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  1. Hi all where would I find the engine block number on a 425 in a 64 ? I need it for UK registration paperwork thanks
  2. Thanks for the replies fellas. Given the scarcity of Jeep/Chrysler cars (and indeed scrapyards in general) in the UK. I'll probably go with the firewall mounted option. Cheers Dave
  3. Hi all Another one for you. It is a legal requirement in the UK to have a functioning windscreen washer system. At the moment, my 64 has a plastic bottle with a black cap with a nozzle at 90 degrees, attached to absolutely nothing. It looks like it must draw from the top but if so, what parts am I missing? Any help gratefully received.
  4. Hi guys The fuse box in my 64 is very corroded and I was looking to replace it. The only replacemnt I can find for sale is the Painless Performance 14 fuse box. ANyone know if this will fit straight in? It looks like it fits most GM cars of the period according to the website but it is going to be pretty expensive to ship to the UK only to find it doesn't fit. Any advice gratefully received.
  5. Chewbacca

    My new purchase

    So she failed the UK safety test on multiple items. Some I anticipated due to LHD (headlights) and some you just get used to when importing cars from the US. The parking brake system is seized through lack of use, the windscreen washer motor is inoperative, the horn doesn't work and the power steering leaks like the Titanic. My Mustang had all the same issues when it came in from the US and are all easy and cheap to fix. Of more concern is the massive side to side play in the rear suspension. I guess this is the radius rod bushes. Is this a difficult job?
  6. Chewbacca

    My new purchase

    By flat back I meant plain rather than matt. One of those ‘divided by a common language’ sayings I guess. Not going to be easy to repair then. It has a few bubbles on the trunk lid but they might have to wait until I can afford a full respray. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
  7. Chewbacca

    My new purchase

    OK, so the car has now arrived. Goes through our safety check next week before I can register it to drive on the road. A few bits and pieces missing or broken but that is only to be expected but one thing has surprised me. The paint is Regal Black according to the VIN and I was expecting a flat black but it appears to be a fine metallic. Is this correct? I'll be taking some photographs of the various broken bits to ask advice on replacing or repairing them. All the best Chewie
  8. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    I contacted the auctioneer and the VIN is 1G4EC13C9LB903843
  9. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    It may well be a 90. I was going off photo's on the internet to identify it originally.
  10. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    Link to the listing at the auction house. More photo's but not too much more information. https://mathewsons.co.uk/vehicle-auction-catalogue/5159-december-entry-1990-buick-reatta-3-8-v6
  11. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    Thanks for the input. Gives me plenty to think about before the auction. I’ve no issues running something rare that needs parts sourcing from the US as I’m in that position already with my Riviera. I guess parts for the first gen Riviera are still easier come by than this Reatta.
  12. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    There is no market here. The dealer claims it is the only one in the UK. My 64 Riviera is supposedly one of only four in the UK. For whatever reason, Buicks don't have the cachet here that Ford, Chevy and Mopars do but I like something different. The supplying dealer was from Naples and we have a small group of people in the UK who like to wear cowboy hats and pretend they were extras in the Dukes of Hazzard. I'm asking values mainly to see if it would be worth making a very lowball offer.
  13. Chewbacca

    Found for sale in the UK

    1989 Reatta at a UK auction house. 19k miles from new has all paperwork back to the original build sheet and bill of sale.. Single UK owner from brand new. Car looks in good order but it's the only one I've ever seen. Didn't sell in their last auction at £6000 reserve (around $8500). Is this value for money?
  14. Stupidity at car shows can be spectacular. A guy once asked my if my Mustang was a Jaguar whilst stood in front of it where is says FORD in 2" letters on the leading edge of the hood. Not knowing old cars I can understand but not being able to read...........