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Chilhowie Motors- Chilhowie, Virginia

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Chilhowie Motors- Chilhowie, Virginia

This is the old AMC/Jeep Dealership in Chilhowie,VA which closed I believe in the early to mid 80's. I was there in 2002 when I bought what was left of the Jeep Parts Department. Somebody else had already bought all the AMC parts and probably any signage. It now houses a local construction company. I took these pictures this spring on a trip back from North Carolina. The front part housed the showroom and a portion of the parts department with the rest of the parts department and service bays in the back. Behind this building were more service bays and the body shop. The small sign in the front window in the second picture is about all that remains to identify this once thriving Dealership.



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Outstanding, Pack Rat!  I love it when we uncover a dealership most have never heard of.  AMC had dozens and dozens of little "Mom and Pop" dealers, and also lots of small-to-middlin' size ones.  Without local knowledge, most of us would have never heard of this place.  It's an honor to learn of it…  :)
mike
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Gotta love those small dealerships.  Still see some of those still in business, not AMC of course, in Iowa.  I keep watching for faded building logos but have not run across any AMC Heritage one's yet.  I keep forgetting to snap a picture of the former Nagle Rambler dealership where I live.
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I know of another one in Black Mountain,NC, Valley Motor Sales. As far as I know the building is still there. I don't know if they ever sold AMC cars or not but they are listed in the AMC Dealer locator. I'll either get a hold of my buddy or ask him when we're down in NC next month, he'll know. Maybe I can get over there and get some pictures of it too if it's still there. I do have an original Jeep spare tire cover with the Dealer name on it and the old lighted Jeep Service sign.
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::)  I'd like to see a nice picture of the sign, whatever shape it's in…
mike
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Here it is, now hanging in my garage.

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I'm envious…  Just one sign, that's all I want.  ::)  OK, so that's a lie.  I want every sign I can get my mitts on.  Which so far, is none. :(
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Here's a little something I picked up from a pile of garbage in a corner of the shop in Chilhowie. Just needs a new battery holder installed inside. It has two little motors,one drives the rear wheel in 2WD mode and when you move the lever to 4WD mode the front wheel turns too. Never seen another one like it and I've heard that there is another one somewhere but I can't remember where the guy said he'd seen it.



I also have three plexiglass holders with pictures of Jeeps that would have hung on the dealership wall. I could take pictures of those and post them up too. Each has two pictures that can be changed. Didn't realize there were two pictures until I got them home and started cleaning them up. They came from the same pile as the above display. Wish I'd spent more time going through that pile. I also could have had a couple of stacks of those sales training cassettes but there was no player so I left them. Wish I'd have grabbed those too but I had limited space once I got all the parts loaded.
And if that's not enough and unfortunately not AMC related but I also have three large what I believe are called window films for the 1990 or 1991 Eagle Premier and or Medallion. They would have been taped to the dealership windows. They came from Black Mountain and I haven't had them out for a long time. They're probably 3'x4' wide. Not sure what I'm going to do with them, just too bad they're not for real Eagles.
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That is extremely cool! Did AMC actually use the Eagle type 2WD/4WD controller in the FS Jeeps?

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I believe they did.  AMC did not reinvent the wheel for each model when they could use what they already have.
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I would think so considering the later style are the same as what Eagle used right down to the plastic dash piece.
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Was that the mid / late eighties models?  My J10 had the round dial vacuum switch in the glove box.  I thought they used that right up until the end.
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That was used on the Eagles from '81 thru '88.  Two kinds.  The early ones had the lever you had to pull down to accuate the shift lever.  From '85 on there was shift on the fly and only the lever was needed to shift modes.
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That Wagoneer Display is an awesome piece of advertising history and I want one. I'm so happy you were able to save it from some ignorant person throwing it in the dumpster. I envy you now.

The Selector Switch on the dash of FSJ's started in '81 I believe and continued until the Final Edition in '91. The high/low lever was in the floor. I wish AMC would have put the np229 in the Eagle line. They would be alot more fun with it.

"I got Ramblin' Fever in my Blood"- Merle Haggard<br />"Don't mess around with any o' Ramblin' Man"- Waylon Jennings
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That would explain why mine had the dial switch in the glove box, it was a '79.  I did have the high / low lever on the floor under the driver seat.
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Photo from the Hemmings Auto Blogs:



I love the sound of the name. This was on an Oleg Cassini-edition Matador coupe. Chilhowie Motor Corporation remained in existence at least through 1983 at 100 Lee Highway. The closest it gets to that address is Greeverā€™s Drugstore, on the corner of Lee Highway and Whitetop Road.


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