<VV> Springs for "working" Rampside
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Sun May 10 13:07:11 EDT 2015
It doesn't appear so but looking at the specs for the Rampside, it is a
3/4 ton pickup. However, consider that this rating is based on the ability
of the suspension and frame to carry the weight. You do the math on what
topsoil weighs. On the other hand, you need to be concerned about the drive
train. Even "in the day," the FCs had a tendency to fry motors. This was
partially due to the poor aerodynamics of the FCs when driven at speed but
also that people would overload the trucks and not pamper them while
driving. An air cooled aluminum engine is not as forgiving as an iron water
pumper. In short, the suspension and frame were up to the task but the drive
train and especially the motor were weak links. You can easily overload the
drive train without overloading the suspension.
This motor problem is especially a concern with certain motors. I have a
102 HP FC engine. These motors are extremely rare and for good reason.
Very few of them were made and very few of those survived. This is because
the 102 HP motors fried very quickly in real world use so Chevy eliminated
them as an option early on. Because of the high compression ratio, the
motors would overheat and knock themselves to death when driven fully loaded.
I will modify my 102 HP motor with lower compression heads before I install
If you are going to use the Rampy as a fully loaded working truck, here
are my suggestions:
1.) The springs and other suspension parts were designed to be very
robust. Inspect the components to be sure they have not degraded in over half a
century. Pay particular attention to the brakes. A dual master cylinder
is a good investment. If everything is brought up to snuff, the suspension
part of the equation shouldn't be a problem with stock components.
2.) Be sure you do not have an engine that will knock itself to death.
As referenced above, the compression ratio is an issue but proper tuning and
air/fuel ratio is also imperative. Keep in mind that you can easily hear
engine knocking in a car but it is likely that you will not hear knocking
in an FC and especially in a Rampy. With road noise, wind noise and with
the engine located so remotely, you could easily fry the engine without
warning. The first time you drive it fully loaded, you may want to have an
assistant sit over the engine compartment for a while to listen for knock.
This should be done under the worst possible conditions. I.E., fully loaded,
engine fully warmed up, a hot day, uphill, slow speed, etc.
3.) You may want to invest in an aftermarket knock eliminator.
4.) You say it won't be an everyday work truck but keep in mind that it
only takes a relatively short time, measured in minutes, for you to destroy
an engine that is knocking heavily.
1960 Corvette, 1961 Rampside Pickup, 1962 Rampside Pickup, 1964 Spyder
coupe, 1965 Greenbrier, 1966 Canadian Corsa turbo coupe, 1967 Nova SS, 1968
In a message dated 5/10/2015 9:04:51 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
corvanatics-request at corvair.org writes:
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 00:27:18 -0400
From: "hank kaczmarek" <kaczmarek at charter.net>
To: "corvanatica" <Corvanatics at corvair.org>
Subject: [FC] Springs for "working" Rampside
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Question for the group.
I?m going to be rebuilding my Rampside to take over as my ?working? truck
once my F-150 dies---if it ever does. Only have 195K on it now, just about
Not an ?everyday? work Truck, but use for totin? trash, firewood,
beehives. Any one know how many cubic yards of topsoil a Rampy can handle?
Anyway, Are HD springs worth the expense, or would you think the stock
springs with good gas shocks would do the job? Firewood would be brought down
from Boone, NC (about a 10 mile long descent to the piedmont).
Any ideas, impressions, .02?s And otherwise humble opinions and
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