Stripping a Rampside

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crukab
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Stripping a Rampside

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Hi, I'm a long time VW Bus guy, I have owned several Singlecab & Doublecab trucks, I keep my "Bus hunting Radar " on 24/7.
So I found a old Rusted Rampside in N.H., real rough, Bumpers are clean shiney chrome, ramp gate & tailgate fair shape, has the bench seat, the cab looks compltete, the bed is gone/rotted thru. A dead engine sits on the ground, under where the bed was.
I can get it for Free, I'd rather strip it in place, as getting it out where it is would be a pain, but it could be done. I would not mind bringing it home, it would look great w/ all the other VW trucks/Buses here, and I have pleaty of space.
Just wondering if it is worth the trouble & work to strip it and/or trailer it home, are the parts worth much ?? I know pictures would help, I'll see if I can get some & post them. I know if it was a VW truck what I'd do, just not sure about this Corvair.
Thanks !
Tom in Vt.

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Yes it’s worth it. Rampsides are gaining value faster than any other Corvair model.


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Scott H wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 1:17 pm
Yes it’s worth it. Rampsides are gaining value faster than any other Corvair model.


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Maybe? If it is in really bad shape with lots of rust and not salvageable to restore then there is not a lot of value in the parts. There is some. It is impossible to put a number on what the parts might be worth without seeing the condition of the parts. No parts are of particularly high value. engine and trans axle as core maybe $300, bumpers if good 50 each, seat maybe 50-100, instrument cluster maybe 50, rear axles with good bearings 75-100? You have to consider the effort to strip and haul pieces as to whether such an endeavor is worthwhile. Many times the answer is no.
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Re: Stripping a Rampside

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Thanks for the straight info TTed.
I guess I'll try & dig it out, cut down the pricker bushes, fill in the Fox ? Woodchuck ? hole next to it, need to slide/dig that engine out from under it, put air in the tires etc. I usually bring good rims/tires when doing a Bus rescue, but I'm in a whole new ball park here. I'll take pics for sure. I'd be proud to have this old beast in my back field, and if I can get a few parts to the folks that need them, all the better.

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that was my last Bus rescue. ^^^^^

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The boomerang and the tailgate and ramp latches are worth money.
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Re: Stripping a Rampside

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terribleted wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 1:43 pm
Scott H wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 1:17 pm
Yes it’s worth it. Rampsides are gaining value faster than any other Corvair model.


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Maybe? If it is in really bad shape with lots of rust and not salvageable to restore then there is not a lot of value in the parts. There is some. It is impossible to put a number on what the parts might be worth without seeing the condition of the parts. No parts are of particularly high value. engine and trans axle as core maybe $300, bumpers if good 50 each, seat maybe 50-100, instrument cluster maybe 50, rear axles with good bearings 75-100? You have to consider the effort to strip and haul pieces as to whether such an endeavor is worthwhile. Many times the answer is no.
I misunderstood...I pictured saving the Rampside. Not just stripping the parts off.
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Re: Stripping a Rampside

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Welcome, i was wondering if you had any updates as i'd be interested in the front windshield if its good! Thanks.

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Re: Stripping a Rampside

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I'm pretty sure the windsheild is cracked...
I'm looking to haul it out in the later Fall, it will take a few hours prep to get it out, thinking of trying to get the tires off, they are hanging off the rims, my neighbor runs a shop, he will put the tires back on the rims, or put some of my spares on, for $10/ wheel. I have Bud that is up for the "adventure", we have pulled home many buses together. I now have my tow rig & trailer ready to rock.
Pics when it happens.

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Re: Stripping a Rampside

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If it has bias ply tires I've had good luck with bead sealer I buy at O'Reilly Auto.
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