PROUD OWNER: Adrian Dehoon, of Woodburn, with his 1939 Chev.
PROUD OWNER: Adrian Dehoon, of Woodburn, with his 1939 Chev. Doug Eaton

Enthusiast puts shine on rust bucket Chevy

THIS bright green 1939 Chevrolet was rusting in a paddock about nine years ago.

But Woodburn man Adrian Dehoon could see its potential, so he took the car in and transformed it into something special.

"It was out in a paddock at Wyrallah and I happened to see it," Mr Dehoon said.

After a bit of research, Mr Dehoon discovered the Chev had originally been owned by a man in Coraki.

Once the car was rebuilt he tracked down descendants of the original owner and took them for a ride.

Restoring the Chev was a six-year project, but Mr Dehoon said it was worth it.

"I am very proud," he said.

"I kept it very local - the upholstery was done in Evans Head and the paintwork was done in Casino.

"Even though I've worked really hard on the car, it isn't something that gets kept in the shed.

"I take it to tennis or to Evans Head to get fish and chips.

"People always ask me how much money I have spent on it and I usually say that I can't tell them because then my wife will find out.

"But it was about $30,000 over the years.

"I am heavily involved with the Rural Fire Service, so for 25 years I've given a lot of my time to the community.

"Working on this car was basically something I did for myself. It was me time."

Mr Dehoon said swap meets - such as the upcoming Lismore Auto Swap Meet at the Lismore Showgrounds on Sunday - had been very important in finding much-needed parts to finish off his Chev.

The annual swap meet is hosted by the Lismore Borderline Street Rodders Club.

It is a place for hot rod enthusiasts to track down or sell some treasures and hot rods and other interesting vehicles will be on display.

Over the years the club has also provided a lot of support to local charities. Last year's recipient was Northern Rivers Life Education, a program that teaches young children about drug and alcohol awareness.

AUTO SWAP MEET

When: From 6am on Sunday, August 18

Where: Meet Lismore Showgrounds

Who: Run by Borderline Street Rodders

What: Buy and sell auto parts and collectables



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