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

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Went "shoping at Gibson's today and picked up a couple of relays and relay harness'. After a conversation with Kendall we are going to wire in relays to help my sequential lights work better on the 'vert. The problem I had was that the flasher cans weren't able to flash the lights. Hope to do it in April when I get back from our vacation and it warms up a bit more.

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 A few things done to my 1990 Reatta today. First off, I took it in to get new tires, then later on drove the 140 miles from the country place to the city place with the Reatta for the first time. Then into the heated garage where I got the left door speaker replaced. By then it was getting too late to do the other side. But its' nice to have some success, as now the left side works!

Keith

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I hope spring has officially arrived as the Red comes out today. I put the Black away almost 2 weeks ago and have been driving the 'vert on a daily basis including a trip to New Orleans. I put just under 3000 miles on the 'vert and to be truthful I got tired of it as it has more "road noise" due to the convertible top. Great car I just prefer the Red the most.

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 Finally got back to the Reatta today. I changed the left door speaker, and got the trans fluid changed, and a couple of very soft vacuum lines as well. Drives and shifts great, though it wasn't bad before this. I mainly did it as a preventative measure. Nice to have better sound again. I'm planning to drive it back to the other house tomorrow(Fri). It still has a lopey idle though.

I cleaned the throttle body, as there was a lot of crud in it, but I think that it has to come off for a more thorough cleaning.

Keith

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12 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

 Finally got back to the Reatta today. I changed the left door speaker, and got the trans fluid changed, and a couple of very soft vacuum lines as well. Drives and shifts great, though it wasn't bad before this. I mainly did it as a preventative measure. Nice to have better sound again. I'm planning to drive it back to the other house tomorrow(Fri). It still has a lopey idle though.

I cleaned the throttle body, as there was a lot of crud in it, but I think that it has to come off for a more thorough cleaning.

Keith

 

If you don't know when the last time the brake fluid was flushed, now would be a good time.

 

Cal.

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 That is high on the list as well. The colour makes me think it was done in the last 2/3 years, but I do want to get it done, as I do understand the issues these cars can have, and indeed I do this to all of my cars every few years.

I had new tires put on, and I asked the shop to do a brake flush at the same time, but when I got the car back, with its' new tires, they told me a kind of a song and dance story about not having the proper bleeder, etc.,etc., to do it? I think that they were just afraid of it being a slightly older car and/or the Teeves system. This shop does a lot of tire work, and some  mechanical stuff too, so it doesn't make sense for pros to say that.

 If I can't get to it soon, I'll try another shop I know.

 Keith

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I bought some fuel injectors and tried to install them. I think they were too big as the car was hard to start and didn't idle well, but when I took it out on the highway and floored it, it did accelerate very well. I contacted the seller to see if I can get different ones.

 Also went to Gibson's for a spare tire. Got a 16" fits in the wheel well and works on the car [with the Eldorado brake upgrade]. Thanks Jon!

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This what I did during the cold Indiana winter to the select sixty 

1. changed plugs, wires, ECM , and new coil pack

2. replaced brake accumulator, brake pads, rear calipers and bled systems.

3.  re soldered all ground wires under both seats, after doing this every electrical items are working  except cd player and cruise control.

4. replaced the headlight arms and bushings with parts from Barney Eaton

5. changed oil, filter, transmission fluid and filter   

6. replaced the 12 year old tires   no more shaking  above 45 MPH

7.  installed replacement factory radio bought from scrap yard   no more buzzing sounds from speakers

8. replaced headlight dash switch to replaced the original worn one bought from same scrap yard for 35.00

9. replaced front stabilizer bars

10. cleaned, polished and waxed.

What is left is to change drive belt ( looks like motor mount may need to be remove) may change water pump while in there .

might look into why cruise and CD are not working.  The ABS light is on and sensor leads are frayed, one day I may fix but brakes work just fine and I do not really need ABS. 

After that enjoy top down warm weather.

I bought the car in Sept 2017 drove the 220 miles home and parked to work on. After spending time working on the 60 I think that the miles of 89K must have been put on during the first part of life. The car I think has been parked and not used too much in many years, but well taken care of.  It shows no rust at all, except the exhaust.  

I am just waiting for warm weather. 

 

 

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I go to Ebay every so often and look for maintenance items that I don't need today, but with 3 Reattas I know I will need later. Bought a set of #626B Delco Plug Wires for $18.00 delivered.  Won't need them for 3 years, but I'm ready!

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      Iworked at stripping more off my 89 parts car , and decided to put my 89 restoration project up for sale .  I have a red/tan  89 dd , and a 90 that I am getting ready for the road.  Also a 1976 Midget I need to freshen up the paint on and get ready for summer and a 1970 MGBGT that needs complete resto.  Too many projects.  Once I get rid of parts car and project car I am going to look for a clean 91 Reatta to add to the fleet.

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Replaced the starter today in the Red and was glad I had a back up to install. However I noticed that my oil level sensor is leaking. It looks like the oil pan needs to be removed to replace it. Is that correct. I just replaced the oil pan gasket last year when I did the engine rebuild. Please advise. 

