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Old 10-06-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Building my 63 Gasser!

I have started to build my 1963 Rambler 440 American convertable. pulled out the original 6 cylinder and will be pulling out the transmission and removing the front suspension. I will be adding a front sub frame to hold the new leafs and tube straight axle....more to come!
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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I went to a Hot Rod swap meet and picked up a rebuilt turbo 400 transmission and a Ford 9 inch shortened to 48" rear end with Moser 35 spline axles, Strange lightweight pro race spool all for $600.00 I love swap meets
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:57 AM   #3
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A "gasser" convertible Rambler? Sounds like "gasser" is the new rat rod.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:00 AM   #4
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Can't be any worse than any taildragger I've seen.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:02 AM   #5
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A "gasser" convertible Rambler? Sounds like "gasser" is the new rat rod.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:23 PM   #6
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A "gasser" convertible Rambler? Sounds like "gasser" is the new rat rod.
that is an unfair statement to make. Why not let this thread continue for a while, observe the construction and the photos and then pass judgement?

perhaps it will become a very period correct, albeit rather odd, gasser that will be race worthy.

or, it could turn out to be a distasteful "ratrod"

and zman, you should not be jumping on the bandwagon without giving the guy a chance to strut his stuff.

just my $.02
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:27 PM   #7
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Keep up the build and add pictures. Looks like it will be interesting.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:33 PM   #8
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Looks interesting...I am looking forward to progress pics....
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:51 PM   #9
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Sounds intrigueing. Keep us posted with pics on the progress.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:55 PM   #10
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i like the sound of it. please keep this thread alive
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:37 PM   #11
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I love gassers, I love AMC's, And who doesn't love a drop top? so this guy is just combining three greats. More pic's and progress please.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:07 PM   #12
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Very cool, I like the different body that you are going, what do you think the weight is?

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:10 PM   #13
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that is an unfair statement to make. Why not let this thread continue for a while, observe the construction and the photos and then pass judgement?

perhaps it will become a very period correct, albeit rather odd, gasser that will be race worthy.

or, it could turn out to be a distasteful "ratrod"

and zman, you should not be jumping on the bandwagon without giving the guy a chance to strut his stuff.

just my $.02
I'm just saying that the likelyhood that this car would have ever existed in the past during the true "gasser" era is very, very slim. This whole "gasser" craze is getting out of hand just like rat rods did. Everyone is cutting up cars and shoving straight axles underneath them with no real understanding of what they are representing. I was not implying that his build quality would be sub-par like a "rat rod", only that this is just another bandwagon trend car.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:37 PM   #14
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I'm just saying that the likelyhood that this car would have ever existed in the past during the true "gasser" era is very, very slim. This whole "gasser" craze is getting out of hand just like rat rods did. Everyone is cutting up cars and shoving straight axles underneath them with no real understanding of what they are representing. I was not implying that his build quality would be sub-par like a "rat rod", only that this is just another bandwagon trend car.
I hear you. I have always wanted a straight axle early Falcon, but by the time I picked up my '61 2 door wagon, the straight axle fad was in full swing, and everybody I told about the car asked me if I was going to 'gasser' it. So I left the independent suspension in place 'to be different'.

That said, I still like a well executed straight axle conversion and will be following this build. Have fun with it!
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:45 PM   #15
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I have started to build my 1963 Rambler 440 American convertable. pulled out the original 6 cylinder and will be pulling out the transmission and removing the front suspension. I will be adding a front sub frame to hold the new leafs and tube straight axle....more to come!
Looks like an interesting build. And don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't do with your "own" car.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:06 PM   #16
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Cool, I love gassers. This will be a fun project
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:35 PM   #17
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I like how people complain about all the Gasser builds, but then will talk about how great a 32 Ford build is. (Because lord knows we don't see many of those.)
This looks like a interesting build, keep us posted.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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and zman, you should not be jumping on the bandwagon without giving the guy a chance to strut his stuff.
I'm tired of all the "fake" "wanna be" gasser style cars, pick a class and build it like it's for that class, sure. I'm not jumping on any bandwagon, I've thought they were dumb since I started seeing them around.

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I'm just saying that the likelyhood that this car would have ever existed in the past during the true "gasser" era is very, very slim. This whole "gasser" craze is getting out of hand just like rat rods did. Everyone is cutting up cars and shoving straight axles underneath them with no real understanding of what they are representing. I was not implying that his build quality would be sub-par like a "rat rod", only that this is just another bandwagon trend car.
exactly, I've seen some very nicely built fake gassers.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:48 PM   #19
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Just a little something i picked up for $25.00 today a moon tank and a Canister Style Fuel Filter that will go very nice for the build. the man said it came of a old drag car "I asked who what car" i want history but he did not know.....o well
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:23 PM   #20
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Very cool, I like the different body that you are going, what do you think the weight is?

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well the hard top is 2555 so a little less than that
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