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#396124 - 10/08/17 04:50 PM 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor
Mike1922 Offline

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Registered: 10/07/17
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Loc: Nova Scotia Canada
Just recently purchased a 1922 Chevy "490" Touring. It has a Delco 366PC distributor. The distributor point breaker plate wouldn't move but have freed it up after many days of penetrating oil and tapping.So now it will rotate using the spark lever. Having trouble removing the plate from the distributor, is there any trick to this? Afraid to hit it to hard because of the die cast metal. How do you remove the distributor from the generator? Again nervous because of the metal.
We were able to start the car before we freed up the plate but the car heated up and boiled over would this be because the spark lever was stuck in the retard position? Need some help with this my Model "T" friends are saying this wouldn't happen in a T. Thanks Mike

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#396301 - 10/11/17 11:16 AM Re: 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor [Re: Mike1922]
swedechev Offline

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Registered: 06/02/07
Posts: 182
Loc: Sweden
I have never tried to remove the point braker plate, so I have no trick for doing that. I had a look in my "Instructions for the operating and care ...", issued July 1, 1923, and my "Repair Manual 1918-1924" (490 and a couple of other Chevrolet models), but I only found instructions for retiming the distributor. Maybe you can find a manual for Delco distributors from these years.

If you have not got the handy tool, described in the "Instructions..." and the "Repair Manual" I can recommend you to buy one. Gary Wallace, Early Chevrolet Parts, offer them.

My tip is that you also make your post in the 1912-1928 forum; that forum is far more active than this 1916-1922 forum. Lots of very experienced and clever guys!

You are right being careful handling parts made of the zink alloy, or pot metal, that is self-destroying by age. Look out for small cracks! Gary Wallace offers new production generator rear end plates and oil pumps, but I have not heard of new distributor housings.
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#396355 - 10/12/17 12:10 PM Re: 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor [Re: Mike1922]
cabboy Offline

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Registered: 03/01/02
Posts: 482
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
I would think the overheat and boil over is probably cooling system problem. Maybe full of rust and debris?

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#396481 - 10/14/17 03:25 PM Re: 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor [Re: swedechev]
Mike1922 Offline

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Registered: 10/07/17
Posts: 27
Loc: Nova Scotia Canada
Thanks for the tip. I will post in the 1912 - 1928 forum. I have ordered some parts from Gary and just waiting to receive them. Thanks Mike.

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#396482 - 10/14/17 03:32 PM Re: 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor [Re: cabboy]
Mike1922 Offline

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Registered: 10/07/17
Posts: 27
Loc: Nova Scotia Canada
Thanks. I will check the cooling system again. I drained the system twice and the coolant seems to be running clear.

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#396498 - 10/14/17 06:18 PM Re: 1922 Chevy "490" Touring Distributor [Re: Mike1922]
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With my block out I flushed and had it hot tanked before magnafluxing and boring. Still before assembling I ran rods into the passages where I could and took out another pound of rust flakes. There are many pockets and areas where sediment can be where flushing won't remove. Had my head checked for cracks as well and after cleaning I got more rust out of it too.

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