Sunday, January 3, 2016

Out to Rokeby In The Chev


Misty rain mixed with a strong east wind today but still surprisingly warmish so I flipped open the bonnet, checked the oil and then rolled the Chevy out the driveway and headed off down the Princes Hwy towards Warragul and then out across to Rokeby to catch up with a friend, have a coffee and chat and also to have a look at a few of his early 19th century vintage cars and motorbikes which are all just lovely, rare and all very much road going and drive able.

I lost my hat on the way out there due to the wind from a passing log truck, so I had to stop on the way back and grab it, and while I'm there on the side of the road grab another photo of the Chevy which is always a must do to and add to the collection, you can never have to many :)

Old Monty ran very well again, the little 4 cylinder is not a big fan of the strong head wind but always just keeps plodding along and gets me home at a steady 45mph, although this time it was a little damp on anything that sticks up above the top on the windscreen..

Out along Bloomfield Road, just north of Nilma.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

1928 Chevrolet Ute


My good friend of 25 years Gerry rings me the other day, "I brought an old 28 Chev ute and its coming down on the weekend etc"... Well it arrived on the trailer from northern Victoria and yes it is all complete and very original, the engine starts and runs smoothly with most things in the right place including the rear old wooden tray, I love it and can just see it getting around town after a good tidy up of the running gear etc, then a few cans of WD40 thrown over the top of it and a quick rub down with a scouring pad so the patina can shine through..


Sunday, November 22, 2015

More Spares Than We Can Use


Don't quite know what we are going to do with all these 1928 Chevrolet spare parts that we picked up off a bloke rather cheap who was moving interstate, but over the coming years no-doubt they will come in very handy between Ray and myself as things are only getting harder to find when you need them quickly or even just for a general repair...Cheers

More pix and info below on this link

My 1928 Chevrolet: Day 43 - 28 Chev Ute Restoration (19th September 2...

Mick's 1927 Chevrolet


On the weekend a friend from up East Gippsland way in Bairnsdale, Mick brought this fathers 1927 Chevrolet down for a little tune up, click on the link below from Ray Deans "The Red Chev'' blog and read a more detailed write up of what was done to this lovely little 1927.... Cheers

My 1928 Chevrolet: Something different - Working on a 1927 Chev

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Thorpdale Hills


Well the dull wet winter weather cleared for a little the other Saturday morning so I pushed the old Chevy outside the shed, fired him up and took it for a run up the back of Trafalgar South and over the hills towards Thorpdale, always great views looking straight down the valley and you can see Trafalgar in the middle of the photos .... Cheers

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Early Photo of Monty The Chev


Mum handed me a few old family photos the other day that she had found to my surprise there were two coloured pix of the old Chevy that I had not seen before.
Taken in the late 1960's outside the workshop of Fowler & Sons in Kitchener Street Trafalgar, they are of dad driving with my older brother Stuart in the passenger seat and there is a small child running behind the car in one of the photos well that would be me..
These photos do show the Chevy without any "red lead" primer painted along this left hand side of the bodywork and also the screen is off it to, so I would say that dad must of started to do some "preservation" work on it soon after these were taken and as a child all I remember is the Chevy sitting in this shed for many years gathering dust under a pile of canvas truck tarpaulins..


Monday, April 20, 2015

Another Australian 1928 Chevrolet - This ones a Roadster!!

Well a lovely email landed on my desk today from another Australian 1928 Chevrolet owner who acquired the old car from his father, this happen a bit from time to time and the email read like this - 
"Hi Grant , i just came across you blog about your 28 Chev.
Thank you so much, it brought back so many memories of my dad and I doing our 28 Chev Roadster. Same colour as yours !! So many similarities as well.
My Dad has passed, nearly 14 years now, but I still feel him with me everyday as i work on my toys. Our 28 is due for a redo soon and I sincerely hope my son XXXX will be interested in helping me.
We are from WA but moved to Hobart 8 years ago and I made sure i shipped our 28 out with us.
Again thanks for the blog, thanks for the inspiration boost. A few tears shed while reading it and in such a nice way.
My Dad was a motor engineer of the finest sort, started his apprenticeship in 1936 and worked his way up to director of Sydney Atkinson Motors the state distributor for Holden and GM. His passion was Buick but he loved his 28 Chevs "last of the fours, first of the four wheel brakes" he would comment ad nauseum.
Again all the best
Hope to catch up one day, maybe.

Mike also added this about his Chev
"PS; Mine is a commercial roadster, no dickie seat. Found it in Bedfordale, once an orchard, now a suburb in the Perth hills. All that was missing was the trunk lid, it had not been cut down like so many. The old Italian orchardist had simply plonked a water pump in the boot. we made a very basic boot lid for it and I must try and get some pics of an original."
"That's my Dad in the Dust coat. I still have those meters in my workshop and still use them."

Nice story and its a great car Mike, good luck with the resto and I will be in touch soon.
Cheers Grant Fowler

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A 28 Chev from Horsham arrived in Trafalgar


Darrell from Horsham in Western Victoria made the trip over on the weekend and showed up at our signshop for a BBQ lunch along with a bunch of others.

"Nat" as Darrell calls his 1928 Chevrolet has been in their family since the mid 1960's and had been a locally owned Hamilton "daily driven" car for many years before that and it is so very original in every aspect when you stand and run your eyes over it, really fantastic to see in this condition.

Original weathered, soft and rather cool looking upholstery still is attached, all the timbers are intact, it is still running the 6 volt system and the reliable old vacuum fuel tank and the spoke wheels really set it off.
It is just lovely to see a car like this in this condition still out and about and still being driven, I loved it and it certainly looked the part parked up beside ole Monty.

Many thanks Darrell for making the trip across to Gippsland and one day I will return the favor and head over west for a visit.

Cheers Grant

Car Club Run out to the Trafalgar Holden Museum


The link below takes you to Ray Deans Chevy blog which has a good write up and heaps of pix on their car clubs run out to the Trafalgar Holden Museum and then a BBQ lunch at our signshop just up the road

The last head count was about 75 in for lunch and the weather was great!!

Cheers Grant

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Kev's Chev - Another Aussie 28 Tourer being restored


Yep there is another old 28 Chevy taking shape in Melbourne, is always great to see and then watch one come back to life slowly!!

Check it out in a little more detail from this link below.