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09-01-2015 07:14 PM
farna I don't think using a full frame would be any easier than stubbing in sections. You have to cut out and build an entire new floor to use a frame. To do that you need to tack weld a support structure in to hold the body rigid and everything correctly positioned while the new frame is placed then welded to the body.
09-01-2015 07:11 PM
farna The 58-63 Rambler American and 50-55 Nash Rambler have virtually the same chassis. There are some differences, but the chassis rails are identical. Main difference is the firewall changed in 61 (with the body skin change) to move the master cylinder to the firewall from under the floor. Any front suspension mod will fit all.
08-11-2015 03:57 PM
strawfox Yes that's what i'm thinking. Again it's plan first, then do. Thank for your insight.
08-11-2015 08:29 AM
S10xGN If I were to do this over, I'd give much more consideration to a full chassis. The logistics of dropping a body over a frame seem much less intimidating than stubbing in front and rear clips...

Russ
08-10-2015 03:14 PM
strawfox Wow, thank you. I've looked at a lot of kits from different places. all are a little different but install about the same give or take a weld here or there. Now i'm thinking a Rolling Chassis may be the way to go. This isn't going to be an over night project. I got time and space to play. Just want a good driver when i'm done. Got to start somewhere. Step one, plan.
08-10-2015 08:13 AM
S10xGN You should look at the frame diagrams, I *think* your earlier American frame is the same as my '63. Maybe Frank (Farna) will pipe up here. RCM built me a kit based on an early Falcon, the Rambler frame rails will need some modifications though. On my Maverick, the rails were dead parallel to ground while the Rambler rails kick up at 6. Besides reforming them down to 2, they had to be widened to 2", reinforced and all the stock junk removed. The kit has a bit wider track width than stock, which caused me to need negative offset wheels to keep them from fouling the fenders...

Russ
08-09-2015 10:56 AM
strawfox I'm looking at a few pre-built kits form different companies. some are one piece, others you have a lot of fitting and welding. i'm up for either but want to do it right the first time.
08-09-2015 08:45 AM
S10xGN
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Originally Posted by strawfox View Post
I'm just starting my project, installing a Mustang II front suspension in my 60 Rambler American I know this is an old thread but anyone got more photos or info to help me along?
Are you using a pre-built kit or just winging it?

Russ
08-08-2015 01:37 PM
strawfox
Mustang II in a 58-60 Rambler American

I'm just starting my project, installing a Mustang II front suspension in my 60 Rambler American I know this is an old thread but anyone got more photos or info to help me along?
04-03-2013 10:03 AM
S10xGN
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Originally Posted by mbida View Post
Yes I realize it's five years old, but he must have been ahead of his time.
The OP logged on here a few hours after your post, maybe he saw this and will give us all an update...

Russ
04-02-2013 09:00 AM
mbida Yes I realize it's five years old, but he must have been ahead of his time.
04-02-2013 06:44 AM
S10xGN
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Originally Posted by mbida View Post
Hi, Any progress pictures of the Rambler? Mike
You know this thread is 5 years old, right?

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Originally Posted by ramzoom View Post
Turn out that the Mustang II for a 40-41 Willys has the same inside to inside frame rail width as the stock Rambler Americans 58-60.
Use narrow a-arms to get -5/8 on ea. end to get your track width
9" rotors instead of the usual 11"

We will be installing this front end next week..I'll keep everyone ( that cares)
posted.

Thanks for all the posts!
I'm curious as well, I have a '63 American that I'm going to be swapping front ends on soon. I have an M-II style clip from RCMotorsports in my Maverick and they have agreed to build one for my Rambler when I get to that point. The rails are the same width on the Maverick, my rotisserie bolted right up with one new hole per side to match the bumper bracket spacing. Here are pix of the RCM front clip and my American...

Russ
04-01-2013 03:17 PM
mbida
Progress

Hi, Any progress pictures of the Rambler? Mike
04-26-2008 07:33 PM
matt167
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Originally Posted by tomslik
ahh, ok.
the 58-63's really that big?
been a while since i've been that close to one

btw, i'm out in the shop right now stripping a 67 front end...

I can't find a picture right now but yes there huge, the 196 is the only AMC engine that will fit
04-26-2008 02:39 PM
tomslik
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Originally Posted by matt167
no I thought you were talking about swapping a Falcon front end in... and I have a '65 American 330 in my fleet also.. reason I said to swap in a '64 up American front end in was it's a better unit, that in the later years got optional V8's from the factory... also, the shock towers on the '64 ups are minuscule compared to the huge inner fender wells/ shock towers that the '58-'63's had

ahh, ok.
the 58-63's really that big?
been a while since i've been that close to one

btw, i'm out in the shop right now stripping a 67 front end...
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