Jim

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Jim last won the day on October 29 2015

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  1. zippered portfolio

    I just picked up a Reatta parts car and inside was the small folder in the glove compartment with a '90 manual in it and it has the pen. The folder is nice but the manual is there but sort of water logged so if the purchaser of Chuck's big folder needs a small folder a pen and a usable but not so pretty owners manual, I would sell mine for $ 35 plus $ 8 for Priority Mail shipping. I would also sell this folder with the pen and a nicer '90 manual for $ 45 Since Chuck has sold his, I will also mention, I have a very nice complete, still in the plastic wrapper, a zippered portfolio with everything in it, including the pen, flashlight and tire gauge. I would sell mine for $ 325 plus shipping.
  2. Convertible top replacement

    topsonline has tops with a plastic back window for about $ 300
  3. Convertible top replacement

    I have not yet installed a new top on my car. I have the car at the transmission shop right now getting the trans replaced. Thank you to Ronnie for posting a link to his site regarding top replacement and to ol' yeller for the link to the manual on Ebay. They reference "top replacement" but I will call them to see if there is specific instructions.
  4. Horn Buttons !

    Chris, I have the buttons in all colors. I sent you a regular email. Jim
  5. Blower Control Module Issue?

    I have tested good used blower control modules available. Jim
  6. Selling a Reatta

    I agree with Barney. Provide some information and location of the cars and as John suggested the buy/sell forum might be a good place. Last week I got an email from someone with nothing in the title area and only a name as the sender. A name I was not familiar with. This is what was in the body of the email with two pictures. "Got me 2 I have access to a few cars also for parts seats etc"
  7. transmission not shifting.

    Mine is a '90 convertible and the one Barney is referring to is a '91 coupe. Thank you to those who posted suggestions on possible fixes.
  8. transmission not shifting.

    Dave, Thanks for the thoughts. I did check the trans level and it is full. I see I posted this topic in the buy/sell forum so I also just now posted in the discussion forum.
  9. Barney just posted about a coupe in MI that is for sale and the owner says the transmission does not shift out of first. I picked up a convertible parts car a few months ago but have decided not to part it out and keep it as my summer "driver". My transmission is doing the same thing. My plan is to take a complete engine/trans/cradle out of one of my parts cars and put it into this convertible but----------------- Barney wondered if it might be something simple as am I. Anyone know anything about transmissions?
  10. Barney just posted about a coupe in MI that is for sale and the owner says the transmission does not shift out of first. I picked up a convertible parts car a few months ago but have decided not to part it out and keep it as my summer "driver". My transmission is doing the same thing. My plan is to take a complete engine/trans/cradle out of one of my parts cars and put it into this convertible but----------------- Barney wondered if it might be something simple as am I. Anyone know anything about transmissions?
  11. Back to the original problem. If the red "brake" light is going out that means the accumulator is pressurizing and has the 2600 pounds of pressure in it to give at least one application of power assist immediately. A shot accumulator might not have the reserve pressure for a second application of the brakes but will on the first. The problem with these systems is the valve body valves getting corroded because brake fluid naturally attracts moisture and this moisture can corrode the valves and cause a hard pedal and no brakes and/or on a hard application of the brakes the car will pull to one side or the other. I bought one parts car years ago because the fellow knew he had some sort of a problem and then a truck pulling a trailer pulled out in front of him, he hit the brakes and hard pedal and no brakes. Totaled the Reatta. A few years ago my wifes '90 was getting so bad even a slight hard stop would pull her car to the right. I changed the master cylinder/valve body and no problems since. This is why it is so important to change the brake fluid every 5 years to get the moisture out of the fluid before corrosion can start. My guess in this situation the valve body needs to be changed or the whole unit on the firewall. I feel the car is not safe to drive in this condition as you never know when you might have to make a panic stop. On these same lines, I have had opportunities to purchase complete units but pass on all of them unless I can personally drive the car and perform a test panic stop to make sure the car stops correctly and does not pull to either side.
  12. Instrument Panel is blank

    As Kevin mentioned the bad alternator did not cause the IPC to go bad but when you have low voltage the IPC will read ERROR and OO. The '88-89 IPCs were very good and seldom went bad but for '90 and up they were the most common part to go bad in those cars. I do have some tested good used '90 and up IPCs available.
  13. Driver side power window

    Another problem I have seen with the regulators is sometimes the wheels on the regulator get tight. This will not cause the window to go only partially and then make noise but it will slow down the operation of the window. It is always a good idea to clean and grease the tracks when doing any work in there but if you have the regulator out make sure the wheels turn freely. The wheels are a plastic wheel that turns on a steel ball. If they are tight I have found a good way to loosen them up is to heat the opposite side of the wheel with a propane torch and keep monitoring the plastic wheel to see when it loosens up. The minute the ball gets hot enough to melt a little bit of the inside of the wheel, and the wheel turns easier, immediately pour some water on the wheel and metal piece so the hot ball stops melting the wheel. I would heat the metal for a few seconds and then pull the torch away and see if the wheel turns easier. If not I continue applying heat in few second intervals until the wheel turns easier and then immediately douse the wheel and metal with water.
  14. Driver side power window

    Your regulator has most likely failed. I have good motor/regulators available.
  15. Reatta for sale with 4K miles

    At least two beers. Actually I may not be there myself but if I do go, it would be Friday night and Saturday. The brainiacs in the BCA scheduled the BCA meet the same time as a very large swap meet is held in Iola WI and I am sure many WI folks like myself will be going there also or instead.. This event in the past has drawn over 100,000 folks to Iola. I will set up the Reatta Rendezvous as I have in the past but most likely will not be there myself.