AMC Sport Steering Wheel

I recently purchased an AMC sport steering wheel that would be appropriate for an AMX Javelin from the 1970’s, but I think that it looks great on any AMC car so I watched eBay listings until I found a new old stock one in good condition for a decent price. Today I had the time to install it on my 1972 Gremlin.

Here is the old wheel

and the new one

Doesn’t it just look faster? 😀

Mogwai in the Herald News

September 19, 2008

LOCKPORT — Homecoming is a time for visitors from the past, like student Scott Flounders’ 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger, one of four cool cars near the front of Thursday’s parade at Lockport Township High School.

Flounders, a junior from Homer Glen, and other members of the school’s auto club rolled down the track at the East Campus football field during a homecoming celebration. Thousands of cheering students filled the stands at the home of the Lockport Porters. The junior in his B5 blue-colored car was joined by Superintendent Garry Raymond, in his orange 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28; Brian Moore, in his red 2000 Chevrolet Corvette; and Dylan Jesernik, in his 1972 AMC Gremlin.

Gremlins are sick, man,” said fellow student Ryan Vintika of Homer Glen, expressing admiration for the white car with two red pinstripes.

After the impressive display by Raymond and the auto club, homecoming visitors got a look at what else was under the hood at Lockport — the dozens of clubs, organizations and sports teams that rev up this school.

In all, more than four dozen groups or teams — including the Marching Porters band, the water polo teams, the choir and the Great Books and Poetry Club — marched on the track.

So did the Air Force Junior ROTC marching unit, the sign language club and Snowball, a group that provides opportunities for students to build self-esteem in a drug-free environment.

Also marching were the Special Olympics Club and Best Buddies, which support special education students competing in Special Olympics events.

A Sept. 14 fund-raising softball game, to benefit the athletes who participate in the Special Olympics program at the high school, was canceled. The rescheduled event will be at noon Sunday at the girls varsity softball field on Division Street near Briggs Street in Lockport, said Kelly Urbanski, Special Olympics coach.

Urbanski joined fellow Lockport teacher Kate Melody, Best Buddies sponsor, and their two groups in marching Thursday .

Moore, a senior from Lockport, took almost two years searching for his 2000 Corvette. He finally found an automatic with low mileage and the right color. The red Vette looked sleek at the edge of the track. And a short distance away, the heartbeat of the crowd was Porter maroon.

View the original article for photographs.
Source – “What’s homecoming without a Gremlin?

Ghostmas and Mogwai Update


For Halloween (The holiday celebrated five days after Ghostmas) I dressed as Alex from A Clockwork Orange. I didn’t take pictures because it was a pretty boring costume that consisted of a black derby hat and a Clockwork J!NX t-shirt. Here are some pictures I took while trick-or-treating though.

Halloween Sunset Noel and Sunset


Mogwai Update

I made some progress on improving my ’72 AMC Gremlin. Here’s a list of some of the latest changes on it:

  • Changed the oil
  • Replaced the head gasket
  • Hello Kitty floor mats
  • Driver seat cover
  • Stereo
  • ‘woofers in the trunk
  • Gizmo Mogwai plush toy
  • Linux Fish on back

AMC Gremlin side AMC Gremlin back, Linux Fish

'72 AMC Gremlin hub caps AMC Gremlin, Gizmo Mogwai plush toy

Gremlin stereo and Hello Kitty floor mats 'woofers in the trunk

Gremlin i=I6 AMC Gremlin I6 258 cu in

Carputer Brainstorming

I need music in my AMC Gremlin, the stock AM radio in it cut out every time we tried to get it working. I decided that a carputer would work out better than a normal in-dash stereo because it wouldn’t require having CDs with, I could just play mp3 files stored on the carputer.

Instead of building or buying a carputer I realized that my N800 would be perfect for the job, it has support for many media formats, AM/FM radio, WiFi for Wardriving, USB port, low power consumption, touch screen, etc.

Right now I’m thinking:

  • The N800 should be held by a turnable dock that it can be removed from easily
  • The dock would come out of the expansion bay on the car dash
  • A USB hub and external hard drive with my music on it should be mounted in the glove compartment
  • For speakers I’d have speaker boxes on the floor in back

Now I need to figure out:

  • How to make the N800 dock adjustable and be able to hide it back in the dash when it’s not in use
  • How much power it will need
  • How to connect the car antenna to the N800, it’s earbuds (headphones) are the stock antenna
  • How to power the external USB drive and USB hub so the N800 can play media off of it
  • Where I can get good boxed speakers that will fit on the floor and how to connect them to a normal headphone jack

So far I’ve got my N800 set up for it software wise, I loaded the latest firmware onto it yesterday and re-installed all my media applications.

I’ll document the project once it starts coming together in the car, it seems like the perfect carputer. I’m sure that other people have used it as one since you can run Maemo Mapper on it.