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About Howard

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  1. When I got my Reatta many years ago, I was doing that wash, clean, and polish that all of us do when we get a "new" used car. Under the drivers seat I found a Chevrolet lapel pin. Not really earth shattering or even funny, but I always wondered how it got there. It appeared to have been there for a considerable time.
  2. Happy Thanksgiving

    While I have not had my Reatta for many years, I still check in from time to time to view the forum. This time of year I always wish all of you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. This year I'm especially thankful to be alive. On August 30th, I lost my home, my car, and all of my belongings to 52" of rain caused by Hurricane Harvey. I had to be rescued from my house by boat. I was only able to escape with a few items that I could carry away in a plastic trash bag. Due to the kindness of some close friends, I'm sharing their house. Repairs are being currently done to my home, and perhaps by the end of the year, I can sleep in a bed that is mine. Be thankful for your health, your family, and your friends. They are more important than any physical possessions. Have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!
  3. 1988 - How to get to Power Window Switch

    Here is a post by a member some years ago. Hope this helps. The only thing I will add, there is a spring under the shift knob. Be careful not to let it fly out when removing the knob. Also, be sure to remove the electrical connection plug to the electroluminescent panel on the shift quadrant so the quadrant panel is not in the way. As I recall, the wire is not very long and disconnecting it will allow you to set aside the quadrant. First remove the shifter knob. There's a little "U" shaped clip on the front you'll have to pull out with needle nose pliers. You may have to take the car out if gear to get to it. Next the rectangular black trim piece that holds the shift indicator will snap out with a little pressure. Once that is removed, there will be two T-15 screws up at the front of the console (where you removed the rectangular piece from). Remove those. Next open up the ash tray and take out the two Phillips head screws. Once all the screws are removed, it should easily pop out with you fingers.
  4. Glove Compartment

    Glad I was able to help. I was able to purchase some NOS latches many years ago. I don't think any such animals still exist. Jim Finn may have a used latch in the color you need. I would suggest that if you find any good latches, regardless of color, you should "latch" on to them. This is a part that fails regularly. It would be a good thing to have some extras sitting on your parts shelf.
  5. Glove Compartment

    Several years ago I posted a procedure to open the glove box with a broken latch. Perhaps the following will help you get the door opened even if your latch handle is not broken. Word of warning, if your latch is not broken be careful pulling the handle out as described in my instructions: You will need a flashlight to see under the latch handle and a very small screwdriver. The kind used to fix eye glasses. It helps if you recline the passenger seat and move it forward so you can lay down on the seat while getting close to the glove box lock. Pull the handle out, don't worry about breaking it because it already is, till you see a little silver cylinder. With the screwdriver, try to rotate the cylinder toward the dash. You might "play" with that several minutes before you "hit" it just right. If you were as lucky as I was, the door will just pop open. The handle is toast and will have to be replaced. The problem, these latches should never have been made of plastic. They were pretty easy to break when they were new. Now, more that a decade old, they bite the dust very easily. I was lucky to find some new ones a few years ago. Hope this helped!
  6. Happy Thanksgiving

    Well, I've come out of the woodwork again to issue my annual Thanksgiving greeting. Hope all of you are doing well. I drop in from time to time to see whats going on in Reatta Land. This year I've noticed a change. There does not seem to be as many active threads as in years past. I guess some members, like myself, no long own a Reatta so they don't participate. As I've said many times, out of all the cars I've owned, my Reatta was my favorite. Will I get another one, probably not. However, I still enjoy the forum. Anyway, heres wishing all forum members, both new and old, a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Be thankful for your family and friends. Till next year. Regards, Howard
  7. Nancy Eaton

    Barney, glad to her you wife is recovering. Hope she is 100% very soon.
  8. back up camera

    Another possible solution, there are a number of rear view mirror camera kits that are available. By replacing the existing rear mirror, you would lose the map lights, but would gain a rear camera view.
  9. Marry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good morning. Ronnie, great job on the card. Like Barney, I live in Texas, but in the southeastern part of the state. At the moment, the temperature is 77 degrees overcast with slight fog. Sure does not feel like a Christmas morning. Hope everyone has a great day, regardless of your local weather conditions.
  10. Happy Thanksgiving

    Well, I've come out of the woodwork again to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope each and everyone has a safe and joyous time with friends and family. Let's be thankful for our great country and the men and women who protect it.
  11. '88 Window Switches - Refurbed and WONDERFUL!!!

    The C clip is on back side the shift knob. If you move the shift lever (make sure your parking brake is engaged) fully backward, you should be able to see the clip. It can be removed by prying it out with a thin flat head screw driver. Be careful to securely hold the shift knob in place while removing the clip. The knob is spring loaded, so you don't want it to pop off and loose the spring.
  12. Congrats to Ronnie

    Ronnie, I want to extend a tardy, yet hardy (sorry for the rhyme ) congratulations on winning the award. As others have stated, your extreme efforts are very much appreciated.
  13. Lurkers

    I've been a forum member since the late 90's. I used to visit the forum almost ever day. The great members advice helped me do a lot of the repair work myself, or 0 in on problems to have fixed elsewhere. I hope over the years I might have provided some help in return. Sadly, in 2008 my Reatta died. With the car's demise, I stopped visiting as often. I still visit from time to time, such as today. I doubt I will have a Reatta again, although I did enjoy my car for the almost 10 years I had it. I suppose you can say I've loss some interest since I don't have a Reatta any longer. When I do visit, if there is something I can add to my two cents in, I will do so. Anyway, that's my explanation, for the lack of visits.
  14. buy sell car checksheet

    Frank, if you go to the Buy/Sell forum, you will see a topic "Selling Your Reatta" There you will find the check sheet. Just copy and paste. I developed the sheet some years ago. I hope I have created a helpful tool for both the Reatta buyer and seller. Barney added some addtional details at a later time.
  15. Buick Avenir

    The Avenir is certainly handsome in my book. I'm sure if it's put into production, the concept will be watered down considerably, especially in the interior. BTW, the Cascada (Opel) is the first Buick convertible since the 1991 Reatta.