I was lucky to have the opportunity to stay over at my aunt and uncle's
for summer vacation. Bev and Conrad Bechard . It was 1974, I was 14 and
my aunt and uncle lived in Providence, RI then ...
They had a 1969 Sc/Rambler. It had the 390, but was built up , holley
dbl, pumper, drive shaft loop, fresh paint job. Thrush "outsiders"
side pipes, hooker headers. Pipes look so cool on the SC !!! It had an
eight track in the glove box ... Heard Santana, Black Sabbath, Edger Winters
"Frankenstein" through the added in speakers. Great stereo effect
!!! Plus the sound of the 390, Whhhaaaappp Auuugghhh, you know what I
We did lots of fun stuff, saw Blazing saddle's, flesh Gordon, Death Race
2000 at the drive in theatre in that car. Would go to the ocean to the
beach at the Cape in MA, went by the mansion
"Dark Shadows" was done at on the way.
An A&W had the girls on roller skates put the tray of burgers and
root beer on the side window ... Great summer !!! I would say it left
an impression on me that I would like a scrambler of my own.
Other events with the car was that Conrad dragged the car at Napierville
dragway in Canada, that's closer to where we are from. Close to Vermont
and new York, way upstate NY near the Border, eh ?? He went against a
340 Cuda that the guy put big bucks into, the scrambler went down the
track, the cuda stumbled. Don't know why. The scrambler was getting cheered,
people stood up and rooted for the little sc. The cuda was too much as
it took off suddenly and won. The cuda was really souped up a lot though.
The crowd really wanted the Sc/R to win was cool ... I think he was put
in "C" class to race as it was modified. Just before yucky "bracket
racing" started. Saw lots of great drag cars. Love the funny cars
!!!! It was cool to see the sc doing a burn out before staging ...should
go to the drags again !!!
So was looking for an SC/R for years off and on, one showed up in hot
rod magazine in the early 80's . $10,000.00 back then was a lot of money.
out of the question...
Time went on and found a SC in Arkansas in the AMO classified ... I went
out and bought it ...Missing tons of stuff. No seats even and was partially
apart. Was wondering if I should get it after all, but the serial numbers
were good and the body is in pretty good shape. Window pillars need help,
but cut them out of a parts car ...
I figure I want to find parts so I see a second Sc in Ma. I struck a
deal on it. This one needs a floor pan and maybe two rockers. Plus the
hood scoop and Sc stuff was mostly gone, tach , mirrors ... But mechanically
Then ebay has to have a "B" scheme, Its rusty but has lots
of parts, still no mirrors or tack, no head rests. Like usual, has great
documentation and is real. Hey they are all listed in Joie's web site.
Its gotta be real ...!!! I bid and win, the guy trailered the car from
Wisconsin, And I picked it up in NJ ...Not bad ...except my truck's transmission
calved on me on the way ... Lucked out and it was replaced the next day
at a shop off the interstate .. scary ... I say this scrambler is fixable,
lower quarter work, floor pans and rockers ...
Hmmmm, I was chatting to "Gordy" and he had a line on a very
solid Sc/r ... I figure it would be good to get it. So went to PA with
the trailer and brought car four home !! Three real "A" schemes
and one "B" scheme ... Not bad ... This car came home in a gutted
body and lots of boxes. Glad I found a 69 Rogue for parts and a 69 plain
Rambler for more parts ...
Found some good sources of some tough parts, collected lots so far ...
Would like to start restoring to strict original soon ...
I did not mention I like 57 Chevy 2DR hardtops, I have two of them to
restore !! One is very sweet, other needs a floor that I have retrieved
already ... ahem ...power pak 283 powerglide. ok ok ... Scramblers were
talking about. I like cars, lots of select different makes !!
On the parts hunt its good to know things, like the rims were on mustangs
and ford stuff, plus dodge/plymouth used the rally 500 rims ... olds mirrors
were the same as our sc in 1969 (hurst olds).. 66 through 69 rambler shared
a lot of the same parts ... the trans plus shifter was used on amx, most
likely other amc products ... The front windshield is the same on hardtop
and sedan as far as I know ... The rear window is different ... 602 Sun
tack can be made to look like a 635 Sun...
Plus reading up on other people and there vendor finds is great .
I like this web site here a lot and interesting web pages ...
Would like to get to the day I fire up my scrambler, Whaaappp aaaauuughhhhh,
whhhhaaaaauughppp whaaauuup. What a sound, I love the smell of burning
rubber in the morning !!!