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    I was hankering for anything mid-50s from GM when I was in high school. I would find something for sale around town, fret over it, read up on it and beg Mom to let me buy it. Olds, Chevy, Pontiac. She always said no, and wisely so. Easter Sunday of my senior year I spotted a 54 Special 2-door sedan (model 48D) for sale by an Anaheim cop. New paint, nice chrome, unmolested and 64 thousand miles, and Mom said yes. Drove that car through grad school, and I've been stuck ever since.
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    Before we get into the usual hair splitting and sniping I would like to set the record straight. This is one reason I do not participate much in the forum of which I have been a member for quite some time. Of course the Reatta Division is a "club". By every definition we are a "club". We are a group that gathers for a common purpose, meets from time to time, has by-laws and we pay dues to support ourselves. The forum is a group of people who are interested in Reattas, meet here to discuss Reatta issues (mostly), help one another with Reatta issues, parts and etc and if folks see that as a club that is fine with me. The only reason for my post was to try and answer where the Reatta Division was with our regalia. For better or worse I have been an officer in the Division for a number of years and I feel as qualified as anyone on the forum to discuss the issue. For a long time the Reatta Division "club" has been selling Reatta items under written permission from GM. We have permission to use the Reatta sunburst logo. We purchase our regalia with club funds and offer it to our club members essentially at cost plus handling and shipping. One of our club members volunteers their time to do the design and ordering, storing, shipping, inventory control, and in addition loads all the regalia into a car and brings it to each Buick Club national meet, while paying all of their own expenses to do so. At the meet that volunteer runs the regalia table and recruits others to help. Much of this is done at the sacrifice of enjoying many of the other activities over the four day period. This all part of what "club" officers and coordinators do for their "club" We offered our regalia to our club members through our newsletter, our website and at our meetings. We have never attempted to keep other Reatta owners from purchasing our regalia items, but we felt no obligation to market to non-members. Non members could purchase by going to our website or attending a national event. The forum in my mind was not a good place to offer our regalia. It would need to go on the "buy-sell" area as I was reminded by one of our members recently when I inadvertently put my car in the wrong place. It would have to be "bumped" periodically so folks could see it. Our inventory would have to be increased with club funds to handle the additional requests. We would likely had to work out accepting Pay pal and credit cards and then raise the price of our items to cover the costs. Our coordinator would have to constantly updated the forum dedicated more time to handling and shipping orders. I cannot see how a reasonable person would believe we should do this to service Reatta owners who have not joined us and supported us. I do not mean this as a slight, but if we had more owners join and help with "club" matters we could be a much stronger advocate for the marque. It is part in parcel to this lack of help that we voted to dispense with regalia sales. Additionally, Reatta items have become fairly available through Ebay and other sources although I am not certain under what license they operate. If the forum members here want to call themselves a club that is perfectly fine, I invite you all who are not also members of the Reatta Division "club" to join with us and help make us stronger. I would venture to say that less than half our members participate on the forum and that far less than half of the forum members are Reatta Division members. Far too often I have read posts from those who are not Reatta Division members that criticize the way we operate our club, suggesting what we should do, but not offering to join and help us. I just wish folks could understand that those few of us who work hard to keep our "club" going could use a little less criticism and a little more help. Now I can step down off the soap box. Regards, Ed
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    My first Car was a 1931 Buick that I purchased when I was 14 ( I got my license then) I bought it from my Uncle and drove it for a year. I then got a 1937 Century and drove it until my Dad took it away from me ( I passed him doing over 100MPH ) He then bought a 1939 Pontiac and that was the car I had in senior year. ( it was a six cylinder , and I don't think it woud go 80MPH over a cliff )
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    A 1940 Special four door. Drove that car my 16th and 17th summer. Never won any drag races, but could and did out run my buddy's dad's '52 Chevy. More than once. Ben
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    My first was a black 1950 Special that I bought for $85 in 1972. I drove it around for several months with no problems except for a leaky, squeaky water pump.
