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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. rodneybeauchamp

    Where's that guy looking for a '32 Buick 90-Series?

    Matt, the ad mentions possible trades!
  2. rodneybeauchamp

    Where's that guy looking for a '32 Buick 90-Series?

    Nice looking Buick. Matt, you could always buy this one and then sell the Lincoln through Harwood Motor Company. They have great cars for sale and really nice write ups on them too! You can never have tooooo many Buicks, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. β€œWill provide bill of sale, no title” Does this mean he does not have the current or previous registration papers? What issues could this this cause a prospective buyer? What if they wanted the car shipped overseas. Just curious, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ And the fact he mentions β€œRuns good” twice in the ad, does that mean it β€œruns too good?” πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Changing Headlights on 64

    Ed’s correct. No need to get into the engine compartment. Each hood or headlamp surround/bezel/trim ring is held on by a long Phillips head screw at the bottom and clips in at the top. Hard to see the screw at first until you eyeball the lights at their level. Once the surround is off then the sealed beam is removed by removing a short screw on the retaining ring. A strong spring holds the ring also. By just removing these and replacing the sealed beam, you won’t upset the headlamp aim. I had this same thought as you when I went to change mine as part of the LHD to RHD headlamp conversion when I first got my β€˜63. At first I thought that you had to get into the back of the grille. The headlamp rims all fit so neatly, that they look one piece. Good luck Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. Hi Matt, When I fitted finned covers on my β€˜63 with a/c it also needed that special bracket to clear the higher covers. Not sure what it came from but luckily my seller had that as part of the deal. I’m sure they are out there, no doubt someone who has a spare to sell will respond. This is it here. good luck, RODNEY πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    65 Riviera right vent cable

    Daryle, the wonderful thing about this forum is the wealth of knowledge that lots of the contributors have. More importantly is that the members offer their advice freely and without any put downs or making you feel stupid. Sure you might get 27 different ways to skin the cat, but just choose the one with the best fit. Rivieras are complex vehicles and over engineered when you read some history and articles on how they came to fruition. So no question is too many or too simple or irrelevant in my opinion. Besides, its great to offer new owners some help when you have had the same problem with your own Riviera. And it is often the same series of problems that keep popping up. just my two bobs worth from down under, Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Last of the Turbine Spinners.

    I would have thought that if you were that close to be injured by a knock off spinner, you well well on the the way to being flattened by the rest of the car. Perhaps we need lumps of jelly or sponges to provide a softer impact as we run over someone. Only kidding, but safety laws certainly do amuse me at times. At at least mine will give you a smiley face as they pass over you. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Is it possible to make up a metal contact and solder it in place? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Yes, dipped the whole of the mechanism, tried to keep the face out of the liquid as best I could. Certainly had no adverse affect on anything. It air dries quickly too! And the solenoid kicks in every three or four minutes is normal. It has a power supply (12V) so doesn’t need to run any longer than that. If you want a good article look up β€œputting the tick tock back in your car clock” , great read and very clear. cheers Rodney
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    Engine Analyzer for 6 volt systems...

    I just purchased a new digital timing light/dwell meter/volt meter/ and it clearly states when using on a 6 volt vehicle to use a 12 volt battery as the power source. It did also mention grounding the 12 volt battery to the six volt vehicle also. I have both 6 and 12 volt Buicks, so should come in handy as they both run standard points ignition systems. hope this helps Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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    Chevrolet bodied 1941 Buick question

    Hi Grant, if interested in further research, β€œSeventy Years of Buick” by George H Dammann and β€œThe Buick - A Complete History” by Dunham and Gustin are two worthwhile publications. They give excellent background to the Buick years and models produced, along with photos, specifications and overall history. There are other publications as well that all enhance and add to the story, however these two seem to cover most of it. First two pics are from β€œSeventy Years of Buick”, the second from β€œA Complete History” There is is also an excellent article in one of the Automobile Quarterly publications giving a condensed version of the Prewar Buick years. I do have a copy of the β€œSeventy Years of Buick” for sale and possibly the Automobile Quarterly book, as a result of purchasing a couple of collections recently. Let me know if you are interested. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Hi Daryle, I cleaned mine in Shellite ( left soak for several days) While in the Shellite I would open the contacts manually and spin the flywheel to help clean the mechanism. Eventually it got to run the whole of the period till it was rewound again. Then I let it dry and lubed the mechanism with LaBelle model railway oil and filed the contacts clean and flat. Like you, put it on 12V on a power source and left it on test for about a week until satisfied it would keep good time and keep running, then I put it back in the car. Now it keeps thunking away every time I re-connect the battery and use the car. I never bother to reset it, but it is just nice seeing the β€œseconds tick the time out” on the sweep hand. Hope you get yours working ok too! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Thank you Daryle, ...... and the Riviera is not too shabby either. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Appreciate your compliment. Must admit I’m also very partial to gold ones, including yours in another recent post. Must admit the gold one pictured in the Autombile Quarterly article on the Riviera Reborn is absolutely stunning. Not sure if the guy mentioned still has it and is an ROA member or on this forum, but it is in one word Bee-yooo-tiiiii-fullll. BTW a recent clay bar job and hand polish on my β€˜63 has bought the paintwork up to another level, certainly a worth while exercise ( in more ways than one πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€) Rodney
  14. Attended a Cars on the Coast, coffee and cars show at Becks Bakery in Port Noarlunga. David and Karen Barber invited Jo and myself to come along and followed us down in their 1978 Coupe DeVille. Coffee was excellent so both of the girls were happy, and even more so when we called in to Maxwell Winery on the way home. Some of the cars of interest to us included a 1941 Buick coupe, a 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado, 1963 EH Holden and an early Pontiac Firebird. And amazed at the strong following for early Japanese β€œ rice burners”.
  15. rodneybeauchamp

    Tune a 1963 using a vacuum gauge

    Hi Jim, reset to 8 degrees BTDC, is a much smoother drive. Did a long interstate trip and sat nicely at 60-65 on the speedo. Still a hint of pinging But nowhere near what I had. May drop it to 6 degrees and test again. Much happier with how it drives now than before. many thanks RODNEY πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€