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About rodneybeauchamp

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  • Birthday 10/09/1954

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  1. Hi, just had a few entertaining hours with your project. Great work and admire your perseverance. If you have not done anything with your radio you may want to consider the Aurora Designs conversion that I had done on my 1963 Riviera and having done to my 1963 Skylark radio. If you look up Aurora Designs on the internet, a demonstration shows how a Buick Wonderbar radio was converted to am/fm/mp3/Bluetooth/make a cup of coffee/ just about everything while retaining the original looks and function. You will be amazed by what it will do quite simply. not a che
  2. And some more from the wedding day, only received these today. Nice to have your own official Buick photographer in tow!
  3. Hi Dave, welcome to the Buick forum! What he said. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Did a nice breakfast mid week with a few car guys at Inman Valley General Store which is about 18-20km from home on a winding undulating goat track they call the Inman Valley Road. Good roll up with a Mustang, Porsche, Mazda MX5, hot rod and the Skylark with some daily drivers too! Great morning with lots of BS and banter as well as great drive out and back! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. These were taken from the 1963 BUICK COLOR-TRIM BOOK, says it all perhaps. Unless items were added during the model year. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  6. Further to this ...... Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. I remember removing both vents with most things still in place. I possibly may have had the console out for the heater core replacement, but what I remember it was awkward, my hands and arms were in very un-natural configurations but they did come out and go back in. Once the defrost duct is removed then you have a chance. Used black felt from a craft/drapers shop that was carefully cut into strips then glued with spray contact adhesive. A really good fix as they stoppa floppin. Once installed you won’t regret the effort! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Tom, this was only available on the four door Riviera in β€˜63. FRONT AND REAR DOOR RELEASES ON EACH DOOR. Seriously am thinking it refers to the custom interior where two paddle levers are used per door. Just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Hi all, having been spoilt by vehicles that automatically turn off or warn you if you have left headlights on, I would like to add this feature to my 1963 Buick. Twice now I have been lucky and noticed that they were left on, but don’t want to make a habit. Looked on line and many seem to use a noisy harsh buzzer or air raid siren which is very uncouth for a Buick. It needs to be more musical, like the chimes found in a 78 Cadillac Coupe DeVille that a friend had. So looking for suggestions of what I could use that would be both musical and robust.
  10. All done, waiting for another road trip. Daytime or night time won’t be an issue now! Small home made tool is great to remove and reattach the hold down springs on each headlight seat. Changed enough of them to make it earn its keep. And the great set of car covers that I use for each of the Buicks, keeps off the dust and easy to R and R anytime. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. Wow, what an Easter weekend. As we had the Skylark downtown for the wedding, it was our our transport as we were down for three nights. With warm day and evening temperatures we did some top down cruising at night with headlights now working. Certainly a fun car to cruise, lots of comments, lots of looks! Only concern was the need to add 1.25litres of water on the Sunday morning before we left. Admittedly it was warm conditions and the PO had fitted a 10LB pressure cap (should be 15LB) so it possibly pumped some out the overflow over the week end. Checked after the drive home and l
  12. Have I now created a trailer queen!!! we have a classic car event coming up so spent some time with a clay bar, polish and wax to remove stains and some imperfections. Paint was never perfect but there were areas that I knew could be better. It is amazing what a clay bar will remove, very labour intensive but you don’t do it every week! Had finished the boot lid, bonnet and top of the rear quarters and it was coming up a treat. Hang on it starting to look like a trailer queen when a phone call tells me that it is needed for a wedding the next day. Rather than pan
  13. Usually you can feel pressure in the radiator hoses (feel tight) after it has been running if the system is holding pressure from the cap. Can you test the pressure cap to see if it holds and releases at correct pressure? Is there something in the cap area preventing a proper seal. Interested to see what you find? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. Probably goes against the grain of what has been said. My covers are made from three or four old queen size flannellet sheets that Jo has sewn together. This makes one long cover that I use on my Riviera, the Skylark convertible and previously the β€˜38 coupe. They are very easy to put on and take off, you can lift a side or and end to access a door, lift the bonnet or boot and allow you to work on sections at a time while the rest remains covered. They don’t scratch and you can wash them too! Both Buicks are garage kept and we don’t have a rodent is
  15. Hi, ensure you purchase a quality brand of LED. I purchased some that were inexpensive from the Far East but proceeded to spent countless hours diagnosing why they did not work correctly on a β€˜38 Buick conversion from front park to park/turn signal. The answer lay in their construction whereby they used a common wire to trigger some of the LEDs to β€œDull or park illumination β€œ then all of the LEDs to β€œBright or turn signal” This meant that both sides would flash. I would have had to rewire the whole of the front wiring from standard to get these to work, so
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