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Old 07-14-2011, 01:38 PM
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Hi all, newbie here from Minnesota. Going to enjoy looking through this forum. Have 1963 AMC Rambler 550 Cross Country wagon. 318 904 auto and gm 10 bolt. Will post pictures tonight.

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Old 07-14-2011, 06:41 PM
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Welcome to the site, got any pics ?


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Old 07-14-2011, 08:30 PM
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Here are a few pictures of my wagon, I am trying to turn it into a street/strip car.

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Not bad! The only problem with a strip/street car is you end up with something not really good at either. You have to gear it down a good bit to run on the strip (especially 1/8th mile), then it's too low for the street. Using an OD trans helps, since you can have a low rear gear (3.55-3.90) and still have a decent cruise speed without the engine screaming. Just remember to put it in "D" and not "OD" when racing, and make sure the trans is beefed up a bit. That's my two cents worth!

The Rambler makes a great cruiser though. Mine has OD and a Jag rear axle (3.55 gears). Don't know what it would do on the strip, haven't run it. I'm running an EFI six (warmed up AMC/Jeep 4.0L), estimated 220-225 hp (net). Keeps up with traffic, will cruise all day at 80 if I want and still get 20 mpg.
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I am process of building up a 904 transmission right now with 3000-3500 rpm converter. Also going to run a narrowed 9" with 3.89 gears and ladder bars. To be honest I really don't drive it to far and if we do go any where the longest is maybe 50 miles 1 way so I can sufer with the 3000-3200 rpms down hiway. Going to get trans rebuild done and do some more this winter. Have not decided yet on engine setup. 318/390 stroker or 360/408 stroker or maybe 340/410 stroker right around 10-10.5 compression.

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Looks good sweet ride.


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Old 07-24-2011, 06:43 PM
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My brother runs a 3000 stall with a 2.73 gear in his 1952 F-2 Ford truck (yes, F-2 -- 3/4 ton model of F-1). Has a 351, C-6, Dodge Diplomat front suspension. It will crank up to 3000 or so rpm pulling a hill, but drops down to 2000 or so when cruising on a flat. 3.89 might be a bit much unless you build a real revver.
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