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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. Hi Steve, Thanks for the installation details, that is priceless! Any chance you could post some photos of the valve and your installation. I need to do the same on my β€˜38 and need to locate a suitable period valve and fittings. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. Hi, i installed my three point lap sash in my β€˜63 with the upper mount in thru the parcel shelf. It is right in the corner and had to borrow a right angled air drill to drill the hole as there is no good access underneath. I think I used a reinforcement plate along with correct seat bolt anchor bolts and nuts. Both seem fine and the position does not cut across your shoulder. Can supply more pics if you need! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. Just a quick update. Used a 15W-40 mineral oil to flush the differential. Popped it on a set of jack stands and ran it in high gear at varying speeds using the hand throttle. Also ran it in reverse for a short time, in total 40minutes. Drained the oil using the bottom bolt and it drained quite nicely as it was a thin oil. Interesting is that after 40 minute run time, the drained oil and the differential were quite cold (ambient temperature about 14-16 C). The drained oil had a brownish colour and a few metallic specks but These were all soft and certainly not harmful. I then repeated the process next day, noticing the colour of the drainant (oil that has be drained) was significantly cleaner and a lighter brown colour, a few flecks of rubbish, but again all soft and insignificant. Again it was cold. Photo shows the two drainants, the one on the RHS jar is first flush. One thing I noticed was that on initial start and running, both rear wheels were turning, then after a short time the LH stopped altogether ( maybe it got tired of going nowhere). On the second flush, the RH side was stationary and the LH was turning. Maybe they take it in turns. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Replaced the lower bolt and sealed the threads with a Loctite thread sealer (not a locker) Filled the rear axle with a Penrite Mild EP GL4 hypoid oil and sealed the drain plug with the same Loctite sealer and test run on the stands. It took 3 litres of oil to be just below the drain plug. Will do a road test when I have the manifold gasket replaced. anyway a few photos ( otherwise it never happened) In hindsight, any light bodied mineral oil will be suitable as a flushing oil, no need to overthink this one at oil! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney I
  4. Thanks for that advice, BTW, what would you use as a flushing oil? RodneyπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. Hi Matt, thats what I did not do, the shop manual clearly states not to use a solvent such as kerosene or gasoline, so I got out what I could with a rag and my fingers, but still not 100% happy with that. The old stuff was very β€œgoopy”, brown and pretty yuck. Glad I got in there. Was thinking two possibilities, refill with new oil, and run it on stands, then drain and refill. The other was to flush with a lighter oil then refill! Hi Ray, this was my thoughts too, but see what else is posted. Hi Jack, SAE 10 is what is listed in the shop manual, so might look at that. Might buy enough to do the flush twice, but will see what others post. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  6. OK, so I have drained all the old goop ( brownish oil) from the rear axle and have cleaned out the bottom of the axle housing as best I could. I’m considering doing a flush as recommended by the shop manual, however I have made up a very nice gasket and resealed the cover. So reluctant to disturb that good work but will remove the lower bolt to drain any flushing oil. Reseal the bolt back with Permatex. Shop manual says SAE 10 or a light flushing oil while running in high gear on stands, ( I can do that) Would Auto trans fluid or diesel fuel oil be a suitable flushing oil as these both have detergent properties? any thoughts please? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. Hi Jim, just saw your reply. Yes I used both red and green to accentuate the colours, outstanding too! Better n new maybe! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Hi, the two I saw at Naracoorte swap meet were branded NASCO. Interesting that we led the way with electric wipers in β€˜38 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney
  9. Hi Jack, 6 volt. Yes, I was surprised to find them electric, but my 40 Pontiac was electric 6V too! Have seen the 6V wiper motors at swap meets,. AUS$200.00 for NOS and around AUS$50.00 to $80.00 for a second hand unit that was untested! If interested happy to stick the IPad under there for photos. You may want to start a seperate post. JLMK. Rodney I thought that too, but the fuel pump does not have a vacuum pump attached ( which is where I thought the vacuum came from) Don, thank you. Will have a look and see if I can locate the port. Many thanks and will report back. Gotta find a suitable holder so I can mount it ( suppose I could cut a hole in the dash somewhere or stick it in place of the clock) ☹️☹️☹️☹️ Just kidding, it will be fitted neatly under the dash somewhere πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  10. Any chance of some pictures to demonstrate the slits. I have lap sash belts ready to go into my β€˜38 and interested in the process? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜€
  11. Hi James, you may have seen a couple of my replies to this topic. I was probably also a bit skeptical at first with an unknown brand and leaning toward others, however the choice for whitewalls in Australia is somewhat limited. As mentioned, the Caddy owner is very fussy and fastidious about his Coupe DeVille, so figured the tyres tires must be reasonable. Ok, since my last post have done several interstate trips as well as many intrastate to cruise nights, swap meets and general running around in yer Riv and am very happy with them. I was so happy, I rotated them to include the spare. I am running 32psi and get a good but firm ride. The white walls clean up well with a sand soap and they don’t loose air. I love the look of the wide white and also the tyre size fits the vehicle. I often think some of these look under tyres, especially as we are so used to seeing more rubber on our vehicles. No, I don’t have any affiliation with Suretrac or their Australian distributor but find paying a fair price for a good tyre is what floats my boat! To buy a Coker or other Classic Radial whitewall would have been THREE times the price! rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Hi all, thoroughly recommend the conversion, my β€˜63 dash has never looked so bright. And a chance to clean up the dust from 60 odd years too! Should be a post somewhere on here what was done. And also did the led conversion on the shifter lighting as recommended by Schmiddy which come up a treat too! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Hi all, always liked the look of these aftermarket vacuum economy gauges and had one in a β€˜40 Pontiac. Bought one at a country swap meet ( two in fact) and would like to install one of these in my β€˜63 Riviera, 1x 4bbl, 401 with AC. where would you suggest would be the correct source to tap into to gauge a true vacuum reading? Any help would be appreciated. thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Hi all, always liked the look of these vacuum economy gauges and had one in a β€˜40 Pontiac. Bought one recently at a country swap and want to use it in my β€˜38 Special. Suggestions as to where would be the best place to tap into the vacuum source. Mine has electric wipers so no vacuum pump there. Buick shoulda had one as an optional extra bit can’t see it listed. any help would be appreciated Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  15. OK, just a quick update. When installing the replacement wiring harness to the headlamp switch, changed the position of the wire for parklights to the next lug. And we now have lights that stay on with headlights and still act as park lights in that mode. BTW a twin socket was installed in the front park lamps that give both turn signal and park. Happy boy! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€