Wagon Ho! Montana Rambler 770 Field Find

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According to the seller, this 1966 Rambler 660 wagon has been owned by a single family since new (presumably not counting the seller, so we’ll call it a two-entity-owned car). Although it’s been off the road for twelve years, there are some good solid points about the car. It’s located in Great Falls, Montana and is listed for sale here on eBay, where no reserve bidding starts at $1,000, and a buy-it-now of only $1,250 makes this car an attractive find.

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The seller tells us that the only significant rust is in the passenger rear quarter, and I have to admit it doesn’t look that good. I wasn’t able to find a patch panel online, but you may have better luck than I did. That being said, fabricating your own certainly isn’t impossible.

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Further up the side, things look a lot better, and the seller assures us that the floors are solid as well. This wagon would be just the right size for a family classic now, with room for 4 or 5 and luggage, but not so huge that you feel like you are driving a truck.

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On the inside of the car, the time has taken it’s toll. I’m not sure if the damage to the seats is from rodents or the sun. We can also see at least one crack in the dash pad, but on the positive side of the ledger, the steering wheel looks great! By the way, for you manual transmission lovers, that’s a third pedal on the floor, although I’m sure it’s only a three-speed.

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I believe the engine is a 232, but I know we have some AMC experts here that can correct me if I’m wrong. The compartment looks pretty good for having been unused for 12 years. The seller tells us that the engine will turn over by hand, so at least it’s free to start with, and of course they use the classic “ran when parked” statement. While I was researching this car, I found this ad for two restoration projects for sale for $1,200 back in January, but transportation and figuring out where to store the second car could ultimately make this wagon a more economical project. Would you consider using a 770 wagon as a driver classic?

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Comments

  1. Joe Cook

    I think the ford behind it is a better deal .

  2. Mike

    I have a 66 Rebel, and it has the 232 engine in it, it is not running right now because it is 1 of my 2 in the middle of projects. I attached a picture of what I want mine to look like when it is finished, I am about 85% complete, all I need to do is get it in the paint booth, and then put it all back together, all I need is time. I did overhaul the motor and manual tranny and they are good to go, I have had the engine running on the stand, so like I said all I need is time.

  3. Mark

    I had a 66 Rambler 770 classic wagon a few years back. It was fun but had a few odd rambler features like an air cooled automatic transmission, torque tube, and trunnion suspension. I sold the thing locally to a windbag who gave me a song and a dance about how his wife used to have one and that he was going to fix it up for her. Needless to say, the POS new owner threw the wagon on eBay a few months later and proceeded to lie about everything HE did on the vehicle. Sold it for $1k over what he bought it from me for.

  4. AMC STEVE

    Good buy on a easy resto. What are you going to find for 1200 bucks these days?

  5. piper62j

    I’ll take the Fairlane in the background..

  6. Cassidy

    I’m tempted to go get her! Is this in a junkyard or someone’s pasture??

    • Keith

      It’s Montana they are one and the same ;)

  7. G.P. Member

    I picked up a 1965-550 classic with less then 26,000 miles. Been stored inside it’s whole life. I give 800.00 for it.

  8. G.P. Member

    can’t get more than one pic at a time

  9. G.P. Member

    one more

  10. G.P. Member

    six, auto

  11. G.P. Member

    front seat

  12. Ralph Terhune

    The car in the background is a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 4 door sedan.

  13. david

    Good start. I’d swap the 232 for a 258. Easy rebuild.

  14. Keith

    Lots of cars up in the highline area of Montana. Also, we usually don’t have much in the way of rust issues as MT is a very dry climate. This seems like a good deal for the price, get a transporter to bring it to you write off the cost of the transport thru your LLC and you’re set with a cool wagon.

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