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, 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.

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