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

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Marck, that really sounds awesome!!! :cool:

do you know what year(s) camaro & specs it came from?

i want to add that, and the tail lights to my ever-growing list. :)

Information about the Camaro muffler is on ReattaOwner.com. Here is a link:

Camaro Muffler Installation*-*ReattaOwner.com

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Thanks again, Ronnie!!! :)

don't know what i'd do without your site! :D

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I found this thread after doing about 100 different things to my recently acquired 1990 Burgundy Coupe. Installed the repair kit for the headlight motor, new IAC, MAF, Camshaft Position Sensor, coil pack, horns, hood lifts and washer pump.

Yesterday I installed a new antenna motor. The wiring from the new motor didn't match up with the previous installation but by noting which wires did what and by removing the relay I was able to splice together the correct combination so now its up on power up and down she goes on power down. :)

I finally got the CD player to power up but now it reads ERR after inserting my CD. I plan to send the unit to M&R to see what they can do.

Today I'm replacing the turn signal switch. Already disabled the SIR so no worries. :D

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I found this thread after doing about 100 different things to my recently acquired 1990 Burgundy Coupe. Installed the repair kit for the headlight motor, new IAC, MAF, Camshaft Position Sensor, coil pack, horns, hood lifts and washer pump.

Yesterday I installed a new antenna motor. The wiring from the new motor didn't match up with the previous installation but by noting which wires did what and by removing the relay I was able to splice together the correct combination so now its up on power up and down she goes on power down. :)

I finally got the CD player to power up but now it reads ERR after inserting my CD. I plan to send the unit to M&R to see what they can do.

Today I'm replacing the turn signal switch. Already disabled the SIR so no worries. :D

Did you possibly purchase any of those parts from The Reatta Store? If not, how do The Reatta Store prices compare with what you paid for the new parts? Just curious.

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Thanks again, Ronnie!!! :)

don't know what i'd do without your site! :D

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painted the side view mirror frames yesterday. came out perfect! :D

very little prep - wiped with rubbing alcohol, masked the surrounding area. spritzed the frames with duplicolor adhesion promoter, then lightly sprayed with rustoleum trim & bumper paint, "matte black". pulled off the masking earlier today. after a couple of days, i'll use some mother's back-to-black for protection...

NOTE: i only put the brand names in the above because i've used them in the past, and i'm quite pleased with the results. i'm sure other brands would be as good or better. any comments would be appreciated. :)

looks like i'll be doing the same on the black plastic on the front & rear bumpers in the next day or two. hoping i can get by with just cleaning the side cladding.

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In order to get ready for the upcoming car shows, I detailed the Reatta, I put another coat of Zaino Z2 followed up with their Grand Finale spray. This week I should hit 26,000 miles on the car. Frank

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Did you possibly purchase any of those parts from The Reatta Store? If not, how do The Reatta Store prices compare with what you paid for the new parts? Just curious.

I'm putting my list together but at a first glance it seems to be a wash when I include all items. I did notice the Blower motor on The Reatta Store was higher than what I found on the Internet. I will definitely check in at The Reatta Store first from now on.

Thanks,

Mark

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Mounted a repro "Handcrafted expressly for" plaque onto the instrument panel bezel - just above the HVAC controller. Had it made at a local trophy/plaque shop before the Reatta Rally, but didn't pick it up in time. The shop did a good job. It is nearly identical to the original. One really has to hold the two next to each other to find very minute differences.

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i changed the drivers side front hub.it was much easier than i thought it would be.of course ronnies site helped.

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Today on the 88, I changed the transmission filter/pan gasket/fluid, vacuum modulator on the tranny and the fuel filter. The filter/fluid just because it was due, the vacuum modulator because I was getting harsh shifts - both up and down - and the fuel filter because it was the original 24 year old part. The car has 41,500 miles on it presently.

The good news is the car now shifts MUCH better than before, seems the vacuum modulator was in fact shot. The new fuel filter has smoothed out the engine a bit, but it still surges and hesitates at idle, and periodically stalls out. Next item to address this is the intake manifold gaskets, I suspect that is most of the rest of my problem.

Also began work on repairing the 16 way seat switch pod on the 88, the plastic form is cracked in several places and the vinyl covering was all torn up. I'm fiber-glassing the plastic pod the repair the cracks, and will probably have Craft Customs redo the wrapping on it in matched leather along with a steering wheel sometime soon.

