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

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1915 Willys-Overland

The turn of the century in the American Automotive industry was like the Big Bang Theory with manufacturers merging and splitting seemingly overnight.

At the start of World War I, Willys-Overland was one of the leaders in the production of factory built, enclosed bodywork, the primary appeal of which was to women, it was described as “The Reigning Electrically Started and Lighted Coupe for Women.” Over-all sales hit the 80,000 mark.

By 1915, the company had risen to the position of second largest automobile manufacturer in the U.S. and production reached a new high of 91,780 units, taking second place only to Ford.

This very well preserved example was found in a barn. There are a few various parts in the back seat as well. The exterior paint appears to be in good condition under all that dust with a green and black color scheme that would be awesome left as is or could possibly be brought back to a shine. The interior is in remarkably complete condition with seats and panels present making for an easy restoration if you so choose.

 The dash also appears to be complete with gauges still intact and the steering wheel and controls have a firm solid feel as well. The engine is a work of art in and of its self with amazing engineering that defies modern technology!

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