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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. That might be the case, but look how many smiles and chats you get while filling it up! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. Yes, you need to have every excuse to take them out, and work is one of them. It makes the whole thing a lot more fun and gives you some idea what it was like using them as everyday vehicles. Enjoy πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. With such a pleasant weekend weather wise, I planned a trip to Normanville, about 37km away to check on a work job in progress. We took our 63 Riviera as it had not been anywhere for a month. We had made up all the lattice panels at work and supplied all the timber and fasteners and concrete and had them installed by a sub contractor. The owner was so pleased with what they saw unfinished, that they decided to go ahead with stage two of the project which was a picket fence with gate surrounding the garden and another lattice panel to support a creeper. It was a great drive and the β€˜63 Riviera just does country roads with so little effort, no fuss at all. And always creates a stir as it arrives! Later in the day we did another short trip with the Riviera to look at a gate that had come adrift due to extremely strong winds. We will fix that one next. I can see this being used more and more as our company car! No car pics unfortunately, but ...... Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Bernie, I get the feeling you were put under some pressure to buy the car. After all they let you drive it, so you needed to live up to your part of the bargain!
  5. Wait till you have to ship a car from Grand Rapids to San Francisco, then to Australia! All by enclosed transport. And as to the other one! Well you just go over and drive it back some 800kms πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ If you really want something ......... there are no excuses! But that’s me!
  6. β€œ Anyway, the car seems fairly quiet now, though now I'm noticing how much the doors rattle. next project. I do kind of miss the funky "old car" smell. Turned out it was just the rotten carpets...” I would put some of your old carpet in the console bin and keep adding tepid water to it. It will help keep that musty old car wet carpet smell very much alive! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney
  7. The BUICK letters on the hood look interesting, πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. your right, a close up showed the Victorian plate! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Hi Clay, all Buick’s are special ...... but some they call Roadmasters, some Century’s, but they all is Special. Nice to see another Buick owner down under. And judging by the Falcon, in South Australia perhaps? cheers Rodney
  10. Hi, interesting thread on a nice Plymouth. Read that as you have fitted or are fitting relays in the lighting system, you might be interested in the Quartz Halogen globes that are available for 6Volt lighting for vintage and classic cars. Anthony at Classic and Vintage Globes supplied a set for my β€˜38 Buick that have the same base as the original globes that are held in by three pins in each of the three mounting slots. They may draw slightly more current than original but the improved light output is worth it. We did an early morning (5.30pm) run to a country swap meet several months ago (just as the virus started) and was really pleased how we could drive at night/early morning at 50 - 55mph and still be able to see plenty on both beams. Anthony is in Australia but I believe he ships overseas, and given our Aussie dollar is worth almost nothing, might be a chance to upgrade. I bought three to have a spare I hope I never need! No affiliation with him but a nice guy to deal with who loves his Pommie vintage stuff!
  11. If engines did not need a thermostat, the manufacturer would never ever have put one in! They are so conscious of saving money, that any extra cost must be warranted. A thermostat is essential to correct operating temperature! there endeth the lesson. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. couple of things. If it is weeping coolant then the cooling system it is not holding pressure, meaning it will be susceptible to boiling/overheating. Cooling system pressure is critical for maintaining proper temperature. If there is pitting of the thermostat cover housing, then to surface it flat is easy. Best to use a perfectly flat surface plate (glass is good) and some wet and dry grade paper and some water or engine oil. Move the housing in a series of figure 8’s over the paper on the flat plate, continually wiping and checking the gasket surface of the housing. Add more water or oil to reduce friction and to flush away the removed metal. Continue surfacing the housing until the whole of the gasket surface is clean and shiny and flat. With a new gasket and sealer, no more leaks! It make take a few minutes or longer to resurface the housing, but it will give a better and more accurate finish than a file. Just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Looks like 1935 or 1936 Pontiac Silver Streak, fits on the crown of the front fenders. Parking and possibly clearance light if lit when headlamps are lit. Others may confirm! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Interesting take on driving cars that are different. Jo and I had a holiday break in the countryside a few years back in the Riviera (LHD) and she was ok to drive it for the first time on some quiet country roads. It was a great experience for both of us, not that she wants to do it again. Driving is not her thing really, but being a passenger is! Not sure whether she will drive the β€˜38 Buick, different kettle of fish, that one! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  15. For 64 add my 64 Skylark Sports Coupe, 300cu in 4bbl had Super Turbine 300, 2 1/2 speed automatic with switch pitch. It was a micro switch connected at the throttle and two wires went down to the transmission. I remember the orange concertina boot that covered the rod that connected to the carburettor at the throttle linkage. Not sure if it worked, I’m not that sort of guy! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Im sure it worked, most things did on that one, sorry to see it go 😒😒😒😒