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, June 29, 2014

Matilda the 1928 Chev- Compression Test, Tune Up, Oil & Filter Change, Cooling System, Hot Air Intake Tube.(All in all a good day's work)

Today was a planned session for Terry and I to complete a few tasks on Matilda, the 1928 Chev. The weather was poor, but luckily the motivation was high, and the coffee was hot.

 First job was a compression test to make sure all was well with the engine. Pictures below in order from 1 to 4 show compression is around 60 psi and consistent. Good result

Next we re-fitted the warm air intake tube that runs from the hot box part of the exhaust to the carby. We lost a bit of time trying to get the modern reproduction part to fit, gave up after about an hour and used the old one. This is the first time the intake tube has been installed since Terry purchased the car, and I am sure it will now run better with the correct set up.

 Moved on the fix a leak in the water inlet / thermostat housing. This was a bit of a surprise as I did not expect the bolts to be so corroded. I think we were lucky they did not snap while still in the head. Now that would have been fun.

Terry did a washer run to Supa Cheap while I cleaned up the housing, which looked 100% on the outside, not so flash on the inside.

I scraped out as much of the flakey rust as I could. The next job was to sand back the gasket face to get a reasonable seal area. Still a little bit of corrosion (but I have used worse) on the bottom edge, but with a new gasket and a ample helping of blue gasket goo, I am sure Terry will get a few more years of not having to worry about this part.

The same scraping and sanding process was done to the gasket face on the head. Small amount of rust in the head can be dealt with in the future with a rust dissolving additive.

The housing was bolted up. Job done, new bolts, washers, gasket and gasket goo. The cooling system was refilled and we added a metallic stop leak product that I hope in time will plug a very, very small weep from the radiator.  I used a similar product on the Red Chev back in 2007 when the local radiator repair man said he would not touch my old core. Pleased to say the leak stopped after a week, and has been fine since. Any minor leaks hiding in an open system make them selves known once the system is sealed at a very low pressure. Until such time as we stop Matilda's leak the overflow tank will only receive water on warm up, but with no suction due to a leak, coolant will not return to the system.

We then changed the oil, oil filter, cleaned and re-gapped the plugs to 30 thou, cleaned and re-gapped the points to 25 thou. The points gap had closed to below 20 thou, which would have affected performance.

Final job was a test drive on the Ring Road, in pouring rain.

How did Matilda perform?

The picture below tells part of the story (even though the speedo may be over registering) but more importantly Terry felt the old girl was running better, more power, and not coughing.

There is an engine noise we noticed from first thing this morning which we will need to investigate, but that's another story for another day.


  1. Restoring a classic car is a fun activity, because you get to preserve the beauty of it. But it can also be daunting at times. It’s a good thing that you have Terry to help you with the process. And it's also good that all of the materials you need are available, as this will help you to finish the job immediately. How was it anyway? I hope everything is going well with you guys!

    Rhonda Burgess @ Bob Dunn Hyundai

  2. Thanks Rhonda,

    Matilda is improving after each session the list of jobs has reduced. Many thanks for taking the time to post a comment..