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Old 05-05-2013, 06:45 PM
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61classic rambler wagon

I was wondering if any newer front ends will fit onto a 61 rambler classic wagon. Please help

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Not without fabrication. I think you can use trunnion eliminators and switch to later model disc brakes if you want to keep it AMC
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:46 AM
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What are your expectations? I drive a Rambler like that every day and it "works", what do you want out of it?

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What are your expectations? I drive a Rambler like that every day and it "works", what do you want out of it?

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For people to stop laughing?
Did I say that out loud?
Bad BB! Bad BB!

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But honestly BB, we don't know what he is building, a rock climber, a low rider, a drifter, we have no idea, what are the expectations?

I met a guy last week with one who has driven it for a number of years with full air bags drops it on the ground, all with the original suspension.

Sometimes people get into a I MUST CHANGE zombie like state, without asking the question, "Will this fulfill my expectations as is".

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But honestly BB, we don't know what he is building, a rock climber, a low rider, a drifter, we have no idea, what are the expectations?

I met a guy last week with one who has driven it for a number of years with full air bags drops it on the ground, all with the original suspension.

Sometimes people get into a I MUST CHANGE zombie like state, without asking the question, "Will this fulfill my expectations as is".

Brian
Yes my friend you had a very legitimate question. I tried to control the bad BB but he got away from me. You were correct in asking your question . Without knowing just what Shonna619 had in mind for the end result it's kind of hard how to advise. But that bad BB just had to poke someone in the ribs with your question and the fact it's a Rambler. He could hear a rimshot a mile away and couldn't control himself. Fot that I am deeply ashamed (snicker) and I'll try to control him in the ( guffaw) future ( snort)!

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:58 PM
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If you rebuild the 61 Rambler front end it will support anything you want to put in it and work just fine -- BETTER geometry than a Mustang II front end. Rambler put a 600# V-8 in those things with the same front end as the six. Different springs, but the same suspension. It handles well with the right springs. A sway bar doesn't help much, 12% stiffer progressive rate coil springs are most effective at controlling body roll. The old cars were sprung softly due to road conditions back then. Not many places for high speed running either. The high mount spring suspension is very roll resistant, but not so much with the soft stock springs. The six weighs as much as a SBC, so if you're going that route order 12-15% stiffer than stock progressive springs from Coil Spring Specialties. They have the stock specs. If you order V-8 springs don't get them any stiffer... well, maybe 5% at the most. An SBC won't weigh quite as much as the old Rambler V-8. If you're putting a BBC in then order the springs about 10-12% stiffer -- the BBC weighs about the same as the Rambler V-8.
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Later model AMC disc brake spindles bolt right on, as will the disc brake master cylinder. A Javelin sway bar will also fit by using the Javelin brackets, and drilling holes in the frame to match.
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I have a Spirit swaybar on my 63 Classic, but have to bend the ends of the bar to make it fit. Bent in a hydraulic press, NO HEAT!!
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