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High everyone I have a 1965 rambler 440 with the egine a 6 cylinder 196c.i.,125 hp and 180 ft. Lbs. of torque and I'm wondering is there anything I can buy to make it go faster because I go 30 mph up a will maximum if you could help I would really appreciate it thanks.

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Old 06-23-2013, 11:41 AM
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High everyone I have a 1965 rambler 440 with the egine a 6 cylinder 196c.i.,125 hp and 180 ft. Lbs. of torque and I'm wondering is there anything I can buy to make it go faster because I go 30 mph up a will maximum if you could help I would really appreciate it thanks.
That model of Kelvinator is a good-looking car, but I'm unsure if it's worth spending any money on. As a hot rodder, I would suggest an engine swap to a AMC 401 coupled to a 4-speed. Might be a project that you would never get your money out of though, these cars aren't very popular in the first place. You might just want to sell the car and buy another car that will get you up the hill faster.
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Yes, I had one of those powerhouse engines in a 65 440 two door... Changed it to a 350 Chevy. Had to make adapter to trans, twin stick overdrive and modify pilot area of input shaft.. The rest was relativly simple..
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put a turbo on and you just may it 60 or 65 on that hill.
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High everyone I have a 1965 rambler 440 with the egine a 6 cylinder 196c.i.,125 hp and 180 ft. Lbs. of torque and I'm wondering is there anything I can buy to make it go faster because I go 30 mph up a will maximum if you could help I would really appreciate it thanks.
Look, the reality is that these cars ran acceptably when new, so the first question is, what's wrong with yours? If the engine is down on power because it needs a rebuild, that's one thing. If it just needs a good tuneup and carb rebuild, that's much easier. These were daily drivers when new and could go up hills with traffic.
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Hotrodder in me says paint it red white and blue with blue steelies and a snorkel hoodscoop
Google: Hurst SC/Rambler. Dump a 401 Jeep engine in there and drive that circus wagon like its stolen. Note: there were some mods done to reinforce the floorpan and suspension. If you go V8, please do those.
3rd gen Ramblers will accommodate a V8 relatively easy.
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I really prefer the 'B' paint scheme; but there are few things cooler than a 390 and 4spd in a rambler thats painted up like a circus wagon. This was a seriously fast car.
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Hotrodder in me says paint it red white and blue with blue steelies and a snorkel hoodscoop
Google: Hurst SC/Rambler. Dump a 401 Jeep engine in there and drive that circus wagon like its stolen. Note: there were some mods done to reinforce the floorpan and suspension. If you go V8, please do those.
3rd gen Ramblers will accommodate a V8 relatively easy.
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I really prefer the 'B' paint scheme; but there are few things cooler than a 390 and 4spd in a rambler thats painted up like a circus wagon. This was a seriously fast car.
I like the way you think.
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I love AMCs but in the North East; they're unobtanium
I had a chance to buy a gremlin and Im still kicking myself, but it was pretty sad looking. I also looked at a 67 Rambler with no motor, but it was rotted around both the windshield and back window.

To the OP: A performance axle is probably your best bang for the buck, but it'll wear out that little motor in a hurry. Save your pennies, hone your skills and clone a SC/Rambler
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Here are a few rust-free examples from my area, east of L.A......
1965 AMC Rambler
64 amc 550 rambler wagon
1972 AMC Javelin SST
1962 Convertible AMC Rambler American
1975 AMC Pacer
1974 AMC Gremlin
1960 AMC Rambler 4-Door Sedan Pink
1965 AMC Rambler American 220
AMC Rambler Cross
1965 Amc rambler for sale or trade
1972 AMC Hornet
AMC Matador wagon classic
AMC Pacer X 1978
and last but not least....
1966 AMC PRO STREET
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Here are a few rust-free examples from my area, east of L.A......
Interesting, but not exactly helpful to the O.P....
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Interesting, but not exactly helpful to the O.P....
The OP has not had anything to say at all beyond the first post, so I don't think he'll mind a little banter between members. Now, without any follow-up on this thread, he's off to another thread asking about gaskets.
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I think he should just sell it to me and use the money to buy a Crosley or a King Midget.


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I think he should just sell it to me and use the money to buy a Crosley or a King Midget.
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See there.....if you hang around long enough and are patient, someone will eventually come up with the correct answer.
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That's what this forum is all about. We solve problems!


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