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


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 21 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (30th June 2015)

Good progress today in two ways. The first improvement was wheels on the rotisserie to make it easy to move the chassis around and store it in the garage overnight.

The second and more important was the ongoing chassis clean up.

So far both rails look pretty good, the bottom edge on the passenger side has a section between the transmission mounts and the handbrake linkage cross member about 15 inches long that's a bit on the thin side. This will be cut out and a new piece welded in.

I did not like the look of the rear cross member where it joins the chassis, so I removed it to get at the rust and will replace it with a better one from the original chassis.

The front cross member has at least 4 loose rivets, so I will remove the whole thing and replace it with the one from the original chassis that does not have any pitting under the radiator.

All in all happy with another days effort, see pictures below:

The rusted area under the rear cross member







The rear cross member with the edges rusted away








Loose rivets on the underside of the front cross member



Loose rivet on the underside of the rear engine mount

 
We now have wheels



Tomorrow, more grinding and wire brushing, and for something different, a bit of paint stripping for the rear sections of both chassis rails to remove 87 year old black paint



 

 

 

 

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