Pete Phillips

Reatta for parts in N. Texas salvage yard

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I was at Browne & Sons Salvage yard in Sunset, Texas today, getting some parts for a brand X that I am restoring, and stumbled across this in the yard. Some good parts still there and it looked like the engine was still there as well.

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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Don't forget to get the V.I.N. for Barney Eaton. He keeps an informative database on Reattas.

 

Those caps look good.  I would take them if they pass the eyeball test - no dents, delamination, dents.  I would buy those off you for a profit.  Those wheels are also going to start to become rare but that looks like a job - for you. 

 

Here - in Iowa - they pull the wheels right away and that is alarming.   Thousands of Reatta wheels and caps getting crushed. 

 

It never hurt to grab the badge as a spare. 

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3 hours ago, Imperial62 said:

Those caps look good.  I would take them if they pass the eyeball test - no dents, delamination, dents.  I would buy those off you for a profit.  Those wheels are also going to start to become rare but that looks like a job - for you. 

 

Here - in Iowa - they pull the wheels right away and that is alarming.   Thousands of Reatta wheels and caps getting crushed

 

THIS is one of the very few companies- who discovered a "separate market" and buy them from various Yards. I can't personally vouch for their quality, but at least the quantity is there. S&H is what costs, so they probably have a contract with a Carrier for a flat rate, inside the Continental US, as they say. The prices seem legit, clear photos.

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The pick n pull I go to seldom has alloy wheels....... I suspect they have made a deal with some wheel company that buys everything they have.

If they are good, they resell, if they are damaged and there is little market they sell them as scrap aluminum.

Some of these wheel companies may also do the refinishing and need cores.

The 1988-1990 Reatta wheel was also used on 1989-1990 Buick LeSabre T type 2 doors....the T type use a ugly black hub cap.

 The T type was a low production vehicle but that volume may have been almost as high as the Reatta production 

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4 hours ago, Barney Eaton said:

I suspect they have made a deal with some wheel company that buys everything they have.

If they are good, they resell, if they are damaged and there is little market they sell them as scrap aluminum.

Some of these wheel companies may also do the refinishing and need cores.

 

Did you read my post, and check the link I provided- or am I on your "ignore list" as well?

 

HERE

 

 

4 hours ago, Barney Eaton said:

the T type use a ugly black hub cap.

 

No, of course it doesn't have an "R" like a Reatta. According to this list what are you referring to?

 

They have many beautiful choices for our rims under "LeSabre".

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How could you make the "ignore list" ?...... just keep posting that people are ignoring you.

My post was in agreement with you....... but I did not find the T type Lesabre wheel on the link you said I did not look at or the black hub cap for the T type.

Here is the car (LeSabre T type) and the wheel that shows the black hub cap.

My reference material says they made 4,123 LeSabre T type Code WE2) in 1987,  6,426 in 1988 and 5,389 in 1989, which totals 15,938  units in 3 years

In 1988 thru 1990 they made 20,232 Reattas using the same wheel...... those numbers indicate that the LeSabre T types were almost 80% of the Reatta production using the same wheel.

That is why I said that there should be more of the wheels out there somewhere.

 

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That website having the wheels and hubcaps is pretty cool. I did not even think to google.  

 

At the Pick A Part Yard I went to this week and am going back, they had one 16 x 7 Riviera chrome wheel, maybe more.  I am going to grab it.  

 

I still say those caps sitting on that front seat in Pete's post should be grabbed, and the ones on the wheel.  The 4 on my red 1988 are bad, and the black 88 has aftermarket rims, so I need 8.  

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I would go to that yard and get them if it was a little closer.

Google says it is 230 miles roughly 3 1/2 hours.

Oklahoma City is closer to that yard than I am.

Looks like an interesting yard, maybe they would have some power antenna that I need.

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