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About RetroJohnny

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    Memphis, TN
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    cars, travelling, friends, making my Reatta shine.

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  1. Wow, those are crazy low prices, My mechanic said with parts and labor new subframe mounts would be right at $950, and that just is NOT worth it to me, I will stick to my PB blaster, I have noticed a small squeak, and my mechanic suspected it was the subframe mounts or the strut mounts, but I'm am going to be the cheap guy I am and just replace the front struts plus the strut mounts and just leave the subframe alone.
  2. Really? That is a pricy wheel alignment, It must differ from area to area, cause around here they are no more than $65
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    MPG woes

    If all else fails you could always try replacing the ignition coil. Before I replaced mine I was averaging around 17 MPG, after the new coil I average around 23 MPG, a big jump from just replacing the coil!
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    CRT freaks out.

    I had similar issues, but my screen would only show up in like a 3 inch area. Very weird. My issue was my battery, I had blown a fuse while changing tail lights, and everything kinda went downhill from there, but I noticed my battery was only giving me about 10-11.5 Volts. So possibly a new battery? Becuase when I put a new battery in the screen shined like it was new, very bright. and the voltage pumped up to about 14.
  5. I have noticed those rear sparks have some sort of heat sheild you have to remove first. they kinda just pop out. then I just got an extention ratchet and tried to find the right position to take those tricky guys out.
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    Parts Car?

    Hey everyone, I have been meaning to post this for a while but about a month ago me and my friend saw this Reatta while driving around and within the next few days I was at their door asking if they would mind me taking a look at it. This poor Reatta has been sitting for over a decade, at this run down chunk of land right on the mississippi river in TN. I was interested in a new taillight assembly for super cheap, and this Reatta had a fine looking taillight. So I brought up me buying parts from it, and she got angry at me and said, "Honey If you ever want this car you gotta buy it in full." So I asked how much and she wants 1,200 dollars for it. The interior is quite trashed and who knows what really works on it. She said ALL it needs is a fuel tank, I smell a lie on that one. But the rims were immaculate and the CRT was in one piece atleast, and brand new looking seats, steering wheel, and body components. And it is crazy that this Reatta has been sitting not 20 miles from me this whole time, and apparently her husband, who was at work, is an avid Reatta enthusiast and supposedly has a "garage full of em" somewhere in Northwest TN.. But is it just me or is 1,200 bucks way too high for something that doesn't operate?
  7. Sounds like old tires. That's what happened with my 98 Buick LeSabre, I had some terribly cheap LingLong tires on the front and paperwork backs up that those were put on in 2007, And I just replaced them after Christmas and the ride is much much smoother. On the other hand, My Reatta needs new Struts badly and that feels like you're practically going inside the pothole. I can't wait for a warm day to put new ones on and be able to enjoy the Reatta's smooth ride again. And no more squeaking from the mounts either! So I say go with tires first, then take a look into Suspension.
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    "Clashing" Sound when Accelerating

    Well mines stays around 190 degrees, but when idling it can get up to 210 degrees. Thats the hottest I've ever seen it. I have always just thought that temp increase was normal while idling.
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    "Clashing" Sound when Accelerating

    So if it is the Catalytic Converter there's no pressing issue. Or something I should have to replace? I think I can live with a little rattle if it isn't really hurting preformance or longevity of the car.
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    "Clashing" Sound when Accelerating

    Hello everyone! I haven't posted in a while, which means no problems but this is more so of a curiousity question instead of an issue. When I accelerate, mainly 10-45 MPH, there is this very faint clashing or "gurgle" sound. It has been like that since I got it I beileve. It doesn't seem to degrade preformance, and I really dont think it's the coolant system bubbling, which can be a common gurgling sound. It really is hard to explain, kind of like a very faint snare drum, crazy right? Am I crazy or is there something really going on here? Thanks!!
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    Favorite Pictures of My Buick Reatta

    A Rare beautiful day near Memphis! Had to take this shot, it was practically begging for a picture
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    New Ignition Components!

    So today I fianlly got out and did some wrenching, I replaced some parts that needed attention including: A new Ignition Coil, New ICM, New Spark Plugs, and a new transmission filter. It was crazy how much of a difference replacing a few parts does to your car. This car feels how it has never felt, shifts smoother, and cranks like a dream! Next step is the front strut assemblies. But I shared a picture of the old ICM and the coil. That stuff acts like super glue when trying to get bolts off! Never seen anything like it, what kind of substance is it?? but glad that problem is outta my life!
  13. Mine by far was that note supposedly typed by the Reatta designer back in the 80s! Besides that just old coupons and some loose change (of course I put the change in car part funds )
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    Question pertaining to govener

    Hey you got a point, anything new done was done outta curiousity or rebellion! And anything really is possible if you put your mind and money towards it
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    Question pertaining to govener

    The governer in an 89' is set at 125 MPH fyi. I really don't think you'll get much more than 125 anyways out of the Series One. Past that you're putting the wheels under severe stress too (unless you have some Z -rated tires equipped)