1966-69 American, Rogue, and Rambler


 

1966-1968 Rambler American
1966-1969 Rambler Rogue
1969 American Motors Rambler
1969 American Motors Rogue

1967 Rambler American Four Door Wagon 1968 Rambler American Four Door Sedan
 
1967 American Four Door Wagon (shown in 440 trim) 1968 American Four Door Sedan (shown in base trim)

General Information

The Rambler American was restyled in 1966. The main reason for this restyling was to gain more clearance in the engine compartment so that air conditioning could be used with the new 199 and 232 in-line six cylinder engines ( 232 introduced in Classic in 1964, first available in the American in 1965, 199 replaced the 196 in 1966). 1965 Americans with A/C had to have the 196 because the 199 was longer, and there was no room for the A/C condenser with the longer engine. To solve this problem, the 66 models were made 3.8 inches longer, with three inches added to the inside of the engine compartment in front of the wheels, maintaining the same 106" wheel base. The extra length was obtained by reshaping the exterior body panels only -- the bare unit body is identical in all respects to the 64-65 unit body. This redesigned body was used through 1969 but there were several significant changes made for the 1967 model year that limits the body panels that can be shared with the later cars. This information is detailed in the 1966-1969 Series 01 Parts Swap Guide. Note that due to significant differences, 1969 SC/Ramblers are detailed separately.

AMC began phasing out the Rambler name in 1966, selling the Ambassador and Marlin as AMC models without the Rambler nameplate. The Rebel was also sold as an AMC beginning in 1968, leaving just the Rambler American and Rambler Rogue. For 1969 "Rambler" was dropped from the Rogue name, making it an AMC model, and the American was simply called the Rambler.

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Body Styles and Trim Levels

There were three trim levels and five body styles available. The body styles and trim levels can be determined from either the model number on the door tag or the 4th, 5th, and 6th numbers of the VIN (see VIN Decoder and Unit Body Identification Plate for additional information on decoding the VIN and door tags). The body styles and trim levels are:

  • 4 door sedan in 220* and 440 trim (66-68 American, 69 Rambler)
  • 2 door sedan in 220* and 440 trim (66-68 American, 69 Rambler)
  • 4 door station wagon in 220 trim (66-67 American)
  • 4 door station wagon in 440 trim (66-68 American, 69 Rambler)
  • 2 door convertible in 440 trim (66 in 440 trim, 67 in Rogue trim)
  • 2 door hardtop (66-67 American in 440 trim, 66-69 Rogue)

* 220 designation not used for 68 & 69 base models.

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Engines

The available engines are as follows. The 7th character of the VIN is the Engine Code and indicates original engine size:

  • Engine Code J, 199 cid inline six, 128 hp, 8.5:1 compression ratio, 1 bbl, 1966-69
  • Engine Code L, 232 cid inline six, 145 hp, 8.5:1 compression ratio, 1 bbl (or 155 hp, 2 bbl), 1966-69 (2 bbl only in 66)
  • Engine Code M, 290 cid V-8, 200 hp, 9.0:1 compression ratio, 2 bbl, 1966-69
  • Engine Code N, 290 cid V-8, 225 hp, 10.0:1 compression ratio, 4 bbl, 1966-69
  • Engine Code Z, 343 cid V-8, 280 hp, 10.2:1 compression ratio, 4 bbl, 1967 only

If you are unsure of the size of the engine currently installed, you can check it's size by the following methods:

