Show unearths Chevrolet gem
COUNTRY agricultural shows and regional car and truck shows often turn up some real gems from our transport past.
One such gem on display at the April Goombungee Haden Show was this original 1926 Chevrolet Superior K seen here.
It was originally owned by brothers Dick and George Keding, who farmed in the Goombungee district.
They bought it as a tourer and apparently used it as the family car.
Sometime in the 1940s they converted it into a ute and used it as a farm vehicle.
Among its regular duties were trips from the Keding farm into Goombungee, Crows Nest, Toowoomba and Oakey, carting not only farm and household supplies but also calves and pigs to and from the livestock markets.
After the Keding brothers passed on, the surviving family decided to sell up.
On the day of the clearing sale, current owner, and the Keding’s former neighbour John McPhail, fondly remembers, as a Year 7 pupil at the Goombungee State School, seeing the Chev being driven off, complete with the tourer’s tub bodywork loaded on.
In the early 1990s, some 23 years since John McPhail had heard anything about the ’26 Chev, a chance encounter with a fellow member of the Toowoomba Car Club, brought about a reunion.
John asked his fellow club member for the “right to make the first offer” if ever it was decided to sell the vehicle.
In 1993, John’s offer was taken up and he became just the third owner of the ute.
It had remained untouched since the second owner purchased it as he felt it was “too good to use for spares”.
John’s purchase brought not only the ute but also its original tourer tub body work, a set of new king-pins and other spares as well as a tobacco tin that contained the Chev’s last registration papers, a petrol ration certificate from 1947 and several original petrol ration coupons.
A family get-together with the late George Keding’s two daughters produced a lot of anecdotes and several explanations such as “what were the circular marks in the paint and panel of the passenger’s side door”.
They came from the girls’ pushbikes when they were given a lift to or from school in the ute.
But the jewel from this meeting came when one of the daughters gave John the Chev’s original ignition key. It’s still in use. The ute hasn’t been restored, just keep in good running, registered order.
It’s one concession to modernity, perhaps being the set of necessary turn indicator lights that sit fairly unobtrusively at the front and rear of the Chev.
In the temporary absence of its owner, this Big Rigs story was compiled from the story book that accompanied the Chev on display at the Goombungee Haden Show.
INSIDE: Inside the 1926 Chevrolet Superior K.