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  1. modified cartoon

    Ronnie: The Reatta hood ornament is located to the left of the "preacher!" haha
  2. Modifying

    Sounds like a fun project! I look forward to seeing what you create!!
  3. Does anyone know anything about this car?

    I have used the kit from Northstar Performance and my son drove the car (1999 Cadillac STS) for three more years, including from Rhode Island to the state of Washington before trading the car in for a 2005 Cadillac CTS-V!! That car turned out to be even more fun as it came with 400 HP V-8 and 6-speed manual transmission that he drove from Washington back to the East Coast. The Northstar engine was improved in 2004-05 such that head gasket issues are no longer a concern. Can they still occur? Yes and they do but no more than any other engine unlike earlier model years. They were found in front wheel drive Cadillac DTS and higher end Buick Lucerne's, specifically those with the CXS and Super designations. Cadillac also used the Northstar engines with some rear wheel drive applications such as the STS and XLR, including the V Series with Supercharged Northstars!!
  4. Original Document??

    Wow!!! That is a neat find!! We can interpret the meaning in different ways; personally, I choose to believe that the designer wanted the supercharged engine to be a part of the project from day one. Seems like when I save enough money to swap in the upgraded powertrain that rather than feeling guilty for changing the original, I can claim that I am simply converting to the designers' preferred engine. Haha Kudos to all those who have already swapped in a supercharged engine!! And yes, I am intentionally ignoring the rear wheel drive reference for now!
  5. Reatta Ranch

    Congrats on your first home Marck!! Enjoy the projects that will naturally come your way!! Jim
  6. Buick Reatta - Meets, Tours & Car Shows

    I like the new topic Ronnie! You're doing a great job as do all the moderators!! I hope to catch a show this year in the Mid-Atlantic . . . Keep up the good work Ronnie!!
  7. Please welcome your new Moderator

    Thank you Ronnie!! Can't think of a better person for promoting a positive experience for all Reattaphiles!!
  8. 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 ( - 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!!
  9. 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:
  10. Thanks very much to the Reatta Division!

    Congratulations Bob!! Well deserved!!
  11. 440T4 tranny 2nd clutch MIA..... 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 ( ) 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: . 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!!!
  15. 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.