  • For inline six engines, there is a machined pad on the distributor side of the engine between the first and second spark plugs. This contains the six character Engine Day Build Code. The first digit indicates the calendar year the engine was built. 1966=8, 67=9, 68=1, 1969=2, etc. Due to a change in the numbering system, 1980 and later uses the last digit of the year (1980 = 0, 1981=1 etc.). The next two numbers will be the month the engine was made in. A letter code (usually the same as VIN engine code) will tell engine size and compression. It is possible that the engine has been replaced with a newer or older engine. 199, 232, and 258 cid six cylinder engines made between 1964 and 1971 are almost externally identical as are the engines made from 1972 through 1983. The bell housing bolt pattern changed in 1972, so only 72 and later engines are direct bolt in swaps. There will also be a number of different mounting holes on the intake depending on the year as well as valve cover variations. If the original intake and accessories are used there should be few problems swapping in any 71 or earlier engine.
  • For V-8 engines, the best way to tell size is to look at the size cast into the engine block near the first and second core (freeze) plugs on either side of the engine. Note that service replacement blocks do not have the displacement cast into them and tear-down to measure bore and stroke is the only way to positively identify the installed engine. The second way to identify engine size is from the tag attached to the valve cover. The valve cover tag will be coded the same as the inline six Engine Day Build Code (see above description).?
  • V-8 Engine Notes. It is not unusual to find an American with a V-8 engine instead of the original inline six, or a larger or newer V-8 to replace the 290 (or rare 343) the car was manufactured with. See performance section for details.

Note: Engine dates are calendar dates and not model year dates. Since model year production actual starts in the previous calendar year, it is possible to have, for example, an engine coded 1966 in a 1967 vehicle and be correct but an engine coded 1968 would not be correct for the same car since no 1967 models were manufactured in calendar year 1968.

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Transmissions

The following Borg Warner transmissions were used in 1968 Rambler Americans. The general transmission type can be determined by the third digit of the VIN.

  • T-96 three speed manual (199 cid six)
  • T-14 three speed manual (232 cid six)
  • T-15 three speed manual (290 cid V8)
  • T-10 four speed
  • M36 three speed automatic (199 cid six)
  • M37 three speed automatic (232 cid six)
  • M40 three speed automatic (290 cid V8l)

Note 1: All three speed manual transmissions were available with an optional overdrive unit.
Note 2: All 1967 Americans with a 343 used T-10 four speed transmissions.

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Production Numbers

Columns with a '-' in them indicate that the body and trim style were not offered for that year.

Body & Trim Style 1966 1967 1968 1969
4 door sedan, 220/base 15,940 12,078 15.144 16,234
4 door sedan, 440 14,543 10,083 11,179 11,957
2 door sedan, 220/base 24,440 26,196 39,480 51,062
2 door sedan, 440 5,252 3,317 - -
2 door convertible 2,092 921 - -
4 door station wagon, 220 5,809 3,667 - -
4 door station wagon, 440 6,603 4,407 10,414 13,233
2 door hardtop, 440 10,255 4,994 - -
2 door hardtop, Rogue 8,718 4,249 4,765 3,543
Total 93,652 69,912 80,981 96,029

An additional 9,314 Americans were built in Canada for the 1966 model year, 6,832 for 1967, 25.289 for 1968 and 24.178 for 1969. No breakouts by body style are available, but all body styles were built in Canada except for the 1966 440 2 door sedan and the 1969 SC/Rambler - Hurst. The surge in production for 1968 - 1969 represents units built in Canada for the U.S. market.           

Dates of model introductions:

1966 - Oct 7, 1965
1967 - Oct 6, 1966
1968 - Sept 26, 1967
1969 - Oct 1, 1968

1966 - 1969 MSRP & Option Listing
1967 American & Rogue Detailed Options Listing
1968 American & Rogue Detailed Options Listing

Notable low production number models:
1966 500 Rogues with the 290 engine. 2 tone yellow/black paint
  28 440 converts with the 290 engine - 25 w/auto, 3 w/4 speed
1967 921 Rogue convertibles
  58 cars had the 343. 3347 had the 290
  986 Americans had the 4 speed
  217 Americans had disc brakes
1968 116 4 door sedans with the 290 engine
  2604 cars with the 290 engine
1969 33 4 door sedans with the 290 engine
  14 2 door sedans with the 290 engine
  1608 Americans had a 4 speed (and 1512 were SC/Ramblers)

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VIN Decoder

Model years 1966, 1967, and 1968 will have a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) tag located on the top of the right side shock tower in the engine compartment. Very early 1966 cars will have a serial number instead of a VIN. Model year 1968 cars manufactured after January 1st, 1968 will have a VIN tag in this location as well as on the left side of the dash board. This was due to a new federal law that standardized VIN locations for all manufacturers. This second location is visible through the windshield. Model year 1969 cars will have a VIN tag on the dash board only. The VIN is also stamped into the left frame sill behind the steering gear box. It is necessary to remove the steering gear box to view the VIN in this location.

