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.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Spare Distributor for Monty the 1928 Chev

My good mate Grant Fowler picked up a spare 635B distributor for an onboard spare part, in case a problem arises with Monty on the road

l928 Chev parts becoming harder to find, and distributors are no exception. Don't know why, they are only 86 years old??????

Even though the one Grant picked up was incomplete the major plus was the drive gear was in very good condition.

Thought I should offer to check it out and add the missing bits and pieces, seeing I was the one that pushed him to buy it, and with 3 reconditioned distributors for the Red Chev already, I have spare bits and pieces that I will probably never use.

Pleased to say Grant's purchase was a real bargain, but better still let me take you through the process of

"Building a spare Dizzy for Monty"

1. As purchased

2. You will see that there is a distinct lack of internal parts

3. The distributor drive gear being in such a good condition, on its own justifies the purchase.

4. The first step was to wash out all the dirt and congealed grease to confirm that the main shaft and housing were not worn. No problem here, and fresh grease was forced into the housing.

5. The first of the missing parts, being the automatic advance plates and springs were fitted, along with the 4 lobed cam that activates the ignition points.

6. Next was the plate that supports the ignition points, with the clips that hold on the distributor cap. You will note the white insulating strip that prevents the points from shorting out on the housing. This was replaced along with the connecting bolt and fibre washers that go through the housing.

7. On go a set of points, set at 25 thou.

8. A rotor button completes the internals, with a distributor cap shortly afterwards

A quick test to make sure there are no shorts and the points are opening and closing as they should.

9. Job done, and Monty now has a spare distributor that he may never use.

But............................ in 5 months or 5 years, either 10, 100 or 1000 miles from home, it may turn out to be his best friend.

Its called peace of mind folks

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