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It aint heavy, it’s a Chevy

Saturday, 1st June, 2019

Randall Lloyde (back) and his crew from K & J Crash Repairs with the 1926 Chevrolet Buckboard that was brought back from Victoria for restoration. PICTURE: Myles Burt Randall Lloyde (back) and his crew from K & J Crash Repairs with the 1926 Chevrolet Buckboard that was brought back from Victoria for restoration. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

A vintage treasure made its way into the city this week for a bit of love and care.

The 1926 Chevrolet Buckboard was bought by Rhett Lloyde, whose father Randall drove down to Kerang in Victoria to pick it up from a boggy field and onto his trailer for the trip home.

“It was on a block down there and my lad wanted to restore one. He finally found one which was pretty much complete,” Randall said.

“A little four cylinder, it’s pretty much all original.”

The vehicle was used in the early days by farmers for agricultural work. The vintage buckboard had been modified by a previous owner, as many farmers personally altered their vehicles to become utes. 

Although the car looks very rusty from years of neglect, it is in excellent shape, according to Randall.

“A few rips and tears just need welding up. Mechanically, it’s meant to be still going but obviously we’ve got to go right through all that.

“The beauty of that one is everything is still there, it hasn’t been ratted or anything like that.

“The gauges aren’t smashed and the windscreen is still in it.

“Normally if you find them there’s no headlights, no mudguards, it’s just a shell.

“Then you’ve got to do your homework and find out what you need to find.”

Randall said they’ll be able to revive the original engine and will be documenting the work as they go. 

“We’ve got a record of what it was like and we’ll take more photos as we progress.”

The car has attracted the attention of curious locals, with many coming over to admire it. Randall said fellow vintage car owner, Bruce Lord, had given some advice about restoration, saying that the original vehicle had a dark green livery with a yellow pinstripe down the middle. 

The work will take around two years as it’ll be an on-and-off project between Randall and son Rhett.

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