RetroJohnny

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RetroJohnny    19

Okay so I was driving in a parking lot today and an older lady backed right into me.. she had no bumper nor any reverse lights and next thing I know theres a large dent and the glass is done for, we traded info and what not.. but my question is if a body shop can't fix these damages where in the world could a driver side door and window  for a 89 Reatta? Very Frustrated :(

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Digger914    171

This is a great link to have for chasing down parts,  http://car-part.com/  and if you can't get your door fixed, there is a $150  red drivers door in Portland TN that looks like a good color match.

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Imperial62    338

There is a seller in Georgia, on the Buy/Sell side here, that has these parts.  I can not remember if he has the drivers side or not.   I know they were give away prices.  Otherwise, NCReatta is "kinda" close. 

 

Here is content - under STRUTS n Stuff:

 

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When I had a Reatta I bought extra body parts (just in case) at the local upullit. Sold the car a while back and the parts are not needed by me.

1         pair Front struts Monroe 71854                 new never installed                         $ 100

 

                Everything below included with the struts

1 used driver door/ window/ mirror assembly switches no panel

1 used passenger door/ window/ mirror assembly switches no panel

1 used mirror assembly driver

1 used mirror assembly passenger

1 driver door window glass

1 passenger door window glass

1 driver side front fender

1 passenger side front fender (needs some repair)

All body parts are from 1990 Reattas and will need painting

I would like to just sell the struts and include everything else. Not able to ship so pickup near Marietta Georgia is needed.

 

 

 

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RetroJohnny    19

Thanks for all the input guys! My body shop guy said he is gonna look into it and keep me updated, he did say he will most likely have to overcoat the whole area around the door to match paint or something like that. But I will keep you all updated and will ask questions if i get stuck along the way.. Thank you all. I am so glad there is so much support on this site and everyone is so helpful:)

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16 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

PLINKTON for the glass, and Jim Finn (or a Yard near you, or another Vendor here) for a replacement door, or a Body Shop can easily repair the dent- and it's much easier with the window removed first.

 

PLINKTON WEBSITE

 

Safelite Auto Glass near you

 

GOOD LUCK, PLEASE KEEP US POSTED.

if it bent the door enough to break the glass that sounds like major bodywork to me.imo get another door.

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Imperial62    338
16 hours ago, handmedownreatta said:

if it bent the door enough to break the glass that sounds like major bodywork to me.imo get another door.

I agree.  Overall, there are plenty of doors out there.  I would even consider buying the passenger door from you. 

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89RedDarkGrey    252

After looking at the inside of my own '89 for reference- I can now state that I was way wrong about any "body work" being able to fix damage on that level. Not just the outside skin- but the inside is where the major damage occurred, and that is a total loss. The window tracks, guides, and alignment of all is tight when all is proper on a Reatta- but now it is so screwed up (enough to bust the glass) that it will never be right again.

 

Yep, get another door. But- have your Body Guy gut all mechanisms from your damaged door:

 

Latches (the whole unit. you may need a part down the road)

Handles

Lock cylinder (definitely)

Mirror and it's glass

Courtesy light module

Etc.

 

All these (minus the lock) fit in a small box that's easily kept. Hey- you never know.

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RetroJohnny    19
14 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

After looking at the inside of my own '89 for reference- I can now state that I was way wrong about any "body work" being able to fix damage on that level. Not just the outside skin- but the inside is where the major damage occurred, and that is a total loss. The window tracks, guides, and alignment of all is tight when all is proper on a Reatta- but now it is so screwed up (enough to bust the glass) that it will never be right again.

 

Yep, get another door. But- have your Body Guy gut all mechanisms from your damaged door:

 

Latches (the whole unit. you may need a part down the road)

Handles

Lock cylinder (definitely)

Mirror and it's glass

Courtesy light module

Etc.

 

All these (minus the lock) fit in a small box that's easily kept. Hey- you never know.

Oh yeah! I think I am gonna use some cold hard cash and contact east coast Reatta.. they must have quite a few whole door assemblies right?

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jscheib    154
7 hours ago, RetroJohnny said:

Oh yeah! I think I am gonna use some cold hard cash and contact east coast Reatta.. they must have quite a few whole door assemblies right?

 Better hurry. Marck has a wedding coming up.

John

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89RedDarkGrey    252
22 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

 

10 hours ago, RetroJohnny said:

Oh yeah! I think I am gonna use some cold hard cash and contact east coast Reatta.. they must have quite a few whole door assemblies right?

