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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. Dismantle headlamps on β€˜38 Special

    Hi all, wow, amazing what you can do when you know how to do it. Housing popped out this morning in 30seconds flat! Many, many thanks for all the pics, really helped. Now for the easy bit, fitting up the relays. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. Dismantle headlamps on β€˜38 Special

    And I have tried to dismantle the front park lights as per the handbook, by pressing on the rear of the housing, but they won’t shift. Any clues there?
  3. Dismantle headlamps on β€˜38 Special

    Hi Gary, many thanks, I will give it a try tomorrow night. I did see those clips but I couldn’t have had enough wine at the time. Your photos have helped immensely, cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Hi All, am following Steves thread on installing relays into the headlamp housings on my 1938 Special. Managed to remove the headlamp glasses, bulbs and loosen the reflector. Can anyone advise how the headlamp inner housings can be removed from the outer casings. Even a glass of wine has not made it clear and my shop manual doesn’t really come to terms with dimantling much at all. Photo below shows where I have got to.
  5. Halagen Bulbs

    Hi Steve, Many thanks for the illuminating article on relays in the headlamps on your 1938 Buick. I also like modifications and upgrades that cant be seen When I picked up my '38 Special and drove it home, the last 2 hours was in darkness. And I mean darkness, the headlights were useless. Lucky it was on a back secondary road but was still blinded by oncoming cars, several who decided to flash high beam, thinking my lights were not on. It was a terrible introduction to 1938 lighting. Take two, I cleaned up all the connections on the terminal strips and you could now see the headlights shining on the garage wall 3 feet away. When driving, the lights were still awful but I could see they were on and they were better .... sort of. Take three. I am putting in halogen lamps from Anthony Pearson and seeing how they go but am moving to Take Four as soon as I have time. Take four. I now have the 6V relays and will be installing them as soon as I can in the headlights. Will keep you posted how it goes, as I hate leaving readers in the dark
  6. Oil Bath Air Cleaner - '40 Buick

    Mike, Interested in what the filter part number you found that fits the housing. And Any chance of some pics of the finished air cleaner? thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. I got lucky at a country swapmeet last weekend and bought an incomplete shop manual for 1938. Am am missing the front cover and the first few pages up to page 10 in section 1-3 and the rear cover and from page 272 to ??? The book is an A4 size. Would someone have copies of the missing pages that I could purchase or they could email to me so I could print them.
  8. Getting the color right

    Hi Bob and Jim, would a white primer be a good choice instead of the grey primer to bring out the red in the VHT? ( not wanting to change the recipie but just a thought) You have just given me a project for my new grit blast cabinet πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ And I used some masking tape to join the seams on the aluminium decal plate and seems to work ok. Though this time I may use a silicone adhesive. cheers Rodney
  9. Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special

    Hi Carl, thanks for that. The ebay one looks very sad so will give it a miss. I will keep my eyes open at the swap meets as it is not a super critical item for me. It will just be on my β€œwish list” . the most important part is that they did fit one, so if I find one it still retains originality. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  10. Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special

    Hi Bob, that’s good news. It does look a touch bare there and nothing much to say it’s a Buick. I did see a photo in the 36-37-38 club page showing one fitted. Might have to find one somewhere. thanks for the info, much appreciated. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. Steve, that’s a nice pair too! My partner, (Jo) was quick to notice how tidy your garage is, I was quick to notice how much space you have. Gee, we view things differently, don’t we! πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
  12. Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special

    Matthew, many thanks for your help. Looking forward to posting some pics of the refurbished bracket. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ And all the photos have helped so much. Buick with such a engineering marvel, it wasn’t too hard to opt for the original bracket rather than try to make one. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Oil Bath Air Cleaner - '40 Buick

    I used to sell Donaldson air cleaner systems for automotive, industrial and agricultural equipment. When sizing up the right air cleaner for an engine we used a chart to calculate the amount of air in CFM required. The chart used the engine displacement and the maximum governed RPM to obtain a value. Petrol engines were based at around 85% efficiency, therefore 85% of the value, diesel engines a bit more and turbocharged and supercharged engines more again ( I think almost twice the value of the volume calculated) So when sizing any filter media you want to use, perhaps try to ascertain the airflow requirements of what engine you have already and make sure the filter will pass that amount of air. Take into account any bends or restrictions in the inlet and outlet to the carby, Otherwise it will restrict airflow and cause other issues you won’t need. Using an air cleaner off a 60s petrol engine of similar displacement should work fine. I used a 60’s Valiant slant six on a 1940 sidevalve six Pontiac with good success as the original oil bath was long gone. It looked plain and simple in black, no air snorkel as the lid was larger than the base, allowing good air flow without restriction. It was similar to this. just my two bobs worth from down under. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Hi, I want to change my signature to include my β€œnew” β€˜38 Buick, no dramas there. however, I have an icon β€œsmiley face with rolling/blinking eyes” in the bottom line. Every time I try to save the additions, it says it can’t find the β€œrolling /blinking eyes” How can I add to my signature and still keep the rolling/blinking eyes? Rodney
  15. Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special

    Thanks guys, those photos are a real winner. I will check out some photos of what we did here, it may end up on the other side, being RHD. And Bob, love the wooden bumpers, a real cool custom mod! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ BTW, did Buick ever have a badge or emblem fitted in the front of the bumpers, like the Pontiacs had. Seems a shame to waste a bolt hole! πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” And Matthew, my β€œnew” licence plate bracket just cost me a brand new sand blast cabinet and some garnet! Actually the availability of the genuine bracket made me realise I gotta get these parts looking as good as I can get, and abrasive blasting them is the way to do it. cant wait to get it into action! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€