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.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Another Aussie Chev - Patrick Ryan' 1925 Chev Tourer


 I received an email today from Patrick in New South Wales with some great pictures of his new pride and joy, and the following is his far


Here is a pic of my dad, and his dad, with the old farm 28 Chev (my dad always called it)

I  have recently purchased a 1925 Chev Superior K Touring.

The Chev was purchased rom a local fellow, who has had it for over 20 years I understand, and had it fully restored in 2000, but had only done 30 miles since, and was last registered in 2004.

Apparently, I am now the 3rd owner, as the current owner and restorer purchased it from the original owners family. This is all hearsay at the moment, so I am not sure what is true or not.

I am also a Mechanical Engineer, worked my way up through, International trucks, then IVECO trucks, moved to IVECO factory as a Regional Service Manager,

Then as Regional Sales Manager. I then moved to Eaton Truck Components where I looked after the Eaton Road Ranger product for over 5 years before I have ended up here at Volvo Group, as Sales Support Manger for the UD brand.

All the while, I have never stopped working at home, on cars (mainly kids love jobs) on anything with an engine. Plus a range of 1950’s Victa’s.

I had a boat that I sold after not using it for a couple of years, and thought I would buy an old car to work on, preferably a WW2 Jeep.

A hot rodder (I’m not interested in anything but originality myself Ray) mate of mine saw this as it was uncovered after 10 years in the corner of the panel shop he frequents, in Mascot.

The only problem was it has not turned a wheel, or had been started since 2004

He said, forget the Jeep, look at this!

I fell in love immediately.

I will be taking delivery of it next Saturday 27th September as the owner had an old mechanic go over it from top to bottom.

This included:

Removing the head and fixing one seized valve

Draining and replacing all oils and fluids.

Getting the original Stewart warner vacuum fuel system up and working (working well now)

Complete tune up and checks of the original 6V system

Checking every nut and bolt

Removing the L/H king pin as she wouldn’t accept grease and a bit of wet & dry and now perfect.

After a good drive, I reported the Moto Meter was showing a bit hot, and I discovered the original honeycomb radiator was hot at the top and cool at the bottom.

I diagnosed a potential blocked, or at least partially blocked radiator. This is being done as we speak.

This has put delivery back 1 week, but all for the best.

We had to remove the original Alemite T type grease nipples, fit a BSP nipple, grease the item then replace. (cant buy an Alemite T type coupling)

All good.

After doing a lot of homework on this car, I can so far tell, she is 100% faithful in her restoration, she still even has her original coil.

Here are some other (poor iphone images) pics I have taken during my few visits to the mechanic.


Strange key, which I have no idea where it came from, nor does the owner.


Below is a small video of the first start up since 2004, and having the head re fitted




  1. Thanks Grant.
    I've been SO much enjoying reading yours and Rays exploits with Monty.
    Its such an in depth record you guys have supplied to the world. I'm still reading after 2 days :-)
    Very well done and you both looked like you had a ball.