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.


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


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

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monthly Sunday "Breaky" Car Club Meet - Gippsland


What a great turnout it was again on a lovely Sunday morning, I would think that close to 80 or so classic cars of all makes, models and ages gathered around the public car park in the Warragul town centre from 8am onwards for a few hours of banter and bullshit with the owners and like their cars, the ages of the owners varies a lot which is great to see... A great bunch of blokes!!

Today I laid my eyes on a couple of 1920 Sunbeams, yes big old cars indeed with one soon to get the restoration treatment again after its last 1960's makeover which no doubt will come up a lovely after talking to the new owner.

And the other Sunbeam, well not much to say really except "bloody hell"....

Its originally from New Zealand and comes complete with an aeroplane engine hanging out both sides of it and it sounded just amazing as it "taxied" into the car park and came to a stop and after a quick chat with the owner, I was told that when cruising at legal highway speed which is 100kph the massive engine is just ticking over at 1100rpms... How Nice!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday, December 28, 2013

90th Birthday For Bill


A few months ago I received a phone call from a bloke who wanted to know if I was available on the 29th December and also if I was willing to drive the Chevy down to Melbourne, well actually an eastern suburb of Melbourne because it was his fathers surprise 90th birthday and his father Bill, had a soft spot for the 1928 Chevrolet as this was the first car that he learnt to drive in at the age of 14 and would I be able to pick him and his father up at an aged care home and take him for a drive around the suburb... "Sure, no problems at all" was my reply.

Well today after the 90 minute drive straight down the Princes Hwy into an annoying side wind at a leisurely  73kph I arrived at the "Hansworth" nursing home around 11am where my mate Ray was waiting to take a few pix and shortly afterwards Murray, Bills sons showed up, greetings were exchanged and then Murray went inside to get his father and bring him out to the street

While we waited for Bill to come outside we chatted to Bill's 88 year old wife who had made her way out closure to the street to take a look at Monty... "It's a beauty, I do love cars, oh I love cars, you know I was a devil in a car... oh yes it's a real beauty", Bills wife was a sweetie!

The automatic doors to the nursing homes slid open and out shuffled Bill, a tall, well dressed gentleman with his two sons one on each side of him as Bill and his walking frame made their way and came out into the bright daylight and down the driveway towards us.. "Look at that car, a 1928 Chevrolet," were his softly spoken words straight away with a smile on his face, Murray got the introductions under way and we wished Bill a happy birthday, photos were then taken as Bill quickly headed for the front seat after his family explained that we were taking him on a joy ride..

Bill with his two sons on his 90th Birthday.

With the four of us all seated and Bill with a smile across his face we soon found ourselves out amongst the Sunday morning traffic of down town suburbia and motoring along Police Road with Murray and his brother in the back seat calling out the shots on when and where to turn because I didn't have a clue on how to get back to the restaurant where the rest of Bill's family were gathering to greet him.
While we drove Bill chatted about their dairy business that they owned, how he learnt to drive at the young age of 14 years in a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, how he got his license young and how they used to delivery milk in many 2 gallon metal tins which they tired along the side running boards of the Chevrolet and also in the back where the rear seat should of been installed, the three fellas laughed and chatted as I drove and quietly encouraged Monty up a few steep longish streets.
We soon found our way back to the restaurant where family members were waiting with cameras to take Bills picture and then he was helped down out of old Monty.

After a quick chat I again wished Bill a very happy birthday and we parted with a handshake and a smile.

Murray, many thanks for the initial phone call and inquiry about the use of Monty, never a problem and it was a pleasure to be able to help out your family, but more importantly to see that smile on your dads face as he walked down the driveway.


Cheers Grant


I received a email today for Murray, Bill's son that read -

Hello Grant
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank you again for last Sunday. It was an excellent day and my dad was taken totally by surprise. I have attached some images of dad washing the Chevrolet as a 16 year old (around 1940). In one of the photos he is pictured with his father but unfortunately this one is a bit blurry. I see you have updated your blog (bought a tear to my eye) and these images will finish it off just nicely.
Murray Seymour

Bill and his dad in 1940

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Chevy At The Signshop


Parked up and pulling in the crowd, well not really but always one or two stop for a look and take some pix

Monty in front of our signshop.

Bunyip Bound On A Sunny Sunday


Just a couple of pix of a few weeks back from a quick blast down the Princes Hwy with the destination being a small service centre at Bunyip to catch up with Ray Dean and his immaculately presented 1928 "Red Chev" which btw is the complete polar opposite in appearance to patina riddled "Ole Monty"... Cheers

Good Video link below..

6 Volt to 12 Volt Converter Now Installed


I could not say it or talk you through it any better than this link below describes what we installed so have a look at it..

And today on this lovely Boxing Day holiday the resto shed flung open its doors once more as Ray and I, well basically it was more Ray installing his already made up 6 volt to 12 volt converter while I passed the tools so that I to can now charge my phone and run my little sat nav all day long in the Chevy.

Also while we were at it a little issue with the front left brake was sorted and now everything is running smoothly again.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Drive At Dusk - Warm Evening


Was the first day of summer for 2013 and the day was a typical hot Aussie one with the kids swimming in the pool all afternoon, Lisa keeping busy around the house and myself looking for shade while tinkering around in the shed and yard after lawn duties were completed, so later in the day just on dusk and with heat still in the air I drove the Chevy for about 30 miles down to Warragul and back to drop my son off at his mates place.