Bad Intentions: The LS3 Swapped ’73 AMC Javelin

Image Source: Powerhouse Customs

Image Source: Powerhouse Customs

The AMC Javelin really is one of those cars you don’t see everyday. While we wouldn’t necessarily call them rare per se, they’re still for (all intents and purposes) scarce.

We’re talking about a car that was only in production for two generations (from 1968 to 1974). Yet in that time, the Javelin was practically able to take the world of racing by storm.

12339593_1294811560536143_1906452934159715317_oGRThere’s a lot of history behind this American Motor Company (AMC) car. Back in the early-to-mid ’70s, the State of Alabama’s High Way Patrol used second generation AMC Javelins’ as pursuit vehicles. These Javelins’ were powered by a 401 cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V8 which had an ample amount of power during that time period. But alas, in the modern world of LS (and the latest LT generation) power, this ’73 AMC Javelin built by Powerhouse Customs out of Proctorville, Ohio is the latest to become a LS powered transplant patient.

Built from the ground up, this '73 Javelin now sports a menacing 6.2-liter LS3 V8 swap coupled to a matching T-56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission. The outcome? A 430 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels capable animal.

The engine isn’t the only compartment to be touched. Continuing the pro touring theme, the guys at Powerhouse Customs outfitted the Javelin with a complete IFS system and cross-member swap from Control Freak Suspensions to pair with a complete set of QA1 coilovers.

12273724_1294811570536142_7494074589140502181_oGRThe Javelin features some additional goodies from Wilwood Brakes as well as a completely custom interior for the car. However, don’t get too used to the car as it sits now. Powerhouse Customs plans to enter ‘stage two’ of the Javelin – hinting manufacturers such as Restomod Air and others involved. As of now, all we can say is that this Javelin is one badass pro touring restomod, and we can’t wait to see more of it. Check out the build thread on Powerhouse Customs’ Facebook page.

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About the author

Harrison Noble

Living in San Diego for most of his life, Harrison was exposed to a variety of cars at an early age. His passion for anything that is fast, or has a V8, brought him to Power Automedia.
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