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 Well-Known Member

    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

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