mildly_rude_tech_dude
    mildly_rude_tech_dude 2 года назад I think probably because appearance is subjective, and most people agree that they're ugly, or at least weird looking. In addition to that, they rusted into the ground at the slightest suggestion of moisture, they were small but drank as much fuel as many larger cars with more powerful engines, and they suck to drive.
  • Greg Williams
    Greg Williams 2 года назад Its all about perception. In the sixties AMC advertised their gas mileage at a time when that was considered to be uncool. Americans, by and large, were far more interested in chromed-up status symbols and lots of gee whiz doo-dads. Even though AMC made some excellant cars (the AMX if you wanted fast) they always had the reputation of being "economy" cars and therefore not as desirable to impress the neighbors. Dumb, yes, but that's the story.
  • Charlie
    Charlie 2 года назад (изменено) @110736213155078813729 I don't remember anyone who didn't like the look of them, but I'll certainly agree with you about the rust problem. That's exactly why there are so few left on the road today. Same with Ford pickups from the mid to late 80's. I had two of them. You can't hardly find one today. They started rusting as soon as they left the lot.
  • PC160
    PC160 2 года назад Surprisingly, I think there was actually some brand loyalty for AMC cars. Hudson Hornet, Nash Rambler (ugh!), etc. were OK family cars in the 50s. And later in the 60s there was the Javelin.
  • a71landcruiser
    a71landcruiser 2 года назад because they made glaciers look fast.... LOTS of torque, but no hp. You'd win to the other side of the crosswalk, after that nothing but tail lights disappearing into the distance.
  • TaUnc Fester
    TaUnc Fester 2 года назад I had a 1964 Rambler American, the little boxy one with the flathead I6 and a 3 on tree. Was not a bad car, but really gutless. To this day I swear that American Motors flathead six was the quietest engined car I've ever owned.
  • a71landcruiser
    a71landcruiser 2 года назад My uncle loved Ramblers - was a dentist and had would travel all over in his private plane. Rather then renting a car, he'd simply buy a Rambler and leave it in his main hangers (or outside in the parking lot - always said that they were the only car no one would steal. But I agree, the boxy Rambler had its own quirky, yet cool, style. What's interesting is after he passed, they were finding his cars for several years... bet some slipped through the cracks
  • Charlie
    Charlie 2 года назад (изменено) @a71landcruiser When I was a meat cutter at Kroger back in the 80's, I knew an old guy who worked produce at the store who had at least 4 Nash Ramblers buried in his yard that he used for landfill years earlier. He said the bodies were all in good shape, but nobody wanted them back then, and they were free. But we've all done that kind of thing. Heck, if I still had all my Batman, Superman, and Mickey Mouse toys and lunch boxes and whatnot I had as a kid in the 60's, I could probably retire early! Who knew? LOL
  • SaveBlueEyes
    SaveBlueEyes 2 года назад +Charles Seper - unfortunately we've all been there and done the same things not thinking they would all be really valuable someday
  • Robert Rosselit
    Robert Rosselit 2 года назад Eh, well... Imagine it with faded paint, rust holes, torn seats, leaking multiple fluids, and a badly drooping rear from collapsed springs. They tended to look like a dog crouching down to take a dump. AMC products didn't have the best sheet metal, so most of them were badly falling apart by the late '80s. At the time there was really no "Retro" aesthetic. Things were either new or old. Sure there were vintage cars, but the coolness of "quirky irony" hadn't become a thing yet. They kind of looked like the equivalent of polyester bell bottom pants. There also was an attitude of conformity in the '80s, and this car certainly wasn't it. Back in the '80s cars were supposed to be square. Everything was square, lest you be accused of being communist. There was no sense of nostalgia tied to it, and things like the Ford Escort were so much better as a compact car. I'll bet in about 10 years we'll be saying the same thing about the Pontiac Aztec.
