Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sc/Rambler Brake Help

We had a recent question about the Brake Booster for the Sc/R and have some very good info donated by our panel of experts . Thanks to James McKee and Dan Curtis for these tips

The question From Larry:
 Hello, do you have a pictures of the brake booster and the mounting bracket. I am not sure I have correct one. The brake pedal sits about 3 inches of the floor and does not have but little brakes. I ordered a new master from ADP but the booster does not act like its working. Also there are no spacers on the bracket is this correct? Thank You, Larry Allen

From Dan here:
The pivot bolt is frozen inside the shaft. We see it all the time at the
restoration shop. Here is a picture of what is frozen. It is the square
headed bolt that goes through the hollow horizontal shaft.

 photo IMAG1165_zps0187f080.jpg From Jim: Hi Bob, Picture of a SC/Rambler booster attached. Notice the brake pedal to booster arm is straight from the brake pedal to the booster, Unlike the dog-leg arm on AMXs and Javelins. The SC/Rambler brake booster bracketry uses no spacers on the firewall. The largest brake booster rebuilder I know of is Cardone. They tell me there are some internal adjustments that effect the amount of brake boost transferred to the brake master cylinder. I use Kennedy American to rebuild all the brake boosters I use on my cars and customer’s cars, because he asks what car the brake booster came from and has your brake booster rebuilt and returns it. I am most satisfied with all the units he has done for me! I put a grease fitting in the bottom of the tube where the bracket pivots on the 1/2” diameter shaft with the square end. A shot of grease every couple of years keeps the bracket from freezing to the shaft and wallowing out the bracket with the square hole supposed to keep the shaft from turning. SC/Rambler booster check valves go straight into the brake booster housing. The master cylinder needs to on the brake booster with the hardware loose on the booster master cylinder studs for installation in SC/Ramblers, because there is no room to get the nut nearest the fender on the stud once the booster is installed. Its just way easier to take the master cylinder loosely attached to the booster and bracket assembly to get the master cylinder it in or out. With the booster out of the car its an ideal time to check out your clutch bellcrank bushings and boots, because of how much easier it is to change them if necessary. Regards, Jim Sc/Rambler Brake Booster photo DSCF0340_zps3f2f3871.jpeg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sc/Rambler NOS Hood Pin Set

Here is a set of hood pins and missing one lanyard . But shows all the details . Courtesy of Kevin Shope Sc/R hood pin set 1 photo NOSHoodPinKit_1_1200x675_zpsf460b2da.jpg Sc/R hood pin set 3 photo NOSHoodPinKit_3_1200x675_zps1d944f5e.jpg Sc/R hood pin set 5 photo NOSHoodPinKit_5_1200x675_zpse8f55ff5.jpg Sc/R hood pin set 2 photo NOSHoodPinKit_2_1200x675_zpsd5850834.jpg Sc/R hood pin set 4 photo NOSHoodPinKit_4_1200x675_zps9f2f7e99.jpg

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sc/rambler NOS Air Cleaner (RAM AIR)

Photo by Kevin Shope Notice the number on the element:  photo RamAirAirFilter_2_zpsaf8f7e15.jpg
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jim McKee Cloning The Sc/Rambler Tech Tips

Contrary to what you may have heard, SC/Ramblers are complicated to clone successfully for several reasons. AMC made 73,356 Americans in 1969. Of that number they only made 5,055 Rogues in 1969, and of that number 1512 were SC/Ramblers. That leaves just 3,543 Rogues and only 608 of them had 290 V-8s.*  1966, 67, and 68 Rogues have differences in the body that hardcore SC/Rambler guys pick up on easily. The grille and the taillights are different in 1966, and the molding between the roof to the quarter panel was very different in 1966. Only 1969s had cable accelerator linkage. I personally wouldn’t want to undertake cloning a SC/Rambler with anything other than a 1969 V-8 Rogue. For all 1969 Americans and some few 1968s made late in the production run the front frame rails were extended to the start of the rear seat footwell to strengthen the unibody to resist the torque from V-8s. The catch is there are still only 608 V-8 Rogues in 1969 except for SC/Ramblers. SC/Ramblers share rear differential, both cross members, and the battery is on the passenger side in V-8 Rogues. Most of the 6-cylinder cars share none of these items, because they were mostly automatics with drum brakes, 6-cylinder rear differential, standard bench seats, had trim strips from the front reflector to the rear reflector, and the battery is on the drivers side. Rear seats are common only between Rogues and the front seat in SC/Ramblers is a 60/40 split bench. Standard SC/Rambler interior trim was Charcoal 941-D which is not a common option in Americans or Rogues. Charcoal seat covers are available from Legendary Auto Interiors and I have heard they have door panels. There are still no reproduction chrome Rogue trim pieces for the door panels available. I have still not begun to focus on the many SC/Rambler only parts on just 1512 cars built in 1969. Without having these SC/Rambler only parts, of which a limited number have been reproduced, it is very difficult to find enough parts to clone a SC/Rambler starting with a Rogue body let alone expensive.

