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.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Spare Distributor for Matilda the 1928 Chev

A mate of mine, Terry Petridis recently picked up a spare distributor for Matilda the 1928 Chev.

Being my suggestion to buy another distributor I offered to check it out and give it a once over, and have ready to throw under the front seat for a rainy day.

As we know, when you have spares you don't need them, when you don't, well that's another story.

With these secondhand 635B's, as long as the bottom gear is ok, the rest is usually straight forward.

Pleased to say the gear was in perfect condition.

The inside was full of congealed grease and surface rust that was binding  up the shaft and the auto advance mechanism.

The only way to fix this was a completed strip down, clean all the parts and remove any rust.

This photo below shows the amount of gunk that had collected inside the main body, but surprisingly it was only skin deep, and was easily removed with a small rotary wire brush on a dremel

The outside was then cleaned  ready for a coat of high gloss black paint

All parts were cleaned and polished before re-assembly

The original points were in very good condition, and after cleaning up the contacts they were re-fitted with 25 thou clearance, a dab of grease on the cam. This was followed with a good second hand rotor button.

The grease cup was filled, the shaft was lubricated, and the final step was a distributor cap.

This little baby is ready to throw under the seat, hopefully never to be used. But if needed it will drop straight in.


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