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    My first Buick was a 1955 Special 2 dr purchased from a family member as a second car. That was roughly 1963, I don't think there is a single photo. It was grey and had a dent in the drivers side fender ... a nice clean strike to probably a telephone pole. The door opened fine. It did run rough, a compression check reviled low compression on 3 cylinders on the same side, I pulled the head and 3 exhaust valves were so badly burnt, they were "D" shaped. I lapped in three new valves and drove it for a couple of years. We moved to St Louis and the license/taxes to register the car were going to be more than I paid for it, so I sold in in St Louis. My next Buick was a 1982 Electra wagon (used)
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    So I'm not the only one. My line is usually "Go buy THE other one." Always remember, it's not your particular question that triggers a response like that. It is those whom came before you. Like the old TV show Name That Tune, just the first few notes and you recognize the whole familiar song. The guy probably thought "binary question, binary answer." Honestly, if I had seen the clever pricing tactic I would have just laughed and said "I ain't calling this guy. I know him." I have been looking for a car for my wife and looking at ads. The ones listed for $1 or $10 with zeros missing (well, the seller doesn't count) or mileage with three zeros missing (132 instead of 132,000), hell,the last two digits 95 and 99 irritate me. Sellers, people in general, wear their personality right on the surface. They provide great entertainment on Craigslist. And they don't even know. I know I'm bad. I was trained by experience. Bernie
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    See in the picture showing the firewall that the data plate is there. The numbers on that will tell you what it is! There's also the large "Theft Proof Number" embossed into the firewall but records about that haven't survived. Give us a close up of the data plate and all should be revealed!
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    Two cars REALLY grabbed me as a kid - Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, and the Munster Mobile by Barris. I got to meet him last Christmas at a party, a nice humble guy.
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    Be very observant of how the rear seal looks when taken apart. It's easy to make them leak when put back together. When I took the pan off of my '18 it was completely filled with cotton, couldn't see the crankshaft. The starter / generator was off for years and the little SOB made himself at happy home.
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    Barry Meguiar did a few interviews with him for the "Car Crazy" show. Barris did mention that his first "custom job" was an early Buick (belonged to an older family member at some point in time) and that drawer pull knobs played into that early modification. Mr. Barris' work is his legacy to the automobile customization hobby. Can't forget the Batmobile, either! NTX5467
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    He said to contact him with your needs - maybe he has to many to list LOL - guess that was not clear enough to follow
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    I think there may be a common misconception that this is an unofficial forum for the Reatta Division. Actually this forum has no connection at all to the Reatta Division of the BCA other than the fact that many Reatta Division members post here. I would guess that a majority of the posters here are not members of the RDIV which is a shame because we could be much stronger with numbers. To the point of Reatta regalia. The Division has sold regalia for years under permission from GM. Recently, however, it seems that there are a number of Ebay sellers that are offering Reatta regalia. In addition, we have not had any success in getting one of our members to step up and take on the position of regalia coordinator. In light of the above, the Division voted at its annual meeting to sell out the remaining inventory and then dispense with offering regalia. Our Director, Anne Gibson has been handling the disposition of the remaining inventory. Since there are only limited items remaining and we are not ordering any more, I had the regalia removed from our website. We published the remaining items in our newsletter and Anne may have put some out on Facebook, however, since I do not do Facebook I cannot say that for a fact. I hope this shed light on the situation. Ed Farnell Sec/Treas Reatta Division