KDirk

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Went to Ronnies site and downloaded the recipe for redyeing tan carpets. I had found some pretty nice Lt. Tan Riv. floormats at Gibsons and cleaned them up and just now sprayed them. I first tested the dye recipe on the rear mat [from the Riv]. The rear turned out well so I did the fronts.

Very happy with results.

Sent pics to Ronnie for downloading.

Easy project and very inexpensive. [Dye and spray bottle less then $10.00, floor mats may have been $5.00] Sure to make your interior look great.

Just as a tip, as you use a spray bottle, I would think that if you taped off your trim you could do the carpet without removing it from the car.

I am going to try it on the Black. Just have to work out the color formula as there is not one [formula] for the dark gray.

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Dave, good to hear that. Among my endless list of Reatta projects is getting a burgundy dye "recipe" to use on my 88. The carpet is not too badly faded except on the storage bin, and even that isn't really bad but enough to bother me (perfectionist that I am). I'll probably re-dye the whole carpet when I get the right shade mixed.

Tonight, so far, I have replaced the drivers side mirror with a freshly painted spare, the drivers side front woofer, the front outside belt weather strip (curved along bottom of window) and am presently waiting for the upholstery adhesive to dry on a freshly recovered front drivers speaker grille, on which I used OEM matching grille cloth. Have to lubricate the window regulator and power lock linkage before I put it all back together.

Will be doing most of the same on the passenger side yet this week. Then it is back to troubleshooting the rough idle/stalling problem I keep having.

KDirk

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I have had a busy 2 days since taking my 88' out of mothballs from the winter/spring. I had a "smartmirror" installed which is a GPS/Rear-View Camera/PC thing. Mainly it is for the GPS, Bluetooth, and rear view camera functions but it runs on a version of Windows CE and you can also do things like view pictures, listen to music, and get this......read E-Books. Probably not the smartest thing to do when driving but there it is.

Also, the next day I had a full detail done which it really needed, especially the carpets. Everything came out great and the car is running really fine now. Looking forward to a nice summer of motoring Reatta style!

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I have had a busy 2 days since taking my 88' out of mothballs from the winter/spring. I had a "smartmirror" installed which is a GPS/Rear-View Camera/PC thing. Mainly it is for the GPS, Bluetooth, and rear view camera functions but it runs on a version of Windows CE and you can also do things like view pictures, listen to music, and get this......read E-Books. Probably not the smartest thing to do when driving but there it is.

i so want one of those but 900 dollars is kinda steep.also it sucks that it doesn't have a radar detector in it per the website.

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Hi Handmedown.....actually the SmartMirror was fairly inexpensive. I think I paid a little under $300 for the OEM version which was made by Azentek. I think Escort just put their name on it. The installation was $100 as you can buy the install card off of the Escort web site. Not a bad deal. It has a lot of functions but I haven't got around to messing with it too much yet.

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I bought one! My Dad had one in the mid 90's and I loved it it. So now it is my turn to own one. It is a 1990 red hard top with no sunroof, or cd player nor does it have the 16 point seat. It does have 82k miles and runs great.

Of course it has been sitting for awhile, so I am putting some love into it.

Today I got the a/c conversion kit done and it seems the condenser has a hole and needs to be replaced plus the fan for the condenser was also loose and became damaged over time. The fan only had three blades.

So, I have purchased these items off the internet and waiting to have them installed.

The headlights do not pop up. But after some research it seems I need new crank assembly which will be next on the list to be done.

For being over twenty years old this car is fun to drive. I love this car and so happy to be a Reatta owner!

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Never mind Convert2water. In my excitement I didn't notice it didn't fit a 90 model. Sorry. It's still a good deal.

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Yes I saw that The Reatta Store has a condenser for less than $16 bucks but it says it does Not fit 1990 model. So I had to make my purchase elsewhere. But thanks for the info and I am sure I will do business with the reatta store in the future.

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Thanks Convert2water. Again, welcome to the forum!

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is there a high performance condenser that fits the reatta?my air takes forever to cool down.
I'm not aware of a high performance condenser for a Reatta but they could be available.

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handmedownreatta, check your radiator fans and your high side pressure if you can.

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What did I do to my Reatta today? Well, I put it on a car hauler to transport it from New Jersey to Castle Rock, Colorado. Colorado will be my new home in about 3 weeks and my son will take delivery of the Reatta (and some other cars I transported - the 3 "old" ones in the picture) when it gets to Colorado.

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I would like to refinish my back up rear taillight ths weekend. I know that someone has had good resulys with sanding and a clear top coat. I have not been successful with the search.

Can anyone help me?

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