In our garage with Ian Jefferyes’ 1937 Chevrolet – Bundaberg now delivers good news for free

Tell us about your car?

The vehicle is a 1937 Chevrolet Standard Sedan.

I’ve had it for almost ten years now.

It was a family heirloom, my cousin had it for the past 30 years, didn’t feel like doing anything with it, and said, “If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you might as well have it and restore it. “

So we put everything back together.

What adjustments have you made?

It was in surprisingly good condition.

It has been dry in a shed for several years. So the body was good, no rust.

Some rats had lived in it, but they hadn’t chewed on the upholstery because it had been redone in vinyl in the 1970s.

But they messed up the carpets and hood trim, so it had to be replaced.

We converted the engine. It should have been obvious that it had been sitting outside at some point and had some water in it.

So we stripped everything and the gearbox, the differential was fine. Have all brakes stripped and all new brake lines.

Because the rats had damaged it and the new wiring harness also because they had chewed on it a lot.

It took us about three and a half years from go to contract until we got it going.

What makes her so unique?

It’s a car that you really have to drive. There is no power support on anything.

It’s a six-cylinder, but three gears on the floor, drum brakes around it, at least they’re hydraulic, not mechanical, which helps a bit.

But no power steering, no power brakes, no radio, no air conditioning.

You know, to get some fresh air, just open the rear vent in front of the windshield and it’s either full blast or nothing.

You appreciate what the modern car is when you drive one of these because you have to drive it all the way.

What do you love about your car?

While it’s hard work, it’s a joy to drive and it draws attention like you wouldn’t believe it.

I’ve had young ladies blow kisses at me and all sorts of things you don’t normally get in a normal car.

I think it’s the car, not me. I’m sure of it.

But yes, it really is an adventure.

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