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.


Friday, January 13, 2017

23 Chev? Farmer made ute, ready for a new life

Would you take on this ....... found on Ebay

Believe "Lizzy" to be a 1923 Chev tourer has converted into a farmers pick up (as was the trend pre-war).
A classic barn find. As the story goes, the farmer struggled to get tyres for the original wooden wheels during WW2 so welded 16” rims onto the hubs because he could get 16”. Was used as a farm ute for many years.
Original 1920’s number plate (I have the missing plate number somewhere), radiator ornament, honeycomb radiator. Comes with the modified racing tractor seat and side exhaust. Check out the classic rat-dashboard…
Motor, gearbox and running gear is there but condition is unknown, never tried to get running. Rolls and steers to move around so easy to get onto a car trailer (no brakes). It has had a crack in the engine block but has been bronzed up appears to have run like that for a long time. 
I bought several years ago but have not started, distracted on other projects and she really needs a good home.
A start of a restoration? shed art? rat rod project? or ideally just “as is” display car in all her glory???

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nice looking 28 Engine (2014 from Jaymin McEwan Toowoomba QLD)

Ready to bolt in ! 171 cu inch 36 horsepower !

The Red Chev called in on Kevin (Kev's 28 Chev)

Dropped into Lilydale a few days back to take Kevin for a ride to rekindle his enthusiasm to get back into his 28 Chev restoration after time off for other projects.

We both enjoyed the drive and I look forward to both of us getting back into our respective 28 Chev restorations.

Below is Kevin's progress so far

As at 20th July, here are the latest pictures of Kev's Chev, going very well indeed.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kev's Chev - Another 1928 Aussie Chev being restored - Update 15th June 2015

Its been a little while since Kevin sent me some photos, but he has been steadily moving along with the restoration.

The story so far can be seen at

The latest pictures below Kevin sent me yesterday, and cover March to June.

Update as at 9th March 2015 is posted below

Engine was cleaned and the old paint stripped off

Gearbox pre stripping

Cluster gears and bottom shafts in very good condition

Gear selector repaired and top tower pins replaced

New fully sealed front and rear bearings fitted and bronze bushing between input and output shaft

All back together ready to paint

After removing head have decided to have block bored out to 30 thou oversize and fit new pistons and rings

Head is good with new valves fitted

Original pistons. Bearings and lifters are serviceable and will be reused

My home made spray booth ready for work with the stripped chassis prior to sending away for sandblasting

The old paint looked ok  but peeled off 

Sandblasted and ready for painting

The painting process has began.

Next was the Gearbox

And at last the chassis, which came up very nice indeed.

Now let the assembly of this Chevy begin...............

Degreased inside and out

Ready for installing back in the housing

New sealed bearings fitted

All back together again

New propeller shaft bushing and locally sourced propeller seal fitted

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Working on replacing axle bearings with sealed bearings and replacing housing seals prior to sand blasting and painting of front and rear axle assemblies and chassis.