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What did you do to your Reatta today? <ongoing thread>

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1 hour ago, DAVES89 said:

Thought I would go to Gibson's today and look for parts but right now the temperature is -5 and -25 with the wind chill.

 

Dave you and the other people on here who live up north might get a laugh out of the photo below. It is a scan of the front page of yesterdays newspaper. Temperatures dipping below freezing in the daytime in December is headline news. It's 34 degrees here right now and going up to 38 today but you would think we were having a blizzard if you listened to the news on TV.  Just a chance of snow puts people in panic mode where I live.

 

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It's all what you get used to. I will be going out to run errands wearing tennis shoes, insulated socks, Levis blue jeans, tee shirt, sweater, and warm jacket with gloves. No hat or ear protection unless I go out in the wind like when I walk the dog. If one can stay out of the wind it's not too bad.

 As bad as we have it I would think Jim Finn has it worse, unless of course he is on vacation.

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Swapped out the wiper switch with a brighter back lit one to better match the Headlight switch. The switch I replaced works great and is now offered at a great price on the Reatta buy/sell part of this forum.

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9 minutes ago, DAVES89 said:

Swapped out the wiper switch with a brighter back lit one to better match the Headlight switch. The switch I replaced works great and is now offered at a great price on the Reatta buy/sell part of this forum.

Dave, do I have a spare wiper switch that is in good condition? I could dig around and find out but you know more about what spare parts I have than I do. :D

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Now that's funny that I'm supposed to know what you have in inventory. Yes you do have one, as you bought a IPC, CRT, Headlight, Wiper Switch all those years ago. You are good. You could check by looking in that big box you have in the staorage area above your shop. It should be right next to that Teves unit... 

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Thanks Dave. If you say I have one that's good enough for me. It's too cold to get up in the attic to look around. It's almost freezing up there. :lol::P It's about 55* in the garage. I'll take a look there to see if it's in one of my parts boxes under the work bench.

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I am still looking for a controller for the climate control blend box.  I affixed the arm to cold for the summer but now would like to change to heat.  I have an 88 model.  

I have actually parked the car in the garage and am driving my other car here in Texas.  I take the 88 out every couple of weeks to run the engine and gives me time to clean the garage from my other projects.   

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I have one that worked great and then "acted" up. When I swapped it out with a back stock one, I thought I would try it one last time. So while it was out I plugged it into the harness and it worked as it should. You can have it for $15.00 delivered which is basically freight.

 My e mail is lemke1044@aol.com

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Woo-hoo, after 3 years, I finally pulled the thermostat, yep, its been stuck open from Day 1. Its nice to have a little warm air blowing in the wintertime :)

Edit: Let me add.... when I went to put the gooseneck (a.k.a. "coolant outlet housing") back on with the new t-stat in the manifold, the gooseneck would not seat fully, about 1/8" gap. Thinking, sometimes these things need help, I used a wooden rod and tried to whack it down with a hammer. Ever so gently that is, I have the "touch" and know about how hard one can hit these things w/o inflicting harm. After several attempts, I decided to pull the new T-stat out and just try seating the gooseneck on the manif. without the t-stat present. Yep, it went right in, all the way, fully. The issue was a little rubber o-ring or seal, etc., on the gooseneck itself, where it interfaces with the t-stat. I removed that rubber, installed the t-stat. and voila, was a happy camper. Drove 80 miles and no leaks, its like the gentlemen said, that single bolt that holds the housing only needs be tightened "snug" and if the o-ring is doing its job, you have no worries. So, I suggest checking re-install that the housing goes onto the manif. easily, if it doesn't, the interference might be the o-ring that's internal to the gooseneck

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3 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

A nice investment- https://www.carid.com/covercraft/covercraft-seat-heater-490982076.html

 

Or- if you want a more "OEM" look, take your covers off, and install all of these-

 

BACK     BOTTOM    SWITCHPOD

 

89RedDarkGrey, why do all the links you posted take me to something called VIGLINK  ?     and why is all your text in such large font, is it your keyboard or are you wanting to ensure you have our attention or ? 