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    There is at least one reason for a rolling timing retard. I don't know the specifics of your engine , but spark retard at unusually low speed operation keeps the engine running smoother , sometimes allowing the car to stay in a higher gear. My mid '20s Cadillacs have a 5 1/8" stroke. Using full retard on level ground , I can carefully get under 5 mph in top gear. The 87 octane gasoline we have today helps the technique. I accelerate using VERY gentle throttle , and advance as I am able to give more gas. This technique is quite useful in city stop - go traffic, and requires an awareness of conditions farther ahead than with a modern car with an automatic transmission. Just a little bit like driving a large heavy truck in traffic. Also , full retard may help you make top gear starts by picking up velocity first from full stop on a downgrade. These techniques were well known to chauffeurs of the day who wanted to provide the smoothest most comfortable ride. Ability to give smooth acceleration in top gear from low speeds was an article of pride in advertising cars with the ability to do so. Hand throttles may be used for climbing long , steep , slow grades in a lower gear. Loaded with 7 aboard , my 1924 7 passenger touring enjoys this , and gives my leg a chance to rest. Around hilly Seattle , there are occasions where first gear must be used for several minutes. Off road drivers who have to traverse rock gardens with a manual transmission also apreciate hand throttles. Using low range transfer case , low gear , the hand throttle will reduce lurching to almost nil , by eliminating the right leg to gas pedal feedback loop. Some driving 90 - 100+ years ago was off road of necessity. As you learn these driving skills , you will increasingly step back into the past , and get a peep through the keyhole into the lives of drivers who learned to drive in a horse drawn carriage. To them , mastering an automobile with a simple crashboxes became a bit of an art. For us , too . Have fun , and slow driving is safe driving in a very old car. Just as it was back then ! - Carl
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    Wow! I'm loving all the interesting stories!
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    Not to kick a dead horse and will not be posting anymore problems I have on the forum but since this is already out there I will follow up on some things that have been posted on this thread I started. Many people posted that it's my responsibility to check up on cars. It's a little weird idea to me that I have to run their customer service department but I thought I would give it a try. Currently I am 32 days in. 11 unanswered phone calls. 5 non returned voice mails. And 6 no responses to emails. Next time I'll just throw some cash out the window and see if riviera parts show up in my mailbox
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    It's so hard to figure which one was my first Buick. I like to think it was dad's 55 Special 3 speed, which I learned to drive on before I was eligible for a drivers license. But in actuality it as probably Dad's 65 Electra which he bought but I drove almost exclusively through High school and two years of college. Then again there was the 57 Special I bought for $30.00 when in College but was forced to sell without ever putting on the road. But in reality it was probably the 56 Roadmaster our neighbor gave to me after he decided there were no more panels he could crash without killing himself. That one I refurbished, licensed and drove for two happy years before transmission problems. In between all these were a few other brands such that by the time I got the Roadmaster I had been through seven cars.
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    My first old car was a 1958 Buick Limited 4-dr. hardtop. My mother had forbidden me from owning an antique car until after I graduated from college, so that's what I did six months after graduation: Bought a 1958 Limited from an old man in southeastern Kansas for $995 and drove it home to Texas (and joined the BCA, 1977). The following year, I went back to college for a Master's degree and put everything I owned in the back of the '58 Limited and drove it to Georgia Tech. By the time I got my Master's degree three years later, I had already bought, driven daily, and sold half a dozen antique cars--mostly Buicks, one Studebaker, one Oldsmobile; a wonderful 1961 Skylark; a very rare 1963 stick shift LeSabre two-door sedan, etc., etc. ...and the disease continues to this day! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, Texas
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    Getting to love them 56's more every day. Beautiful color. Please post more about this beauty down in the Me and My Buick forum.
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    I've been trying to identify the vehicle in this picture. The closest thing I've seen is a Plymouth but I'm not sure if that's correct. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Great idea for a thread Matthew, now we know why you are looking for a 4 door. What color is that? I need to try and find the 1-2 pics of my 2 door c-dan.....you know what year it was.....
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    To me the Ala Kart will always be the best car George ever created. It's beauty has not faded at all over all the decades since it was made. That is one gorgeous show car! Howard Dennis
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    I have one to sell. It does not have Gabriel embossed on it but it reads " snubber adjuster". It is in good condition with its original black paint. If interested please email ronvanblarcom@yahoo.com Thanks ronvb