1966 American Beginning Serial Numbers

It is unknown how many early 1966 vehicles used serial numbers instead of VIN's. It is quite possible that only a few very early production vehicles used them, and they could have had the serial numbers replaced with a VIN before being sold. If you have a 1966 model with a serial number instead of a VIN, please e-mail farna@att.net.

Engine Size
 
Beginning Serial Number
 
Beginning Export Number*
 
199 cid, 1 bbl
 
A100001
 
AK100001
 
232 cid, 2 bbl
 
B100001
 
BK100001
 
290 cid, 2bbl
 
C100001
 
CK100001
 
290 cid, 4 bbl
 
D100001
 

 

* The "K" indicates vehicle was a "knock-down" kit to be exported and assembled at destination. No 4 bbl 290 V-8 cars were exported.
 

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1966 & 1967 VIN

The VIN can be decoded as follows (sample VIN is a Kenosha built 1966 American convertible with column shifted 3 speed and 232 cid 6):

Company Year Assembly Plant Transmission Body Type Trim Level Engine Sequential Serial Number*
A 6 K S 7 5 B 100001

Note: Digit 1 is always an A (American Motors).

Digit 2 - Year
6 1966
7 1967
Digit 3 - Assembly Plant
B Brampton, Ont. Canada
K Kenosha, WI
Digit 4 - Transmission
A Automatic column shift
C Floor shift automatic
F Four speed floor shift, w/console
M Four speed floor shift, w/o console (1967)
O Overdrive column shift, 3 speed manual
S Standard column shift, 3 speed manual

 

 

 
Digit 5 - Body Type
5 4 door sedan
6 2 door sedan
7 2 door convertible
8 4 door wagon
9 2 door hardtop
Digit 6 - Trim Level
0 220 trim
5 440 trim
7 Rogue trim
Digit 7 - Engine
A 199 cid, 1bbl
B 232 cid, 2bbl
C 290 cid, 2bbl
D 290 cid, 4bbl
E 232 cid, 2bbl (1967)
X 343 cid, 4bbl (1967)

*The last six digits are the numbers assigned to the car when it was ordered from the factory. Numbers starting at 100001 are assigned to cars made in Kenosha, WI. Numbers starting at 700001 are assigned to cars made in the Brampton plant in Ontario, Canada.

Note: All 1967's with a 343 were only available with a four speed manual transmission.


 

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1968 & 1969 VIN

The VIN can be decoded as follows (sample VIN is a 1968 Rogue with a 4 speed w/console and 232 cid 6):

Company Year Transmission Type Series Body Type Trim Level Engine Sequential Serial Number*
A 8 F 0 9 7 B 100001

Note: Character one is always an A (American Motors) and character four is always a zero (American/Rogue/Rambler).

Char. 2 - Year
8 1968
9 1969
Char. 3 - Transmission Type
A Automatic column shift
C Floor shift automatic
F Three speed floor shift
M Four speed floor shift
O Three speed overdrive column shift
S Three speed column shift
Char. 5 - Body Type
5 4 door sedan
6 2 door sedan
8 4 door station wagon
9 2 door hardtop

 

 

 
Char. 6 - Trim Level
0 Base trim
5 440 trim
7 Rogue trim
Char. 7 - Engine
A 199 cid, 1bbl
B 232 cid, 1bbl
C 232 cid, 2bbl
M 290 cid, 2bbl
N 290 cid, 4bbl

 

*The last six characters are the numbers assigned to the car when it was ordered from the factory. Numbers starting at 100001 are assigned to cars made in Kenosha, WI. Numbers starting at 700001 are assigned to cars made in the Brampton plant in Ontario, Canada.
 

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Unit Body Identification Plate

The Unit Body Identification Plate for a 1966-69 Series 01 can be found on the latch edge of the driver's door. Cars built in Canada usually have a "1" in front of the standard numbers listed below. The tag can be decoded as follows:

Body

This is the number assigned to the body as it was being produced. This number is different than the last six digits of the VIN.

