Hi folks, when I posted my intro Brading thought my Chevy might be interesting to some of you so here goes.
I had the cash from selling my last toy and I thought this Chevy was the coolest looking thing I'd seen for ages, it ran, the brake linkages where seized but I bought it on sight, no hesitation at all, could have done with a bigger trailer to drag it home on!
Apparently it had sat in a barn since 1970 , the seller/importer had a pic of it as found.
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I did some research into the previous owner and by searching the US electoral role, US realtor sites and Google Earth I managed to locate the very same shed....which wasn't too easy as the entrance was on the corner of a crossroads and I kept passing it until I swept 360 in street view in the middle of the junction and saw it down beside the house, good fun and sort of cool to know where it was for all that time.
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It seems the first owner passed in 1970 and left it to his son, who has also passed I believe. I like to think it was the son who then waved a few rattle cans of metallic blue on the panels and hand brushed a coat of black and silver over the rest without any preparation at all (the underside and engine mud pans were encrusted with up to an inch of set hard shale and mud) I reckon from dirt roads, and he'd painted over that as well. Own up who didn't do the same at that age!
This car is about as original as it gets, a bit more battered than it looks in these pics, but even has the old type bayonet grease fittings, except for the front and rear spring pin ones that show which are changed to modern ones, and those seem to be the only ones to have seen any grease! The wiring was shot but more of that later.
Knowing nothing about these old Chevys I was amazed to see an original solid mounted OHV cross flow head engine in it, first produced in 1914, most people who see it won't believe it's original, makes me smile, this I like a lot : )
The engine is a bit tired so when the time comes it will be rebuilt with some period 'hop up' parts, call me a bit soft but I like to think I'll be finishing what the son started when he spruced it up back then...
This won't be a 'get it done in time for Pendine' build, or even a planned route to owning/building an old skool style hot rod (as everything so far has come about by serendipity and happenstance) but more like just me sharing my luck with anyones who's interested.
My current intention is to gently morph it into a 'hopped up' fun ride that a teenager who got passed down his old dad's family car might have ended up with back then, the end result is yet to be decided.
We're just enjoying it as it is for now, so this may take some time......