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.




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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Getting The Red Chev Back on The Road after Covid

 During Covid in Melbourne I have been starting the Red Chev once a week but only had one drive on the road between the first and second wave.

One of the reasons apart from lockdown was a water leak in between the front of the head and the water inlet / thermostat housing.

Two weeks back I retorqued the head, water leak was still happening, so I pulled off the water inlet this afternoon hoping this may solve the issue.

Cleaned the contact faces, fitted a new gasket with sealant on both sides, refitted, water leak gone.

Now running with no issues I then

Changed the oil and oil filter

Changed the coolant

Replaced the bottom radiator hose

Checked plugs and points.

Tomorrows job is to refit rubber to drivers side running board as water has seeped in between  and caused significant rust since fitted some 14 years back. Several coats of rustbuster, a wire brush on the angle grinder and primer surfacer, which will be finished with full gloss black.

Looking forward to the first drive