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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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Day 34 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (15th August 2015)

Good day in the shed, fitted the replacement rear cross member, which went in pretty easy.

No rust here.


The unbrako heads will be filled to look like an original rivet


The four nuts at the rear of the chassis will be the only ones visible from under the car. All other cross members will have the head facing under the car.


These will be hidden by the fuel tank


3/8 x 3/4 UNF Button Head Socket Screw, with a Conical nut on the other side



This cross member is not going anywhere


Next job was removing the front cross member. With 4 loose rivets and significant pitting from the radiator, it was not a hard decision to remove and replace with this rust and corrosion free spare. The dark areas are medium to heavy rust.


Very nice replacement that spent a month in the molasses bath


Overnight rustbuster will be pickling away at the rust that was under the front cross member.


Zinc Chromate painted over rust........ why?  Will need to be taken back to bare metal.


This space or "hole" will be filled in with the front cross member within the next day or so. A fair bit of work replacing these cross members, but the peace of mind factor will be very strong.

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