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"New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: February 21, 2012 08:37PM

My 1961 Rampside project arrived last week and aside from the cancer at the bottom of the ramp and in front of the rear wheels, its in fairly good shape.

I spent the first few days emptying the bed of the "extra parts" and found a few interesting things; including one complete engine two transmissions (one manual, one powerglide), three instrument panels, and about 800lbs of "miscellaneous".

After I get the brakes working. Then the fun begins and I start the slow process of getting it running again.

Wish me luck.




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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 21, 2012 08:53PM

Looks like a good Score! Is this the one from Bend?





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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: February 21, 2012 09:17PM

You got a good one! Cant wait to see what you have to do to get it running.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: February 21, 2012 09:26PM

@MattNall,

Yes, this is the one from Terrebonne, Oregon. It cost me almost as much to ship as it did to purchase, but finding a solid Rampside on the east coast has been a challenge.

Only item of real concern I've found so far is that it was hit in the front right at some point in its past and repaired, but right the door doesn't fit quite right. Otherwise, really very solid.

Darren Pralle - Rockville, MD
1961 Rampside


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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Date: February 21, 2012 11:23PM

That looks like a WWII half-ton military truck on the transporter. I'd love to have one of those!

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: February 21, 2012 11:30PM

Actually, it was a 1946ish Dodge Power Wagon. Really cool. The big winch on the front is worth more than what I paid for the Rampside.

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: February 21, 2012 11:35PM

Man does that thing look like what Dave and I picked up yesterday.

Including the 800 pounds of miscellaneous in the bed!!!


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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 22, 2012 12:17AM

Guys.. that's how old Ramps are sold.... with 800 lbs. of incentives!!! LOL!


Why aren't you out polishing it this afternoon?





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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: February 23, 2012 02:56AM

Darren,
I can't believe they allowed you to ship that with the extra parts in an open bed!
Usuall they won't allow loose parts for liability reasons.
Did you make some kind of special arrangements? Which shipper did you use?

Looks like a great project!

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Date: February 23, 2012 03:21AM

Phil Dally Wrote:
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> Man does that thing look like what Dave and I
> picked up yesterday.
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> Including the 800 pounds of miscellaneous in the
> bed!!!
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grinning smiley Phil, I thought you two had flipped it already!!! grinning smiley
Those are truly twins from the same mother!!
Now on different coasts....
Who will get to drive theirs first??




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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: February 23, 2012 12:11PM

@flamingchariots

I used Nationwide Auto Shippers. There was an extra fee for the parts in the bed, but it was reasonable.

Nationwide was a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely use them again.

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: February 24, 2012 04:19AM

I've had very good experiences with Nationwide also.
I've used them twice before with no regrets at all.
Thanks for the info!

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: corvair.crazy ()
Date: March 07, 2012 12:51AM

How's the project? I tried to buy that thing, but the owner wouldn't return any of my attempts. It worked out ok I found one in Washington.

Jon

1962 Rampside
1962 Spyder


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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: March 07, 2012 03:32AM

Jon,

Its going well. Other than the rot in the ramp and a little in the rear quarters, the truck is very solid. It has a YN motor and it turns freely.

I started with the brakes and have installed a new master cylinder. The lines and wheel cylinders appear to be in good shape, but time will tell. There were three master cylinders in the menagerie in the bed, but they were all rusty.

I also installed a clutch cable (snapped at the bracket just aft of the pedal), and although there was a "spare" clutch cable in the back, it was not for a Rampside.

I then went through the carburetors and was surprised to find no sludge, just some dirt.

And finally, last night, I changed the oil, installed a new battery, and did a compression test. All cylinders make good compression and the headlights even work. I also found some halfway decent original upholstery under the two seat covers. I say halfway, because although the seat back is in good shape, the seat bottom is hosed on the driver's side. Trying to decide whether I want to pay Clark's for matching fabric or just put a new cover on it for now.

Now I need to drop and inspect the fuel tank (sounds pretty empty and smells like gasoline) and then it may be time to try and start it. Or, if I get impatient, I may just hook up a line to a gas can and crank it over. Wish me luck.


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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 07, 2012 03:59AM

Best of luck!! Always more fun when you escape the " Weapon of Cash Reduction" GG





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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: corvair.crazy ()
Date: March 08, 2012 04:45AM

Darren, thanks for the update. I am doing almost the same thing with my 61. Sounds like you are making good progress. I did get impatient and put a hose in the lawm mower can. I got it started so now I am rebuilding the carbs.
BTW good luck!! Keep us updated.

Jon

1962 Rampside
1962 Spyder





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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: jessebogan ()
Date: March 08, 2012 06:25PM

Where are you in Rockville? I have a shop near the Twinbrook Metro. Nice to have another Corvair owner in the area.I have a 67 coupe I am in the middle of. Nice Rampside, can't wait to see it running around the area.

Jesse in Rockville

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: March 08, 2012 06:50PM

I'm off of Shady Grove Rd. Its really Derwood, MD, but nobody knows where that is, so I tend to put "Rockville".

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Re: "New" Rampside has arrived
Posted by: Pilotincommand ()
Date: March 14, 2012 03:25PM

It runs! I poured some gas down the carbs and hit the starter, and by God if it didn't start. Click on the link for a brief YouTube video.

Rampside runs

Darren Pralle - Rockville, MD
1961 Rampside


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