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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: August 04, 2022 04:55PM

Also remember (the group) that money is relative. $10,000 may not be much to some but maybe A LOT to others. I agree with FL Steve. 4500-6000 is probably a fair value.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: mhughes30 ()
Date: August 05, 2022 04:58PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

I spoke with a Corvair restorer and others recently. The restore bought an underwater Rampside with an engine block full of water for $2,500 and replaced everything on it, putting $50k into it to have a perfect truck. Showing it to a body guy knowledgeable on unibodies, they said the structure is solid, and looks pretty good actually. Also, it is pretty easy to see nearly everything on the truck and bang it with a hammer of poke with a finger, and it seems only the wheel wells areas have bad rust which is fixable without complete restoration. I can't afford a complete restoration - they are unbelievably expensive - the route for that would be to buy one already fully restored, because its cheaper :-)

I've researched many other Rampside sales now. I've seen super rusty bodies (decomposing cabs even) claimed to be structurally sound starters for restoration too that don't even drive going for $7k. and see many that appear in worse or at least as good of shape as this one for ~$15k to ~18k, ones that appear to be decent drivers but seem to be much more rusty then mine based on pics alone. So, I think I overspent by around $2k to $5k, probably $5k since 61's may be inherently less valuable than 62s and 63s (and certainly 64s). This stinks a lot, but is not a complete loss. Basically, I am now being forced to spend more money and do more work than I wanted to keep the truck alive. The truck is my responsibility to care for now.

So, I plan to improve on this truck first by fixing the rust, and taking my time. The underside and wheels are all surface rust, that if I sand and paint with rust preventative now, will stay nice.
Is POR15 a good choice for rust preventative on the underbody? Do you guys recommend anything in particular?

I will hire a local body guy to properly repair the wheel wells.

I will fix all of the surface rust I can find, even destroying the paint job to do so to prevent further rusting.

I will replace the floor boards. One floor board looks very good with some surface rust that is easily sanded and painted. The other is just starting to hit the point at which replacing is smart.

So, I think it is a good truck that I overspent on, and will spend more on than I planned... :-/

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: mhughes30 ()
Date: August 05, 2022 05:09PM

I have been super busy working on a delapidated 1940s house in my backyard for the past 7 months, and am not done, so this extra work and EXPENSE is not welcomed... :-)

And yes, the money I spent is a lot to me.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/2022 05:10PM by mhughes30.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: mhughes30 ()
Date: August 05, 2022 05:56PM

My goal for the truck is a driver that I can maintain and keep alive. But, since rust is not maintainable as far as I know, I want to fix the rust. I have no interest in a perfectly restored truck because I am using the truck. But, I also don't want to drive it as is and let it slowly fall apart.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: August 05, 2022 07:13PM

I am not a fan of POR15, and prefer Bill Hirsch paints that are also designed to paint over rust. If it were mine, I would start by using a rust conversion product and then painting over that.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: August 05, 2022 07:49PM

Back sometime around 1984, I painted the floors in one of my Corvairs with Zinc Chromate primer in an effort to curb rust.
During the following fifteen plus years I owned the car, it seemed to do the job well.
Since then, I am sure there are several alternatives that have become available that will do the job as well or better.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: August 05, 2022 10:27PM

A few months to a year ago, Tom (A.K.A. tomsnovass) posted a product that worked similar to Evaporust, but works BETTER!
The product absolutely REMOVED THE RUST, it did not "Convert" it.
If you simply want to convert it, use Ospho.

BUT, the product you should use is . . . . . . > > > RUST 911 < < <
I wish I could take credit for learning about this product, but it was Tom who introduced it.
He shared it, and the results a couple times in his, >>>Wild For A Wagon thread<<<.

WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border, I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.

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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: August 06, 2022 06:18AM

As Mel mentioned, if you want to get rid of rust Rust 911 will remove it. Depending on where the rust is, it might require a “contraption” to collect the liquid. I ended up with a kiddie swimming pool as one of my collectors.

In the link above that Mel posted, when I did my floors, I thought that they were “solid” but realized that there were pinhole rust spots and the next morning the liquid leaked out every where. Hence the kiddie pool use.

If using rust 911, I recommend removing the vast majority that is feasible then use it. It will allow the solution to last much longer.


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Re: Corvair Rampside Purchase and Undisclosed Rust
Posted by: wittsend ()
Date: August 06, 2022 04:05PM

Up front I want to clarify that this is not "THE" way to deal with rust but it is "A" way and depending upon your expectations and available funds MIGHT be applicable.

I have a Love/Hate relationship with POR 15. On my Studebaker Daytona (Body on Frame car) the front floors were significantly rusted. That said I used POR 15 and their mesh (a fine fiberglass) on both sides of the floorboard you see in the left (close up) image. The results in the right image (hole circled in red) are the same today as when I did this 10 years ago. So, in my case, it worked for me. It did and continues to do the job I expected of it. I wouldn't drop an anvil on the floor but it has been more than sufficient for the weight of a passengers feet and legs.

On my Volvo 544 one of the rear floors was severely rusted. I cut that back to the perimeter where the metal was doubled over at the seam. I then cut a piece of metal to fit over the entire perimeter seam, drilled holes, sealed it with silicone and pop rivetted it in place. That I would have dropped an anvil on with no concerns. In this case and the one above the repairs stood the test of time though they likely would be frowned upon as "not proper." To me the difference is some hack these types of repairs in 30 minutes with marginal results and I took my time to maximize the integrity and durability. Cars have been assembled with adhesives that would have welders shaking their heads and planes have been rivetted for decades. Alternatives applied properly, though different, are not necessarily bad.

What you need to do is determine if the structural integrity is compromised to a level that you deem dangerous. That said some will be greatly bothered by a 1" to 2" rust hole in a floor board and yet the factory punched numerous holes in the floor filled with the structural integrity of a rubber plug and that doesn't seem to be an issue. In the end YOU need to decide what is applicable to YOU.

I'm not speaking against proper replacement panels and welding them in. Some people have the time, budget and depending on the rest of the build the motivation to do so. But for others time and money are an issue and the totality of the build might not justify the investment. In that scenario alternatives that suit the owners wallet and expectations become an option.


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