Model

This identifies the body and trim styles.?The first two digits are the year, the third the series, fourth body style, and fifth trim level. Base trim level is often left out (only four digits). Blanks indicate that the body and trim style was not available for the year in question. Replace "xx" with last two digits of year for complete model number.

Code w/Body Style and Trim 1966 1967 1968 1969
xx05-0 = 4 door sedan, 220/base trim X X X X
xx05-5 = 4 door sedan, 440 trim X X X X
xx06-0 = 2 door sedan, 220/base trim X X    
xx06-5 = 2 door sedan, 440 trim X X X X
xx07-5 = convertible, 440 trim X X    
xx08-0 = 4 door station wagon, 220 trim X X    
xx08-5 = 4 door station wagon, 440 trim X X X X
xx09-5 = 2 door hardtop, 440 trim X X    
xx09-7 = 2 door hardtop, Rogue trim X X X X

Trim

This identifies the interior trim style, color, and seat types. The trim code is a four character number that may be prefixed by a "T". The first character is the year, the second the trim level, third color, and the fourth is the seat type. A blank indicates that the body style was not available for the year in question. Letters after the numeric code indicate the corresponding seat and fabric types that were available. Special order interiors were available and will have a code of "00". Codes are as follows:

Trim Level 1966 1967 1968 1969
220/base 623 C/P - Blue
628 C/P - Black and White
629 C/P - Tan
723 C/B - Blue
728 C/B - Black and White
729 C/B - Tan
828 C - Gray and White
828 B/M/N - Black and White
923 A/B/C/D - Blue
928 A/B/C/D - Parchment
440/Rogue 641 C/D/E/P - Black
643 C/D/E/P - Blue
644 C/D/E/P - Green
645 C/D/E/P - Red
647 C/D/E/P - Aqua
648 C/D/E/P - White
649 C/D/E/P - Saddle
7414,5 B/C/D/E - Black
7435 B/C/D/E - Blue
7443,5 B/C/D/E - Green
7455 B/C/D/E - Red
7471,3,5 B/C/D/E - Aqua
7482,5 B/C/D/E - White
7495 B/C/D/E - Tan
843 C/B - Blue
844 C/B - Green
845 C/B - Red
848 C/B - Black and White
941 A/B/C/D - Charcoal
943 A/B/C/D - Blue
9446 A/B/C/D - Green
9457 A/B/C/D - Red
Convertible 641 C/D/E/V - Black
643 C/D/E/V - Blue
644 C/D/E/V - Green
645 C/D/E/V - Red
647 C/D/E/V - Aqua
648 C/D/E/V - White
649 C/D/E/V - Saddle
741 B/E - Black
743 B/E - Blue
744 B/E - Green
745 B/E - Red
747 B/E - Aqua
748 B/E - White
749 B/E - Tan

 

 

The list of seat types is as follows:

  • A - Base level, bench, Brigadier Pattern (1969 440 only)
  • B - Vinylair, Tahiti pattern
  • C - Fabric bench seat, "Lancaster" Pattern (1966, 1967) / Saratoga Pattern (1968, 1969)
  • D - Bucket seat with fabric insert, "Lancaster" Pattern
  • E - Porous vinyl bucket
  • M - black and white standard fabric (Regiment Pattern), optional individual reclining seats
  • N - black and white standard vinyl (Tahiti Pattern) optional individual reclining seats
  • P - Porous vinyl w/fabric insert, "Yucatan" Pattern - station wagon only
  • V - Porous vinyl bench - convertible only

Notes

1 - Fabric only
2 - Vinyl only
3 - 440 only
4 - Rogue only
5 - 440 uses B and C seats, Rogue uses B (convertible only), D (hardtop only), and E seats.
6 - Vinyl for station wagons, all others are fabric
7 - Sedan only
 

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Paint

The following colors were available in 1966-1969. The original color can be determined by looking at the Paint code on the body tag. If there are two codes separated by a dash, the first code is the primary body color and the second code is the upper body (sometimes roof) or accent color. For example, a car that was black with a white top would have a paint code of 1-72. Paint codes may also be prefixed with a P or suffixed with an A. Note that some cars were painted non-standard colors. These cars will typically have a code such as " 00" or "SPEC". This was reserved for large orders in the special color, usually for fleet use.

