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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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Matilda the 1928 Chev gets a tune up

In preparation for the Chevs 4 Tour in Shepparton Victoria in September, Terry and I gave Matilda the once over.


First up was a compression test to ensure all is well.

No 1 - 65psi


 No 2 - 60psi


No 3 - 60psi


No 4 - 60psi


The next job was to replace the W14 spark plugs with ................


Autolite 3077 long reach plugs gapped at 30 thou.

During the following test drive I was surprised that there was no miss to indicate the timing was not 100%. These plugs require perfect timing, and Matilda is the only one out of 3 Chevs that I have fitted 3077's to that did not require a timing adjustment.


The distributor points were cleaned and reset at 23 thou.

The last job on the agenda was to get the brake light working. The globe looked ok but there was no power to the socket.

Traced the wire back to the brake switch, no power going in, no power going out. Cleaned up the power in terminal, success, we had power coming into the switch.

Stripped and cleaned the power out connection, success, we now have a brake light.


All the was left now was the mandatory pictures of both cars together.








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