 

Are you being sarcastic or serious? My posts are meant to be helpful. As I see it- the eBay selection is good. Have your Body guy clean, scuff, maybe Dolly or putty any dings- color match paint, then shoot it and your outside handle. Transfer all the trim and inner stuff, get a window, done. Maybe $600-$700 when all done. 

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DAVES89    344

Sorry 89 RDG but $300.00 for a door missing almost everything plus $150.00 to ship is obscene. I buy whole cars for about that [$450.00]. A door from a You Pick yard should be $100.00 or so [I paid $50.00 for the last one I got from Gibson's]. 

 

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89RedDarkGrey    252

That would be the ideal situation to remedy this- if this had happened to you. If this had happened to you- would you have posted this?

 

On ‎7‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 10:33 PM, RetroJohnny said:

but my question is if a body shop can't fix these damages where in the world could a driver side door and window  for a 89 Reatta? Very Frustrated :(

 

No. I took this as a Member who is not as DIY savvy as you or I. If he was able to

 

14 minutes ago, DAVES89 said:

A door from a You Pick yard should be $100.00 or so

 

would he have sounded lost, desperate, frustrated? No. Does he live near a Pick-n-Pull? I live near two Yards- and neither of them have a Reatta to part from. The Government program "Cash for Clunkers" totally decimated my area of "old" cars, and many Yards and Used lots sold & fold. My transmission came from Erie, PA, and that was the closest I could find.

 

As I get told that "not everyone here is a mechanic" well- not everyone here lives near Gibson's.

 

As savvy as you claim to be- it's kinda sad that you're only input to this thread- is to criticize my suggestions- instead of trying to help the Member in need. Really sad.

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DAVES89    344

Digger914 had the correct answer in Post 3.  I referred to you in my response as if we were having a multi person conversation and just commented the price was obscene and intimated he shouldn't pay it.

 Why must an opposite opinion to yours be considered an attack on you?

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89RedDarkGrey    252

RetroJohnny-

 

The woman backed into you, correct? Then this is on her insurance. Claim Adjuster comes, assesses the damage. He and you contact Body Shops, get a quote. Bean Counters do their stuff. You get a check. You do what you wish.

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89RedDarkGrey    252
1 minute ago, DAVES89 said:

 Why must an opposite opinion to yours be considered an attack on you?

 

It wasn't what you wrote- it was how you wrote it. Like I stated- your only input was to 100% disagree with me. It wasn't an attack- it was a "hey, don't listen to this goof- he's way off base- as usual" post.

 

I'm dropping this matter, here and now. I gave my advice (gleaned from actual experiences with myself and Customers at work).

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89RedDarkGrey    252
On ‎7‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 1:16 AM, Digger914 said:

This is a great link to have for chasing down parts,  http://car-part.com/  and if you can't get your door fixed, there is a $150  red drivers door in Portland TN that looks like a good color match.

 

Ok- so I just did this- here is the result (screen shot)

 

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As the insurance Adjuster would probably do- they go by price (as I chose).

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RetroJohnny    19
11 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

 

Ok- so I just did this- here is the result (screen shot)

 

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As the insurance Adjuster would probably do- they go by price (as I chose).

I was being serious about my previous comment, that is the route i am most likely going with.. East Coast Reatta. And yes she did back into me, and I was surprised on what my insurance is doing. So hang tight and let me explain. At first the guy said the car is totaled and there is nothing he can do, and I really spoke my mind about that and told him the car runs fine and is worth fixing and he needs to see what he can do.. So after a few times of being put on hold, they came to the conclusion that they are going to give me a check for 3,700$ and let me do as I wish with it. AND in my opinion that is a fine deal! That leaves me plenty to buy a brand new door, a brand new window and then just have the whole car repainted! But yes I believe I am going to do business with East Coast Reatta, or if his quote is more than I am comfortable with, there is a black door for sale on eBay for 360$.. 

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RetroJohnny    19

Oh, by the way.. No it turned out she didn't have any insurance. So the check is coming from my insurance company as an Uninsured Motorist Claim. SO they are going to go after her for not having insurance because I don't think it makes them too happy to hand me a check for 3,700$ :D But none of that is my business. The faster this money comes the faster my car can be outta this garage catching dust 

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89RedDarkGrey    252

Maybe Jim Finn (reattas.60@gmail.com) could help out? My original find, 

 

On ‎8‎/‎1‎/‎2017 at 1:11 PM, 89RedDarkGrey said:

 

sounded good to me- a good choice, because it's already bare, and (comparatively) light weight. Just as with a Machine Shop, Butcher, etc.- everything counts with the labor involved. If your Body Shop must take everything off to scuff, sand, seal, and paint- why not start with a bare door? Everything in the bad door is still good, and can be easily transferred over.

