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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

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Is it possible to make up a metal contact and solder it in place? Rodney ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  3. 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 doesnโ€™t need to run any longer than that. If you want a good article look up โ€œputting the tick tock back in your car clockโ€ , great read and very clear. cheers Rodney
  4. rodneybeauchamp

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  5. rodneybeauchamp

    Chevrolet bodied 1941 Buick question

    Hi Grant, if interested in further research, โ€œSeventy Years of Buickโ€ by George H Dammann and โ€œThe Buick - A Complete Historyโ€ 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 โ€œSeventy Years of Buickโ€, the second from โ€œA Complete Historyโ€ 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 โ€œSeventy Years of Buickโ€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  6. 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 โ€œseconds tick the time outโ€ on the sweep hand. Hope you get yours working ok too! Rodney ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  7. Thank you Daryle, ...... and the Riviera is not too shabby either. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— Appreciate your compliment. Must admit Iโ€™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 โ€˜63 has bought the paintwork up to another level, certainly a worth while exercise ( in more ways than one ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€) Rodney
  8. 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 โ€œ rice burnersโ€.
  9. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  10. Hi Ed, Iโ€™m in the process of installing these now and was going to put the fitting near the bumper. Any chance of a photo showing the location of the fitting? I gather only the valve part goes into the boot. Wonder what the reasoning was for that location? thanks RODNEY. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
  11. DShoes, we are gonna need pictures, man, pictures before we diagnose anything here. We need to see what she looks like, with a stage name like that ????????
  12. My boss many many years ago taught me how to drive both feet in the city. I was still wet behind the ears at 19 years. Itโ€™s all about giving yourself better reaction time in an emergency. City drivers tend to take chances and force their way into situations. Pedestrians also take chances and jump out in front of you. As for the other people up your backside, you have allowed for that by not travelling too close and using the two second rule 1001, 1002 . just my two bobs worth on defensive driving Rodney ?????
  13. rodneybeauchamp

    4 note horn wiring on โ€˜63 Riviera

    Many thanks Steve, so it does tidy up around the firewall, thatโ€™s what I couldnt see from the other photos, many thanks to all. Think I have it now RODNEY ??????
  14. rodneybeauchamp

    4 note horn wiring on โ€˜63 Riviera

    Hi Ed, my wiring is all there and working, but I was not sure where it all was secured. From what I can see, it all goes back to the firewall before it goes to the connector on the inner fender. Mine just seems a tad untidy, so hoping to see what it is supposed to look like.