Bob H

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About Bob H

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  • Birthday 07/29/1934


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    79 years old and quite active, lifelong automotive and mechanical things interests, serious do-it-yourselfer, recently built a new home. Couldn't find an old collector Buick at the price I wanted so I bought three 1939s; a sedan, a coupe, and a convertible coupe, all specials.

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  1. Jim: When I was chasing parts for my 1939 Special driveline I bought quite a number of hard to find bits from BCA member Pat Riley. However, at my last parts request he told me that he had sold all his parts to Pete Philips. Don't know if Pete Philips is offering the stuff for sale or using it himself, might be worth a try. I have a well-used torque ball that could be used as a last resort if nothing else comes up. Also have another 1939 parts source that I will contact for you. Bob H
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    Eschew obfuscation!
  3. Hello all: Headed for a Pick-n-Pull that has posted a 1990 Reatta in their inventory. Intend to get an IPC, a BCM and other dash electronic components to help with trouble shooting my "Error" message. I'll look for ABS leads and some trim pieces we need. What else should be on my shopping list and what might anyone need that I could salvage? Thanks, Bob H
  4. Ronnie: Thanks for the suggestion. Completed the removal of the IPC and a thorough cleaning of the connections. Might have gained a bit of information. The panel worked fine through many on-off cycles while trouble shooting. Started the engine after installing the cluster and the ERROR message came on immediately. Two of the previous failures came shortly after startup and the last while driving. Gave up for today but back after it tomorrow. Bob H
  5. Jim: Thanks for the info, we may ask for contact info on IPC rebuilders after we get back around July 1. We found two 1990 cars in auto wrecking yards close to our travel route that are potential parts donors. Could be a solution. Bob H and Liz
  6. Thanks all for sharing your experiences. With so little time before we leave my plan is to check-clean-service all the pertinent connections and hope to get lucky. I'll have to wait until we get back search for parts or diagnostic and repair services. Thanks also for the kind words. The car is just as we bought in August, didn't know what the wheels were until another Reatta owner told us. Yes, chrome tips on the exhaust, it came that way. Thanks again to all and keep the comments coming, Bob H
  7. Greetings all: Took our 34,000 mile 1990 Reatta convertible on a 100 mile shakedown cruise in preparation for a June 13 departure on a 3, 000 mile plus road trip. Three miles from home, after performing flawlessly, the instrument cluster went blank except for the word "ERROR" where the odometer would be, an "SES" warning and an "ELECTRICAL PROBLEM DETECTED" alert. The car kept running fine so we continued home. Upon arriving I shut the ignition switch off and restarted the car, much like rebooting a computer and everything was back to normal. This is the third or fourth occurrence of this blank cluster fault and recovery. Don't want to start on a long trip with the potential for a major failure lurking. Checked the codes and got EO47h, b334h, b335h, b336h, and b337h. Have any of you had similar experiences and how did you deal with it? Really must have it fixed before we leave or sadly take our granny SUV. I have studied the shop manual and have a plan but electrical problems often take a long time to solve. Hoping someone might provide some insight other than throwing a bunch of parts at it that we don't have. Thanks, Bob H
  8. Both MrEarl and MCHinson responded to my plea for help with my non-working PM Reply feature. When I open both your PM's my activity history opens rather than the form to enter text. At least this time someone has tried to help. When this problem first came up two years ago I got no assistance. Thank-you, Bob H
  9. Not working. Changed it's story to Thanks, Bob H
  10. I am a Buick club member since 2013. Having problems with the Reply feature to a PM. When another Buick club member sends me a PM I unable to reply because the TO: line says Why, and how do I fix it? Thanks, Bob H
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    1939 Stream Boards For Sale

