Uuta    48  Chevrolet

Uuta 48 Chevrolet

Uuta 48 Chevrolet Ute

This is a Blog to document the Rejuvenation / Restoration of a 1948 Chevrolet Ute. At the beginning we bought a rusty body and chassis in a condition that was best described as "ready for restoration" After a few months of preparation and planning another complete and running Ute was found in much beter condition. So the original body was sold off and the process started again with the new vehicle. The plan is to do a major update of the drivetrain, motor / gearbox etc. to bring it to a "modern" standard. It will be classified as a "Streetrod" for registration purposes and subject to stringent testing of all components and workmanship during construction.

The Planning Process

The BeginningPosted by Brian Thu, August 21, 2014 02:44:17
With a Project like this there is a lot of planning required. The work must be planned all the way through with all the components selected and how they will be connected etc.
Each component must be compatible with the others.
A Chevrolet motor will not connect to a Ford gearbox without some additional work and possibly custom made adapters for example.
Any modifications proposed need to be checked to see if there are any Engineering issues. In line with this issue the "build" has to be registered with the ASRF, the Australian Hot Rod federation. And a plan submitted to them. along with drawings of chassis modifications, drivechain changes and body alterations. They will asses this and if all is in order a PTB (Permission To Build) is issued.
Most things are possible but if there is a Master plan before starting some of the pitfalls can be avoided. And if there are parts to be used that do not match then the solutions can be thought through and added to the overall plan.
When the PTB is approved work can proceed. There are three mandatory Inspections along the way to ensure all work is up to the standards required.

So that is where we are at this stage, Planning.