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About rodneybeauchamp

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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, have had 235/75 on my 63 with oversized rim option 6” for about three years and very pleased. They do touch the frame on full lock, but that’s not a big deal. Yes, I would buy the same size again, they β€œlook right” just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. Hi, two of my favourites are β€œ Taking of Pelham, One, Two, Three (1974 original version) and β€œThe French Connection”. Both feature American cars of the era in ordinary street scenes. The car chase in the second film is exceptional. Good movies, good actors and great cars. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. Aidan’s Garage. Well it started when I bought a 1965 Buick Riviera in 1/24 scale by Maisto. It was the red version with black vinyl roof, second hand at a swap meet. I showed it to grandson Aidan on a Skype chat as he lives in Manchester in England. Well not long after, we get the email photo with Aidan and you guessed it, his own 65 Buick Riviera. It planted the seed that he needed a 1/24 scale garage to put it in, to service it, add fuel and air up those tyres. So I set about making Aidan’s Garage, as a flat pack so we can take it over to him soon and help him put it together. And yep, he will get to keep the silver Riviera as well. Just a few photos. Now, if only I could find him a β€˜63 Riviera like my real one! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Wow, that is very scary, so misleading. In their endeavour to be politically correct and generic and not favour a particular make or model, they have missed the boat entirely. Incorrect and misleading names given for parts, brake cylinder, cylinder cups, cylinder boots are the standard names. Misleading and inaccurate diagrams. If I were a novice with zero knowledge, then according to the diagrams and text, all I need to do is replace those two outer dust boots, bleed the system them I’m good to go! And then what?? It would be really funny, if it were not safety related! Just my two bobs worth (US$ 0.000567c) Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. Wow, some would see that as a good trade! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
  6. Hi all, These two mouldings were in with some parts collected recently, but have no idea what they are from. Appears they were originally plated or polished. An emblem or badge looks to be fitted in the circle which is 2” on the inside. There appears to be another moulding that joins this one from witness marks and the shape. I wish to onsell these at the next swapmeet so handy to know what they fit. PS these may be from an Australian model based on a US version. Thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. Interesting read. I’m a member of a local historic vehicle club and have similar experiences. Many in the group seem to focus heavily on the social aspect of eating out and similar events and very very little on cars. I even suggested a serious of β€œhow to workshops” but nothing ever eventuated. Currently I am considering joining another group of Hot Rod owners as they seem to be more in tune with what I am searching for, even though my β€˜38 Buick will never be a hot rod. Because of our concessional registration requirements to belong to a car club, I might as well be in one that I like! Yup, exactly that! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Interesting comment. Can you explain more on this, why etc. Is this for one or both leads from the charge source ( in my case, solar panel on one Buick 12V and a smart charger on the 6V Buick) curious, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Interesting reads here. Well here’s some stories. In 1990 we came over to the States with another family for a five week holiday. My mate bought a nice β€˜78 Cadillac Coupe DeVille as he had planned. We needed transport so ended up with a US$1300.00 1964 Buick Skylark 2 door sports coupe. California car, 300 cu inch 4 bbl. with factory air. Told the owner we wanted to drive to New York and he said it will be fine. (Was his wife’s grandfathers car and he didn’t drive anymore) With our family of four and all our luggage we ended up touring the States and Canada, from Anaheim to San Fransisco to Sacramento into Canada. Across the Rockies, to Edmonton, on to Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, then Chicago, Detroit. Drove in peak hour in New York. Everyday we did miles, some at night, lots of 55mph stuff. Motel 6 most nights. We we had a rear wheel bearing fail on about the second or third day and a few weeks later had a rear tyre blowout on a busy freeway late in the day. That bumper jack was interesting. Anyway we did over 5,500 miles in just under 5 weeks in that Buick, which was really just an old original car with 78,000 on the clock. Shipped it out of Philadelphia to Australia and started my love affair with Buicks. In 1994, it became our daily driver, to and from work, shopping and everywhere else. It got painted and trimmed and a burnt valve turned into a major engine overhaul that I never completed. Here it is here, being photographed for sale nearly four years ago with the engine still on a stand.
  10. Yup, I’m a plate guy. Enjoy seeing good meaningful plates on classic cars. These are my two! and I try to make sure they are neatly framed. The Riviera uses acrylic sheet painted on the back whereas the β€˜38 uses sign writers tin. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. Just my two cents worth. is the carburettor correct for your Buick. Or is it from something else or an earlier model or smaller engine. I swapped the Stromberg on a 40 Pontiac and idle and low speed were fine but it had no power or high speed. Sure it fitted the manifold but it was off a much smaller engine and the jets and the throat size were way too small. Going back to the original carby was an amazing difference on overall performance. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Hi all, i bought a bundle of Buick parts at a swapmeet and told they were for a β€˜37 Buick. This Carter carburettor was in the mix but has a different mount pattern to my β€˜38 which has the Marvel two barrel with a three stud mounting. Can someone confirm it is from a β€˜37 Buick or from something else. Unfortunately the brass ID tag is missing. thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. This is how I did my β€˜38 Special. Used all the bits from standard and added some brass tube from K&S Engineering (hobby shops keep it) to prevent the valve moving against the spring. The tube goes over the centre brass rod and keeps the first brass cup from seating on the cast housing. You can see this better in the second picture. This keeps a restriction on the flow yet allows it to bypass until it reaches the thermostat. So far it keeps good operating temperature but I also have the benefit of a recorded radiator and rebuilt water pump. used a brass split pin before the install too! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Hi Don, yes I had the unit checked by my radiator shop before installation, so all is good. Hi Steve, Many thanks, that it how mine is now! Did a road trip this morning and heater is getting hot as it should. So looks like all is fine. I had the core tested prior to installation so I knew there were no issues there. Just gotta wire the fan to a proper switch so I can have that running as I was only testing by connecting to the lighter connection. And make up the bracket to hold the hoses. many thanks to all that contributed, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€