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.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day 9 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (24th May 2015)

Good progress today on sorting out some of the spares, which as previously mentioned was another reason the 28 ute was an attractive proposition.

I want to get all the spares cleaned, de-rusted and put away before I start the ute rebuild, so I know what I have, including my existing stock of spares.

Enough said, now some pictures of a productive few hours.

Two good headlight buckets, a third needing repair. reflectors have been sprayed in silver paint, so will need to strip off and see what condition they are in.

Four heads to strip

Lots and lots of rust flakes

Valves and rocker arms stripped off

How much rust flakes?.......... Over 3 inches in this jar

The end result after a few hours work.......
- 3 salvageable heads
- 3 good water outlets
- 2 good exhaust manifolds
- 1 inlet manifold for 28 Chev
- 2 inlet manifolds for 27 Chevs

Over the next week or so these parts will be degreased, pressure washed, and then given a long, long bath in the molasses tank.


  1. They'll come up well Ray and it will be interesting to see them after there soaking... CHeers