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About rodneybeauchamp

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    Encounter Bay SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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  1. Hi, if the 38 is the same, I have one. Ended up with a rebuilt pump so no longer required. let me know? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. The Motors Repair Manuals are a great source for detailed rebuild information on most US based vehicles. I used mine extensively when rebuilding a 1947 Buick Carter carburettor. If the carburettors retain their original tags it should be easy enough to identify the year etc and specs. Unfortunately my edition stops at 1949 but does give detail on the Carter Ball and Ball. My next edition starts at 1962. Certainly worth investing in one. jmtbw Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. Geoff, I bought myself a nice modern digital timing light with dwell and tachometer to replace my older Optilux because I could no longer get a replacement xenon globe (Bosch). Found I had all sorts of issues on my 1938 Buick 6V trying to get it to function yet it worked perfectly on my 1963 Riviera with 12V. Seems it did not like the solid copper core wires I was using on the β€˜38, so ended up replacing the number one lead temporarily with a resistor style. I then got correct readings. Might be the issue. cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Hi all, I also like to see where the replies come from, especially as I am in Australia. I enjoy contacting fellow Australians new to the forum to encourage their use, some I already know! Just my two bobs worth. And it helps people with their response, knowing that we don’t have the same parts suppliers over here. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. Hi Ray, welcome to the AACA forum. You hit the nail on the head, these are such a helpful bunch, it doesn’t matter what you ask, you will get 27 different ways to skin a cat. All of them useful. The search facility here is worth a try as you sometimes find the answer immediately. Otherwise posting here is very worthwhile. The only bitch I have is that no one wants to come over here (Australia) and replace the axle seals or brake cups in my 1938 Buick, even though I have offered free accomodation for the participant. I have to retire from full time work tomorrow just to get them don
  6. Sounds like the short ground lead on the points plate might be broken. Check the wire from the coil to the distributor is insulated where it connects to the distributor. You might be best to put back the old points and retry the testing. Distributor body should not be powered.
  7. Hi, two things. Just because things are new, don’t assume that they work. Just because things are old, don’t assume that they don’t work. We often waste lots of money and time by replacing items which are perfectly good. Best thing to do is to try and test if a part does work or has failed before replacing it. Otherwise you end up replacing five things and never find the true cause of the problem. Best to use a test light and a multimeter and check for voltage and grounds along the ignition circuit including the switch. You can always β€œhot wire” it to bypass s
  8. Hi Bill, congratulations on your new β€˜38. Looks a nice original vehicle, love the glove box sticker, never new they had them. Was lucky with my β€˜38 that a new wiring harness was in the boot when I got it. As much as it was a bit of enjoyable work, I’m very happy it is now installed. That 80 year old wiring was falling apart everywhere under the bonnet. And six volts can be a real hazard when it shorts out. Ask me how I know πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
  9. Am also modelling in O scale (On30 narrow gauge) and really wanted to showcase cars as well as railway. I opted to use 1/43rd scale die cast models as they are readily available in a range of makes and models. Found that trying to stay in 1/48 was too restrictive. Also found that 1:50 in trucks, buses and earth moving and farm equipment does not look out of place either. Good luck in your search, my models of Buick’s are a 1953 Skylark and 1963 Riviera, my time period is circa 1966. And you could also use a photo to make up a bill board or poster of the new model Buick.
  10. Taken on Tuesday 4th January 1994. 1964 Skylark was 30 years old and could be legally registered as a Left Hand Drive in South Australia. No more permits! Jordie ( Jordan) my daughters miniature Fox Terrier was my co-pilot and would always hop in as soon as she heard the words β€œwalk” or β€œbeach”. Favourite position was laying on the back parcel shelf warming herself in the sunshine. She could smell the sea air as we got nearer and would start whining and carrying on in anticipation of the walk. Both are now gone, miss em lots too! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. It is the trim that really stood out in your photo as it looked identical to what this car had. He had it trimmed professionally by an β€œold school” motor trimmer working from his home in the country. When we picked it up it was early evening and we ran out of fuel coming home. I sat with the car in the dark and would put the park lights on if a car approached. Photos are my nieces wedding and a family outing in Victor Harbor. 40 Pontiac was mine. If I remember he did not need to do any mechanical work as the Fast Four ran fine. I did drive it once or twice, had Armstrong steering and
  12. Hi RichBad, interesting thread. It appears this Dodge was refurbished a few years ago given the paintwork and trim by a PO. Do you know the history of this one as it looks much like a β€˜28 Dodge a friend of mine restored back in the late 1980’s. (South Australian based) Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Hi Keith, if mine I would go with new pistons and rings and not reuse the old ones. They have done their service already and sure they might go on for many more miles. Just that I had a 40 Pontiac engine failure with a cracked piston after renewing all the bottom end. Result was not pretty at all! just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
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