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05-16-2013 08:27 PM
need parts for my 59 rambler wagon

im in need of a nice set ******************************
05-15-2013 09:32 PM
rambler engine swap

hi all im new to this site .i have a 59 rambler im starting on and im fixin to put a 355 ci. small block chevy motor in it . i am biulding a custom mustang II front crossmember for it. cut the fender wells out and slide it up over the frame rails drill 2 holes bolt it in after you line it up in the car . then weld it up .then ill biuld a set of sheet metal iner fenders for it and roll some beads in it .i may go as far as hulling the car. as my wagon has rust issues with the floors and frame and rockers i may biuld a 2x3 boxed tube frame and mini tubb the car .if i do this i will probly use a 9 inch ford rear or 12 bolt rear . im also looking for a set of ****************************** thanks .
07-27-2010 08:23 AM
Originally Posted by randy finck
bummer need one till i have the bucks to do the v 8 swap

There is one on the SF bay area Craigslist for $500. But I seriously doubt it is REALLY a good runner without any smoke. I had a real good running motor, purred like a kitten in my 60 American but it smoked. It's rebuilt now and my 59 is waiting for it.

07-26-2010 07:24 PM
randy finck

Originally Posted by ramzoom
Sorry but the Rambler engine and trans were sold a couple months ago.
bummer need one till i have the bucks to do the v 8 swap
07-26-2010 07:22 PM
randy finck
rambler motor

do you still have 196 c.i. motor and tranny for sale
05-28-2008 08:16 PM
The Rambler engine and trans were sold in April

Sorry but the Rambler engine and trans were sold a couple months ago.
05-28-2008 07:14 PM

I am intrested in the 1960 rambler engine will pick up
04-16-2008 11:48 AM
farna The 280Z(X) straight six was a good idea, but won't fit. There is, however, ONE more modern six that WILL drop in -- the Ford 250 (the 144/170/200 will fit, but why not get the biggest one?). Get the engine and trans. A universal hot-rod engine mount can be modified to fit, I'd get one for an SBC then drill it for the Ford six mounts. The Ford I-6 is narrow and short enough to just fit the small body American (58-63, also 50-55 Nash Rambler). No other I-6 will because they are all too long -- at least more or less modern ones. A modern I-4 doesn't fit well because the intake is usually way over to the side. Even cutting the hump off might not leave enough room. The Ford small I-6 has the intake made onto the head. Makes it near impossible to change carbs, but will fit. Remove all the smog junk and re-cam it and you'll have a nice cruiser with much easier to get engine parts. The old Rambler 196 is getting hard to find parts for. God help you if a water pump goes out while on a long distance cruise! Might take a week to get the right pump. That's why I stopped using one as a daily driver.
04-02-2008 09:18 AM

Originally Posted by ramzoom
OK you asked...
I do have a complete OHV 6 cylinder motor and trans for sale out of my 60 American

Motor: OHV 6..I was told it was rebuilt in the past and I can tell you that it always fired up and idled smoothly and quietly. The motor looks really good. I planned to keep this motor for awhile so I did the following:

Tune up
carb was rebuilt by previous owner
rebuilt water pump
new thermostat
rebuilt generator
new belt
motor always started and idled smoothly. I did drive it a couple miles and it pulled strong, did not get hot and the trans shifted perfectly. I do think the timing needs to be adjusted though. I did not drive any more than to go through the gears and get a feel for the motor. This motor is for sale as-is but it sure seemed to be a good engine.

The trans is the automatic. The trans shifted into all gears smoothly in fact I was very impressed on how well the trans shifted and performed.

When we pulled it in to yank the drivetrain my builder/buddy couldnt believe how well it ran and asked me why I would want to pull the motor and trans out..Thats how smooth it was. Needless to say it got the yank. The motor is in So. Calif. If anyone is interested let me know. I will try to post pictures
I am asking $650 for the engine and trans.
The engine and trans are sold. 04/02/08
02-06-2008 10:59 AM
farna If anyone wants a drop-in engine for the small Rambler American (58-63), there is only ONE other in-line six that will fit with NO major modifications. Someone mentioned a 280Z in-line six, but that's NOT IT!! That one's too long also, unless you eliminate the heater and mod the firewall.

The small Ford in-line six will fit! The 144/170/200/250 is the right length and more importantly width to drop right in. You'll need to fab some engine mounts, but that's all. The big 240/300 is way too long, of course! The main reason the small Ford six will fit is that the intake is made onto the head just like the Rambler six. I'd personally not consider the smaller ones, just the 200 or preferably the 250. The 250 isn't a powerhouse, but it will be a noticeable upgrade from the Rambler 195.6 OHV (and a huge upgrade from the L-head!) and is easy to get parts for. It would make the car a great cruiser that would still keep up with modern traffic.
01-16-2008 06:35 AM
Saw The 54 Rambler(precurser to the American)

Yes I saw it and was on the edge of my chair. Was a deal at $20,000.
01-16-2008 06:11 AM
MAUSS Did anyone notice the '54 Rambler that sold on the Barrett-Jackson auction on Speed last night? Sweet ride. Link
01-13-2008 10:43 AM
Not to good a pic

Not to good of a pic. This part was done before me but is well done. The engine has a rear sump drag racing oil pan.
01-13-2008 09:58 AM
Originally Posted by speedydeedy
PONCHO62,I am a Chevy man also but you make a good point of the Ford being narrower. The only ? I have is about the oil pan clearance. Don't most Fords use a front sump and would this be a problem with cross member or steering rods on this car? was almost 4 years ago when I made that post..........Anyways, I believe the SB Fords in the pickups had a rear sump.

About the crossmember that Nrumbler it in the way of front and rear sump pans? I like the Camaro clip idea...Is it not too wide? Have you got any pictures of how it is attached to the unibody?
01-13-2008 08:39 AM
NRUMBLER Ok now I am confused (;-). The CHEVY engine was used in this swap. The engine bay it shall we say tight. The fender well/side panels were trimmed to clear the suspension and this allows room for the headers a little more room too. I think the Ford into this would have to use the Mustang 11 type front suspension(which I have seen done too). I think I would stick with the Chevy/Chevy, Ford/Ford subframe mates just to make it a bit easier.
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