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Old 05-08-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

I just picked up this 28 Chevy sports coupe frame and quarters last week. Two days later I ran across this earlier Chevy roadster cowl and windshield frame. I bought it on the spot.

Thanks to David Atkins from Lee's Summit, Mo for bringing it to me.

Over the last year or so I have been watching Jimmy B build his Chuck Spurgin inspired 25 Chevy roadster. See it here. I fell in love with the Chucks 15a car. It speaks to me like no other hot rod ever has.

So here is the plan. This is a father son project for me and my son Axl. Using the parts you see here I am going to build an early lakes style car inspired by The Chuck Spurgin 15a Roadster. It will be a loose late 40's period car. AND it is on a budget. I am hoping to build it for under 10k but I am trying to keep it closer to 5 or 6 thousand. All parts will be swap meet finds. I'm really not wanting to use any new parts at all.


The parts list will be as follows:

25/26 Chevy cowl--- $150
28 Chevy frame and quarters---$300
1940 Ford rear, bones and brakes---$100
Column shift 3 speed trans---FREE
35 Ford front suspension and bones---$150
35 Ford wire wheels W/ black wall tires---$100
Model A rear crossmember and spring---FREE
Early Chevy inline 6--- FREE so far, needs rebuild
2 Stromberg BXOV-2 Cargs on homemade mafifold---FREE
F1 column and steering box---$40
F1 pedals---$50
Stewart Warner Soutwinds heater (For those cold days)---$20
39 ford standard gauges---$20

Total spent so far--- $935.00


Here are some of the modifications:
Channeled body
Canvas tonneau cover
full belly pan
custom front nose


This all I have right now.



It will be a very long build. I'm having to learn patience to get this and my 53 Chevy done, as well as raising a family and working full time.


















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Old 05-08-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:27 PM   #6
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I believe the cowl is a 25/26. Not really sure. but I'm going to cut the belt line out of the quarters and alter the opening to match. Should be fun. The quarters have almost no rust through. It's going to be a fun build. Especially when it comes to building the belly pan!!!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:40 PM   #7
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Looking forward to seeing this progress.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #8
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That looks like a fun project, I am still hunting a frame like that for one of my projects.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:16 PM   #9
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:10 PM   #10
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Cool Project, I look forward to watching it progress. I can totally understand the effect the Spurgin/Giovanine roadster has on you If I can be of any assistance let me know, I would be happy to help.


Cowl is a '26. '25 firewalls had a big hole for the horn on the right side, '25s also have a X bead in the middle and another following the the cowl line.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:03 PM   #11
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Cool Project, I look forward to watching it progress. I can totally understand the effect the Spurgin/Giovanine roadster has on you If I can be of any assistance let me know, I would be happy to help.


Cowl is a '26. '25 firewalls had a big hole for the horn on the right side, '25s also have a X bead in the middle and another following the the cowl line.
I was wondering how long it would take for you to see this .
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #12
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Default Re: 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

Thanks Jimmy, Lots of questions coming real soon!

I scrapped the idea of 16 inch wheels, I'll just be running 15's. Also just scored a set of early Guide headlights and a F1 steering setup. Parts are coming together QUICK for this thing!!!
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I'm looking for some technical blueprints for 26 and 28 Chevys. Frame dementions, and body measurements. Help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:19 AM   #14
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Default Re: 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

Another Chevy? Excellent.
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I'm looking for some technical blueprints for 26 and 28 Chevys. Frame dementions, and body measurements. Help would be appreciated.
Maybe not exactly what you are after, but though you may not have seen this....

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com...resto/2842.htm

No diagrams, but some dimensions for '28 Chevys.

Hope it helps,

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Default Re: 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

That helps Terry. Not exactly what I'm after but it's a good start! Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:23 PM   #17
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What dimensions are you specifically after? I have a complete 25 and 26 roadsters in bits I can take measurmenst off & am sure Jimmy and co can help with specific measurements. I don't think Ive ever seen scale drawings of mid 20s chevs body chassis or otherwise. There are changes to chassis dimensions for each year 25-28. 25 and 26 are identical in side rail profile but with cast engine cross member, 27 has a higher arch over the back axle and 28 of course is 4 inchs longer and has more in common with a 29 than a 27. Cowl height is same for 25-27 but several inches higher for 28. etc etc.

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Old 06-02-2011, 12:15 PM   #18
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Default Re: 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

Picked up some more parts last night. Some for free!!

Got a complete (minus the spring) 40 Ford rear, complete 35 Ford frontend, a set of 41-48 Backing plates, 5 1935 Ford wire wheels with new tires, a free Model A rear crossmember and spring, an F1 Steering box and column and set of F1 pedals.

I'm going to keep a detailed account posted of how much money is spent and on what. It will be kept in the opening post. I'm really wanting to keep this build around 5 thousand. It will probably be more but not much I hope!!







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Old 06-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #19
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Default Re: 28 Chevy Dry Lakes Roadster: A Build Journal

I have five, The Lester Tire Company, 6.00x16 Whitewall, tube type, Bias Ply tires that I'd like to trade. These have never been on the road but have been sitting for a few years. Still have the nobbies on them. They are a little dry but not bad.

I need two 6.50x16 and two 5.00x16 BLACKWALL bias plys.

I DON'T CARE ABOUT CONDITION. I just need these for mock up on my roadster. They can be bald for all I care. Just as long as I can put a tube in them and roll it around.

A straight trade would be awesome in the east Texas or Dallas area. I really don't want to drive far or pay for shipping.







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Old 06-03-2011, 02:46 PM   #20
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This is going to be awesome!!! Love the Chevy and the Inline thread weaving it's way through the build. I tried to get my father in law to put an inline in his 31 Chevy coupe but I think he's going 283 instead.

That's pretty awesome man, it's going to be killer!!!
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