John McKee purchased new from Randall AMC in Mesa, Arizona
Hi I am John McKee, this is my Scrambler story.
I purchased my Scrambler in September, 1969 from Randall AMC in Mesa, Arizona. I was the first and only owner of this car. It was one of the first few built as can be evidenced by the VIN number. The car was assembled in mid January, 1969. It spent its first few months as a factory demo car. When I purchased the car in September it had 3000 miles on the odometer. The car was acquired by Randall AMC, my guess is because of the relationship Grant Randall had with the factory regarding race cars. I was surprised to see an A scheme car on the lot so late in the year. Randall also had 3 B scheme cars on the lot. Randall installed a new engine minus the smog pump and with the exhaust manifold holes plugged. The car also did not have the ram air damper in the hood scoop. Judging by the way the hole in the hood was crudely hacked out I doubt it ever had a damper. I wonder if any of the other early Scramblers have a hood like this? The car has 3.91 gears in the rear instead of the usual 3.54 ratio.
I spent the next year and a half terrorizing the streets of Phoenix and occasionally taking the car to the local dragstrip, Mel Larson’s. The old photos show the car with cheater slicks. You can also see the hood scoop does not have the AIR decals. The torque of the engine was overwhelming to the little E-70 polyglas tires. I learned first gear was useless and my starts were in second gear. My best time at the track was 13.80. Of course most the time my racing was on the street eating SS396 Chevelles and Camaros. Now that I am older and wiser I must say I cannot condone this type of exhibition on public streets. Back then there was much less traffic on the streets and it wasn’t too far out of town to find a deserted road to race on.