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Did Car Pro Cquartz coating, after intense cleaning, paint correction, etc.    It's hard to make it look better in photos since it already looked so shiny in those, but in person the difference is very obvious.   This car was freshly painted/restored in 2012, so the paint was already in very good shape.

 

I did not apply Cquartz to the hood or fenders, because I'm going to cover those in Xpel paint protection film.  I did this to my new Miata RF, and the results are amazing.. you cannot tell it is there, and the protection gives such a peace of mind.   Unfortunately I had the Reatta painted in California, which meant thin weak water based paint (regulations) ; so it chips very easily.. Xpel is expensive but cheaper than repainting.  Once you have it, only larger rocks or anything can do damage, generally. 

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Installed my new Texas Antique Auto plate.

They are issued for 5 years,  so I am good till 2023

New plate is better looking than the old one.

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On 3/30/2018 at 4:04 PM, Fox W. said:

Did Car Pro Cquartz coating, after intense cleaning, paint correction, etc.    It's hard to make it look better in photos since it already looked so shiny in those, but in person the difference is very obvious.   This car was freshly painted/restored in 2012, so the paint was already in very good shape.

 

I did not apply Cquartz to the hood or fenders, because I'm going to cover those in Xpel paint protection film.  I did this to my new Miata RF, and the results are amazing.. you cannot tell it is there, and the protection gives such a peace of mind.   Unfortunately I had the Reatta painted in California, which meant thin weak water based paint (regulations) ; so it chips very easily.. Xpel is expensive but cheaper than repainting.  Once you have it, only larger rocks or anything can do damage, generally. 

 

I am interested in the XPel process. Do you take it to a shop and get it installed or is this something you can do by yourself? It sounds like you do the whole hood, the fenders and the headlight buckets?

 

On 3/30/2018 at 4:04 PM, Fox W. said:

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On 3/29/2018 at 8:28 PM, DAVES89 said:

Replaced the starter today in the Red and was glad I had a back up to install. However I noticed that my oil level sensor is leaking. It looks like the oil pan needs to be removed to replace it. Is that correct. I just replaced the oil pan gasket last year when I did the engine rebuild. Please advise. 

As I stated on a prior post went to Gibson's to see how the oil level sensor was attached to the oil pan. Turns out there is a treaded flange on the oil pan so removal of the oil pan to swap the sensor is not needed. As the end loader guy had to come out to raise the car up so I could get at the oil pan I decided to buy it [$5.00] as I think that if you get someone from the shop you need to buy something. So anyhow got home and installed this used one in the Red and it worked. So good for me.

 Also bought another starter to have inventory $21.00 with exchange and they had it on the shelf.

 As long as I was doing that I decided to swap in some injectors that I recieved for a Christmas present. 5 worked great and one was froze open. So after attempting to "fix" it I sent them back and reinstalled the original ones. They arrived yesterday and I installed them and took them for a drive and they worked flawlessly so I am happy. The old ones had seen 275,000 miles [also just yesterday] not counting idle time so that is a lot of use.

 I did have an issue with tearing a o ring on the filliting that runs the fuel into the fuel rail so a call to Kendall for some washers as well as a final check to be sure all was good [it wasn't I had started one of the fittings for the fuel rail crooked and he caught that, cleaned the threads and all was good.

 So looks like I am good for spring, that is if it gets here. We got 6" of snow Wednesday and another 1" plus last night. I have the Black stored and am running the Red [as little as possible to avoid salt].  

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i wired in a bluetooth module feeding it off the antenna output and feeding into the radio module using the cassette audio wires.so now when i turn on the radio and push the cassette play button it automaticly hooks to my phone and plays whatever audio my phone is currently set to.

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Just rolled over 275,000 miles on the Red. Some might think that doesn't count anymore as the Red now has a different engine and tranny, but it still is 164,000 miles and 11 years under my ownership. 

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About a month ago I picked up a trailer hitch for the Reatta off Craigslist.  Seems the young man had seen drawing and measurements on a Reatta forum years ago and had this one made.  Installed that yesterday , and this morning I will wire in the light adapter I bought at Car Quest . I know I cannot haul much , but with remodeling a home my wife and I bought , and getting my Condo ready to sell , I need to be able to haul my little utility trailer with drywall or whatever.  And since my other driver is a 1976 MG Midget , the Reatta was elected.

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10 hours ago, SteveT said:

About a month ago I picked up a trailer hitch for the Reatta off Craigslist.  Seems the young man had seen drawing and measurements on a Reatta forum years ago and had this one made.  Installed that yesterday , and this morning I will wire in the light adapter I bought at Car Quest . I know I cannot haul much , but with remodeling a home my wife and I bought , and getting my Condo ready to sell , I need to be able to haul my little utility trailer with drywall or whatever.  And since my other driver is a 1976 MG Midget , the Reatta was elected.

how does that adapter wire in?ive had my hitch for a while but never wired for lights.

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