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About rodneybeauchamp

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  • Birthday 10/09/1954

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    Encounter Bay, South Australia
  • Interests:
    1963 Buick Riviera, 1938 Series 40 Special coupe, model railway, tinkering, improving things, swap meets, living life.

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  1. Well at last! Was able to complete the Bay to Birdwood run in a pre-war Buick! This is a biennial event held in South Australia, pre 1949 vehicles and post 1949 vehicles running in alternate years. However being the 40th anniversary it was decided that all years would be represented. Running 72km (about 40miles) from Adelaide through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the historic town of Birdwood, home of the National Motor Museum it gives a great opportunity for enthusiasts to showcase their cars as many thousands of spectators line the route. With a β€˜29 DeSoto as a back
  2. On my β€˜38 I found the spiral resistor wiring had failed so the gauge was giving false readings and flicking violently at a certain level. After removing the gauge, was able to make one out of two from a β€˜37 unit and now have a reliable gauge back in there. Cleaned the tank out at the same time, so double bonus. You may be able to repair the old one with some care or locate a second hand unit off the forum. good luck Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. They should be called β€œCoops”. I was unfortunate enough to be the back seat passenger in a late model small Mercedes four door. I struggled to get in and out of the $&##@ thing, and all the time felt very claustrophobic. High head rests, low roof line and cramped conditions. The driver was shorter than I am, but had his seat back a bit. And I am not tall either. Lucky it was only a short trip, but won’t do it again. Perhaps car companies have lost the plot when designing a four passenger sedan. JMHO Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. I suggest you have the original repaired then tested under pressure for several days. Then you know it is sound and won’t leak again. I took this path and glad I did, I did not ever want to do it twice. BTW when done, your name goes on an honour roll of owners who have done the job and survived! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. On my β€˜38, found a later style double contact globe holder for park and turn signal lamp was a snug fit inside the round lenses. The socket was plastic possibly GM type but not 100% on that. Mid to late β€˜60s onward if it was or could have been a current NARVA globe holder. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” Had to add a ground wire to the holder and power wires to each contact. It was almost plug and play with very little modification bar removing the original bulb socket and holder. Ran all the wires up though a black weather proof cloth tube from the inner fender junction, all looks original. And
  6. Hi all, after a recent Coffee n Cars event, where a discussion on the value of fire extinguishers took place, have decided to put one on both of my Buicks. Am interested where members of the forum have fitted an extinguisher in their first generation Riviera. And why they chose that particular spot! In many of the US car show pictures you often see the extinguisher in front of the front tyre. Is this mandatory for entrants for some shows? Photos would be a big plus. Many thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. My personal choice. Wheels styles that suited cars in that era. Not my car either, but would like a set of those Cragars! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Well, that was short lived 😒😒😒😒☹️☹️☹️ Second time I use it , NO green cold light! Third time, still nothing! Test the original sender with Ohm meter, It was faulty, that’s a plus. (Sort of) Test the replacement, shows it should work, grounded when cold. That’s a double plus. Replaced the dash LED with a incandescent globe, still not working. ( that’s a whole story in itself as the LED and holder disappeared under the dash somewhere, never to be found!) Still not working! 😒😒😒😒 So it seems I might have a poor connection in the cold light
  9. 1. Replaced the original globes with QH without testing the originals as the lights were dreadful. Upgraded wiring, grounds and relays on each circuit. May need to retry them. 2. LH lens is Guide Multibeam, RH is a NASCO which is the Genuine replacement part (or could have been fitted as original equipment in Australia) Yellow reflection is the work lamp Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  10. Hi Matt, the number spread 0-200 makes sense to be metric. Otherwise all your driving in the 0-60mph would be in the first quarter of the gauge and not easy to read. We are metric here (Australia) and I’m doing the conversion every time I drive. 30mph is close to 50kmh, 35mph close to 60kmh, 45mph close to 80kmh, 100mph close to 160kmh so a 200kmh would come near the top speed of the GTO. Possibly destined for Europe, cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. OK, a few answers to all. 1. the spotlights have LEDs and dull ones so don’t do much. Might change that. 2. headlamps only have 3 positions. OFF PARK HEADLAMPS, none of this fancy passing beam stuff 3. Yes, using a US manual but was reversing the image so the lights would direct to the left. 4. even on LOW beam, light is still ordinary for safe driving. 5. the HIGH/LOW dip switch is on the flat section of the floor by my left heel and is awkward to locate in a hurry. I think I will experiment by trying to aim using LOW beam, not HIGH. Perhaps the factor
  12. Would someone have a photo of the 41-53 Buick 248 straight eight oil pump that Earl has mentioned below. I have some β€˜47 Buick parts including a pump but want to be certain it is off a Buick. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ The 1941-53 oil pump in the small engine had larger gears and produced better oil pressure when hot. It will fit the small series 40 Buick all the way back to 1934 as well as the 1940 series 50. I makes an excellent improvement in these cars. 1950 series 40 248 cubic inch insert rod bearing fit at least back to 1937 and greatly improve the engine if
  13. can you shed some more light on this. I have a β€˜38 Special but not had the pan off yet. I bought a bunch of β€˜47 Buick parts that which includes an oil pump. Not wanting to disturb this post, but keen to know more and a picture of what the latter looks like! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. I couldn’t open the glovebox on my β€˜38 Buick and ended up using thin plastic package strapping to lift the tongue on the latch. Worked a treat, but only after I had chipped lots of paint around the door using other means 😒😒😒😒 Worth a try! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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