Readers Rides

Real Cars, Real People

Compiled by Eric Kaminsky - February 07, 2013 10:00 AM


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Owner: Cesar Nieto

“I am sending some photos of my baby here in Brazil. It’s a Camaro 1973 Rally Sport with 350 cid engine, with TH 350 automatic transmission. I live in the town of São Roque, San Paulo, and bought this Camaro in 1984. Since then, I have kept it in original shape except for a double Hooker exhaust, quad Holley and a Mallory ignition system.

“The good reminder of this car was during my marriage in 2000, bringing the bride, now my wife, back from church. It stopped on the street and I had to fix a bad spark cable on the street side.”

Ramped Up
Owner: Bob King

Bob owns this 1963 Corvair Rampside pickup truck, equipped with a 164ci, 110hp modified engine, with four-speed and 3.89 posi rear. He is also president of the Philadelphia Corvair Association and a member of the Corvair Society of America.

It was restored to stock condition except for the Line-X bed coating and the Retro Sound radio. The three-year restoration included replacement of large sections of sheetmetal; reskinning, rebuilding and replacing the hinge; interior seats recovered with OEM materials; as well as the rubber floor mat.

“Most of the parts came from Clark’s Corvair Parts of Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts. LMC Truck also provided a few things for this truck, which are difficult to find with production figures at 2,046. It’s pretty rare.

“My wife, three-year-old child and I recently made a trip to the Corvair Society of America International Convention in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. My Rampside was in the FC (Forward Control) concours competition, which was the first show it was in since I finished a three-year restoration just this summer (2012). A couple days before the show, I rebuilt an axle, just to give you an idea of how close it was to not being ready for this major car show.

“We made the 600-plus mile round trip and I managed a 94.98, giving the Rampy a silver award. I have since found a nice set of NOS wheel covers.”