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About rodneybeauchamp

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  • Birthday 10/09/1954

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    Encounter Bay, South Australia
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    1963 Buick Riviera, 1938 Series 40 Special coupe, model railway, tinkering, improving things, swap meets, living life.

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  1. Hi Matthew, a great story so far. Can relate to many of the issues. Seems that restoring or repairing antique cars is like a dance, two steps forward, one step backwards, three to the right, one to the left. Working your way through the different tasks, some you get right, some so so and then the others. ..... 😒😒😒😒😒 Often the key is to keep at it and don’t stress about what goes wrong, it’s a hobby, great past time and a great way to meet like minded people. Have we been able to gain a lot of information through your pictures and posts, just waiting for the next lot! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Is this correct for β€˜38 Special

    Ok ! Have also heard/read that leaving it out can also be problematic as well.
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    Is this correct for β€˜38 Special

    Hi Matthew, thank you for the suggestion and to the lead to your restoration topic, was not aware of it and spent an hour or so last night enjoying the read. BTW I did recognise a rusty front license plate bracket too! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ My question is ..... can you or others chime in as to why the modification works as my brass springy thing and bits all look in good order? Always happy to improve things but not sure how this one works πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” One thing I may do is to use a brass freeze plug ( we call them Welch or Welsh plugs down underπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€) instead of the plated. You also mentioned a distributor up grade, can you let me know where I get info on that too! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Steve, your right. The original brass one was very weak so used a new steel one. Will see if I can locate a brass or stainless one. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Is this correct for β€˜38 Special

    Have just put back the radiator and water pump and just about to pop this thermostat housing back on. Thermostat tested ok and all brass spring thingy cleaned up. Can someone confirm that the spring thingy it’s assembled correctly as I have just put it back how I found it ( sorta) starting from top brass pin spindle thermostat housing thin brass washer mushroom cup spring holder with stem πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ spring spring cup brass washer split pin thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Purchase Advice?

    If I was in the market for a first generation Riviera, I would keep an eye on this forum. After a while you start to get a feel for what is worth buying and what you would walk away from. By identifying a list of what you must have, and nice to have and doesn’t matter options in your chosen year and model, you can then focus on what you want. I know when I started looking ( not on this site) I became very confused about the different interiors and options, until I found how to ID them on the data plate. I would strongly advise joining the ROA as their classifieds give you access to members cars for sale. And as mom would say, β€œ just be patient, the right girl for you will come along. β€œ There are plenty out there ........ just mtbw from down under Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  6. Should be SHOM @#$&& spell checker
  7. Now that my parents have gone, I sometimes use the Beau - shop in an outrageous French accent!
  8. Hi cousin, yes, interesting name BEAUCHAMP , means β€œbeautiful fields” from its French origins. We pronounce it Beech ham over here and there are a few of us around. And yes, have had to spell it all of my life. Thank you for the comments on my β€˜38 Special, I reckon it’s special too! By the look of your signature and picture, a lover of β€˜39’s and other Buicks. cheers Rodney
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    Kill switch for 63 Riviera

    Hi, we had three small dogs who were full on in the car, so bought some short leads from a pet shop that fitted into the rear seat belt buckles and a harness for each dog. We also had some heavy blankets to protect the seats (it wasn’t the Riviera though) They tolerated them until we got to the beach or the park. We also had a spray bottle of water to keep them from barking their heads off in unison. Cassie, the Jack Russell Terrorist was the instigator of all their mischief. Looking at her photo, butter wouldn’t melt............
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    Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special

    Wow, what a difference a bracket makes. Picked up custom plates that my sign writer made up to my design, which fit the US frames and license plate bracket. Sand blasted and painted up the β€˜38 Century bracket that Matt Hinson kindly sent to me. Pictures tell it all. Before and after. Front and rear πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. Gabriel, no doubt your reply was in you most outrageous French accent. Ah monsieur Arnaud, Those magnifique vines must be Champagne or perhaps a Beaujolais or Burgandy! Hard to see because the Buick is in the way! What a great scene for a lovely car ! A β€˜ 67 Buick Riviera or any Riviera for that matter would certainly be a rare treat over in France ( except on the French Riviera perhaps) Enjoy And welcome Artaud to this forum! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Hi BBK, welcome to the forum, hop you enjoy your Riviera. Keep at it, one thing every day and before long, it’s done. Im in Australia and also cop the shipping costs as well. One thing I did was got a US mailing address through Shipito. They are a company who will redirect mail to you for a small fee. They also do customs stuff too, making it easier. Need to check that they ship to where you are. Reason for this, is some companies and ebay people will not ship overseas. Some give free US postage but charge exorbitant prices for OS shipping. You can sometimes consolidate a few items together from different suppliers and send in one parcel. If you have a friend with a similar car or one who buys from the same places, you could share shipping costs on a few bits. just my two bobs worth from down under Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Kill switch for 63 Riviera

    Let me give you a cryptic clue. My Riviera came with a Sonomatic AM radio with manual antennae as you will see in the photo below πŸ€”
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    Kill switch for 63 Riviera

    As the instigator of this topic, I have to report that I am more than happy with choosing a solution using an existing switch to ground the ignition. It is great peace of mind to park somewhere and know that you have done something to try to thwart joy riders ( car thieves by a nicer name) who might want to ruin your day. And my insurance policy asks that one be installed, so that was an incentive. If I am parked for any length of time, I also use the battery isolation switch as a second deterrent. 1. I figure most young car thieves won’t know how to open the bonnet, they will be looking for the hood release cable. 1.1. A percentage will give up because the central locking will not open all doors. 1a. A certain percentage will give up because the won’t find the steering wheel, it’s on the wrong side down under. 1b. A small percentage won’t know how to release the park brake. 2. The battery isolation will fool another percentage of would be thieves. 3. The kill switch will deter the rest of the them. Even while secured in our garage at home, the switch is active. My suggestion is that the small effort required for the install is much easier to deal with compared to the nightmare that could be if you don’t! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Help with 1938 water pump repair kit

    Hmm, taking one step forward, two steps back. Great for dancing, but not when trying to get your Buick right. Finally sorted out the bottom radiator hose as the new BUICK one from Bobs ain’t right for my Special. Ended up with a cut down Ford one that fits very nicely. However, when adding water the drain cock would not seal so I need to remove that and rectify the drip, drip drip. However I will need to pull the radiator out rather than try to wrench it off that 80 year old outlet. 😑😑😑😑😑 And speaking of outlets, the bottom outlet looks very sad, after all this time it is very pitted and corroded. Needs some sort of fix to bring it back to size so it will seal properly . So two issues to address, leaking cock and corroded outlet. Tis lots of fun when you think about it all 😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒 Rodney