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  1. ISO Buick Reatta convertible project

    Welcome TerboSpagetti!! I am curious to hear about your plans with an upgraded power train . . . maybe I can volunteer my car for the project!! Haha if you plan on keeping and enjoying a Reatta Convertible, I think the above advice to look for a 1990 is correct. We have seen some higher mileage verts go for between $2500 to $5000. Folks that owned convertibles tended to drive them less in bad weather. I think it's pretty much the same as looking for any older vehicle - buy they best one you can afford and try to find a one or two owner Buick as you're more likely to have found a car that was maintained and repaired properly throughout the car's 26 or 27 year history. There is a gentleman named Ryan Gick who owns Sinister Performance (gmtuners.com) - he recently completed an engine swap for a 1990 Reatta convertible owner where he planted a 3800 Series 3 Supercharged engine with undisclosed performance upgrades. From his home page, click on customer cars and scroll to the bottom of the page where you see a white Reatta. Definitely a worthwhile read and this is the direction I plan to take with my Reatta, unless I decide on an electric motor instead!! I look forward to following your project and I hope you take lots of photos and share them here!! Good Luck!!
  2. Performance Muffler Applications on Reattas

    For what its worth: I've owned my '91 Reatta convertible since 2007, and it was purchased with approximately 107,000 miles on it. Since the car is driven a couple thousand miles per year, it will never be a show car and I purchased the car not as an investment but as a pleasure vehicle to enjoy. Therefore, when I decided to "upgrade" the exhaust, I was looking for the appearance of dual exhaust and the sound of an engine that was just a little louder/better than stock. The photo's attached showed how the Camaro Flowmaster was installed and how the trim was adjusted to fit an outlet on the passenger side:
  3. Thanks very much to the Reatta Division!

    Congratulations Bob!! Well deserved!!
  4. 440T4 tranny 2nd clutch MIA.....

    http://www.tripleedgeperformance.com/ Drtidmore, i have been following your thread on transmission work, and I commend your willingness to DIY an automatic transmission. There is a vendor that goes by the name of GMTuner who has performed chip updates for some of our forum. He also has a shop in Indiana that specializes in engine swaps for Fiero's and has done a number of Reatta's check out this one (http://www.gmtuners.com/Customer/90ReattaL32/index.htm ) as well. Among his list of Links is his automatic transmission guy who is Tripleedgeperformance, see link at the top of this comment. In addition to offering rebuilt transmissions, he sells manuals and parts and one part in particular that I thought may interest you: http://shop.tripleedgeperformance.com/Engine-Support-Bar-AP5820.htm . Actually there may be a number of parts and accessories that may be of interest to you if you look in his online store. Best of luck to you and your project! By the way, I am not employed nor do I have any financial interest in Triple Edge Performance. I am planning an engine and transmission swap in the next couple of years and I intend to use these two vendors because I don't have the skills necessary but I can afford to pay to have it done.
  5. 1991 Red/grey coupe

    JimmyK, The car certainly looks like a nice one. Transmissions can be repaired or replaced, the bigger issue may be the cradle concern but that too can be fixed. Are you going to buy it? When you get a chance please post the pictures you have taken. Thanks and I do hope you buy it . . . I'm not in market for another Reatta, but if you don't buy it I wouldn't hesitate to visit Michigan with a car trailer.
  6. 1991 Red/grey coupe

    Claret was available in 1991, an attractive color usually paired with the tan/saddle or grey interior. Unfortunately, most "tired" Reatta of this color have issues with the clear coat; examples without clear coat issues are gorgeous!! I bought one of the "tired" ones in 2005 with 125,000 miles for $2000. It lasted 6 years and 45,000 miles with a teen aged son who could only fit 1 passenger with him. He learned a lot about small things like changing oil and fixing headlights; sadly he missed the lesson about keeping an eye on the gauges because one day the temperature gauge was rising and he kept driving (on his way to girlfriends house). Now I have a parts car with a blown engine
  7. Glove Compartment

