The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 46 years (1973 - 2019) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Monty the 1928 Chev Gets A New Clutch

With a few bits lifted from, some may say stolen from

While out on his first official test drive with his permit on Saturday 23rd, Grant found out what it feels like when you "do a clutch"

We had already planned to have a day in the resto shed on the 24th, on a couple of nice and easy jobs, such as installing a battery kill switch and an in line fuse. Monty's revenge soon put a stop to that.

So its 8.30 am Sunday morning as we both stand discussing the plan to remove the gearbox, pressure plate and inspect the damage. From what Grant had told me when Monty spat the dummy, I was thinking pressure plate, weak or broken springs, or even worse, the centre of the clutch plate screwed up damaging the input shaft.

Accordingly I came up armed with pressure plates and other asorted bits.

But Monty was very kind to his owner as the only work required was:

1. Replace the clutch plate

2. Replace the carbon thrust washer

3. Retighten all casing bolts, one of which had come loose and allowed the actuating lever to move
    and ream out the carbon thrust washer

3. Very sparingly lube a very dry spigot bushing

4. Clean up both the pressure plate and flywheel contact surfaces

A few pictures below detail the days activities.

Out came the floor timbers, brake linkages, leads and other bits and pieces that were in the way.

The universal joint housing was unbolted and pulled back enough for us to crack open the uni joint.

The gearbox was removed and put on a bench and Grant set about removing 84 years of crud and dust.  

Before Grant handy cleaning skills

And after. Would you look at that. So clean that it burst into colour

One of several coffee breaks

Check out the amount of dust and dirt in the flywheel before it was cleaned

Half way

Done. All cleaned up with a new clutch plate installed

The pressure plate was cleaned up, no marks, no scoring, more importantly, no burning

By 3.30 it was all over and Monty passed his test drive.

1 comment:

  1. Gidday Ray,

    Yep the clutch is working great now with nice smooooooth gear changes. A great outcome was acheived as usually happens so thanks once again. Grant