1964 corvair rampside Custom
1996 Saab 900 SE
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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.
I bought this car in June of 2008 with 114,7xx miles on it, and it was mostly stock. The only modifications to the car when I purchased it were the stainless catback (previous owner got sick of replacing rusty steel exhausts)and the struts. The car came with full documentation of repairs during its history, and a log of anything ever done to the car. This car is a rare color for a NG900, which is Sky Blue Metallic. I bought this car with the intent to modify it, and the fact that it came from the factory with a 2.0L turbocharged motor and a 5 spd only increased my interest in it. Turns out, not only is this car easy to make fast, but its extremely practical too!
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 “Icebox”
-2.0L turbocharged and intercooled 4cyl
-Garrett T-25 turbocharger
-5spd manual transmission
-194TQ .. on stock boost (8psi)
-Top speed: somewhere north of 140mph
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 “Icebox”
-16" Aluminum Alloy wheels
-Four wheel disc brakes
-Six speaker amplified sound system
-Rear fog light
-Powered front seats
-Automatic climate control
-Rear HVAC vents
-Telescoping steering wheel
-Fold down rear seat
-No cupholders (bastards!)
Mods for “whats that”
Mods for “Icebox”
So far things are on the light side due to monetary restraints and schooling but heres what ive got so far..
-OEM 9-3 smoked sidemarkers
-Saab Sport 2.5" stainless steel catback
-Bilstien Struts (all 4 corners)
-Genuine Saab open air intake
-Smart Performance manual boost controller + anticipator (set at 14.5psi)
-TurboXS Type 25 BOV
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