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.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bit of Brake Work on The Red Chev

Decided it was time to adjust the front brakes after the 122 k run last weekend.

In the process came across a problem that Grant and I had with Monty the 28 Chev a couple of years back.

When either reversing at low speed on spinning the wheel when the car is on an axle stands the brakes grab suddenly, caused by wear in the lower brake shoe pin allowing the shoe to twist enough to grab the drum.

An easy fix by peening in the edge of the pin hole in the backing plate, enough to close up the hole and solve the problem.

You can see the slop of the pin hole on the right hand side

Stripped, cleaned and ready to go

The original linings were ok, about 40% worn, but thought I would use a fresh set of brake shoes Kevin Smith prepared for the ute project. The worn shoes will be fine on the ute.

New linings.......Nice

All set and ready to go

Test drive went fine, will let shoes bed in for a few weeks and then adjust.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Update on Sam and Donna's 28 Chev Roadster

The Red Chev did a 120 k round trip today, to catch up with Sam , who is just about to pull off the body to have the final top coat applied to his 28 Roadster after driving it in primer while he sorted out all the bugs.

However......... Since I last caught up with Sam he has picked up a great 29 tourer.

Sam has stripped the 28 ready to pull of the body for painting.

Previous update on Sam's 28 Roadster August 5th 2015

I received a few pictures over the weekend, Sam is making good progress and went for the first test drive.

First Posting June 29th 2015

(Since this posting Sam has sold the 28 truck)

I received an email from Sam with some great pictures of his Chev truck and 28 Roadster. The truck looks great and by the look of the roadster it will be a beautiful example when its finished.

Thanks for the photos Sam and good luck with your restoration.