Getting parts for an AMC Hornet is not as easy as some of the more popular “me too” cars. You can almost build some of those Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers cars with just aftermarket parts. Outside of the focus the SC360 gets, there are not much aftermarket sources out there for some of the more rare body and chassis parts. The good news is that most of the mechanical and maintenance stuff is still readily available from many part sources. The key is to network and search the Hornet community.
Here are a few places to start your search:
- My “Useful Links” page has some parts resources you can check
- Clubs like the American Motors Owners Association (AMO) has a monthly classified that can also be very helpful. You will find some links to clubs in my “Useful Links” page as well.
- Also, Club swap meets and car shows are another great place to find and sell parts.
- Of course eBay is always a place to check as well.
- Find someone who has a Hornet as a parts car who may be willing part with the piece you need.
- Let the Hornet community know what you need by posting reply to this post or using my AMC Hornet Facebook page.
Also, remember that AMC used a lot of their components across their entire product line. If you’re looking for a part for your AMC Hornet, don’t assume that this part is unique to the Hornet model line only. Depending on the part, that same part was probably used on AMC Gremlins, Javelins and Ambassadors. Especially when comes to the Gremlin. Which was a Hornet with the rear chopped off.
Here are some other examples:
- Front Sheet Metal
- Doors and Outside Mirrors
- Body Sheet Metal and Trim
- Body Trim
- Interior Hardware
- Interior Trim
- Electrical Accessories
There also is a AMC Muscle Cars Used Parts Buyers Guide 1968-1974 Interchangeable Parts (Salvage Yard Buyer Guide) available that might help. It does not cover all the Hornet or all it’s production years specifically but I thought it was still noteworthy.
The most important thing about finding AMC parts is to be patient. It may take a while to come across what you are looking for. It took me two years to find a rear bumper filler that wasn’t rotted. However, in my experience most folks find what they are looking for eventually. Worst case scenario is that you can always fabricate some of what you need.
I hope that helps. Good Luck!