Bill Harris with his restored 1928 Chevrolet.
Bill Harris with his restored 1928 Chevrolet. Valerie Horton

Roadside bargain now road beauty

BILL HARRIS didn't find his Chevy in the levee but the wreck on the side of a Hervey Bay road turned out to turn into just as much of a legend.

“I got the bits for $1500 when they were sitting on Boat Harbour Drive in Urangan and then spent the next two (to) three years putting them back together until I got myself a 1928 Chevy,” Maryborough's Mr Harris said.

“As a kid in Newcastle I'd owned a 1927 Chevy, which I'd bought for 40 pound so to get this Chevy together is terrific.”

Mr Harris and his wife Barbara are members of the Maryborough District Antique Motor Club and take their classic car on rallies and outings.

“About five of our current eight foster children like to come with us,” he said. The two have raised foster kids for 47 years.

The car, now worth thousands, turns heads and activates cameras whenever it's out in public.

The former caravan park owner, carpenter and manager for the Department of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs said the restoration was “complicated”.

“It had seven wind up windows to rebuild and the wooden framework that had rotted away.

“Most of the parts were there but either rusted or damaged and there was only one wheel.”

Mr Harris said the restoration had been well worth his time and now he was working on other old cars “in my back yard garage”.

In 1928 only 840 Chevy sedans were made.

Compared with the 1927 Chevy, the 1928 National displayed a longer and straighter hood.

Flowing fender lines, lower profile and smoothly integrated body panels featured.

The longer hood needed to house the six-cylinder engine that was soon to come.

Chevrolets adopted four-wheel brakes, though still mechanically actuated.

Late in 1928, four-cylinder cars were dropped, making way for the sixes.

The 1928 season was the last for the Chevrolet four-cylinder that had debuted in 1913.



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