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Old 07-19-2010, 11:15 AM
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newbie.. 4.3l rambler swap

hey guys i was wondering if anyone could give me some info on swapping my chevy 4.3l v6 into a rambler. please shoot any ideas or comments my way. thanks

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WHAT YEAR Rambler? Makes a world of difference...
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im not sure what year. it appears to have plentiful room so im assuming its a late 60s maybe?
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You're not sure??? do you have a bill of sale?... a title??....any kind of paper work?? How do you plan on registering the car. Sorry, just hit me as kind of strange not knowing what year you own car is. (????????)
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i havent bought it yet. its just a friends that hes selling and im considering buying if its not too much work doing the swap i want
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you need to find more info on what it is before we can tell you anything. Rambler was an entire line of cars, so saying " Rambler ". could be any one of a dozen cars thru the years Nash and AMC used the Rambler name.. however I would say find a Chevy.. Ramblers arn't worth much due to not being popular, but if you put a Chevy in the Rambler, you kill all of it's value twords the tight nit community that might buy it.. hotrodders would buy a V8 chevy converted Rambler, but a V6 would hold little value.. lot of the Ramblers would take quite a bit of work to accept an engine outside of the original type engines
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Matt is right..you need to find out what model it is....I wouldnt rule out keeping the stock drivetrain if its good...Its typically reliable stuff. Of course a nice twin turbocharged v6 would be cool
I can tell you I just finished a converted Rambler and I love it! Its all in the model and time and money....
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yes, a rambler with a special engine conversion is worth somthing, and very cool. but a 4.3, is just a basic engine, it would make a basic engine and a basic car
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yeah a v6 chevy can be basic but I have seen it done in a early Nash wagon..It would be like dropping a basic small block crate motor in a street rod..it will make for a nice driver but nothing exciting. I would rather have the v6 than the l-head or 196.5...If its for performance than a v8 would be better and probably the same work..performance mods are everywhere..less stuff out there for the v6...I liked the idea of a Nissan 350z v6 but when I saw it in person it was so wide!
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yes, but once you put that Chevy engine in, the Rambler community has zero interest, so you need to find someone who wants somthing diffrent, but little maintenance, the 4.3 could be a selling point... to get any return on investment, it needs to be somthing special. it's a low demand car. I'v seen Chevy powered Ramblers and I look past them most of the time, unless they really are a special car
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