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30 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

89RedDarkGrey, why do all the links you posted take me to something called VIGLINK  ? 

 

That's part of the advertising that keeps this website working. You'll have to talk to Peter Garipey about that. I have, however- disabled it on my end. Please- if you have trouble, follow these easy steps:

 

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39 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

and why is all your text in such large font, is it your keyboard or are you wanting to ensure you have our attention or ? 

 

No, I'm not trying to draw attention. I enlarge the Font so I can see what I'm typing. 30 years of diabetes, 10 years of glaucoma, and bad glasses. Sorry about that. No intended grandstanding here. I'll just use the regular Font from now on.

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3 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

No, I'm not trying to draw attention. I enlarge the Font so I can see what I'm typing. 30 years of diabetes, 10 years of glaucoma, and bad glasses. Sorry about that. No intended grandstanding here. I'll just use the regular Font from now on.

 

I for one actually liked it because of the blurry syndrome I have too :blink: ... You guys are great for a few laughs now and again.

Thanks

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On ‎12‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 7:01 PM, relospecialist said:

I am still looking for a controller for the climate control blend box.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Acdelco-15-71510-HVAC-Electronic-Climate-Control-Module-Programmer-GM-16054466/182914454371?fits=Make%3ABuick&epid=1478228945&hash=item2a968d1363:g:wuYAAOSwySlaEzZ2&vxp=mtr

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On ‎12‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 9:08 AM, Ronnie said:

It's 34 degrees here right now and going up to 38 today

 

That would be great here

 

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On 1/7/2018 at 5:33 PM, 89RedDarkGrey said:

I enlarge the Font so I can see what I'm typing. 30 years of diabetes, 10 years of glaucoma, and bad glasses. Sorry about that. No intended grandstanding here. I'll just use the regular Font from now on.

Do what you need to do to get by. A lot of us are living in "bonus time".  I have used up my nine lives

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I continue to maintain my first Reatta after passing it on to my son-in-law who is less mechanically inclined. The engine was dying as soon as it reached operating temp. No codes set. Usually means Ignition Control Module or crank position sensor. Changed ICM with no improvement. Changed crankshaft position sensor and still it dies at about the same temperature.

Hhmmm...........

Put fuel pressure gauge on it.  Perfect fuel pump and pressure action. 45psi with key on then 36psi when engine runs (after cooling off again).

I have seen this problem several times.

  TexasJohn55 mentioned a good troubleshooting idea using a timing light to watch the spark and detect a miss. I did this and sure enough it became erratic when it came up to temperature telling me that it was still either the ICM or CPSensor. Got another crank sensor at LAPS and once again it runs smooth.

The first "new" CPS had been kept in the trunk of the Reatta that I drive as a spare just in case I was stranded on the road somewhere.

So things could have been worse.................

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Change the OX sensor. Bad one will cause stalling when computer the goes into closed loop at warmup. You can unplug it to test. If car stays running the the OX sensor is bad.

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Went to my closest PNP and they had a 1991 white/red Reatta coupe.  Most of the front was gone and the rear taillight. Got the vin 901343 and the car was from California.

The yard is about 20 miles from Fort Hood so it may have come to Texas with someone in the military.

The front parking lights were there and in good but not excellent condition, got them at what I thought was a high price....they measured the length and charged $1.61 per inch, never had that happen before.

Got 4 hub caps decent emblems but the paint is gone on all of them.  One good floor mat and one average.

Red steering wheel is pretty good has 16 was seats, drivers not too bad.

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1 hour ago, Dashmaster said:

Change the OX sensor. Bad one will cause stalling when computer the goes into closed loop at warmup. You can unplug it to test. If car stays running the the OX sensor is bad.

That would be a good test for the MAF sensor too.

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4 degrees and the wind chill about -10. Went "window shopping" at Gibson's just to see if anything new had come in. No luck. I also dropped off a box of "Moon Pies" [I kept the anniversary edition tin] as I don't like marshmellow. As the counter guy said "These guys will eat just about anything".

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Replaced my convertible visor clip today with the one I received from Jim Finn without issue.... then took the Reatta out for a sunny day drive.

 

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