There is a special sort of satisfaction that comes from showing a set of AMC taillights to the guy in the other lane. We've enjoyed that sensation as we've pulled the handle on the One-Two shift in front of a couple of slack-jawed M3 owners and watched them fade in the rearview. We did it using the Car Craft-tweaked 67 Rambler American built with all AMC parts. The car is distinct enough to get attention and familiar enough to prevent resentment, even if it did just hand you a loss. Chevy guys think it's a Nova, Ford guys think it's a Falcon, and Mopar guys know it as a distant cousin. Import guys don't know what's going on.
Using a base 360 we hauled from a junkyard and rebuilt at JMS Racing Engines in El Monte, California, the 67 Rambler American has run 11.50s in the quarter-mile, cruised to Vegas and San Diego, and wailed on any foreign or exotic car that cares to pick a fight. The original JMS Racing combo made 465 hp with off-the-shelf parts to prove that anyone with a torque wrench could repeat the effort. We've also been hoarding a set of Indy cylinder heads for close to four years with a thickheaded plan to build a 600hp pump gas destroyer. But first we had to find a transmission that would handle the load, build a rearend that wouldn't crack like a peanut, and assemble all the little parts that make a good AMC tick.
67 Rambler Cam Specs
Lunati custom grind: 17-UF37-UF35-110 +4
Duration: 291/301 advertised; 263/268 at 0.050
Lift: 0.608/0.630 with a 1.6:1 rocker
Springs: No. 73124, 136 pounds at 1.880, 1.500 OD
Lifter: AMC solid lifter PN 70998
General spring info: installed height 1.850, pocket 1.550
67 Rambler Head Specs
18-degree Indy heads
235cc intake/105 exhaust
We tested the Indy heads on Westech's flow bench with a 4.030 plate and an exhaust pipe at 28 inches of mercury.
This is the 401 block we scored for the build. The primary differences between the 401 and
The photo on the top is the stock rod journal.
The photo on the bottom is the journal after it was turned. One limit to this sort of oper
We've worked with short pistons before. The custom JE piston has a 1.213-inch compression
The 6-inch Chevy rod from Eagle with the 1.88-inch Honda rod journal size is the latest tr
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