Sunday, October 12, 2014

Springtime - Is Good Driving Weather Once Again


Yes the sun is out and shining most days again now that spring is here, so the hood-less Chevy gets a few more outings this time of year.. Cheers

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monty The Chev - Resto Vid


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


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


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


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


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


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



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 event, what is great trip that would be and I wish you well John.


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.


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.