    Nice job Howard!!! We very much appreciate you and others that have Reatta's (or used to!!!) who share their experiences that help all of us Reatta fanatics! So glad that you continue to pop in from time to time and share knowledge that was earned usually the hard way! And I personally wish to thank you and others who provide a positive message (your Christmas and holiday best wishes come to mind) that far out way the negative nellies that sometimes latch on to our community. Thanks and looking forward to reading your messages going forward! This "thank you!" is meant specifically for Rodger as well as the others who share "the good news" of maintaining and improving our Reatta's!!!
  8. Reatta coupe cutaway on Ebay

    I'm interested enough to spend $7.99 plus shipping. Like others have said, if won it will be proudly displayed in the garage, PS. The same seller has another identical poster . . . listed under the link to see other items he is selling.
  9. My new 1990 Convertible

    Congratulations!! Looks like you've found a really nice car - enjoy it!!
  10. crank/no start

    Brigop: Thank you for your service!! So that we can help you figure out your Reatta's issue, please restate the above in a new thread . . . as you stated yourself!
  11. crank/no start

    I wouldn't be surprised if the issue was a weakened battery that started behaving as it should after a recharge. Our Reatta's are known to have funny things occur that defy explanation as a battery is on its last legs, only to be "fixed" when the battery gets replaced. Or, my explanation may have nothing to do with the issue. In which case, let me offer a Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
  12. New Buick Reatta Parts For Sale

    Fairfaxvtreatta91, Welcome to the forum! I'm guessing you're in Vermont which may make it a little bit challenging, but I think we can offer a couple ideas to get you back on the road. If not New England, some of the advice offered below may still be helpful. Based on your comment of looking everywhere for a hood and fender, I will guess you've checked your local salvage yards and if none are offering help, then you're running into the issue handmedownreatta mentions above: shipping. Few may be willing to prepare a hood for shipping because to do it right may cost more than many are willing to pay. Here's two suggestions that may work for you: At the top of the page is a "sticky" which lists Reatta Resources. Spend a little time there as you will find places that sell new parts for your '91 GM vehicle as well as used or salvage parts. You will find some that have the parts you need, then you have to figure out logistics. I can think of two off the top of my head, Jim Finn and East Coast Reatta parts (Marck Barker), that on occasion will drive to the mid-Atlantic or New England if picking up cars and/or attending car shows such as Carlisle in PA. Perhaps you can meet somewhere in between? Option 2. Buy your own parts car! This is something that a lot of us do as you can find some tired Reatta's for sale that are not expensive. You should double check this, but I believe all four years of Reatta used the same hood and front fenders as well as many other parts that may be helpful to you in the future. As I think you have a '91, it would be ideal to find another '91 for motors, brake systems, interior parts, etc. but not required . . . a '90 still has many identical parts and while '88 & '89's have less, I know some Reatta owners will trade or sell parts they don't need. The downside is you really have to have a place to store such a car or do the work to strip all useable parts and then send the rest to the junkyard. Last comment in a too long post - get to know this forum by reading the sticky's at the top as well as learn to use the search function because almost everything that happens to a Reatta has already happened to someone else and solutions can be found using the search functions. Also, one of our members has collected many of the fixes for common problems and created a website for these fixes and also created an Amazon shopping site only for Reatta parts that helps pay for the costs of the website. If youre going to keep your Reatta long term, I recommend you get to know Ronnie at Reatta Owners Journal and the Reattastore.com. Don't be afraid to ask questions, someone here will likely help. And good luck getting your Reatta back on the road. What color is it? How many miles? And how long have you owned it?
  13. Congratulations!! You had a beautiful Reatta!! In my opinion, it was worth more than your asking price!!
  14. What is your average temperature?

    63viking is correct - Sinister Performance is the name Ryan used before "GM Tuners" .com He is also well known on the Fiero forums as "Darth Fiero" and has experience doing motor swaps into Fiero's; probably a few other names as well.
  15. What is your average temperature?

    Barney and all: The outfit in Fort Wayne is http://www.gmtuners.com/ The individual that does the chip modifications (and owns the company) is Ryan and he's been in business a number of years. He also has first hand experience installing different motors into Reatta's, including Series 2 and Series 3 Supercharged 3800's. He is listed on the sticky at the top of our forum page entitled "Reatta Resources" I enjoy reviewing the Series 3 Supercharged 3800 that he put into a 1990 Reatta Convertible for a customer http://www.gmtuners.com/Customer/90ReattaL32/index.htm.