    Allan: My father was stationed in Australia early in WW2 and I have always wanted to visit. Maybe the stream boards could be checked baggage? Yes, my project has stream boards, the car was born with them. Thanks for the note, good to hear from you. Bob H Dynaflash8: I'll send you a note about the parts you have via a PM that I started awhile back about a radio. Is there a chance you might have any really nice hubcaps that fit Special. I have "drivers" but need something better for Sunday cruising. Sharp eyes, those are indeed 15 inch wheels and tires. I have a set of trued and balanced original 16 inch for the car that will be painted body color with the three pinstripes. Didn't want to buy 16 inch tires and have them die of old age waiting for the car to get finished. Picked up a set of 15 inch rags at the local auto wrecker's. The red 15 inch wheels will become part of my surplus parts pile. Just couldn't put rusty old parts on the new chassis so I powder coated them red to stimulate conversation. Thanks for the reply, Bob H
  12. Probably the most complete set of 1939 stream boards available. The boards are in great condition except for a narrow sheet metal strip on the inside that holds weatherstripping. They are straight and rust free as they were dip-stripped with the rest of my project's sheet metal. The support brackets are included, now powder coated black. All six pieces of stainless trim are there, in decent shape but need straightening and polishing. The rear fender stone guards are included but need straightening and new rubber covering, not easily repaired. Don't have a picture but I also have the rear fenders with mounting holes for the stone guards, intact and rust free, also dip-stripped but need sheet metal work as you might expect from almost eighty year old parts. The retainers for the wide stainless trim piece on the outer edge of the boards are in rough shape and will need replacement, either fabrication or an adaptation of universal retainers. The previously mentioned weather strip retainers need to be fabricated and replaced, an easy repair. The fenders need some body work and straightening, and the trim needs refinishing. The pieces are all there and most are in better than average condition. $1500 for everything, available now in Rainier, Oregon. Unusual delivery option: we are leaving March 27 on a road trip to Virginia and could take the parts with us for pick up on or near our travel route. We will close this offer Sunday evening March 25 since we will be gone until the third week in April. Would consider some 1939 Special parts as part payment, a new throttle cable, a NOS headlight switch, the medallion that goes on the nose of the car, left and right vent window regulators, and an original lug wrench. Let me know what you might have. I am winding down my 1939 46C restoration project and have tons or surplus parts to dispose of, including two parts cars. Living in Rainier, Oregon makes shipping prohibitively expensive for large bulky parts . I am working on an inventory and when it's complete will offer the entire lot for sale. If you are now a parts vendor this might be worth your while, more later. Thanks, Bob H
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    Needs Help1990 Reatta Headlight Repair

    Thanks to all for your suggestions and ideas. First, the end play on the right hand assembly is 0.080+ inches. My working career as a cartographer involved a lot of measuring in both metric and US systems. Whichever tool I pick first is what gets used, sorry. Went back and checked end play on the left hand driven shaft and even that seems excessive at 0.040". I have found the shop manual to be nearly useless for technical details and realize that the experience of others is the best source of information. We are getting the Reatta ready for a trip to Virginia from Oregon and back leaving in late March. Even though the recently acquired Reatta has only 34,000 miles I am trying to catch up on the high maintenance items the experts here have described. Headlight motors and floorboard wire splices are examples, other suggestions are appreciated. We repainted the rear panel where the Trump sticker was removed along with the paint, no political statement intended. Who has headlight motor parts? I think that the distorted gear cover is contributing at least partly to the end play in the right hand opener assembly and that it should be replaced. The two ball end links have some slop in them and need to replacing. There was a larger bellcrank retaining nut available and would like to replace the smaller one , the left hand mechanism has the larger nut already. A couple of cover gaskets would be nice if they are available and eight or ten extra shims. Thanks again, Bob H
  14. Greetings all: Trying to upgrade the headlight door opening mechanisms on my recently acquired 1990 Reatta convertible and ran into a couple of problems or questions. First, how much end play should the short gear shaft have? On the right hand motor there are more than 2mm which seems excessive. Based my experience with the driver's side all the parts look to be there. Also, didn't check end play as closely on the driver's side but it wasn't that much. When I pulled the cover off the gear case the outer bushing and an O-ring were detached from their places in the housing. Nothing looks damaged. Do the bushing and O-ring look correct for the application (see photo)? Additionally, the cover was not down tight to the housing. It looks like someone really over tightened the cover screws and distorted the ears preventing the cover itself from pulling down tight and allowing the excessive end play. Tried to make a picture but as you can see didn't do real well. Is the gear housing cover malleable enough to let me straighten the ears or are they going break (I expect)? Anticipating the worst, who would I go to for another cover? As a point of interest, the gears were not the "white plastic" described in technical posts on this site but metal, see photo. Is this an aftermarket upgrade or a feature of the 1990 cars? Another difference was the tear down procedure on the right hand motor. The help bulletins describe the right hand motor as problematic but this one is exactly like the drivers side only a mirror image and no problem at all to tear down. Th mounting lugs are on the other side of course. Shortly after I bought my Reatta an ad for a lot of new mostly chassis parts was posted locally on CraigsList and I bought them. Attached a photo of what more parts than one needs for a 34,000 mile car looks like. Not sure whether to make the available to others or wait until I need them. Thanks, Bob H
  15. I believe all 1939 convertibles had the windshield trim, others too. I have a short frame 46S that has it and sold a Special sedan that had it. Could it have been a dealer option? Bob H