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, November 3, 2015

Day 63 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (3rd November 2015)

Today we have steering, well ................. we have 2 wheels connected and waiting for the drag link and steering column, but man what a struggle it was to get this far.

I decided to do the steering with the original open tie rod ends, and once on the road will convert to the modern type tie rod ends as per the Red Chev.

As a slight diversion thought I would fit tie rod ends that looked the same but had a factory fitted grease nipple and multiple split pin mounting holes.

Seemed like a good idea.

MISTAKE...... opening for the tie rod ball was about 20mm further out, which resulted in no possible chance of aligning the wheels, as there was not enough adjustment because the tie rod was too long with the different tie rod ends.

After about 3 hours of mucking around trying to get the tie rod thread further into the tie rod end, chucked them both in the corner and very quickly fitted standard tie rod ends.

Alignment done, job finished, wheels aligned, lesson learned.

If I wanted to fit the "non standard" tie rod ends, I would need to cut the tie rod back about 25mm on each end.

All is well, job done, peace has returned to the restoration shed.

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