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Something different, "El Ramblero".... My sons first custom **UPDATES**

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by autobodyed, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,944

    from shelton ct

    my oldest son (19) is really into cars, and is always asking to use one of mine, (which i don't mind at all) but i decided it was time for us to do something for him. he wanted something different, that when you go to a show, you don't see 20 of the same car, so we decided to do a 65 rambler classic 2dr. hardtop. it has factory buckets with console shift, and tilt wheel, 287 v-8. we started a different rambler last year and bailed on it when we found this rust free car online. we'll be doing a lowride 60's custom theme, with air bags, candy blue body with white roof, and white and blue diamond pleat interior. here's some pics of the car before and in it's current state.

    that's it for now, try to get it running maybe this weekend, then onto the body work, interior, and paint. we'll update as we roll along.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  2. 2-TONED
    Joined: Jan 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,683


    Nope there sure wont be 20 of those at every show.
  3. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 893


    Looks good,can't wait to see the finished product.
  4. cool
    got to love the old kenosha vibrators

  5. dirty petcock
    Joined: Oct 9, 2005
    Posts: 287

    dirty petcock

    When I was 19 I drove a civic. That's gonna be sick! Good job so far.
  6. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,590


    Had me scared, I read 'El Ramblero" and I thought you were going to whack the roof off and try to make an El Camino/Ranchero style car out of it, but you and your son clearly have to much taste for that. Good work!
  7. Cool! A friend of mine had a REAL clean 65 4dr when we were in college. I always thought it was a pretty cool car. Your son's is gonna be totally sharp...can't wait to see it! I really like the chrome 5 slots and narrow whites.
  8. DJR13
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 116

    from Venice, Ca

    Coming along nicely!
  9. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 641


    I love seeing an orphan brought back from the dead! That little 287 is a stout little motor too, I've got one in my 63 Rambler Classic 770 Wagon!
  10. BBobb
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,865



    Looking good!!! Helping to keep the youth interested in the hobby.....priceless!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Dr.Theo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2004
    Posts: 148


    once upon a time i had a 59 rambler 4 door cool little cars they are, and that blue is sharp
  12. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,435


    Lookin' good...I always thot the '64's were good looking cars, but that '65 has it goin' on...not bad for a 19 year old...

  13. hotrodjeep
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 867

    from Tama, Iowa

    Thanks for keepin that 287.
    Its 287 times cooler now.

  14. Cool as heck!

    Where did you find those stamped slotted wheels??
  15. I wish my Dad would have helped me build anything when I was 19, he just never understood my infatuation with cars. Kudos to you, you are one freaking awesome Dad. And where did you get those wheels?
  16. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    I like it. The name is corny as all get out, but it's all good, man! Looks like it's gonna be sick ride! Have fun with it. :D
  17. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,944

    from shelton ct

    first off, i need to thank all my friends who are chipping in and helping get this project done. probably have about 6 months of after work and weekends into this car already. even though the kid is still learning, i gotta say he's been here helping every minute work is being done , getting hands on experience of what it takes to do an entire car like this. and thanks to you guys for the kind words. that's pretty funny about whacking the roof, never thought about that with the name! the odometer showed only 33k, and the inside of the motor was spotless, never even thought about putting a different motor in it, no sbc that's for sure! and somebody gave me those slots still in the original box! i knew they'de come in handy some day. thanks guys.
  18. That would look right at home parked next to Bubba's Valiant.:cool:

    God bless the orphans!:D
  19. Nice attention to detail.
    Keep us posted on progress
  20. thats gonna be a fun car, nice job

  21. Dr.Theo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2004
    Posts: 148


    It can be tough being a first generation (inyour family) car guy
  22. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,595

    from California

  23. farna
    Joined: Jul 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,211


    I want finished pics to run in my little AMC Magazine! Really nice keeping the 287, and those sparker wire looms are a real trick touch. If you need any advice/help on the Rambler specific things just let me know! I'm real familiar with most early 60s Ramblers, my 63 is mechanically the same as that 65. Well, not mine specifically, but 63-66 Rambler Classics and Ambassadors are practically the same mechanically and the glass interchanges. Body panels interchange 63-64 and 65-66 (lines changed between those ranges).
  24. kustomkat
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 554


    I like... Definately not a ME-TOO car..
  25. Ruiner
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 4,145


    I second that, and while my family is starting to accept my obsession, they still have yet to grasp how deep that obsession runs, or why I get so pissy when they toss my vintage magazines, catalogs, artwork and parts them it isn't worth anything, and to me it's priceless...
  26. boldventure
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,766


    A good answer to the; "hot-rod Rambler?" question!

  27. you have a good Dad, take full advantage of it. Learn everything he will teach you and don't take ANYTHING for granted. I only wish I could have had someone teach me at your age. I had to learn the hard way, I started working at a body shop when I was 19 or 20 (can't really remember anymore), and started as a buffer. I was lucky enough to have a painter that didn't believe in using any pnuematic tools, all elbow grease.
  28. off-beat
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 97


    That car's coming out sweet, I look forward to seeing it around. (current stratford resident)
  29. There's some serious skills at work here,,and, uhh , on a RAMBLER!
    Really, it looks great.. Orphan cars like this should be the real collectors items!
  30. Ramblero...I thought I was gonna see a photo of a rambler cut into a "ranchero" style car...
    I love the's going to look great. Here's a little photo-shop version of my old Ramblero....63 American with the c-piller moved forward. Wish I'd done this before I sold the car to "Fatasswhitewalls" at the '03 HAMB drags.

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