The mark of a great car at a show such as the 2014 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion is the ability to catch your attention when there are so many other rolling beauties vying to grab your eye as well. Jensen Masters’s ’64 Rambler did just that first thing Thursday morning as Wickam and I were waiting in line to get turned down for our reserved golf cart. The healthy bark from the headers and the blower surge immediately let us know the engine was ready to fight.
The Rambler is set up as an A/FX tribute car, with the front axle, a Speedway piece, moved 7.5” forward and the rear, a narrowed GM 10-bolt moved 10” forward. The front end sports ’54 Chevy spindles that have been converted to a disc brake setup, and the car is steered with a steering box raided from a ’64 Chevy. The Chevy parts continue into the engine bay. The 355ci SBC sports Eagle rods and crank, J&E pistons, and Trick Flow aluminum heads, while breathing through a Weiand 6-71 blower and twin 600cfm Holley carbs, and sends the power through a TH350 with a manual valve body.
Inside the Rambler is all business. A few extra gauges and a Hurst shifter are the only additions to the bench seats.
The American’s name, “Two-Timer”, refers not to side fun, but is instead about breaking parts and having to re-do or replace everything. And as he told me that, Jensen was smiling…a sure point that he’d do it all over again.