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.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day 69- 28 Chev Ute Restoration (19th November 2015)

Started working on the rear axle housing with the plan being to use a 29 housing as the original ute housing has some decent off road dents, which would have required an fair amount of impact to do, so I was not prepared to risk the axle housing being slightly bent.

Using a 29 housing just requires the brake backing plates being changed as they are different, to accommodate the two piece external brake band.

I picked up a 29 housing a while back, in very good condition, and now the strip and clean begins.

6 rivets on each backing plate need to be ground down then driven out with a pin punch.

This is new, never done it before, never too old to learn.

Like a few Chev Rear axle housings I have seen, the saddle location fitting works itself  a bit lose and starts leaking oil. The problem is easily fixed with a complete weld around the fitting and a bit of peening of the rivet head.

This is the 4th time, including Monty the 28 Chev, that I have removed the rear axle inner seals, and by far was the easiest, thanks to a home made slide hammer that Grant Fowler's late father, Wayne Fowler made many years ago, and no doubt served him well.

It is now an official Chev restoration tool.

Wish I had one during the original 1973 restoration and the 2007 restoration for my daughters wedding.

Thanks Grant, and your Dad also.

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