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.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Building a running model A in 100 hours from Swap Meeting Parts - Part 1

They did it: The Hagerty team that set out to build a a drivable Ford Model A in just 100 hours using nothing but parts found at the 2016 Hershey swap meet did, in fact, end up with a drivable Ford Model A before the clock ran down.
The fenderless result may not be the nicest Model A in the world, and it’s sure as heck not going to impress any Blue Oval purists (for one, the chassis seems to have come from a roadster, but it’s now wearing a Fordor body), but you could do a whole lot worse than this for under $10,000 total.
And the process looked like a lot of fun! We stopped by a few times during our time at the meet, and the transformation from a rolling chassis with a non-running engine into a honest-to-goodness operable vehicle was impressive. Maybe you caught some of the action on the build livestream; if not, here are recap videos from all four days of the build:

This is the second year of the so-called Swap to Street Challenge, and the second successful outcome -- though we’ll have to put an asterisk next to this year’s record, as the freshly built car didn’t make it all the way back to the Hagerty HQ in Traverse City, MI under its own power. After covering about 300 miles of the 700-mile journey at an average of 30 mph, the team made the call to trailer it the rest of the way, reportedly to save time.

We can’t say we blame them. After all, just by achieving drivability, the team proved what they set out to prove: You can build a running vehicle on a Hershey swap meet-only parts diet. And if they had needed an engine, brakes or tires, those components could have easily been sourced from the show field -- along with just about everything necessary to restore the whole thing back to concours condition, should that have been their objective.
As easy as online parts-buying may be, there's something cool about strolling the swap meet grounds, inspecting the wares and finding a few unexpected odds and ends in the process. Not to mention the instant gratification of trading cash for parts on the spot.

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