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About fordrodsteven

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    All-round machinist, Hydro-mechanical technician, Took night course in auto body, Been working on cars & motorcycles since the age of 12.

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  1. Thorough cleaning and detail. Going to a show in Eliot Maine tomorrow morning! (Father's day)
  2. fordrodsteven

    Me and My Buick Reatta

    My Reatta story started out on a whim. I was messing around on the computer one night. I saw an '88 reatta for sale on E-bay with no reserve. I asked my wife if she might be interested in a two passenger car. She said "sure". I bid on the car and I won it for $1,340. (I sometimes wondered if I was fortunate or unfortunate) I drove the ninety miles to pick it up from a very ill gentleman. He said he had to get rid of it because he couldn't even get out of the house. I paid for the car and we did the paperwork. I chased out the chipmunks and mice, put in a battery. It fired up and I drove it home. The only issue it had seemed to be the cruise control. I found the Reatta web sites and bought the manuals. I began the process of cleaning out the rodent nests, smells and fixing things before I could register it here in MA. I fixed the cruise control. Next thing I found was that the headlights operated three times and then stopped going up. rebuild time! I learned that I could not buy an exhaust so I had one custom made and installed. The guy didn't want to do it because there was things rusted under the car that he didn't like. He finally understood I was fixing things as I found them and agreed to do the exhaust. He did a GREAT job by the way! Next I went through the brakes (also replaced the accumulator ball). Then it was four new tires. I was finally on the road and driving after almost three years! While I was under the car I saw some bad rust on the rear control arms. I bought a rear end assembly from a guy in MI. I drove there (with my SUV), picked it up, brought it home and changed out the whole rear assembly. Of course while doing this job I changed out all the sub-frame to body mounts on both front and rear. My wife didn't like that the A/C didn't work. I knew it need a compressor and I didn't have proper equipment to work on A/C. I asked the mechanic to convert it to 134A whilst he was replacing almost the whole system anyway. He had the car for 7 weeks. Five of those weeks was him trying to get the A/C compressor to start and keep running. I brought the car home. I did some troubleshooting with the help of Ronnie. We determined the problem was the power steering pressure switch. So.... Here we are four years later. I store it during the winter and try to drive it at least once a week during the warmer weather.(usually to a car cruise show). I have found that the more I drive it the better it behaves. It seems that not a lot of people at the cruises really know what a Reatta is and it frustrates me a little bit. I was surprised last week when a guy asked what car I brought. I pointed at the Reatta and he immediately started talking with me about it. Turns out his wife had one when they first came out. That's a good feeling!
  3. fordrodsteven

    Give a asks for more

    I have also had success with stripped heads by cutting a slot using a small cutoff type wheel on a dremel tool and then the flat blade screwdriver to turn the screw.
  4. I sprayed the PB Blaster for a week before I did mine. I'm sure it helped but I did run into an issue. When I was trying to get the rear bolts out they snapped off. I ended up cutting a small hole in the inner fender to get access to the captive nuts inside. I pulled the old nut out then used a regular nut and washer inside when I re-assembled. Then I made the piece I cut out (for access) so it could be removed in the future should it be necessary. If your mechanic runs into that sort of issue he may charge you a little more for the job.
  5. fordrodsteven

    1956 Ford Thunderbird

    According to a chart I saw at the squarebirds website in 1956 there were 15.5% of the cars in Fiesta Red (color code "K") Production records show 15,631 Thunderbirds in 1956. 15.5% of 15,621 comes out to 2,423 cars in Fiesta Red.
  6. fordrodsteven

    I need a picture of the fuse block. 88 Reatta

    The diagram should be on the back off the door that you pull off. Otherwise try this;
  7. fordrodsteven

    Requirement for a item price in the Buy/Sell forum

    I personally just blow past ads that do not list a price. Doesn't matter to me if it's a whole car or a car part. No price? I'm not wasting your time or mine. I completely ignore ads with no prices.
  8. fordrodsteven

