They Can’t All Have A HEMI – 1964 AMC Rambler Classic

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Nick gets plenty of big-displacement muscle cars and engines in his shop, but he gets lots of other kinds of cars rolling in too. And, they all come with their own set of problems.

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“Eternity”, “Killers”, “Maccary Bay”, “Shaving Mirror”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Frank289100 says:

THE MYSTERY IS THAT 2 EDELBROCK CARBURETORS ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE PROBLEM IS THE FLOAT THAT REGULATES THE NEEDLE WHICH ALLOWS THE FUEL TO FILL THE CARBURETOR IS THE ISSUE. UNLESS THE FLOATS ARE MADE OF BRASS LIKE THE OLD STYLE CARBURETORS. THE NEWER FUELS HAVE ETHANOL IN THEM WHICH EATS UP THE PLASTIC PARTS IN THE CARBURETOR. SINCE THE CARBURETORS ARE THE SAME, THE MATERIAL USED FOR THE FLOAT IS THE SAME AND DETERIORATED AWAY FROM THE ETHANOL WHERE THE DEBRIS IS AFFECTING THE NEEDLE FROM FULLY CLOSING WHICH IS THE REASON WHY THE CARBURETOR IS OVERFLOWING. THE CAMARO WAS MOST LIKELY SITTING FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WITH FUEL CONTAINING ETHANOL AND MOST LIKELY NICK'S CARBURETOR WHICH SAT ON THE SELF WAS LAST USED WITH STANDARD ETHANOL BASED GAS. HOPE THIS INFORMATION IS SOME HELP TO YOU NICK.

PSUkbit says:

Another great video, makes me feel old that people don't know what points are anymore, my dad taught me how to look after those on my first car. Hope to hear what you do to fix that Camaro too.

Tim Dav says:

Vacuum to carb. Could be messin with things. Just a idea… Nick

Nodak81 says:

Weird thing is that I'd rather have the Rambler than that Z28, so tired of muscle cars.

dposer10 says:

should have just got rid of the points most people don't know how to take care of them

John Oliveri says:

Need Nick in my immediate family, wanna a new nephew?

greg h says:

could there be small crap in the gas tank thats getting past that fuel filter and messing up the needle valves or a messed up fuel filter altogether thats letting big crap thru?

WaterWhite Tuber says:

well Nick, I'm not an expert, just a former tinkerer from 30 years ago. I heard you say you changed the jets. Sounds like a puzzle. The thing I'm wondering about is the engines CFM and what sort of vacuum it creates inside the carb. Is it possible for the engine to create enough vacuum to throw off the float? I remember reading articles back in the 70's that talked about airflow problems due to a lack of back pressure in the exhaust pipes. Its been a long time since I was inside a carb but, doesnt the needle valve under the float have a spring to apply at pressure? Probably a dumb question, but would a stronger pressure spring help? I love the show. I hope I didnt simply tick you off. Best of luck on that camaro. I cant wait to hear the solution !

Rickey Mitchell says:

Nick, glad there are folks like you that can keep the old iron rolling and I thank you for that. As to the red Z28, did you ever figure out the problem with it? My guess was carb heat soak which heated and boiled the fuel raising float bowl pressure. Would be interested in learning what you found.

Stephen Vella says:

Another great show. Thanks Nick.

Rene Bourbeau says:

Cool vid nick tell ya ive changed my fair share of ingition points over the years thats the day when tuneup were just that.(high Maintenance in those years).

Ryan Flannery says:

Please get back to us on this one Nick. I am dying to know what happened to cause this. You tried every possible thing, 2 different pumps, 2 different carburetors. I would be pulling my hair out on this one. You did the right thing, walk away , do another project – while you clear your head. Sometimes you have to just walk away and think about it for a while. Please let us know what you found. Thank You. I love watching your videos. If anyone can figure it out … its you.

Mark Barnhill says:

That is the same condenser I just put in a 1965 1020 John deer yesterday!!! Lol

79tazman says:

What a strange place to put the oil filter on that Rambler but really easy to get to and replace

Ken A says:

I remember my mom's Rambler….. bare  bones, no A/C. I was hatched in '64!!!!

Danne Hughes says:

Remembering my father using a hair clip for points as we were in the middle of no where. They lasted long enough to get us to a station. In those days point plugs and wires were a staple for the small mechanic gas station.

Maindrian Pace says:

Incredible original condition for a Canada car. I bet the owner is very proud.

Baily DenhHouten says:

Those engines were 127 up not 90. The flat six was 90. The ohv six was 127 hp.

79tazman says:

I have worked with car's with points and condenser ignition I even have a dwell meter to see what degree the points are it's a RPM and Dwell meter I kept it for a conversation piece but it comes in handy once in a while. some of the GM's had the little window on the side of the cap were you can use a allen wrench to adjust the points dwell it makes it easy to do or just use a match book to set them

Martin West says:

A mechanic that doesn't know what points are needs to go back to car school.

79tazman says:

A friend of mine has a 1966 Rambler Classic I just helped him in the spring time pull his Transmission to have it rebuilt it did not even have cooling lines on it and it had a torque tube instead of a regular driveshaft It's brown gold type color and it's clean too the interior is mint all original it also has a straight six in it

79tazman says:

That flooding carb is strange I use to have that issue the needle valve would stick and I would have to tap it with a scewdriver handle but that's not your problem if you tried another carb and it had the same issue that is crazy hope you get it figured out

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