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My Rambler

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Overtime, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Overtime
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 47


    Looking for opinions on what to do with my '63 rambler. Picked it up a few months ago. It's a great cruiser, 6 cylinder/auto. What should I add/lose to make it even better? Or do I just enjoy it as is? Thanks in advance guys. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421719810.128914.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421719834.778728.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421719852.112147.jpg

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  2. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 583


    I like it as is-
  3. I agree,it's a simple driver just drive the wheels off. HRP
  4. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,855


    Looks nice as is. Maybe some light pin striping, not a lot. Seeing that it could use a seat cover I might be tempted to have them recovered with something with a bit of color. Nothing crazy.
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  5. willystruck
    Joined: Aug 17, 2014
    Posts: 26

    from Grove, Ok

    I wouldn't change anything!!!
  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,966

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - how about power steering and brakes?
  7. Drive and enjoy it!Bruce.
  8. uc4me
    Joined: Feb 3, 2006
    Posts: 516


    I think it great as is...although if you are chomping at the bit to change something, I think that it would look awesome with skinny whitewalls and a set of supremes or similar
  9. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    lose the fuzzy dice and floormats
  10. I agree. And drive it lots!

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  11. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,734

    scrap metal 48

    Sits good, looks good, done...
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  12. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,184

    from Nicasio Ca

    Add chicks.
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  13. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 897

    from arkansas

  14. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,574


    Looks just right to me. An AMC V8 with a T10 might be fun. But no matter what drive the thing it is very cool.
  15. DBRoadster
    Joined: Apr 6, 2011
    Posts: 74


    Looks awesome the way it is!
  16. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,184

    from Nicasio Ca

    Yep. Looks like it's doing 45mph standing still.
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  17. Overtime
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 47


    Thanks guys, that's exactly what I wanted to know. I had already removed the floor mats and dice. Just didn't take a different picture. I couldn't bring my self to get rid of the hula girl just yet! The thing drives like a dream as is, do I really don't want to add power steering/brakes. Thanks for all the kind words those fellas, I've had a lot of hot rods, but this is my first hamb friendly one. It's good to know I'm on the right track!!

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    Joined: Feb 15, 2004
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  19. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,671

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    If anything clean up and put your effort into the interior. The rest looks great including hula girl.

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  20. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 846


    That made me laugh out loud. Says a former AMC owner
  21. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,830


    Agree with above... really cool just as is...
    Only suggestion if you really want to do something to it would be maybe some mild scallops...
  22. O.Hove
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 771

    Member Emeritus
    from S.D.

    chop it ,put a blown AMC in it, tub it ,Moon tank in the grill
  23. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,994

    Rusty O'Toole

    It is unique enough as it sits, you don't really need to do anything. Some cool wheels and a paint job when you are ready. I see you lowered it.
  24. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,724

    from omaha ne.

    I would get some pinner whites, cover the steelies with Lancers.......then drive the crap out of it.
  25. I had a 63 Classic back in 70, does yours have the aluminum head, if so be very, very careful about engine temp. They would warp a head if you farted near them, fill a cylinder with coolant then bend a rod when you cranked it over. Guess how I know all this!!!!!!!!!
  26. acadian_carguy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2008
    Posts: 793


    I agree. ...and I like the hula girl.
  27. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,184

    from Nicasio Ca

    And cracked exhaust manifolds. A neighbor of mine had one with a large crack (the manifold) years ago, and I made the mistake of dating her a couple of times. At first it was good, hot meals right down the street, her two kids to play with. But before long it was "I saw you drive off somewhere last night", and "some WOMAN came by your house", or "What races, I thought we we'd all go to the zoo Saturday". I tried to cut it off but it just made her even worse, to where she was calling and hanging up when I had company over, having her kids leave weird crap around my yard, her dog growling at me all the time. I felt like Clint Eastwood in Play Misty for Me.

    Anyway I never got the chance to replace that exhaust manifold, and was haunted by the PFFTT PFFTT PFFTT PFFTT every time that dang Rambler chugged past my house, up until the day she finally moved away.

    Some spotlights might be neat on yours.
  28. Like it as is! Drive it man.....
  29. Ramblers rock - cool ride!
  30. farna
    Joined: Jul 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,187


    If your car is stock it has the 195.6 OHV cast iron engine. Easy to spot -- the intake is just an aluminum plate on top of the iron head. Could have a later model 232 in it -- that has a more normal intake on the side. The 196 needs the head bolts re-torqued every 2-3 years or 10-12K miles. That big iron head expands and contracts enough over time to loosen the head bolts. It was a design flaw, but acceptable in the mid 50s when the 195.6 L-head was converted to OHV. You can't bolt the OHV head to an L-head because there were changes in the block casting in the valve area and head bolt pattern is different, but the bottom end and timing set are the same on both engines. Just loosen the head bolts one at a time and torque down to 62 ft/lbs (factory manual says 60-65 -- beam style torque wrenches used then weren't as accurate as the common clicker type used now).

    If you don't the first sign of a problem will be over eating as the head gasket starts to leak. That big iron head will warp easily when it's really hot, and due to age and being run hot several times over the decades it is subject to crack. Heads are hard to find now.

    There was an aluminum BLOCK version of the same engine, that used the same bottom end/timing components. The head was iron, and a bit wider with a different bolt pattern than the cast iron block version due to the way the aluminum block was cast. So the head is different for the AL block engine, and even harder to find. It to needs to be torqued every 2-3 years/10-12K miles. The head is unique to the AL block, but the design is unfortunately similar to the cast iron block version.

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