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.