The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) 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


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Battery Cable Make Over

For over 25 years I have run a dual 6 volt battery set up.  As handy as it has been over this time the cabling has never been to my satisfaction, with piggy back connections and filler plugs hard to get at to check water levels.

Spurred on by the specials in a local auto store catalogue, I purchased some bits and pieces and tidied up the battery cables and connectors.

Gone are the traditional terminals, replaced by marine style terminals with wing nuts. All cables were fitted with lugs, soldered, not crimped.

I also put in a heavier cable on the flush mounted battery charging plug.

With a bit of heat shrink tube here and there, the dual battery tray looks a lot neater, and more importantly individual cables can be removed without killing the whole set up.

During the process I must have improved at least one connection, as the engine now cranks over slightly faster.

Who knows, one day I might even make a custom battery clamp that clears the center battery plugs.

On the other hand , you cant rush these things................................................

The end result



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