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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. Hi Kaber, after some chronic overheating problems in my 63, opted for a recore using a four core replacement from a reputable repair shop as original radiator became a sprinkler when rodded out. Also with new hoses installed, opted for a 180 degree thermostat and FlowKooler water pump. Running a 13 pound standard pressure cap and temperature is fine with extra capacity and less stress on the system.
  2. Wow, that is wicked. Have just ordered some LEDs to replace some standard globes, but your light strip looks wicked. The PNDLR on my 63 is not well lit with standard globes even though the lens has been cleaned. You just keep ticking the ideas box againπŸ˜€ Many thanks Eric
  3. Yes epriv, this is the post that inspired me to give it a go. Jo wants me to give up my day job and go into full time clock and watch repairs. I think she is joshin! Any way, finished clock with new hand formed gasket to seal the housing and two brass 8BA cheesehead screws that replace the original bolts. Much easier to service later on.
  4. While typing this, am just listing to the periodic thump from the clock while on bench test. After looking at the different stories, decided to invest Aus$11.00 in a bottle of Shellite and after dismantling the Borg clock, soaked the mechanicals for a day. Periodically, I gently turned the wheel and got it to run for a few seconds. While this was all happening, cleaned up the chrome bezel and removed some fine scratches on the lens with some car polish. After a few times, it managed to wind down enough by itself to close the contacts and then consistently did this. Then used a needle file to clean up the points. After letting it dry for a short time, used a La Belle model railroad oil with a needle point applicator on the axle points for all the gears. Hooked it up to a 12 volt power source a few hours ago and it just keeps ticking away! So so forget the quartz conversion and try a clean and lube on the old one first. You never know what may happen! πŸ˜€ From a very very happy Rodney from down under.
  5. And the air cleaner wing nut should be East-West, not North - West. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  6. Red Riviera Bob, Great idea to try to repair what you already have. With some parts you may never find another one. Friend of mine restored a 38 and 39 Pontiac, 27 Dodge and a 61 Tempest. He would always try to repair what he could while others would "sit and wait till the perfect part comes along". He got his cars done while others were still waiting among their bits. And when he found a much better replacement at a swapmeet, usually at a bargain price, he would clean that up and it would go on the car. And then sell the one he had repaired, usually covering the cost of both. " Do one thing every day" was his motto, and it certainly works. just my two bobs worth.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. Benie, Can you give a bloke a few hints here ........Should the air cleaner wing nut run North - South or should it be East - West? And the slotted screws on the automatic choke on the Carter AFB ..... Parallel with the horizon or vertical? So much I have to get right .....πŸ˜€
  8. "Snowflakes" first real outing on Sunday 12th June 2017. Photos taken at the viewing area up Waitpinga Hill. 1963 Buick Riviera, Arctic White with custom red leather interior. Many more to come! RodneyπŸ˜€
  9. Bill, took yours, Bernies and Eds advice, used some WD40 on the clock edges, removed both gauge surrounds and used a gripper cloth to finally get it free. The bulb was burnt out, so will replace, checked and have power at the connector. And you are spot on, Buick Must have saved at lest $0.03 on each Riviera by keeping the clock wiring so short. Would have been nice if the gave another 2-3 inches more. Still, let's see how the repair goes.πŸ˜€
  10. Schmiddy! You have got a lot to answer for! Now I have to find or make a wood grain shifter knob to match the new interior! Thanks for your post, did not know there were wood grain knobs available, but do now, cheers.
  11. Too late she cried! All are now back on but they are easy peasy to remove and not that much of an issue to replace. πŸ‘Œ Interesting that the HOT/COLD lenses fell out of position first time because the inexperienced installer was a little rough in trying to get it back in first time (round one) 😑 As a result I used a tiny touch of Weldbond on ALL the lenses to keep them secure and flat against the bezel. Let that dry for a while to ensure they stayed put. πŸ‘ The installer then took a much more careful approach in installing them as he now has learnt how to do it properly. Good thing he is only on Work Experience and not getting paid for anything he does😜 If the W.E. bloke (me) can't get the clock out carefully tomorrow with the other bezels in place, might try your approach with them both removed. Really looking forward to hearing that TICK, TICK, TICK, THUMPπŸ˜€
  12. Read with interest various members thoughts and action on shock absorber selection for first generation Riviera. Mine came from factory with heavy duty shocks and springs as per the delivery sheet. I would like to inspect the rubber bushes and mountings and replace them if the shockers check out ok. Can an anyone on the forum provide details of how I can bench test the shockers as I don't want to replace them if I don't have to. ( be nice to retain originals if I can). Shop manual give no testing process and all I am aware of is the bounce test while fitted, which I think could be very subjective. Is there a standard test procedure for shock absorbers that I can use?πŸ˜€
  13. Hi Bill, thanks for that, Seafoams aka Winston reply to your topic gave the clue and now you have just confirmed it. I had just taken the speedo and fuel/amp/temp bezels off to clean them as I could see the Allen head screw securing them. Great thing about these cars is you can take most things apart to clean and refurbish them without too many dramas. Clock is now tomorrow's challenge, hopefully just a clean as per Eds post some time back to start it working again.
  14. Jo's knuckles were a bit white as she was in the middle of the road ( we are RHD over here) but she sorta got used to it. Bit funny in that seat without a steering wheel. Anyway said I had to put these up too!
  15. Wow, after all this time we had our first real outing in "Snowflake" today. Nice country drive to a little cafe called the Inman Valley Country Kitchen for a sensational lunch and then on to Yankalila to the second hand book shop. Lesuirely drive back home via Parawa to Encounter Bay. All vital signs for oil pressure and water temperature were really good and according to Jo " she really goes ". Few more things to get sorted, but this is what these cars are all about, driving them! Happy, happy boy!πŸ˜€