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  1. The Passing of Bob Coker

    I met Bob probably 10 years ago when I was first starting to look for a Reatta to buy. I had a tip that he had several (5 at the time), and my grandfather and I happened to be in his area, so we gave him a call. Now keep in mind we had never met him and it was a Saturday afternoon in January. Two guys call him out of the blue and ask about Reattas... He immediately invited us to stop by, and gave us the grand tour of his cars, his property etc. We probably spent 4 hours there total. One of the most kind-hearted and welcoming individual I have ever met. I hope one day I will be like him. He truly was a Progoofoff Rest in peace, Bob.
  2. WTB: NOS or exceptional wheel center caps

    I have a full NOS set available give me a call and we can make arrangements
  3. Thank a BCA Member

    Wow where to I start... Brian Depouli for helping me get more active in the national club and pushing me to run for BOD in 2013. Brian Clark for dropping everything to do a full brake job on my truck when I was stranded (in his front yard) with brake pads that had lost their friction material. Jim Morrison and Martel Gibson who roped me into the local chapter at age 16 Larry and Joyce Schramm who opened up their home and their storage facilities to me when I was buying a lot of Reatta parts out of Flint and making trip after trip to retrieve stuff. Tom and Elizabeth Lane for opening their home to me, and their conteniued friendship through the years. Mark Shaw for always sending me the stray Reatta related stuff whenever he comes across them on the forum. John Young for giving me an open invitation to Cajun Supper Club any time in in Eunice LA on a Tuesday night. And for letting me stay in their guest bedroom. Not to mention so many other life long friends in the BCA. This really is a great group of people.
  4. Need Jim Finn's email address

    It appears to me that the connector pictured above is also attached to the plug that is supposed to stay on the compressor. The connector is just like every other 1991 Reatta air compressor plug I've dealt with once that piece is removed. Not sure if you'll be able to reattach the plug to the compressor or not. You may have to replace the compressor.
  5. Non- Buick. Restoration shop under investigation

    Just another story of middle aged guys who love watching all the big car restoration shows on TV, think they can do it themselves and get way in over their head. It happens all too often and too many people get taken advantage of. The flash and glamour of those TV shows is attractive, but it's not real. When it comes down to the day to day operations, they don't know a single thing about managing people, finding good body, upholstery and mechanical guys. And at the end they go belly up with tens of thousands of dollars owed, tons of incomplete projects and DMV breathing down their neck. Not a position I ever want to be in.
  6. This one wasn't my fault...honest

    Really a sweet looking little car! Will it make it to Denver next year?
  7. You might consider a Reatta as well. If you're not concerned about carrying a lot of people (only a 2 seater), they're great road cars. Very comfortable, same motors as the park avenues and very attractive styling. I've driven Reattas cross country on 6 or 7 different occasions and never been stranded. I have a couple very nice low milage examples that I need to sell (warehouse is full of Reattas). Give me a call if you think you might be interested!
  8. Old topic on 1990 Select Sixty cars

    I think it's fair to say "either is correct" for both emblems and dip sticks. I have 15 1990 Reattas here right now. It's split about 50/50 some have black some have grey. My 1990 select 60 had grey. While my Maui Blue convertible has black. On the subject of emblems... Is it correct for an 88 select 60 to have the emblem?? They didn't leave the factory with it either apparently. I looked at a low milage 88 Select 60 a couple months back with no emblem The 1990 select 60s are, well, Select 60 Reattas. I see no reason why anyone should have points deducted for having a select 60 hood emblem on their 1990 select 60. And for the record, installing the smaller select 60 emblem on a 1990 doesn't mean you have to repaint the hood. The adhesive disk below the emblem is smaller than the select 60 emblem. So you can put the smaller emblem on without anything else showing.
  9. Reatta Convertible $8500 - 19,000 miles

    Color combo? Location? Any photos?
  10. Why is it that people from California always assume any car that's not from Southern California is rusty? I own a car from Los Angeles ('91 convertible) and a car from Dever ('91 coupe). Both are equally rust free. The life it's had is more of an issue to me than where it's from.
  11. What to do with dead Reatta

    Sent a PM early this morning. I can come get it this week or next and have it out of your way.
  12. Looking for any history of a Buick Reatta

    That's a quick way to bend and break something. Just loosen all the bolts on that side and give the bumper a few good yanks from the end. It'll usually pop right out. I've done this several times on Reattas. Voice of experience, not just postulating about something that could solve the problem. That rear panel will cost $150-200 to prep and paint if you find a good place. $500 is pricey. Many times, shops that are paid for an "inspection" feel like they have to earn their $100 and tear the car apart. It's best to A) use your sound judgment and ask "why would a 30,000 mile car need a rack if it has no leaks?" Or "the a/c works well, why does it need a compressor?" Or B ) take it to a reputable shop you can trust not to tack on a bunch of superfluous garbage. Congratulations on the purchase of a nice car. Looks like you got a great deal.
  13. Fire at Country Classic Cars, Staunton IL

    I've driven by there several times, never stopped in though. Rather odd that all of their Hemmings ads are already taken down.
  14. Reattas at the National meet

    I believe that's Gene Phillips on the end?
  15. Dead Mouse in Reatta

    Mice can and will get inside the HVAC system. This is a statement from experience. Not pensively puffing my pipe behind a computer screen. If you're lucky, he hasnt made it past the blower box. If he has you'll have to pull the dash. Remove the blower motor and you'll likely find him in there. Having the blower resister module out helps with a place to shine light in as well.