The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 46 years (1973 - 2019) 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.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

RACV Great Australian Rally

Had a great day at the RACV Rally at Mornington racecourse. I travelled as the passenger of Terry Petredis in his beautiful 1974 Mercedes 450 SL.

There was millions of dollars worth of cars on show, but the focus of my attention was to my 2 favorite cars, being

1932 Confederate Chevrolet

1961 Corvette

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The first Chev V8 engine (1918)

Chevrolet built a V8 engine long before 1955?

This 1918 V8 was advanced for its time. A central camshaft operated vertical overhead valves in both cylinder banks. The counterweighted crankshaft rode in three main bearings and the cross-flow cylinder heads were detachable. Bore and stroke were 3.36" X 4.00" yielding a displacement of 288 CID. Horsepower was advertised at 55HP.

This engine along with the worlds largest collection of vintage racing engines can be seen at the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

28 Chev Ute arrives in Moe

From Grant Fowlers Blog 8th December 2015

Not sure if I posted this at the time, so here it is again...... maybe

1928 Chev Ute Arrives in Moe

My good friend of 25 years Gerry rings me the other day, "I brought an old 28 Chev ute and its coming down on the weekend etc"... Well it arrived on the trailer from northern Victoria and yes it is all complete and very original, the engine starts and runs smoothly with most things in the right place including the rear old wooden tray, I love it and can just see it getting around town after a good tidy up of the running gear etc, then a few cans of WD40 thrown over the top of it and a quick rub down with a scouring pad so the patina can shine through..

Out to Rokeby In Monty the 1928 Chev

From Grant Fowler's blog    

(Sunday, January 3, 2016)

Out to Rokeby In The Chev


Misty rain mixed with a strong east wind today but still surprisingly warmish so I flipped open the bonnet, checked the oil and then rolled the Chevy out the driveway and headed off down the Princes Hwy towards Warragul and then out across to Rokeby to catch up with a friend, have a coffee and chat and also to have a look at a few of his early 19th century vintage cars and motorbikes which are all just lovely, rare and all very much road going and drive able.

I lost my hat on the way out there due to the wind from a passing log truck, so I had to stop on the way back and grab it, and while I'm there on the side of the road grab another photo of the Chevy which is always a must do to and add to the collection, you can never have to many :)

Old Monty ran very well again, the little 4 cylinder is not a big fan of the strong head wind but always just keeps plodding along and gets me home at a steady 45mph, although this time it was a little damp on anything that sticks up above the top on the windscreen..

Out along Bloomfield Road, just north of Nilma.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 90 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (3rd January 2016)

Managed to get 6 serviceable rims sorted today, some will need minor repairs some are ok.