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, October 13, 2012

1928 Chevrolet Roadster Restoration

From the site of Resto Rods to Go
1928 Chevrolet Roadster Restoration starts with complete disassembling and cleaning to bare metal. The metal is then acid etched and primered with epoxy primer. The rust is cut out, patch panels formed and tig welded into place. All the sheet metal repair panels are butt welded unless they are at an original joint. Usually, in that case, they are lapped and spot welded
All Chevrolets were wood structure with sheet metal skins until 1937. We contracted out the wood kit manufacture to a local talent, who has much experience with wood, including boat building. Although fitting wood inside automobile sheet metal is more difficult than building boats, there are a lot of similar processes and skills required for both.

After we got the new wood structure, we went about the process of final trimming and fitting of the wood to the metal. Paying close attention to the fitting of doors, trunk lid, body lines etc. is very important in this process. You cannot bend wood to compensate for misjudged fit like you can metal.


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