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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. Saturday March 3rd 2018 we were in Dandenong Victoria to finalise the purchase of “Black Beauty” , my 1938 Buick. Getting her home was an 800km (500mile) one way trip to Encounter Bay, with a short visit to “Riviera Lane” ( Tom Kunek) to check out his ‘65 Riviera restoration before starting our way home. We had had driven over the night before in my Subaru, and my mate Darryl was to follow me back, so we had a Plan B if something happened. We had a few tools, oil and water. Apart from the fuel and lunch stops, everything went fine, cruising on about 45mph, meaning it took a bit longer to get home. I learnt that the steering lock worked and more importantly, how to get it unlocked if your stuck in the petrol station 😃😃😃😃 I also learnt that the 1938 original headlights and dash lights were dreadful, pretty scary in fact, as the last part of the journey was at night, which slowed us down considerably. Needless to say they got on the priority list to fix when home. But we got home safely in the early hours of Sunday morning, pretty tired from the drive. Apart from the headlight issue, the journey went well which really helps inspire confidence in your vehicle. And the drive was an adventure and one you don’t forget easily. Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  2. Hi Stuart, welcome to wonderful world of Buick Riviera ownership down under. Nice colour combination of what you have and the boot luggage rack looks good. Buick did list them as an accessory in the brochure, so it might be dealer fitted. The Riviera Owners Association is a great group of owners and worth joining, for they have so much information on these Buick. This forum is also a great resource for information and parts. Enjoy! Rodney South Australia ( just south of the Queensland border 😀😀😀😀😀😀🤔😀
  3. Found this a couple of years ago at Bendigo Swap Meet. (Victoria, Australia). Is a black and white print that cost about 1/10th of the cost to have it framed! Not sure what the gloved hand with the fencing sword represents ( perhaps razor sharp styling) but it takes pride of place in our snug lounge room. Quirky! Rodney 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
  4. And here it is, set back up in the UK, with his red ‘65 and the ‘53 Skylark we found in Hamleys Toy Store. And the silver ‘65 I bought over with the garage. Aidan will be getting some Buick fun on a big scale (1/24). Just need to find some scale people! 😎😎😎😎
  5. But you haven’t answered the question! . At a Show n Shine, what is the preferred angle of the valve stem for judging? Is it 0 degrees pointing to ground, 90 degrees pointing to front, 180 degrees pointing up or 270 degrees pointing to the rear. Or are mid points of the compass acceptable? These stems are obviously out out of synch, but we were on a trip, not a show. 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  6. Wow, that’s great to see a Buick in a Buick. Love the colour choice and cant wait to see the end result. It’s what the factory would have done if they had the Nailhead ready in that year. just my two bobs worth Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  7. Hi, have had 235/75 on my 63 with oversized rim option 6” for about three years and very pleased. They do touch the frame on full lock, but that’s not a big deal. Yes, I would buy the same size again, they “look right” just my two bobs worth Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  8. Hi, two of my favourites are “ Taking of Pelham, One, Two, Three (1974 original version) and “The French Connection”. Both feature American cars of the era in ordinary street scenes. The car chase in the second film is exceptional. Good movies, good actors and great cars. cheers Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  9. Aidan’s Garage. Well it started when I bought a 1965 Buick Riviera in 1/24 scale by Maisto. It was the red version with black vinyl roof, second hand at a swap meet. I showed it to grandson Aidan on a Skype chat as he lives in Manchester in England. Well not long after, we get the email photo with Aidan and you guessed it, his own 65 Buick Riviera. It planted the seed that he needed a 1/24 scale garage to put it in, to service it, add fuel and air up those tyres. So I set about making Aidan’s Garage, as a flat pack so we can take it over to him soon and help him put it together. And yep, he will get to keep the silver Riviera as well. Just a few photos. Now, if only I could find him a ‘63 Riviera like my real one! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  10. Wow, that is very scary, so misleading. In their endeavour to be politically correct and generic and not favour a particular make or model, they have missed the boat entirely. Incorrect and misleading names given for parts, brake cylinder, cylinder cups, cylinder boots are the standard names. Misleading and inaccurate diagrams. If I were a novice with zero knowledge, then according to the diagrams and text, all I need to do is replace those two outer dust boots, bleed the system them I’m good to go! And then what?? It would be really funny, if it were not safety related! Just my two bobs worth (US$ 0.000567c) Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  11. Wow, some would see that as a good trade! 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉
  12. Hi all, These two mouldings were in with some parts collected recently, but have no idea what they are from. Appears they were originally plated or polished. An emblem or badge looks to be fitted in the circle which is 2” on the inside. There appears to be another moulding that joins this one from witness marks and the shape. I wish to onsell these at the next swapmeet so handy to know what they fit. PS these may be from an Australian model based on a US version. Thanks Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  13. Interesting read. I’m a member of a local historic vehicle club and have similar experiences. Many in the group seem to focus heavily on the social aspect of eating out and similar events and very very little on cars. I even suggested a serious of “how to workshops” but nothing ever eventuated. Currently I am considering joining another group of Hot Rod owners as they seem to be more in tune with what I am searching for, even though my ‘38 Buick will never be a hot rod. Because of our concessional registration requirements to belong to a car club, I might as well be in one that I like! Yup, exactly that! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀
  14. Interesting comment. Can you explain more on this, why etc. Is this for one or both leads from the charge source ( in my case, solar panel on one Buick 12V and a smart charger on the 6V Buick) curious, Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