The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

!928 Studebaker restoration by Finch Restorations - Part 5

Finch Restorations in Mounty Barker South Australia have started a full restoration on a 1928 Studebaker.

Below progress continues in part 5

I thought my 28 Chev ute chassis was bad? These guys are true craftsmen.

Matlida the 28 Chev - now back on the straight and narrow

For some time both Terry (Matilda's owner) and I have thought the old girl was running a bit rough, and on the recent Chev 4 Tour at Shepparton, despite Matilda cruising at a good speed, to me it sounded a bit sick. I was worried a burnt valve may be the culprit.

We had a session to get to the bottom of the problem...... good news or bad.

First thing was to eliminate a valve problem with a compression test. All cylinders were around 60 to 65 psi, happy with that.

Next was to check and adjust the tappets, more a noise problem than being the cause of a sluggish Matilda. They were nearly all out, so adjusted and ticked that of the list. Used this magical Snap On tool that I found on Ebay a few years back, makes setting tappets a dream instead of the normal nightmare.
I was starting to think it was a carby problem...... until I cleaned and checked the points. They were a bit burnt and the gap was about 35 thou. Reset at 23 thou and bingo, Matilda is now behaving herself, running as smooth as a Chev 4 can run.

Who is a happier (and relieved)  Chev owner now?

Friday, December 9, 2016

Another Chev 4 saved

A friend of mine recently purchased the remains of a 27 Chev for a very good price, and saved it from the scrap metal yard.

A lot of work ahead, but a pretty good starting point, as the chassis appears to be in very good condition.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

1928 Chevrolet Roadster Reborn by Goode Restorations in South Australia

Looks like a great resto done a few years back

Started June 2007


The body and chassis as delivered to Goode Restorations.



The wooden body taking shape.


The wood around the doors and seat area.


The body, guards and bonnet repairs completed.


A test fit of the boot lid. The wooden frame was made at Goode Restorations from stratch and was skined in Adelaide.


The sandblasted and painted chassis ready for reassembly.


Suspension, gearbox and diff fitted to the chassis ready for the engine and body.


Engine, body and guards fitted up ready for trim.



Seat and door panels trimmed.



Boot carpeted and side trim panels fitted.


The finished vehicle with the proud owner.
Finished March 2011