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    Posted: Mar/18/2012 at 7:42pm
Recently found a guy on craigslist getting rid of what he said was a 64 american.  He didn't wanna crush it because it had very little rust, and he knew somebody could rebuild it.  I knew it was a 65 though because the chrome goes all the way to the back.  Regardless... it was packed full of extra parts and the guy brought it over 200 miles to my house for me all for $400.

Here's what it looked like in the ad...


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I got it in my shop... stripped the interior, wire wheeled the rust off of the roof and roughed up the floor so i could coat em.  No rust whatsoever on the floors or trunk Thumbs Up.













Once the interior was cleaned up, i focused on the motor.  Rebuilt starter for $40 and borrowed the sediment bowl from my 62', picked up a $3 napa fuel filter.  Ran a fuel line to a remote gas tank, and she fired right up.  Runs like a champ... the guy I bought it from didn't know if it ran and he owned it for 2 years LOL.

Not sure what I plan on doing with it... I have too many projects right now.  Its just gonna have to wait.  But at least it's cleaned up and undercover in my shop.

there was a distributor and another thing that I don't recognize in the car, can anybody id them? I don't want to throw em away if it's anything amc.






Edited by kronik - Mar/18/2012 at 9:18pm
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The last pictures show the brackets that go under the seat backs to make beds out of the front seats when they fully recline.  Joe
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ohh good thing i didn't toss those, they will come in handy at the drive-in Wink.  lol
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This, and the 69 wagon on the way? Shocked  Somebody's got the Rambler disease! I can recognize it, I have 6 myself! LOL  Nice save BTW!
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I've decided to try my hand at body and paint work.... The 65 is getting a fresh coat.  There was a few dents here and there, some rust on the cowling.  But I have gotten those taken care of the last couple weeks.  I am now knocking all the surface rust down and getting it ready to prime.  I will post some pics after I put in some more work on it today.

As far as color goes, I'm mixing my own custom paint with a variety of ghost and metallic kandy pearls.  It's gonna be a kandy apple red with a black pearl top.  The 440 trim on the side will be replaced with a black ghost pearl stripe.
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Man, my arms are burning just looking at all the rust you knocked off the underside of the roof. Looks like it was worth it. Floor pan too. The car looks very solid and all it needs is cosmetic work. What motor is in it? Glad to know it runs. That's a huge money saver there.

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It has a 232, which seems to run pretty strong.  Hopefully it will be dependable on the road since i'm going to all the trouble to paint it.  I need a gas tank for it though... I'm thinking about modifying a 69 wagon tank to fit since my wagon isn't going anywhere soon (filler tube re-location).  Well anyways... lunch time is over, back to sanding the car
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What wrong with the gas tank? My 65 had the nastiest old gas you could think of. I pulled it from the car, poured about a gallon or so of muratic acid in it, sloshed it around, then flushed it with water. It was as good a new after that. If it has some holes in it, a radiator shop should be able fix it.
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I think the gas tank was damaged when the car was pulled from a ditch or something.  They hooked the cable to the rear axle and the tension on the cable dented the tank so bad that it's creased it and it has a hole now.  I think that's why the car was parked years ago.  That's just my guess though... it was the previous owner.  Fixing it at a radiator shop would be cool, but i'm pretty strapped for cash right now.  I haven't started cutting the wagon tank yet, but it's on my workbench!  I don't need it done right away so we will see what happens.  I might just end up seeing about finding another one, i would like to NOT start robbing parts from the wagon i just got.
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