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Old 12-30-2007, 02:51 PM
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stock ohv for sale

OK you asked...
I do have a complete OHV 6 cylinder motor and trans for sale out of my 60 American

Motor: OHV 6..I was told it was rebuilt in the past and I can tell you that it always fired up and idled smoothly and quietly. The motor looks really good. I planned to keep this motor for awhile so I did the following:

Tune up
carb was rebuilt by previous owner
rebuilt water pump
new thermostat
rebuilt generator
new belt
motor always started and idled smoothly. I did drive it a couple miles and it pulled strong, did not get hot and the trans shifted perfectly. I do think the timing needs to be adjusted though. I did not drive any more than to go through the gears and get a feel for the motor. This motor is for sale as-is but it sure seemed to be a good engine.

The trans is the automatic. The trans shifted into all gears smoothly in fact I was very impressed on how well the trans shifted and performed.

When we pulled it in to yank the drivetrain my builder/buddy couldnt believe how well it ran and asked me why I would want to pull the motor and trans out..Thats how smooth it was. Needless to say it got the yank. The motor is in So. Calif. If anyone is interested let me know. I will try to post pictures
I am asking $650 for the engine and trans.

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The engine and trans for a Rambler American is on EBAY

Threw the motor and trans up on EBAY. Starts at 275.00
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I saw an oddball car deserves an oddball engine. Those old Ramblers are coool but I think you would loose some coolness with a common engine. A 401 would be the nuts but on the more sensible side the aformentioned 4.0 might be a good candidate. What about a juiced up 4 banger like an iron duke?
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rambler engine swap

Thanks for the replies,I will watch the engine on ebay. I was going to swap in a cadillac northstar and a 700r4 that I had for another project that got wrecked but the rambler is for my father, just something for him to cruise around in. Besides I really don't have the time right now.
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Rambler V8 swap

I have a 60 Rambler with the sbc swap and the best rout to go is to use a Camaro subframe with the v8 and automatic. It really works well and is a much better way to go because you have the engine weight and all mounted to what is in effect a large motor mount(the subframe). The cross member of the American is in the way and must be removed for almost any engine you would put in the car. When you do this to this unibody car it takes away a critical structural member. Also the rear end on these cars is "NOT UP TO" the power of even a stock V8. the Ford 9inch/8 inch Fox Body rears fit well without narrowing.
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PONCHO62,I am a Chevy man also but you make a good point of the Ford being narrower. The only ? I have is about the oil pan clearance. Don't most Fords use a front sump and would this be a problem with cross member or steering rods on this car?
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Ok now I am confused (;-). The CHEVY engine was used in this swap. The engine bay it shall we say tight. The fender well/side panels were trimmed to clear the suspension and this allows room for the headers a little more room too. I think the Ford into this would have to use the Mustang 11 type front suspension(which I have seen done too). I think I would stick with the Chevy/Chevy, Ford/Ford subframe mates just to make it a bit easier.
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PONCHO62,I am a Chevy man also but you make a good point of the Ford being narrower. The only ? I have is about the oil pan clearance. Don't most Fords use a front sump and would this be a problem with cross member or steering rods on this car?

Speedy..it was almost 4 years ago when I made that post..........Anyways, I believe the SB Fords in the pickups had a rear sump.

About the crossmember that Nrumbler mentioned..........is it in the way of front and rear sump pans? I like the Camaro clip idea...Is it not too wide? Have you got any pictures of how it is attached to the unibody?
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Not to good a pic

Not to good of a pic. This part was done before me but is well done. The engine has a rear sump drag racing oil pan.
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Did anyone notice the '54 Rambler that sold on the Barrett-Jackson auction on Speed last night? Sweet ride. Link
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Saw The 54 Rambler(precurser to the American)

Yes I saw it and was on the edge of my chair. Was a deal at $20,000.
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If anyone wants a drop-in engine for the small Rambler American (58-63), there is only ONE other in-line six that will fit with NO major modifications. Someone mentioned a 280Z in-line six, but that's NOT IT!! That one's too long also, unless you eliminate the heater and mod the firewall.

The small Ford in-line six will fit! The 144/170/200/250 is the right length and more importantly width to drop right in. You'll need to fab some engine mounts, but that's all. The big 240/300 is way too long, of course! The main reason the small Ford six will fit is that the intake is made onto the head just like the Rambler six. I'd personally not consider the smaller ones, just the 200 or preferably the 250. The 250 isn't a powerhouse, but it will be a noticeable upgrade from the Rambler 195.6 OHV (and a huge upgrade from the L-head!) and is easy to get parts for. It would make the car a great cruiser that would still keep up with modern traffic.
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OK you asked...
I do have a complete OHV 6 cylinder motor and trans for sale out of my 60 American

Motor: OHV 6..I was told it was rebuilt in the past and I can tell you that it always fired up and idled smoothly and quietly. The motor looks really good. I planned to keep this motor for awhile so I did the following:

Tune up
carb was rebuilt by previous owner
rebuilt water pump
new thermostat
rebuilt generator
new belt
motor always started and idled smoothly. I did drive it a couple miles and it pulled strong, did not get hot and the trans shifted perfectly. I do think the timing needs to be adjusted though. I did not drive any more than to go through the gears and get a feel for the motor. This motor is for sale as-is but it sure seemed to be a good engine.

The trans is the automatic. The trans shifted into all gears smoothly in fact I was very impressed on how well the trans shifted and performed.

When we pulled it in to yank the drivetrain my builder/buddy couldnt believe how well it ran and asked me why I would want to pull the motor and trans out..Thats how smooth it was. Needless to say it got the yank. The motor is in So. Calif. If anyone is interested let me know. I will try to post pictures
I am asking $650 for the engine and trans.
The engine and trans are sold. 04/02/08
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The 280Z(X) straight six was a good idea, but won't fit. There is, however, ONE more modern six that WILL drop in -- the Ford 250 (the 144/170/200 will fit, but why not get the biggest one?). Get the engine and trans. A universal hot-rod engine mount can be modified to fit, I'd get one for an SBC then drill it for the Ford six mounts. The Ford I-6 is narrow and short enough to just fit the small body American (58-63, also 50-55 Nash Rambler). No other I-6 will because they are all too long -- at least more or less modern ones. A modern I-4 doesn't fit well because the intake is usually way over to the side. Even cutting the hump off might not leave enough room. The Ford small I-6 has the intake made onto the head. Makes it near impossible to change carbs, but will fit. Remove all the smog junk and re-cam it and you'll have a nice cruiser with much easier to get engine parts. The old Rambler 196 is getting hard to find parts for. God help you if a water pump goes out while on a long distance cruise! Might take a week to get the right pump. That's why I stopped using one as a daily driver.
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I am intrested in the 1960 rambler engine will pick up
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