1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside

Discussion in 'trucks' started by 55C150, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    OK yesterday my girlfriend, my daughter and me did a 21 hours trip to the netherlands and back to pick up a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside Truck.
    The truck has a V8 middle engine conversion. It is a 300 cui Buick engine with an unknown auto trans. Rear end is a 55-64 with leaf springs, like my 55 150 chevy, but without the Posi Trac.
    It is my girlfriends truck, she felt in love the first minute she saw the truck in the Internet.
    It is a project truck. The body is in good condition, but the V8 conversion was build not so good.
    The truck needs new suspension, electric, steering parts, side windows.
    We want to get the truck 1 or 2" lower, I want the engine / trans hanging a bit lower.
    I have to rework the engine and trans mounts, emergency brake, brake lines, stiffen the chassis and welding some small holes.
    Maybe I do a disc brake conversion in the front. For safety issues I will put a two circuit master cylinder in it.
    My girlfriend dont want the monster shifter in it, she wants a shorter version.

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  2. rlphvac

    rlphvac reliable source of info

    That will be a cool project. Definitely different
     
  3. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

  4. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I have not seen one, driving on the road, for almost 30 years, so you surely have a rare project
     
  5. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    That is in damn fine condition!

    I do hope you will post lots of pics of the build! What do you have in mind for the engine....stock or maybe alittle something???

    I fully agree, that shifter has to go, I never understood the attraction. I still see them even today.
     
  6. JohnHancock

    JohnHancock Well-Known Member

    Like it a lot! You have a keeper girl friend.
     
  7. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    They should call California “Toyland” You can find anything rare there.

    I would love to have that Truck, ah, who am I kidding! I need a project like I need a hole in my head!
     
  8. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    Thank you guys.

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    It looks like a 1958 non Posi when I see those numbers. There is an AA on the otherside, it indicates a 3.55 gear ratio.

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    "Cal Tracs" do it yourself the easy way.

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    The engine mounts are no great engineering.

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    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
  9. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    The consequence when you buy a car ;)

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    When the wife want a little fun Rampside parking
     
  10. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Guy out here has 3 of them used to wonder what they were. That shifter gotta go not a fan looks good in a rat rod but looks out of place there. Awesome project!!
     
  11. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    The new garage door is in and the 55 is in it's new home. The 55 has now a straight starting line.
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    So the Corvair is in the bigger garage to work on it.

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    I showed my girlfriend how to handle rust and this is the result

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  12. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    thats one great reason , on an endless list of reasons to own,
    and know how to use a a decent quality MIG or TIG welder,
    I don,t see how anyone in this hobby can function,
    without a decent welder , drill press and a decent tool chest


    we have a whole welding section
    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?forums/welding-tips-and-welders.60/

    http://www.htpweld.com/products/tig_welders/tig201.html

    https://www.eastwood.com/welders/mig-welders.html

    https://store.cyberweld.com/millerw...MI5IS68_L23QIVHbjACh3lSA4REAAYASAAEgI64_D_BwE

    https://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/equipment/Pages/welders.aspx

    https://www.weldersupply.com/C/42/TigMachines
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
  13. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    I own these tools. I welded the last 10" of the trunk, quarter panels and much more in my 55.
    This one on the Corvair is an easy task
     
  14. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I assumed you owned most of the tools ,and have the skills and knowledge
    ,to do the sheet metal repair work.
    but I also assume most of the people reading the thread either don,t yet own the tools,
    or may not have your experience and skills and might need to read,
    a few links to catch up to your level of expertise.
    when I answer post I assume that months or years from now,
    the info, and related links,
    might be useful to readers looking for related info.
    I'm sure if you post detailed, pictures of the sheet metal repairs it will help others for years to come!
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
  15. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    You're right with that

    Here is another task for me. The gauge panel is lose, every time I pull the light switch the whole panel came out.

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    I got the hint to find some screw holes in the bottom lip of the panel.
     
  16. T-Test

    T-Test Well-Known Member

    It had spring clips that held the dash in that went over those long studs. Kinda like a clothes pin /Conibear trap with a hole in the middle that you had to squeeze to open. Been a while since I worked on those cars/trucks.
     
  17. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    It was easy, there are two angled holes in the bottom lip and after a short search I found the screws in the Ash Tray ;) So the gauge panel is fixed now.

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    I also converted the head lights to H4 and H1 units. It is a must have here in Germany to get the car street legal.

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  18. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Sometimes you just get lucky, just don't count on thou!!!
     
  19. 55C150

    55C150 Well-Known Member

    I worked on the body, not my best body work but it is ok. My girlfriend don't know if she want paint the spots only or the complete truck.

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  20. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    welding and grinding sheet metal auto body to make a good strong repair takes experience and the correct equipment,
    this is the one area where a small 120 volt MIG can provide surprisingly effective repair work.
    Ive used several MIGS and my 252 miller works reasonably well, but a buddy of mine has a lincoln mig that he raves about on this type of body repair sheet metal work.
    After using both my miller and his lincon
    I don,t see why hes thrilled with the Lincoln, other than it cost him a GREAT DEAL less cash, than my miller.
    but I will instantly admit it works just fine for thin sheet metal body repairs

    BTW use the correct shield gas and wire diam.
    the surface to be welded must be pre-cleaned with a wire brush,
    down to clean rust free,
    degreased, paint free, bare metal,must be well grounded and securely clamped
    .030 wire is FAR better than, .035 in my opinion

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    https://www.eastwood.com/easy-mig-1...MIvJiYoOyD3gIVB73sCh3pxwVJEAQYASABEgKIvPD_BwE

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/teaching-yourself-to-weld.8086/#post-75757

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/mig-wire-selection.1283/
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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