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.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day 11 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (27th May 2015)

More of the dirty stuff today, but progress, though slow is being made.

Stripped 3 brake cross shaft mechanisms, and will use the best parts to rebuild one for the ute.

They all looked pretty sad prior to stripping, bushes are shot and shafts are scored and worn in the contact areas.

During manufacture, the hangers are fitted to a machined section of the shaft, then the end of the shaft is peened over to secure the hanger.

To strip the unit, one end is linished, hangers are knocked off, then everything is taken off from this end.
Three mechanisms stripped to inspect

These pictures show the wear areas in the middle of the shaft where a brace supports the shaft and is attached to the end of the gear box.

The repair process, once all parts are cleaned and de-rusted will go like the picture below taken from another 28 Chev restoration.

The end  plates and center brace will be separated, the spherical soft pot metal bushes will be replaced with new brass or nylon bushes

The old pot metal bushes are very soft and usually shatter on removal

New bushes in both brass and nylon. 

Bushes fitted, side plates re-assembled

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