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 23 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (2nd July 2015)

Raining this morning so I spent the first few hours cleaning up a few Chassis hang on parts before they are put into the molasses for a few weeks.

The rest of the day was spent on the rear half of the chassis, stripping of original chassis black paint then the rust underneath.

A bit of pitting here and there, nothing serious



  1. How do you mix and use the molasses?

  2. Hi Don,

    My molasses mixture is 1 part molasses to 9 parts water. You can do a stronger mix of up to 1 part molasses to 5 parts water, but as time was not an issue , 9 to 1 is good for me. As the molasses is very thick, I added it to warm to hot water to mix it easily. Once your mixture is made up, clean any grease, paint or loose scaly rust of the part, and then put it into the tank. Check on a weekly basis, hit it with a high pressure water gun, then back into the tank. Depending on the amount of rust, the tank time can be anything from 2 to 4 weeks.

    BEWARE - Aluminum, Die cast or Pot Metal should not be put into molasses, and care should be taken with cast iron.

    Once out of the tank and water blasted, you need to paint the part pretty quick to prevent new rust forming.

    Regards, and let me know if you require any more details.