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.