 

Scroll to the bottom of your eBay selection, (HEY! A VIN# FOR BARNEY:)) and you'll see that they ship by freight only, to a loading dock. A complete door is extremely heavy and costly. A door shell and window are not. (Is that a "complete" door?)

 

Also- check out what I found (following Digger914 advice). There are several Yards in your area; go get it yourself? No shipping. Order a window. Daves89 idea of a U-Pick Yard is excellent, in your case.

 

http://www.EastCoastReattaParts.com is going to be costly, for sure- you always pay for the "quality and convenience" of plug-and-play,  but as I stated before- for a quality paint job- things must be removed any way. The door handle & lock cylinder have rubber gaskets- that can not be "masked off". You don't want a "waxed shiny" body part, either. You don't totally strip it down to bare metal, and ruin the Factory primer- but instead lightly sand, putty any dings, seal & color-match paint. Wait a week- reinstall stuff, re hang and adjust closure. Now's a nice opportunity to get a new window motor, have all the mechanisms greased, working smoothly. You'll still be able to use your original key.

 

My posting(s) here are about helping a "confused and VERY frustrated" Member in a tough situation. Make that check go as far as possible. I'm not trying to grandstand, take control, or argue with other Members here. If someone  disagrees with something I post- then say it respectfully, just as I would to you. I'm not always right, never said I was.

 

There was a time- when my opinion and advice were welcomed and heeded- and I got paid for it. I made a lot of Customers happy, and repaired a lot of vehicles- with very few comebacks. I'm sorry I don't have "credentials" to post, or a website. I'm just here to help.

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Imperial62    338
11 hours ago, RetroJohnny said:

Remember Marck has had to put in labor to remove, determine value, carefully store (at cost).  What may be seen as a bargain on ebay may or may not be, whereas Marck is one of us and would back up what he provides.  I know Jim would too.  And Marck and I are not necessarily on speaking or PM'ing terms.  I just think I would go to one of "our" guys over an ebayer, if the difference is $50 to $150. 

 

It looks like your insurer is going to give you a lot of money for your car, wow.  Is that for the whole car or an estimated repair of the door?  

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RetroJohnny    19
10 hours ago, 89RedDarkGrey said:

Maybe Jim Finn (reattas.60@gmail.com) could help out? My original find, 

 

 

sounded good to me- a good choice, because it's already bare, and (comparatively) light weight. Just as with a Machine Shop, Butcher, etc.- everything counts with the labor involved. If your Body Shop must take everything off to scuff, sand, seal, and paint- why not start with a bare door? Everything in the bad door is still good, and can be easily transferred over.

 

Scroll to the bottom of your eBay selection, (HEY! A VIN# FOR BARNEY:)) and you'll see that they ship by freight only, to a loading dock. A complete door is extremely heavy and costly. A door shell and window are not. (Is that a "complete" door?)

 

Also- check out what I found (following Digger914 advice). There are several Yards in your area; go get it yourself? No shipping. Order a window. Daves89 idea of a U-Pick Yard is excellent, in your case.

 

http://www.EastCoastReattaParts.com is going to be costly, for sure- you always pay for the "quality and convenience" of plug-and-play,  but as I stated before- for a quality paint job- things must be removed any way. The door handle & lock cylinder have rubber gaskets- that can not be "masked off". You don't want a "waxed shiny" body part, either. You don't totally strip it down to bare metal, and ruin the Factory primer- but instead lightly sand, putty any dings, seal & color-match paint. Wait a week- reinstall stuff, re hang and adjust closure. Now's a nice opportunity to get a new window motor, have all the mechanisms greased, working smoothly. You'll still be able to use your original key.

 

My posting(s) here are about helping a "confused and VERY frustrated" Member in a tough situation. Make that check go as far as possible. I'm not trying to grandstand, take control, or argue with other Members here. If someone  disagrees with something I post- then say it respectfully, just as I would to you. I'm not always right, never said I was.

 

There was a time- when my opinion and advice were welcomed and heeded- and I got paid for it. I made a lot of Customers happy, and repaired a lot of vehicles- with very few comebacks. I'm sorry I don't have "credentials" to post, or a website. I'm just here to help.

Thank you for all of your input RDG, I will look into scrap yards near me if that has to become an option, and yes I realize that the door can only be shipped to a facility with a loading dock, that adds to my options and things I will have to think about, I just hope I can get this cleared up before the first of September! :D

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