    P-A Barn Find

    What would I expect to see now happen to a car like this? Well, nobody wants to take on the expense and time of trying to restore it. As mentioned, the "good Stuff" is missing snd the car is of little value. This body then becomes a prime example of something that will end up in the hands of (heaven forbid!) someone who hot rod or "rat" rods it. I would then admire the car in that state. Maybe not everything gets restored and some get modified. I personally have no problem with that. I think it's it looks better moving down the road rather than being crushed.
  9. fordrodsteven

    Reatta Owners Journal Donations

    So here is an interesting tidbit I have learned. My wife often asks me to buy things on-line. I frequently go to Amazon for those purchases. I have learned that if I go to Amazon through the ROJ. I can buy some small inexpensive item from the Reatta store then add on other items. (like the things my wife wants or parts for my other cars). When I do it that way the ROJ gets a commission on ALL my purchases through Amazon. This is a way I can help get some ROJ funding besides my donation directly to the site.
  10. fordrodsteven

    Possible 1989 Reatta Purchase, "Needs Brakes," Worries

    That first sentence is "on the money!" My '88 had some brake issues. First it was the accumulator (5 years ago), then it was a pressure switch (3 years ago). I drove it with the ABS light for a couple years. I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of front leads/sensors for the front. No more ABS light! Brakes work fine now for the last three years and I bleed the whole system each year to purge out the old fluid. The hardest part of any of it was when I had to fabricate a setup to check pressures while troubleshooting the accumulator.
  11. fordrodsteven

    Painting a Car

    I didn't ;look through this whole thread. I decided to mention what I once did just in case it was not mentioned earlier. I had a 1973 Ford Mustang MACH1 I bought in 1989. It had been repainted with a low quality paint job before I got it. I was pretty happy with it. Unfortunately The California sun and the Santa Ana winds beat it up pretty good (faded the clear coat). I brought it with me when I moved to SC. I was still pretty happy with it until someone at work backed his truck out of a parking spot in 1996. His foot slipped off the clutch and I then had to get a replacement hood, grille, and other associated parts. So... here's what I did. I went to the local Technical high school and met with the auto body teacher. We talked. He looked at the car. I did the did-assembly of exterior trim and lights and put the replacement hood on the car. (surprising how much the stripped down '73 Mustang looked very similar to a '69 Camaro). I dropped the car at the school in September (start of school year) and the instructor said it would take six months. He was true to his word. I picked up a nice looking Mustang in March. It wasn't perfect but I felt it was surely better than a paint job from one of those places that runs $299 specials all the time. BTW I got a quote from one of those $299 special places . He estimated the body work and then added the $299 for paint. Final quote $7,500. Anyway bottom line is I got a satisfactory paint job for under $1,000 and I felt that some potential future craftsmen got some training / practice and the high school kids were proud to take a picture in front of the Mustang when finished. (They also got some practice applying vinyl graphics)
  12. fordrodsteven

    Diagnostics tool compatable with Mac ?

    ? - Reatta's have the codes readily available right from the screens. Check this out from ROJ...
  13. fordrodsteven

    1924 White Yellowstone bus Help

    I seem to recall seeing an article in Hemmings within the last year regarding the Yellowstone (white) trucks.
  14. 70 degree day here today. Took the Reatta out for a short drive. Very enjoyable! I removed the driver's side visor to make a repair to the floppy end. I also replaced the heater blower fan. Supposed to be cold and snow tonight. The car is back in the garage under cover.
  15. fordrodsteven

    Note From the Administrator Of The AACA (and this) Forum.

    I must have missed something but... that really doesn't matter. I have seen your name a few times while perusing this web site. I don't know you nor have I ever corresponded with you but I'm glad you're here doing what you do. I just wanted to say thank you for all your work to start up and keep this GREAT forum going. I find the AACA forum to have a wealth of information with many many people who are very knowledgeable and willing to share and help solve problems. That's across all the different makes of cars and in the general discussion forum.