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    My 1928 Chevy Coach,

    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!

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    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 : )

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    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......

    Bernard

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    that is very nice and a rare find so original

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    so very kool

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    Nice and a bit different, maybe il see this out and about around Sussex..

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    Quote Originally Posted by uber cool View Post
    that is very nice and a rare find so original
    Thanks uber, I think there's only one other in UK, I may be wrong.

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    so very kool
    Thanks Jimmy I wondered why it's so icy in my shed these days LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by chevychaz View Post
    Nice and a bit different, maybe il see this out and about around Sussex..
    Thanks Chev, Strong likelihood you may see it about, we went to the seaside on Sunday!

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    Looks great- The '28 is the one to have IMO, with the four wheel brakes, "twin port" head and fully enclosed valve gear. Just in case you haven't seen it already, there's a comprehensive thread on these late Chevy four banger motors here: 1928 chevy 4cyl motor | The H.A.M.B.

    I have recently bought home a '28 Chevy Phaeton, this one came from Oz-here's a couple of pics.




    Runs and drives OK, but I have some upgrades in mind as well as sorting some of the "looks" issues like the hideous modern indicators someone has installed.
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    Hi Stu, that's a very nice Chevy you've got there, not too much work needed either.

    I have seen the HAMB tread and a moderate increase in power can be had quite easily it seems, which should stop me getting too bored!

    I've put LED bulb indicators and brake lights on mine and a multi LED conversion in the original centre rear light, I like too be seen and they're very bright,

    it's hard to make these things look period but hopefully mine aren't as obvious as those on yours..

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    I met great chap lives near me who has a 1926 Chevy, it's amazing whats lurking un seen in sheds ..

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    I have a load of pics of my progress so I may make this into a build thread, maybe a Mod move it to the garage section please?

    Bernard
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    Been rummaging in my photos and came up with a few to start with...

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    Full service history

    March 1st 1946

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    1950 something

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    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

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    A few more...

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    This handle is not original, no idea what it's off

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    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

    My Chevy thread: https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/sho...y-coach-403745
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    A few more, the horn was just laying loose in the mud tray on an inch or more of set hard road dirt and oil.
    The fluffy stuff by the horn is clutch fibre that has escaped out of the timing mark viewing hole, luckily soaked in oil!

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    Slick wind up windshield that directs air down behind the dash onto ones feet when raised 1/2" then onto the drivers face as one winds it higher up, way too cool!

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    Spot the steering lock/ignition key, we didn't get that sort of stuff till the sixties over here!

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    I have loads more pics of my mechanical fixes and workarounds, I've machined a few new parts and such which I can post if anyone's interested, don't want to bore you all rigid with my ramblings though!
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    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

    My Chevy thread: https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/sho...y-coach-403745
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