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.




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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Never Been So Happy to Get Covered In Grease

Setting off for a club run this morning I hit the freeway expecting to sit on my usual cruising speed of 45 to 50 mph.

Foot to the floor and the best I could achieve was 40 mph on a slight incline and a slow winding up to 45 mph on the flat. Both these speeds dropped dramatically if I hit anything resembling a hill.

In these cases you always think the worse, and I did, picturing possible engine problems relating to lack of compression etc.

I pushed on at a reduced speed, deciding to give the engine the once over at the meeting point, looking and hoping for a simple fix.

On reflection I remembered that over the last few county runs, the Red Chev just didn't seem to have the power on hills as it usually does. Again this was seen as possible upcoming bad news.

30 minutes later, covered in the grease in the splash trays under the steering box, problem was solved.

Now before I explain this in more detail, let me say its only applicable to right hand drive cars, which have a nightmare of carby linkages compared to their left hand drive cousins.

The coil on a 28 Chev sits on the top of the bracket that holds the original specification oil filter, and this bracket attaches to the block by 2 slotted head screws.

The carby linkage that goes from one side of the motor to the other is also attached to this same bracket.

What happened was the 2 screws had become loose, I suspect for some time, with one dropped out and gone, the other possibly falling out today.

The result was that every time I pressed the gas pedal I was only getting about 40 % of pedal travel, with the slop of the unrestrained bracket soaking up the rest.

After refitting the sole remaining screw, the result was immediate, it was like a power increase. The Red Chev was back to the normal accelerating up hills and holding speed on others.

And as soon as I got home the 2 screws were replaced by hex head bolts, nipped up tight on fresh spring washers, and when did I last check these screws. Probably in about 2009 when I detailed the engine bay.

This first picture shows the 2 screws on a bare 28 block





This picture shows the setup with this mother not coming loose again for some time.





As I mentioned at the start, happy to get my hands dirty on any occasion to get a result such as this.

Cheers

Ray

DVHCC run to the RAAF Point Cook Air Museum (round trip of 82 miles)

Another great day out with the Dandenong Valley Historic Car Club. http://www.dvhcc.com.au/

Meeting up at the outward bound service center at the foot of the West Gate Bridge, I spent about 30 minutes getting dirty and greasy, but solving a problem which I will cover in the next posting.

We set off for Point Cook for a tour of the RAAF Air Museum , which covers the history of military flying in Australia.

On arrival at the museum we were briefed by one of the volunteers and then checked out the several hangers of historic combat aircraft and displays. I was surprised to see how big the Mirage and F111 jets were in real life.

































 












































 
We then made our way to the historic Point Cook Homestead for lunch and a tour of the grounds
 

 
 
 
 
 








 





Don't know if the regulars were happy to receive visitors on a lazy Sunday afternoon








For those who love rusty old Oz farm implements, there was something for them also








 
 And oh yes, the cars. Below are some of the cars that attended the event




















 

 
 Thanks to all who organized today's outing, much appreciated.