Norm's Chev
By Norm Betts.

Like most of us I started a love affair of old cars at an early age and after many years of “gunna” I took the big leap into the unknown.

I heard that Kingsley Southwell of “Brooklands”, Hall, had a car. So in 1974 I acquired  the remnants of what looked like may have at one time been a car and  this pile of rust and mud arrived home on a box trailer and ute much to the disbelief of my friends and neighbours.  I soon became the laughing stock of the neighbourhood which in turn made me more determined to make this restoration come together.  I had to source another vehicle to get all the hard to find spare parts, so off  I went to Cudal with car trailer in tow for another trailer load.

After a short time (in restoration  terms) the car emerged from it’s hiding place on its way to get rego. and the hecklers soon became enthused  passengers!.

In 1980 I was awarded my first “hard luck” trophy!  We were on a club run and tore the clutch centre out and we were towed home behind my mate’s VW!!!!!.  (I was  under the dash for most of the way home.)

In 1992 the Chev won three trophies at the QWRC concourse day.

  1. People’s choice.
  2. King of the concourse.
  3. Vintage car 1920 to 1930.

In 1993 my wife Dianne, our daughter Samantha and myself entered the FIVA World rally, then set of to Tasmania. We traveled down in the  company of Bill and Helen Phillips who were members of the CACMC. Sadly Bill passed away a few years ago.

From then on we have been on many rallies and club runs. So from rusty beginnings to this day I still get a buzz every time I am  behind the wheel of my old Chevy.


1929 Chevrolet international ac tourer.

194 cubic inch six alloy with force fed oil to rocker gear splash fed crankshaft.

Carter up draft carb fuel pump on camshaft.

Fuel gauge on tank with six volt delco remy elect.

5 responses to “THE STORY OF OUR 1929 CHEVROLET TOURER – July 2005 –”

  1. I just bought a 29 tourer. Mostly original car missing soft top and bows.

    Good driver, started life in qld an came to melb approx 5 years back with a commodore radiator and a few mods like 12 volt electrics few other minor things but in general original.
    Wood wheels steel 4 door body.
    So looking forward to picking it up in 2 weeks time. June 2017

    1. Any original early hood bows are very hard to find, aftermarket ones look dreadful. Did you find a set ?

  2. Hi there. I have a 29 Chev tourer I purchased recently and the clutch is bad in it which the seller failed to inform me of.
    I am a mechanic however never worked on a torque tube before an I was hoping you could advise me the best way to do the clutch in this vehicle.
    I cannot find any information online as to if I just remove the engine and gearbox so as to remove gearbox from engine or should I remove the diff to get torque tube away from gearbox.
    Any advise and pictures would be much appreciated please.
    Thanks Paul (melb Vic)

    1. How did you go Paul ? After owning same 1929, I’ve done removal both ways. Basically it took longer to remove tube from diff. as the large bell housing is close to the firewall, it was a pain doing it that way. I would rather, spend the time removing the motor and gearbox assembly as one unit if I had to do clutch or gearbox repairs.

  3. Hi, I see you have done a lovely restoration. I also have a 1929 Chev, unfortunately it is still in the ‘fixing’ process. With all the swap meets affected by covid,. I’m hoping to find someone who has some ‘spare parts’., like a working speedometer and a temperature gauge, as mine are faulty. Thanks in advance for any assistance, cheers Peter of Bracken Ridge, Brisbane

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