  • Robert Rosselit
    Robert Rosselit 2 года назад They did. They made it all the way until 1987, and were nearly saved by Renault's George Besse, but he was assassinated and Chrysler bought AMC for the Jeep name. Interestingly enough, the Jeep Cherokee was actually an AMC vehicle with an AMC engine that stayed in production until 2001.
  • Col.henchicken Vanpopbutton
    Col.henchicken Vanpopbutton 2 года назад I agree when I worked in a parking lot years ago one came in and you not tell it was running! Quieter then any car that ever came in by far, even high end luxury cars.
  • Col.henchicken Vanpopbutton
    Col.henchicken Vanpopbutton 2 года назад um, no
  • Drew Beck
    Drew Beck 2 года назад Same here. I had 3 of them!
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 года назад Yep, and that AMC/Jeep 4.0 was better than any engine Chrysler had (or has today).
  • Charlie
    Charlie 2 года назад (изменено) I put over 318k miles on a Jeep Pickup truck with a 4.0 in it.
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 года назад @Charles Seper I don't doubt it. I've got a 96 Cherokee with a 4.0 that had 300k on it before a rod bearing started ticking. Put a quality rebuilt in it and 300k later I'm still driving the thing (and I'm doing a LOT better about oil changes!)
  • Rich Santoro
    Rich Santoro 2 года назад My buddy put over 520,000 on his Jeep Cherokee with the 4.0 Couldn't kill that motor. Best ever built if you ask me.
  • Jeff DeWitt
    Jeff DeWitt 2 года назад @Rich Santoro And if I recall a 4.0 is almost a direct bolt in for the 232/258 in a Gremlin. A lot more power than a stock V8 Gremlin and all the advantages of a GREAT straight six engine.
  • Gary Taylor
    Gary Taylor 2 года назад (изменено) I agree.I always liked the Gremlin for some reason; I guess because contrasted with other compact cars of that era, it had some aesthetic appeal. I absolutely loved the AMC Javelin and still do. My parents were thinking of trading their '69 Mustang for a new car in 1974 and we test drove a red Javelin and I fell in love with that car. They ended up buying a new '74 Maverick. Yep, that's right. I wasn't happy about it as a car-obsessed 5 year old, and I'm DEFINITELY not any happier about it today. My mom still doesn't get why it bothers me so much.
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn S. 2 года назад Some didn't appreciate what they had... Most vehicles perform fairly, if taken care of, and once again, appreciated. They were what they were... Decent vehicles! Opinions always vary! Seems that we may have made the best of what we had to work with! Good times!
  • awhs1964
    awhs1964 2 года назад These cars were tools, not toys. Toys don't have to start and run every day. Tom
  • roccorostagno
    roccorostagno 2 года назад +Rudy Hassen ill stick to a hemi cuda
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn S. 2 года назад +roccorostagnio Rather run of the mill thinking.
  • Garrett
    Garrett 2 года назад +Shawn S. huh
  • roccorostagno
    roccorostagno 2 года назад +deemann mufucka lol.. i was speechless
  • roccorostagno
    roccorostagno 2 года назад +deemann mufucka must be a preus driver
  • William Boardman
    William Boardman 2 года назад Pizza delivery. What colors in logo for DOMINOS ? OR...French flag ? Simple Hornet snipped off "a slice" lighter. told to deliver in 30 minutes or less, or would EAT price of pizza. So lots of wrecks, as brakes just AMC with heavy footed kids.
  • Boggy
    Boggy Год назад (изменено) henchicken1 - I had a 1966 Ambassador with the 232. If someone else was going to drive it, I'd watch their right hand lest it go for the key. "DON'T twist the key - it's already running!" Really, from inside the car with engine idling, it was hard to tell it was running. Just a soothing exhaust patter when underway at city speeds.
  • john kendall
    john kendall 3 месяца назад @Charlie Chevy pickups weren't any better My father bought a new 1974 C-10 that rusted so bad it wouldn't pass inspection a year later. Biggest piece of junk I ever drove.