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Jan 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm
great to see another covair rampside fan in nebraska
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Sep 14, 2008 at 11:36 am
keep it up, great restore in progress.

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1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside (Bessie)

Last updated Jan 19, 2009  

Photo of a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside (Bessie)


This 1961 pickup truck was my father's truck. He drove it daily for many years until it got hit, and then began to have a few problems. At that point he put it in a shed in Wisconsin and it was basically forgotten and left to rot. The property where the truck was "stored" was sold and the new owners found my dad's name/phone number in the glove box as they were getting ready to crush it. They called us and we went up 2 weeks later to pick it up. I have now been working on and off for the last 2.5-3 years rebuilding bits and parts as I get Time Money and Ambition. (you need all 3 at the same time to get anything done) I have rebuilt the motor, swapped transmissions to make it a manual, bought another truck for parts, installed dual master cylinder brakes, and I am now working on retrofitting a hydraulic clutch. In the process I have lived in 4 different states, and been stationed at 3 different bases, been to a foreign country, gone to 4 schools, and had 3 different primary jobs.


I decided to call her Bessie because most people say shes ugly, slow, old, and needs to be towed to go anywhere. I don't care what they say, I'd give my left lugnut to drive something like that!

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Most of this truck is completely stock, just not from a Corvair truck. Some are car parts (engine/trans/diff), some things are from different years. Some parts are just missing(floor, gas tank, left side of the truck bed)


Dual Master Cylinder Brakes, Working on modding a hydraulic clutch which is nearly complete, seat is new (just not installed until paint/body is complete)

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hydraulic clutch update

Well, it's been a long time since I made any real progress on Bessie. Today I changed all of that. With the help of a few friends, and a very very old and worn out band saw, I finally finished the fabrication of the bracket that I need for the hydraulic...

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hydraulic clutch

Today I painted and Installed the parts for the slave cylinder for my hydraulic clutch. It took a little fabricating and creative (redneck) engineering, but it is done. Next is setting up the master cylinder and running the lines. I am hoping that I will...

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