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.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 30 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (28th July 2015)

Another job done tonight, stripped the old paint off the front axle, and cleaned up the stub axles in preparation for re-assembly.

I have had this axle since the 70's, and pleased to say the coat of zinc chromate under the black top coat that someone applied many years ago, did its job well, no rust to clean off anywhere.

After a few coats of paint stripper and high pressure water blasting, the black top coat was removed, and I had to remove the zinc chromate with a wire brush on the angle grinder. Its a bugger of a thing to get off, does its job very well.

The spring mounting pads are in pretty good condition, with no significant wear or pitting

I am using the king pins and bushes from the ute axle as they have been replaced recently, mileage wise, however the bushes have not been reamed in line, and were binding. I picked up a 28 Chev King Pin Bush reamer many years ago, and this was only the second time I have used it. The first was on Monty the 28 Chev.

Found a better set of bearings in my spares and will use these in the re-assembly.

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