Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Instant Rod, Just Add Hot Water: 1967 Rambler American

It was 1958, and American Motors Company (AMC) had only recently risen from the ashes of the merger between Nash-Kelvinator and the Hudson Motor Car Company, when they (AMC) released a compact called the Rambler American.  The name was confusing because the Rambler brand was originally used from 1900-1914 before it was acquired by Nash, who sold a compact called the Nash Rambler from 1950-1957, but now the Rambler name was back as a brand with a model named after the new parent company, American.  It would be analogous to GM releasing a car called the Corvette General. Anyway, find this 1967 Rambler American (with a spare 360 V8) offered for $5,000 in Corbett, OR via craigslist.

What, another car on moving dollies; you guys have jumped the shark!!  Now, hang on just a minute, take the pitch forks out of the oven, this car is currently an underdog, but potentially ready to become the leader of the pack....and a smokin' deal if you've got the time/inclination to do some wrenchin'.

Under the hood is the original 199 cubic inch inline-6 mated to a Borg-Warner 3-speed auto -- yuck!  But, the seller has a built Mopar 360 cubic inch V8 and 904 slushbox ready to transform this plain Jane into Jayne Mansfield.  Or you could reconnect the rear end and drive around with a dirty inline-6 held together by zipties and plumber's tape...buyer's choice.

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  1. ~ Leave the six-banger alone !
    I had a '66 440 H/T with 199, and 3spd. threw the driveshaft countless times until my buddy slipped a 4spd behind it and aligned everything. Loved that AMC.
    Also had a '64 American convert w/ 196.5 flathead six. Unbelievably simple cars!

    1. ~ 195.6 ci. I've got sex daily... I mean dyslexia.

  2. In 1969 AMC and Hurst (not Linda) teamed up to make the SC/Rambler, a limited production 14 second drag car right off the showroom floor-and for less than $3000. Other than the fact that they were Ramblers, I dont know why these didnt fly off the Dealers' lots. AMC 390 V8 with 315 hp , 4 speed , Posi rearend and front discs.


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