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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. rodneybeauchamp

    Halogen Headlights

    Hi Scott, i put a set of 4 Ciebie QH lamps in my ‘63, not hi powered but just great lighting. Tested out fine in the garage until I used them on the highway. ( when I really needed them ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️ Headlamp switch went into overload every time I used hi beam for any length of time( start flickering on and off) Fix was to fit relays on both hi and Lo beam circuits and heavy 5mm cable for both power and earth wires. Worth the effort.😁😁😁😁 Rodney
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    Pertronix, points, whats your pleasure?

    Hi John, when you say it’s better, can you clarify what you perceive as “better”. I have two Buicks, 1963 and 1938, both with points, so I’m interested but the benefits need to outweigh the costs. Besides! My nice Dwell/Tach/voltmeter/timing light will be superfluous 😢😢😢😢 be interested in in your comments and those from others. Rodney
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    Modified 263 for my 1950 41D

    Hi Ben, just found this post as I don’t look at this site much, but will in future.🙂🙂🙂🙂 Just want to say I admire your courage and determination to keep at George after a few set backs, More importantly the courage to post not only the wins but the LOSSES. Think many would have just stopped posting here after a few problems, especially when they found a crack in the bore. But in reality sh#@$$&$t happens and we get on with it. And if we all learn something from the life experiences of others ....... 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 And on another note, when I first got my ‘38 Special, thought how wonderful it would be to fit the body onto a Riviera chassis and drive train. The ‘66 Riviera (which I don’t got) is very close in wheel base my ‘63 gave a big sigh of relief 😉😉😉 Ah well, am enjoying the read Rodney from down under 😀😀😀😀
  4. rodneybeauchamp

    1963-65 Riviera Parts Inventory

    Hi Dave, would be interested in a ‘63 Riviera inside mirror, with working day/night feature, driver quality is fine. And the control knob and surround fits on the door for the external remote mirror (oval shaped surround). Would need the attaching screws also as am replacing fixed mirrors on both sides. Am in Australia but have a US postal address too Many thanks Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀
  5. Hi Matthew, big job, but nice to get the additional bits, you never know when you need them. Hope you remove the wiring clips on the firewall before you scrap it 😀😀😀😀😀 Rodney
  6. Gee, if it was in my driveway, I would learn to live with it. Verra nice 😀😀😀😀😀😀 Rodney
  7. rodneybeauchamp

    '38 Special Oil Filter plumbing

    Don, these posts are on the battery. If you look they usually have + and - on them 🤔🤔🤔🤔
  8. rodneybeauchamp

    '38 Special Oil Filter plumbing

    Better option. There are two soft metal posts on the top. you could drill out and tap them to take a 1/4 or 5/16 UNC bolt. Then make up a metal bracket that fits between, then attach the filter to that. Takes care of the battery issue 😀😀😀😀 probably look more OEM too! 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😉
  9. Hi all, am replacing the roof rail weatherstrips on my ‘63. Have got the old one out and have removed the stainless retaining sections to clean it properly. Shop manual states to put a 3/16” bead of approved weatherstrip adhesive (thinking 3M black) on the outboard edge of the new weatherstrip as well as on the outside of the stainless retainer. Can others chime in here as to what they used on the outside of the retainer as it seems it needs more like a body sealer than an adhesive. But what would I know, I’m only the caretaker 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 thanks Rodney
  10. rodneybeauchamp

    38 Century Driveability Hiccups...

    Hi Rod, so what you are showing here is a 12V coil used with a resistor wire or similar that is suitable for a 6 volt system? Is this correct as I thought they would run at about 9V. Interested as 6V coils not easy to sauce! 🤔🤔🤔 Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀
  11. rodneybeauchamp

    Foam from coolant overflow - 1937 Special

    Hi, do have available a NOS repair kit that I bought for my early 1938 Special with 248 motor. It comes with all new seals that look fine plus new bronze bearings, shaft and impeller etc. if interested send me a PM. Rodney (from down under)
  12. rodneybeauchamp

    Is this correct for ‘38 Special

    Hi all, just an update. Took your advice and disabled the thermostat bypass. Used some K&S brass tubing to lock the springy thingy in place and thin brass rod to make up a cotter pin rather than the ZP split pin. Have put it all back together onto the motor, fitted up all the hoses and have some water in it last night. Checked this morning and no puddles and level seemed the same (over full) so seems ok. Just got to put back the refurbished generator and belt to complete the cooling system. BTW learnt a new trick. Much easier to install the fan and pulley when the pump is off the motor than try to line up those pesky holes for the fan bolts. A suggestion from a mate when helps me R&R radiators on Buicks 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 I know, no pictures, so it never happened. Next time! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  13. Hello Roger, i have just come across this build three days ago and like many viewers, amazed by what you are able to achieve. What really does it for me is many of the photos are hard to pick as a model as there is so much correct detail. Many look like some of the restoration photos posted on these forums. What is more amazing is that the details are in true scale proportion, unlike some models where materials are too heavy or too thick because they are plastic and out of scale. The materials then destroy the realism and the illusion you are trying to create. As a long time dabbler in plastic model kits, model railway and real 1:1 scale Buicks, am in awe of the tiny parts you create. And as a previous owner of a hobby shop, sold many materials that would assist your build such as wire, tube and sheet in brass, copper and aluminium as well as fine DCC decoder wire, styrene, piano wire etc etc that may have made some modules easier to do. We also had number drills, pin vices, files and bits from model aircraft and RC cars that would help. But maybe your aim was to build it ALL 🤔 yourself! Am really looking forward to the finished model but at the same time have enjoyed your journey immensely. And I would always favour the airbrush over a rattle can, so you can add some realistic weathering and grime under the bonnet, wheel arches, fuel filler and the drivers side carpet! 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 Rodney ( from down under)
  14. 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 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  15. rodneybeauchamp

    Is this correct for ‘38 Special

    Ok ! Have also heard/read that leaving it out can also be problematic as well.