What is more common than clones is where someone has a real SC/Rambler that is too rusted or hard crashed to fix and they try to find a 1969 Rogue to transfer the parts to and re-body their SC/Rambler. Keep in mind the small number of 1969 V-8 Rogues and consider how many of those are actually a suitable recipient for SC/Rambler pieces after all these years. Torque links have a nut plate welded in the inside of the rear frame rails, before the SC/Rambler body was built. There is the added piece on the radiator core support to hold the passenger’s side hood pin and the driver’s side rear shock is mounted behind the differential. Only SC/Ramblers have exhaust pipe hangers on the passenger side of the car. All SC/Ramblers were painted Bright White. No other Americans were painted this color. All other AMC cars are some other color under all the undercoating. Yes, all this stuff can be retrofitted to a 1969 Rogue body, but it is a big undertaking and at a considerable cost. The restoration costs after the required SC/Rambler body modifications are performed remain the same for both cars. After all this, it is still profitable to be able to sell a clone or re-bodied SC/Rambler from a complete number 5 SC/Rambler parts car for $30,000 or more instead of for $10,000 as a Rogue. What I have covered here is not the whole story on re-bodying SC/Ramblers. It is hard to do what I have identified well enough without hardcore SC/Rambler guys smelling something foul. Thankfully, there remain several lesser known ways clones or rebodied SC/Ramblers can be easily be identified.

I know repairing wrecked SC/Ramblers is another aspect of the overall picture, but it is better to have wrinkled panels somewhere. More serious repairs such as front or back-halved cars need to have complete documentation on the wreck repair. Most SC/Ramblers have battery drool on the inner fender panel on the passenger side of the car where the battery tray is. Replacing this panel is not enough to condemn a SC/Rambler. If there are no usual telltale signs of collision repair, then with documentation the car has a much greater possibility of being an excellent unblemished SC/Rambler example.

A common problem with AMC cars is the factory kept NO record of how their cars were made. A numbers matching SC/Rambler or any AMC car is an illusion. On SC/Ramblers, I guess this means the trunk lid, the transmission, and the dash pad were made about 3 to 8 weeks before the car was made, maybe. Consequently and particularly SC/Ramblers have a few production line deviations that prevent making 100% positive statements about how all SC/Ramblers were made. However, this does not provide an open invitation for all the things uninformed people claim came on their eight owner SC/Rambler from the factory. The only way a small group of hardcore SC/Rambler guys can understand what might have happened is to match certain assembly irregularities with when these cars were most likely produced. Weird stuff, like my original SC/Rambler has a very high serial number, actually door tag E number, had no SC/Hurst emblem on the rear of the car and one tail light housing is blasted chrome sprayed flat black. This is instead of the yellow chromate coating before being painted like almost all SC/Rambler taillights. Several of us think, at the end of SC/Rambler production AMC ran out of these items and thought the dealer might catch these things and fix them or not. For general information, the VIN has no relationship to when an AMC car was made. The production number on the bottom of the door tag is the E number on Americans and it is the only way to find out when any SC/Rambler was likely made. The E stands for the east assembly line at the Lakefront assembly plant in Kenosha. AMXs, Javelins, and Americans were made on this line. Also please note, no information exists as to when any 1968 cars were made at all. -Jim McKee
* 1969 AMC production numbers provided by Tom Benvie.