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, October 20, 2015

Day 53 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (20th October 2015)

A couple of hours work and now the front springs are ready for a coat of primer.

The loose rivets on the U brackets of number 4 spring leaf were replaced by using 10mm coach head bolts, cut about 3/16 " longer than the depth of the bracket and spring leaf combined, then peened over (that's fancy for beaten within a inch of its life) and ground back to a smooth surface. The shoulders under the coach bolt head did not need to be removed as they were a perfect hit fit into the existing hole in the bracket.

The brown line indicates where the bolt will be cut down too.

This picture shows the flared out hole in the spring leaf that the peened bolt will be forced into

All done and looking very smart with a coat of primer

The next job will be painting the complete 2 front springs in primer then full gloss black top coat

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