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  1. I have seen some early custom cars that never had power windows ( Ford F100 and early Holdens) where they use a winder handle as the switch. Move the handle up a fraction and the power window lifts up, down and it goes down. Very neat otherwise a power window switch just looks so out of place in these cars. otherwise if it has a centre console, mount the switches in there, unobtrusive and don’t look out of place! just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  2. When I did the heater core in my β€˜63 I refurbished the cardboard ducting with a glue called Weldbond. Used it to seal any gaps in the cardboard and to strengthen any areas that were suspect. Dries clear and is very strong and seals. I was happy I did that, knowing that it will last a long long time. Its nice also to feed heat into the rear even when only one or two up as it creates a more even distribution around the cabin. Worth the effort. just my two bobs worth. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  3. Just my two bobs worth. Thinking that maybe the cover photo for this Lincoln does not do justice to what it is. Perhaps if it were photographed in a more luxurious or scenic setting it would have the instant appeal of luxury that this Lincoln was made for. Photos can often be the difference between that’s WOW or that’s HO HUM. I always look at Matt Harwood’s cars for sale, as they make a great read and he does great photos. Perhaps I’m hoping to learn for when I need to sell maybe. Just my two bobs worth, which is about US $0.127690 cents RODNEY πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  4. Matt, here is what I did to my β€˜38 Special, used a K and S brass tube from a hobby shop to prevent the spring from closing up. Seems to be working just fine. BTW used a brass split pin in the final fit. Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  5. Hi o2zoom, im currently playing with a early Valiant (1970) air cleaner on a β€˜38 Buick as I want to replace the oil bath with a dry type filter. My 238 cu inch motor is not far away from Chrysler’s Australian built 245 cubic inch six so capacity using the original element is fine. I have a Marvel carburettor so have had to weld a piece of tube to match the throat size, you might be luckier with the Stromberg. Something from a US sourced 225 slant six would come close also. Sourced the cleaner from a swapmeet, the new filter from local auto parts store and the very expensive tube section ($10.00) from an exhaust fitter! The cleaner top is plain without any snorkel and doesn’t look out of place. I still need to work out how to secure it to the carburettor and have it seal properly. I’m sure it will work and do a better job of filtering. Once that is sorted I will paint it black otherwise some will think I transplanted the Hemi six in there πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney
  6. Hi guys, many thanks. Those are very clear instructions. We will follow those and check what we have. Also have a vacuum gauge so that will be worth while. regards Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  7. hi, apologise for long delay in answering. I’m usually on the Prewar Buick and Riviera Owners forums and missed this. The DeSoto is a friends so hopin* he might attach himself to this forum. Cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  8. Hi all, Im a Buick owner and have been asked to help check timing on a friends 1929 DeSoto with 6 cylinder engine. It runs fine but we all like to reassure ourselves that it is set within specs. He says he cant find a timing mark or opening to find it on the flywheel and says there is not much in the shop book either. Can a fellow DeSoto owner/ enthusiast enlighten me in to where it should be on this vehicle and what the settings are? Anything to be aware of in setting these up? many thanks Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  9. Compliment you on your effort and your post. Would thee be any problem painting the compressor black? In my eyes, seeing a bright shiny compressor immediately tells me it is a retrofit, yet if painted black it would tend to blend in with all the other engine bits. Interested in comments? Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  10. The contents of this box will solve all of your problems, improve gas mileage, reduce oil consumption and increase horsepower ..... all for $9.99 inc tax. Look where it is made! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  11. Hi Doug, I had trouble locating the A/C duct hoses on my 63 but found Old Air Products had what I wanted. Worth a try! You may want to get your heater core tested at this stage if you have the console out. It’s fun and you go on the Riviera owners honour roll when you do it! cheers Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  12. Living in Australia, I have had as everyday drive car a β€˜64 Buick Skylark in LHD format. Sure, overtaking and some intersections area bit difficult but everything else is fine. Getting out kerbside is safer too! My current β€˜63 Riviera is also LHD. No problem. My only issue with RHD conversions is how well they have been done as you do hear horror stories of how they scrub tyres and turn more to one side than the other, or the steering arm hits the sump on full lock LH turns. For what it is worth I would suggest looking at the chain drive conversion be as the best option as all of the steering geometry remains factory standard. I drove a friends β€˜78 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in both LHD and RHD format with this conversion and could not detect a difference. Sure RHD is a bit easier,, just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  13. Saturday March 3rd 2018 we were in Dandenong Victoria to finalise the purchase of β€œBlack Beauty” , my 1938 Buick. Getting her home was an 800km (500mile) one way trip to Encounter Bay, with a short visit to β€œRiviera Lane” ( Tom Kunek) to check out his β€˜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 πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  14. 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ€”πŸ˜€
  15. 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 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
  16. And here it is, set back up in the UK, with his red β€˜65 and the β€˜53 Skylark we found in Hamleys Toy Store. And the silver β€˜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! 😎😎😎😎
  17. 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. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  18. 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  19. 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 β€œlook right” just my two bobs worth Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  20. Hi, two of my favourites are β€œ Taking of Pelham, One, Two, Three (1974 original version) and β€œThe 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  21. 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 β€˜63 Riviera like my real one! Rodney πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  22. 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
  23. Wow, some would see that as a good trade! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
  24. 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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€