Discovered during a routine scavenger hunt at Stevens Auto Wrecking in Charlton, Massachusetts, in 2004, the open deck and freestanding cylinder barrels are hints that this '62 Rambler motor is something special. Discovered during a routine scavenger hunt at Stevens Auto Wrecking in Charlton, Massachus OK, I can hear you now: enough with the six-cylinder stuff! But hear me out, this one is really, really cool! Sure, the aluminum-block '62 Plymouth Slant Six junkyard discovery from a few issues back was pretty neat, but here's an aluminum-block inline six from ... are you ready for it ... American Motors! Yep, even AMC, which infamously pledged (at the dawn of the musclecar era, no less) "the only race we care about is the human race" was playing the alloy game when it produced this wacky, die-cast-aluminum overhead valve, 195.6-cube six popper. Produced between 1961 and 1964 as an option on fullsize Rambler models, the aluminum engine block was intended to reduce engine mass from the 460 pounds of its otherwise identical cast-iron cousin to a svelte 380 pounds. The result was improved handling and easier steering for Granny, plus bragging rights to let GM-whose cutting-edge Corvair flat 6 and 215 V-8 were made of aluminum-know that Kenosha wasn't stuck in the past. Though I wish I could report that the aluminum AMC six could boast 10:1 compression, a ram-tuned four-barrel, and at least 1 hp per cubic inch, the sad fact is even the optional two-barrel Power Pak version kicked out a humble 138 hp (127 hp in 1-BBL trim). Records show that at least 60,000 were sold before the new cast-iron 199/232 Typhoon engine family arrived on the scene in 1964 and the OHV 195.6 engine family was put to rest. After paying $120, the yard guys literally ripped the short-block out of the crumbling Rambler. After the fever passed, I realized the pistons, lifters, and camshaft were permanently fused to the block thanks to decades of direct exposure to the harsh elements. Also, the severe corrosion around the tops of the cylinder barrels were a recipe for chronic, blown head gaskets. Looks like I gotta start drinking coffee 'cause this one's a coffee table. After paying $120, the yard guys literally ripped the short-block out of the crumbling Ram During engine retrieval, the crusty Rambler pulled a Titanic and broke in half before settling once again to the bottom of the ocean. The agonizing itch of the poison sumac cleared up in just a few weeks, but the scars from the rash endure as a reminder of the vast sums of wasted cash I've squandered buying junk like this. During engine retrieval, the crusty Rambler pulled a Titanic and broke in half before sett Back in 1963, Motor Trend awarded its Car of the Year trophy to Rambler. Here's a photo taken in happier times of several fresh aluminum blocks during machining. The blocks were made for AMC by Doehler-Jarvis Division of National Lead Company and contained 53 pounds of aluminum plus 14 pounds of gray iron cast-in bore liners. Our junkyard discovery block is stamped S30915, so it was manufactured about halfway through the (approximately) 60,000-unit production period. Back in 1963, Motor Trend awarded its Car of the Year trophy to Rambler. Here's a photo ta Factoids*Besides the aluminum block, special head gasket, and certain fasteners, the alloy 195.6 mill shared the head, crank, cam, pistons, lifters--virtually everything--with its cast-iron OHV sibling. *Hey AMC, what's up with the wacky 195.6 decimal-point displacement claim? Guess every bit helps, but why didn't you just round up to 196 cubes like everybody else? Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!