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.




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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Day 19 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (28th June 2015)

Ok, the plan is slowly falling into place. I wanted to learn from my mistakes when I did the Red Chev restoration back in 1973, being, picking the best of the limited parts I had and putting them back together, without the experience to know if they were in a good serviceable condition. It took me nearly 25 years to rectify this problem.

With the ute project, and based on the above, I decided to take the time to "do it once and do it right".

This became a bit more involved, when I discovered the ute was in a poorer condition than I first thought.

The damaged chassis has been replaced, and over the last 2 weeks I have swapped for and acquired a very good rear axle housing, half axle shafts, torque tube, drive shaft and torque tube bell.

The differential crown wheel and pinion is not a problem as I have a few spares. I will use the one in the ute that is in good serviceable condition, and will be better still when I throw in a set of bearings.

This week will see as big step forward when I pick up a rotisserie to mount the chassis on to de-rust and clean up.

Todays pictures are below.

Good use for the garden tool rack in the garage


This torque tube is perfect and will be used


A very good spare


The one that was on the ute could be used, but would require a fair bit of work.


A very good set of axle half shafts (excellent key ways) from a 29 Chev will be used.





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