My Rambler (and parent AMC) cars, parts, systems, documentation,
stories, how-to's, horror stories, photos, and anything related.
The AMC 195.6 OHV inline six engine, based upon a venerable
Nash lineage, is ignored and unloved, but is capable of decent
performance and reliability. It's major problem is ignorance,
even amongst AMC/Rambler fans. Here is my attempt at dispelling
some of the needless mystery. Most of the information
below applies to the entire family of Nash engines, overhead and
flathead, including the 172 and 184 cubic inch versions.
My current infatuation is with the "breadbox" American chassis,
and it's un-loved engine, the 195.6 OHV.
car has Nash's fantastic quality, silly styling, and some attributes
you'd never imagine, including good at-speed handling.
My 1963 Rambler Classic 550 Cross Country station wagon finally
has it's own web page, here; odd since I've been driving this thing
more or less daily for 21+ years, and it's been the most useful, fun,
cheap, practical, reliable car I've ever owned. From daily commute
to deep desert off-road to long distance road trips to camping and
trailer hauling, this thing's done it all.
A few years back I bought at auction the remains of Barney Navarro's
Indy 500 Rambler six project; a (likely) test mule engine in parts. It's
still in pieces awaiting a suitable project, but it's damned interesting
stuff, and Navarro was probably the first to exploit the crap out of
this incredibly rugged but modest engine. 550hp from the single-turbo
version (which I seem to have) then later 750hp from the twin turbo
version. Remember this is in the dark ages of turboing, no computers in
the car or in the shop!
Various cars I've owned in the past. The following is a list of cars
I've owned, as best as I can recall, in chronological order. I initially
lived in Massachusetts, rust-death state; moved to San Francisco, drove
the 1979 Spirit AMX out there.
1965 Classic (rusted junker, barely ran, gave to me by my parents);
1962 Ambassador 400 (in
great shape, I paid $125 for it!, first car I made nice. Drove it
cross-country and back in 1976. Really wish I still had this
Studebaker Champion 1/2-ton pickup (paid $50, sat in
a field 9 yrs, rotted out). Unfortunately this is the only
photo of it I have, that tiny blue and yellow thing in the
background.; 1976 Hornet
Hatchback (bought it new from Torres AMC/Jeep, Falmouth
Rambler American (paid $50, rust-bucket, wrecked interior,
crossmember finally rusted off, had a lot of fun with this car);
1969 Hurst SC/Rambler
(wrong car at wrong time); 1976 Hornet Sportabout (wrong
car for me); 1977 Hornet
Hatchback AMX (very, very nice, should have kept it); 1979 Spirit AMX (got a lot of
use! I broke unibody, donor for next car); 1970 Hornet #1 (it got the
AMX suspension, wheels, brakes, etc); 1963 Classic 550 Cross Country
(it got above suspension/brakes, plus gigatons more, still have
this car); 1975 Gremlin X
(sold Aug 2001).; 1970 Hornet #2
And I mean these are the only cars I've owned, other than
a 1996 Honda del Sol, a 1996 Honda Accord, and long ago, a 1955
Studebaker Champion truck. I don't have a "regular" car, Ramblers
are my "regular" car, since 1974.