I'm losing it here guys! On a college budget, I've managed to save up close to $600 the past 6 months in order to find a decent AMC. I finally finally found one today on craigslist for $100 dollars and literally dove head first on it.
When the guy led me to the back of his garage to the engine, I was in disbelief. It looked spotless. Barely any rust, pretty much fully dressed up, and complete with chrome valve covers, manifolds, and full exhaust. My heart started racing. I played it chill and handed him the cash, no questions asked in fear that the guy would back out at any minute. What I did find strange however was the 5.9L casting on the block, which I had never seen before. I chalked it up to my lack of knowledge and went on my way.
After some quick inspection, the thing looks real clean. I pulled the valve covers and it had super clean rubber gaskets. The oil looks good, no water appears to be in the block. There is no rust or serious damage anywhere that I could find. And it turns over just fine.
The 5.9L casting is bugging me though. The only post I could find on it was form the AMC forum where one user claims those castings to be from 88-91. However, the casting number on the back of the block, 3195528, states that it is a 360 from a 70-84. The heads, with casting 3233344, appear to come from a 79-84. For a second, I wish I had the original valve covers on to simply read the tag!
Anyone have information at all on this, I would really really really appreciate it! Thanks so much in advance, and here are some pics for anyone curious.
Head Casting - 3233344