 

Paint Code Color Years
1 Classic Black 1966-68
3 Antigua Red 1966
8 Mariana Aqua Metallic 1967
9 Bright Red 1969
10 Bright Blue 1969
15 Brisbane Blue Metallic 1966
16 Britannia Blue Metallic 1966
17 Crescent Green 1966
18 Grenada Green Metallic 1966-67
19 Balboa Aqua 1966
20 Cortez Aqua Metallic 1966
21 Marquessa Mauve Metallic 1966
23 Samoa Gold Metallic 1966
24 Caballero Tan Metallic 1966
25 Apollo Yellow 1966-67
31 Strato Blue Metallic 1967
32 Barbados Blue Metallic 1967
33 Royale Blue Metallic 1967
34 Alameda Aqua 1967
36 Yuma Tan Metallic 1967
37 Sungold Metallic 1966-67
38 Stallion Brown Metallic 1967
39 Matador Red 1968-69
40 Flamingo Burgundy Metallic 1967
41 Rajah Burgundy Metallic 1967
42 Satin Chrome 1967
43 Saturn Blue Metallic 1968
44 Caravelle Blue Metallic 1968
45 Blazer Blue Metallic 1968
46 Laurel Green Metallic 1968
47 Rally Green Metallic 1968
48 Tahiti Turquoise Metallic 1968
49 Laredo Tan Metallic 1968
50 Calcutta Russet Metallic 1968
52 Scarab Gold Metallic 1968
54 Turbo Silver Metallic 1968
58 Hialeah Yellow 1967-68
59 Pale Green Metallic 1967
62 Ascot Gray 1969
63 Castillian Gray Metallic 1969
64 Beale St. Blue Metallic 1969
65 Regatta Blue Metallic 1969
68 Alamosa Aqua Metallic 1969
70 Surf Green Metallic 1969
71 Hunter Green Metallic 1969
72 Frost White 1966-69
75 Willow Green Metallic 1969
76 Pompeii Yellow 1969
77 Butternut Beige Metallic 1969
78 Cordoba Brown Metallic 1969
79 Bittersweet Orange Metallic 1969
80 Black Mink Metallic 1969
88 Bright White 1969


 

Color samples can be viewed at http://autocolorlibrary.com/aclns.html

 

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Sequential Assembly Number

The unlabeled number at the bottom of the body tag is the Sequential Assembly Number. This number was assigned to the vehicle as it entered the final assembly line. Cars assembled in Kenosha will have an "E" or "W" preceding the number. This designated the East or West assembly line. Cars assembled in Brampton will have a "B" preceding the number. Vehicles were assembled in batches as needed -- i.e., 10 Americans may be assembled then 20 Classics followed by 15 Ambassadors, etc. Minimum and maximum sizes of batches are unknown -- in some cases single cars may have gone through the lines. The first number used each year was 000001. Earlier years used a different numbering system.
 


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Bibliography

The following sources were used to verify the information contained on this page:

  • AMC Rambler Club 1958-1969 Production Handbook
  • Cars & Parts Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1960-1969, ISBN 1-880524-11-2
  • 1966-69 American Motors Technical Service Manuals
  • 1966-1969 American Motors Collision Parts Guide
  • Official AMC production records and trim codes acquired from Thomas Benvie, AMC Historian, tbenvie@attbi.com
  • Wards automotive yearbook, 1966 - 1970.
  • Bill Watson. Catalog of Canadian car ID numbers. Amos Press, 2006.

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1966-69 American, Rogue, and

Rambler American was a very nice car as well, resonably powerful, with, as I recall two different engine options, one a 110 hp six and he other about 140 horse. Then too, if you need a back seat, it has one.

1966-69 American, Rogue, and

Im trying to find a rear axel for a 1968 nash rambler american, ive tried to look up sites no luck..anyone?

what spark plugs should be used

Hi, I´ve got a 69 rambler and I´m curious to know what spark plug is correct to use?

greetings Mildred

axle

I have a rear axle complete if you still need one.

Ray