Opening up the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with this thing. I found it listed on eBay, and it is the Ramshackle Rambler that was built on the Discovery Channel Show “Fast N Loud”. I don’t know about you, but these shows are starting to become irritating. They started out where you could get some interesting tips when it comes to maintaining your own car, but are now all over the top, in your face, lets see what crap we can build sensations. We will have a “Question of the Weekend” posting about this very topic, but for now, lets concentrate on whether this car is really worth the money…
As you know, “Fast N Loud” is a show about a couple of guys who run a garage in Dallas called the Gas Monkey Garage. Richard Rawlings is the owner that doesn’t seem to get his hands dirty, let alone mess up his hair. Aaron Kaufmann, with his signature beard, is the man who gets-it-done when putting together some of the crazy projects the two of them dream up. Personally, this is a show that I have not watched a full episode of yet because I usually turn it off during one of Rawlinhgs’ rants the producers sprinkle throughout the show. And while I approve of Rat Rod Wagons, this one could have been finished off just a bit better, but what do I know?
According to the listing:
This featured build from the first season of Fast N Loud was built from an Original 1959 Rambler Cross Country Wagon using an updated 4.8 liter Chevrolet V8 converted to carburetion using an Edelbrock Carburetor & MSD direct ignition. Driving a Ford 9” rear axle w/disc brake conversion & a limited slip differential through a modern & reliable 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive for the best of both worlds (performance & fuel economy!). They used a Ron Davis custom radiator w/dual electric fans to insure a cool running motor even when stuck in traffic with the A/C blowing cold! Mustang II front suspension w/drop spindles & power steering controlled with Ride Tech Shock waves in front & air ride in the rear controlled by dual 480 compressors w/ dual 3 Gallon tanks for a smooth ride & good looks all controlled with a Ride Tech Modular controller to insure a consistent & programmed ride height! All this to accommodate the 18X7.5 & 18X8.0 TSW Forged alloy rims w/225-45 18 & 245-45 18 Toyos. The interior was built with new glass & felt runners, custom micro suede & floral pattern seat covers, a Lokar shifter & a custom steering wheel. The exterior has a great patina that took over 50 years to achieve so it was clear coated to preserve it.
We bought this incredible Rat Rod from Gas Monkey Garage last summer and have had a great time with it. Now we are ready for something new, but the wife says I have to sell the Ramshackle Rambler first! It has plenty of power, drives well, and has great looking custom interior upholstery. If you’re looking for a unique ride, this is the one for you! We have put less than 500 miles on the car since the Richard and the GMG crew built it. I put 50,000 miles in the listing but the odometer is not operational and it stopped working well before the GMG crew got the car. The aftermarket A/C blows nice and cold, even in 100+ degree Texas summers.
You have to wonder if there is a market for cars produced on these types of shows. They are finished with either the vision of the builder, or the vision of the one who commissioned the builder. Once the original owner of the built car is tired of the creation, you have to find the person with the same taste, and with nearly the same bank account. The problem here is that after the show airs, the buying public knows exactly how much was spent on the car in the build, and how much the first owner bought the car for. There is really no way the second owner will pay as much (if not more) that the original price. With that said, the top bid as of this writing is $18,000, with an unmet reserve. Will it be sold? Probably, at a substantial loss. These types of cars don’t appreciate in value. See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”161074248887″ linktext=”1959 AMC Rambler Cross Country Wagon Rat Rod” ]