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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, model railway, tinkering, improving things, swap meets, living life.

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  1. Mr Jones, Tim helped me with a wheel arch moulding and rear quarter moulding for my '63. He was prompt and accurate with his photos of what he had and price seemed about right ( whatever that means) . When they arrived reasonably promptly, extremely well packaged for defence against any postal employee, they were what they were, nice clean mouldings. When you have a Riviera, prices for bits sometime seem steep, but after a while you get a sense of what is fair value and what is obscene. It certainly ain't no Chevy or Mustang where bits are two bob a dozen. First generation bits are sought after so they command good prices, but you just have to weigh up the value vs the cost. Keep an an eye on Evilbay and email a few suppliers and you will do ok. I don't intend to sit in the back, so a rear armrest is not high on my list. Besides, it's only money and you can't take it with you. Haven't seen too many hearses towing a trailer 😎😎😎😎 just my two bobs worth. Rodney Ps does Mr Jones have a first name or is it strictly formal πŸ˜€
  2. First generation Car Cover

    Hi Mr Jones, congratulations on your '65. Not easy to pick up one here but think you have done well. Re your car cover, many years back I bought a good soft cover to suit my 64 Buick Skylark, which is a similar size to the Riviera. Can't remember the brand however it was a good quality cover from one of the chain auto stores. It suited a large car according to the label and a modification I made was to make a hole for the antennae. Would not think you need to get one made for your Riviera, good luck and enjoy the forum. Rodney
  3. Correct vacuum hose location on a/c 63

    Jim, this is great help. I have reconnected the new hoses back, some months ago but these tests might help confirm all works as it should. Im not a golfer, but should be able to find something to plug the lines. Any recommendations on a suitable vacuum source or method to make one that I could use? Rodney
  4. Bob, Well done. Glad you perservered and fixed it. Classic Car Wiring does a 63 Riviera laminated coloured wiring diagram that is large and easier to follow that the OEM manual. I have used mine a few times to help determine what goes where and consider it a good investment. cheers Rodney
  5. Fed up with the intermittent operation of both door jamb switches? I tried fixing mine before and figured it was worth a second look. Had tried some spray some time back but both switches were not 100% reliable. Eventually stopped working altogether on passenger door as it got worse after putting new rubber boots on. Figured it was a poor earthing problem so after cleaning all the inside contacts soldered a light earth wire to the metal housing that is supposed to ground to the body. Also soldered a terminal to the other end of the wire, attached it to a good ground under the screw that holds the power window relay on the LHS and one screw that holds a kick panel support on the RHS. The solder point on the switch body required a good cleaning for the solder to take and the wire needs to be well clear from any of the three contacts. Now these switches will work even when out of their location, proving the ground was this issue! Hope this helps. Rodney
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  7. Bill, happy that are leaving me your Riviera , much appreciated. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ one can NEVER have too many Rivieras. Thinking seven is the ideal, one for each day. All different colours of course. And you could mix the years too. So more than happy to make room for another and another and another ..... cheers Rodney
  8. bulb replacement for 2nd gen

    Eric, your words about the struggle in fitting the globes really connected and gave me inspiration . When I looked down at the little cuts on my hands from trying to stuff them into places that are way way too small, I just had to respond. And mentioning about writing a blues song ...... And also I just had to respond to Jason's remark about " liking the old OEM dim incandescent globes ...... " and as to the song, feel free to use as you wish, just remember, when you become a huge pop star, with a picture of you, your guitar and your '65 on the album cover, 😎😎😎 just mention who wrote the lyrics. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ And I expect a copy of the CD too!πŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’ΏπŸ’Ώ Rodney I play acoustic guitar very badly, but never in a band. I asked my music instructor once how long it would take to be able to play like Jimmy or Eric or Neil Young He smiled as he said "I should have started when I was 15"🎸🎸🎸🎸
  9. Bill, thats nice, but please make sure you live a long long time because 1. My garage will take two but only just. 2. For some reason, I really want a '66 too! I keep telling my partner, Jo that it would be as zippy and nimble and as easy to park as her Suzuki Swift, but she is just not buying that one at all. 3. I would be undecided which one to take out for the day. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney
  10. bulb replacement for 2nd gen

    Hi all, just did some more on my '63 last night and the results are awesome, amazing, spectacular .........Sure I had to drop the steering column to access the light in the RH lower part of the speedo, as well as the HI Beam and Turn Signal globes but such is life. The result of the indirect lighting on both large gauges is truly amazing, one of the best improvements you could ever make. Everything is clear, crisp and so easy to see ........AND THEY ARE DIMMABLE TOO! And Eric, here is the start to your blues song, enjoy. It's called Riviera Night Time Blues Riviera Night Time Blues Oh my Riviera speedo, where are you? Travelling this lonely dark highway, just my Marlboros and me So dark out here in the wilderness, My speedo, I just can't see. Chorus speedo and gas gauge got no lights An no lights on my console to see you how will I find my way through the night Riviera lighting just won't do Dunno how much gas I got left, My cigarette tip is the only light I got where did all those gauges go once the day was shot. Chorus Dropped my lighter on the floor somewhere Must be twenty miles back or more Cant take my eyes from the road to find it just wish I could use it once more. Chorus Cigarette glows on the windscreen As thoughts turn to the voice in my head The pretty girl at the parts counter Her hands full of LEDs chorus Repeat first verse
  11. Thanks Bill for the extra photos, great to see the big four notes now installed. It looks absolutely immaculate in the photos, everything fits properly. Looks like brand new. Like to be a fly on the wall to see what you do to clean and detail it before an event. It's nice to find out all those little things that owners like yourself do that bring a car up to the standard of yours. BTW I have now installed the lid of the air cleaner with the 445 Wildcat so it is in line with the snorkel . In other words It is skewed slightly toward the right. I think I saw this orientation of the lid on a sales brochure or other Riviera literature just recently. Perhaps you might know or others could chime in. Many thanks for the reply! Rodney And once your missus has killed you after changing the seats, will she be selling your car ??? πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
  12. Hi Bill, looks a very nice example as I'm a bit partial to Arctic White. Do you have other pictures you could share as I'm interested as to what makes yours a standout from others in the same colour. Rodney
  13. Bob, an auto book titled Automotive Emission Control and Tune Up Procedures is one I borrowed from a library and photo copied as I just love the simplicity of the diagrams showing where you connect the meter and what you are looking for. It covers older cars as well but found it useful for a '40 Pontiac and '64 Skylark and my Riviera. The diagrams gave me confidence to check and test things when I was learning (still am) otherwise you are needlessly just replacing parts that are still ok or outsourcing to a workshop. Still use it for reference especially if I haven't done that test for sometime. Might be worth a look so includes a few pages.
  14. Rear mouldings suit 63 Riviera

    Hi Tom, thanks for that. Wait on your reply.
  15. Great news that they are all working ok. My next suggestion which would be 100% foolproof would be to turn only to the right. That way you don't have to worry about the LHS not working,. Amazing what you come up with after a wine or two. Pleased that you sorted itπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€