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Old 11-19-2009, 11:31 AM
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I now have TWO Ramblers in my driveway!

I took off last Saturday with the company tow truck and picked up the donor car that came with my first Rambler. It was supposed to have a good motor and it sure looks solid. I think this car has only 53K miles on it! From the look of the dash and gas and brake pedals, it's original.

I am going to pull the head off and clean it up before I try to start it, can't wait! I am hoping it runs well and I can have my little American on the road in no time. I love this old original stuff, it has history. And something like this, even though it is a rusty (though the body is rust free, the floor is gone) weather beat poor old thing, it has hardly been touched. Everything is where it belongs, no rounded bolts and all that crap.

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:09 PM
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Far Out - - - Marvel Mystery Oil in the cylinders is what us old skool old pharts used to use to loosen one up before cranking but they probably have high tech stuff for that now, eh?
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:41 PM
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Far Out - - - Marvel Mystery Oil in the cylinders is what us old skool old pharts used to use to loosen one up before cranking but they probably have high tech stuff for that now, eh?
I was thinking the same thing. But I am going to pull the head off anyway. I figure that will give me the best chance to bring the little flathead to life. I will put some oil on the valve stems. I am thinking I will pull the "valve covers" off the side of the block as well and apply oil to the valves. That and cleaning up the cyl walls good (the spark plugs all looked good). I was just going to fire it up after some oil, but what the heck I have the gasket set (it was in the trunk of the first car) and taking off this head should take me, what, maybe 15 minutes. (I love this car )

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I know you do and it shows, by the way
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:48 PM
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LOL, I am a certified mental case. Yesterday I went out to the garage and opened it up and there three feet from me is my Gran Sport. Newly painted, bright red convertible. I can smoke the tires at any time bright red convertible and all I have on my mind is this friggin Rambler!

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Old 11-19-2009, 03:11 PM
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Martin,

I saw a 56 Rambler a few days ago for sale (2 Door) and thought about you-I tried to envision it as a Pro Streeter-
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AMC's are addicting... once your done with the parts Rambler. you could cut it up into a street machine and set it on a tube frame
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:21 PM
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Too bad the left over body is a more-door , it could have made a great gasser project.
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:27 PM
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AMC's are addicting... once your done with the parts Rambler. you could cut it up into a street machine and set it on a tube frame
LOL, how about a "Sun car" with the roof cut off and a rap around windshield! It would look like a four door Porsche Speedster!

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LOL, how about a "Sun car" with the roof cut off and a rap around windshield! It would look like a four door Porsche Speedster!

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that would look sweet
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I foresee one up in the air "Gasser Style" with a blown BB. Set off by a Candy Apple Red paint job with "Martin's Mauler" in big gold leaf letters on the side. I also foresee the other slammed, shaved with a custom DeSoto grill and a multi colored large flake paint job possibly with a naked female air brushed on the hood.
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You're Turning Into A Rambler Junkie

Hey Brian, 4 door + hot small block +turbo 350 + 9" rear + sticky tires + wash windshields = fun weekend race car. HA olnolan
ps where are finding them? Them old Ramblers don't turn up much around here.
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Brian - there are doctors that can help with that illness you seem to be developing. Since I'm here in the Upstate NY rust belt, I have no good feelings for those upside down bath tubs. Most of them were mere piles of rust within 5 years of new. Most needed at least an every 25,000 mile valve job - and just wait until you try to remove that head without pulling the studs and that's only the beginnings of the pain

But with the above said - I do agree with some of the earlier posters - tube it, tub it, and nail it (i.e. a nice narrow '56 Buick motor - and choose which one's attitude to 'adjust') and you'll only drive the Gran Sport on holidays.

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