1964 corvair rampside Custom
1991 Geo Tracker
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About “whats that”
When I was on vacation in Oaklahoma and drove on the country gravel roads I spotted this truck, it was good looking inside and out, only few rust areas .and I give them an offer and brought it home
.How else could you describe a pickup with a ramp built into the curb side of the bed to make loading and unloading almost rediculously easy?
This idea works well on a Corvair Rampside, like this 1964 , because it's unitized construction puts the load floor less that a foot and a half above the ground. With any other pickup, you and your helper would be struggling to heft that refrigerator into the bed, while with a Rampside, you can do it by yourself - just roll the hand truck right on up the ramp and away you go.
Ford's Econoline and Dodge's A100 Forward Control pickups might look similar, but they're just topless vans. While there were Corvair vans based on the same Corvair 95 truck platform .the Rampside was, by far, the most innovative light truck available in the 60's.
UPDATE! I gave this vehicle away to an elderly gentleman who needed a vehicle.
This tracker belonged to my neighbor. a few month ago the thermostat gave out and when he was changing it out he broke a bolt. he tried to drill it out but he made it worser.
So the other day I asked him what he was gonna do with it, he said if I wanted it I could take it
So I did I drilled out the bolt re threaded the hole and was done in 10 minutes. I wasnt gonna keep it I figured Id help him out cause hes an older dude fix it and give it back to him.
The Tracker needed a facelift, it was a little faded and the wheels were surfaced rust so I buffed out the paint and painted the wheels I undercoated the wheel wells just to spiff it out. I gutted the interior and pressure washed the seats and carpet. that little suv came a long way.
Well today I tried to give it back to him. He was amazed at the outcome (i should have taken a few b4 pics) but he REFUSED to take it back! He said that I put way to much work into it and he couldnt take it back!
I tried telling him that its what I enjoy doing and I never intended to keep it. It was a great feeling rushing home in the afternoon to tinker on it, but he refused taking it back so now im stuck with it! :lmao:
I didnt want to take no for an answer and we agreed upon my services for his CTS ill detail it for him and change the fluids when they need to be.
With all the work Ive been doing these past few months coming home exhasuted and disgusted trying to stay on top of evrything and having no time at all to do any of my own projects, ( i got a few bolt ons for my dually and Ive had the lift for big teaze for 2 years now) It was a great feeling coming home and doing something that I enjoyed for someone else who appreciated it, I only regret that he doesnt want it back cuase im gonna be stuck with it for a while, I couldnt sell it cause he gave it to me and my wife is allready having kittens cause this is gonna make vehicle #5.
I hope that she will use it cause its way to small for me and ill feel clostraphobic in it! :lmao:
Specs for “whats that”
1964, corvair truck , 95-inch wheelbase ,rear-mounted, air cooled engine. flat- six .,110- hp came with two single carbs
powerglide trans. the only one of this type of truck could sit 3 people, vehicle weight 4,700 pounds , payload of up to three-quarters of a ton ,they offered more power than vw pickups.
Specs for “Tracker!”
Engine: 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Factory Options for “whats that”
the rampside in contrast ,factory featured was a brilliant idea; part of the passenger side of the truck was hinged at the bottom , and could be lowered to form a ramp to the cargo bay, an rubber trim on the edge kept the paint from being scratched when lowered. chrome bumpers, am radio
The 1964 production was 851, now only 95 is left.
Factory Options for “Tracker!”
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