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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monty The Chev - Resto Vid


Gidday,

I should of done this a few years back, Cheers.

"We'll get it running, but we're not painting it all fancy" - Wayne Fowler


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gidday,

Finally got a break with the winter weather last Sunday so I rolled the Chevy out of the shed for a bit of TLC, a quick wipe over with some WD40 and then a run up the road and back, all went well and it just purred along like every other time at 47mph, so very sweetly.
Apart from that I have done not much else to it at all these past few months, only flush out the radiator and refill with coolant, I start it up on a weekly basis and get the temp up nice and hot and while that it happening and am constantly listening for rattles and squeaks, checking nuts and bolts and watching for any new leaks that might have occurred, all rather boring but it must be done and you have to keep on top of the little things before they get out of hand and become a costly repair.

Cheers Grant



Saturday, May 31, 2014

A few Spares - 1928 Chevrolet

Gidday,

The other day myself and Ray Dean located a few cheap 1928 Chevrolet parts, yes your typical "I have no room" shed clean out was taking place and the bloke wanted them out of there and yes we brought them over the internet seen only by the grainy picture below for a very good price and will collect soon which included one complete engine (less carbie) 3 gearboxes and a diff, and although the diff and two of the gearboxes which are 4 speeds and are from a 1928 truck, these will be moved along quickly which will pay for the engine and one good 3 speed gearbox.

Ray plans to quickly get the engine home and up on the stand for firstly a compression test, bolt on a restored "Carter" carbie from his fully catalogued spare parts man-cave inventory, change the oil, spark plugs and check the timing and point, basically he will weave his magic once again and get this thing running in no time hopefully like a swiss watch!





The engine itself has been stored indoors, is sealed up with spark plugs intact so that's a bonus as often when they are located they have just been left to sit and rust away out in the weather and at worse we can strip it for spares as over the last few years they are also becoming a little expensive and more so rare in complete form like this.

Now all we need is a spare chassis which do pop up from time to time on the internet and we have ourselves the makings of a 1928 Speedster similar in appearance to these pictured below - Cheers

My favourite this one, love the rust!!





















Flinders Street Railway Station Melbourne - 103 years apart

Gidday,

Not a great deal of change for the building after 103 years, this being the difference between the two photos.

Taken in 1910


Taken in 2013


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Old Gippsland Farmhouse - 1928 Chevrolet

Gidday,

Not to much to write about with the old Monty lately as it is running along so very smooth,  just check the basics like water and oil, fill it up with fuel with a splash of diesel included in the mix to keep the insides a little happier and then just jump in, put a big smile on your face and drive it at a steady 47mph, to easy!! but in saying that it is due for a for oil and filter change, a good going over with the grease gun and then run the spanners over the underside of the chassis to tighten up any loose nut n bolts.

Anyway with this freakish run of warmer than normal autumn weather we are getting here in Gippsland I drove out to his old farmhouse that I have had my eye on for some time to take some pictures and once permission from the land owner was given it was open with the gates and I was soon driving over the paddocks to reach it down in the back corner of the property and it is really only a good stones throw from where dad grew up at Trafalgar East on the family farm back in the 1940's and now all I have to do is wash the cow shit off the tyres but it does add to the character of the car :)

Cheers Grant






Sunday, May 11, 2014

Handpainted Signage On A Sunbeam Vintage Car

Gidday,

This job came into my signshop a little while back as the owner of this lovely Sunbeam vintage car has just had it all repainted British Racing Green so the red handpainted lettering along the sides of the bonnet had to be added back onto it and also this time around a ''Union Jack'' was added onto a vented panel which was a little tricky to do, anyway all went well and I was extremely happy with the end result - Cheers










 








UPDATE:

And here is the end result with John sending me through these two pictures today of the Sunbeam below, freshly repainted in all its glory with new hand painted branding..

The car is now being prepared for shipment to Seattle in the USA where is it going to take part in a 1500 mile rally down to pebble beach for the www.pebblebeachconcours.net event, what is great trip that would be and I wish you well John.

Cheers
Grant








Three Generations


Taken in 1999 with Dad, myself and my son Codi sitting in the front seat during one of the rare occasions when Monty was relocated from one shed, across the road to the next.





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Very Early 1900's Bedelia in Australia

Check out this very early 1900's "Bedelia" from France, which is one of only 3 left in the world, it is registered and will sit comfortably at 60kmp along the road, steers well and gets driven on rallies so the owner told me when I visited his Gippsland property over the weekend.










Here is a video below of it in action


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wedding Bells Were In The Air.

Gidday,

Wedding bell were in the air over the weekend folks as my cousins daughter got married and she had asked me a while back if old Monty could be used and drive her there on the big day, "certainly and no problems at all" was my response..

Saturday morning rolled around and after a few hours of polishing, cleaning and vacuuming this and that, which I must confess it had not received in a while (its a driver not a show piece) I stood back and was happy with how the old banger had scrubbed up.

Fuel, oil, water and tyre pressures were next checked.. all good to go! then at 3.00pm on a lovely sunny Gippsland afternoon I was heading out of Trafalgar and motoring down the Princes Hwy at 47 mph making a bee line for Warragul.

The Chevy never missed a beat, we got them there, got in the odd photo and then I drove it back home to be parked up in the shed then my wife and I returned back for the celebrations and a great evening with family and friends.









Saturday, January 18, 2014

Have Been Looking and Found One

Gidday,

Over the new years holidays the family jumped in the modern car and took a few days R&R over in the small touristy town of Daylesford which is only about 250kms away.

There are plenty of old-wares and collectable shops that you can get lost in a for a while plus some great cafes dotted up and down the streets so a lovely coffee is never to far away if needed.








I found lots of quirky old items for around our house and some great ideas for future projects in the garden but one thing in particular that stood out for the old Chevy was this small metal trunk for the rear luggage rack, its perfect for a few tools and spares instead of having to store them on the rear floor area.




I came home a gave it a squirt and wipe over with some WD40, yes its always WD40! and then I glued one large piece of 5mm thick black rubber to the underside of it to stop it rattling and moving about on the old uneven metal luggage rack supports and also I still have to raise the number plate a little more to keep the police happy and with the patina and dents included in the price, it certainly suits Monty down to the ground.. Cheers