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, June 24, 2017

Hey Monty (Grant Fowler also) did we really do all that in just 16 months

I came across this Grant Fowler memory on facebook, worth posting again.

Alot of fun, coffee and cursing, and this was the result.

What was achieved is below

I found this list of "improvements" Ray Dean and myself worked through meticulously on the old chevy over the 16mth resto period. Everything was rusty and bound tightly together with mud and 80 odd years of unsealed road grime, so things were sometimes a little slow and tedious.
It may look a little aged and weathered but underneath its all good to go.
1. Removed radiator, replaced lower mounting bolts
2. Replaced radiator hoses, water pump, gaskets and fan belt...
3. Replaced timing cover seals and gaskets
4. Replaced Coil, condenser, distributor cap, rotor button, plugs and points.
5. Replaced Oil Filter
6. Replaced Rocker Cover gaskets
7. Reset valve clearances
8. Adjusted steering box
9. Replaced steering arm
10. Stripped and cleaned both drag links.
11. Replaced all shackle bushes in chassis and springs
12. Replaced all shackle bolts
13. Stripped all U Bolts, re cut thread, fitted new spring washers
14. Reconditioned fuel Vac tank, carby and replaced all fuel lines
15. Replaced wiring harness.
16. Removed body from chassis
17. Replaced main timber rails,
18. Replaced majority of body timbers
19. Cleaned de-rusted and repainted the chassis.
20. Refitted body onto chassis with new webbing.
21. Drained, cleaned and refilled gear box and uni joint housing
22. Replaced all brake linings
23. Stripped and cleaned front wheel bearings
24. Stripped and de-rusted all rims and brake drums
25. Replaced front brake adjusters
26. Repaired any rusted body work.
27. Removed rear axle shafts, replaced bearings, seals and gaskets
28. Drained, cleaned diff and replaced all gaskets
29. Replaced complete exhaust system
30. Drained and cleaned fuel tank.
31. Fitted battery isolating switch
32. Replaced tyres, tubes and rust bands
33. Reconditioned wooden spoke wheels
34. Installed new laminated windscreen and rubbers.
35. New rear view mirror glass.
36. Complete new Upholstery fitted, carpets, door trims etc.
37. Fitted all new light globes to 1928 specs.
38. Installed new 4 x new indicators with Hella lens and globes
and no doubt other small things I have missed.

Various tests and fine tuning were completed and over the 12 months restoration period we covered 600miles in total with and without the body installed plus oil/filter changes every 100miles.

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