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

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marvel Tappet Silencers - Well not Yet

30th June 2011 - I intend trying these in the next few weeks, and I will let you know how they work out.

2nd July 2011 - Did not go exactly to plan. Pulled out the plugs, off with the rocker cover, removed one adjuster screw, went to fit the silencer, would not fit. Then I remembered that my Bedford truck  valves have oversize stems. So I was not able to fit the valve top silencers, but was able to fit the spring silencers to each end of the rocker arm shafts.

Marvel Tappet silencers put away for the future when and if I change the head over to one with standard valves.

No great drama, good excuse to reset the tappets, and a couple were a bit loose.

End result is tappets are a bit quieter, but as a lot of Chev 4 drivers say "If you can't here them their too tight"

Did not need to clean the plugs. Those Autolite 3077's are great.

The easy part of the whole operation was resetting the tappet clearances. This has always been a job that I never liked doing, very fiddly. However a while back I purchased on EBay a vintage tappet adjuster, made by Snap On Tools. This is a combination socket and screw driver in one, and is excellent for a one handed operation, while you have the feeler gauge in the other hand.

See pictures below.

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