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, July 1, 2015

Day 22 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (1st July 2015)

Big day today, only just got out of the shower at about 7.30 and had some dinner.

This ute project is taking me into a few new areas, and it just shows you can always learn something.

The original damaged ute chassis looked to have a better front and rear cross member than the replacement chassis, so I spent a few hours drilling and punching out every rivet and stripping the damaged chassis into the individual pieces.

Very pleased to say the effort was well worth it, as the front cross member is one of the best I have come across. There is a lot to be said for having a long lasting oil leak over many years that picks up dirt and dust and forms a protective coating on both sides. Before I could use the wire brush on the angle grinder I had to hammer and chisel the crud that was between 1/4 to 3/8 thick. Underneath the crud was in places paint, surface rust, and minimal pitting.

The rear cross member was in a similar good condition, the heavy surface rust on the underside will be taken care off in the molasses tank.

Today's pictures are below

The damaged chassis donating its parts to the spares department

Stripped and going nowhere

The rear cross member from the donor chassis

After a  bit of panel work, wire brushing and a very light grind with a flappy disk

 The donor front cross member

Looking pretty good





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