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  1. Replace your Mass Air Flow sensor. I've had this issue about 4 times. Always solved by the MAF. It won't set a code.
  2. My 2018 Ram Eco Diesel did that right as the starter started melting. I’ll be in Auburn tonight. Left at 5 this morning, traveling light in a Reatta which helps make better time…
  3. I was told as co-chair of the meet formerly-known-as-concord, I was in charge of weather. So I will take full credit for planning this weather 3 years ago Also, for what it’s worth, NC is 100% open as was expected by this time. It’s also interesting to see some of the people who voted against having this meet decided to register for Auburn. 🤔 I’m very much looking forward to Auburn and am quite thankful for the AACA’s hospitality and support of the old car hobby. See you all soon!
  4. With the long bolt loosened you can slide the sensor forward and back in the holder. I’ve replaced several dozen myself and had to adjust probably half of them.
  5. Is anyone interested in splitting a flea market space? I don’t mind footing the bill, I just don’t have a ton of stuff and don’t want to sit around all day waiting for someone to walk by. willing to split a space and take shifts to man it if someone else is in the same situation of “some parts but not a ton”
  6. That is one of the drains for the channel between the tonneau cover and trunk lid. If you open the tonneau with the top up you should be able to see the other one
  7. What is a "good price" for you? If it's free? I just forked out $475 for this poor car, plus will have probably another thousand dollars in getting it home. Not sure what you expect parts for a 30 year old, limited production car to cost, but I guess if they're not free they're too expensive. Nobody is making you buy anything from anyone. I'm perfectly fine if you don't buy anything from me, but please quit the "Marck's too expensive" schtick. At least I'm keeping the good parts from getting destroyed and helping Reatta owners keep their cars on the road.
  8. That's very sad to hear. I spent a good bit of time talking with Bob at national meets. Most recently the Allentown meet. He was deeply passionate about Reattas and their history. He will be dearly missed.
  9. Matt, Sorry to hear you're having such issues with your TourX. That's extremely frustrating. I bought a 2018 over the summer for my wife. It's a more base model version than yours so doesn't have the lane departure or there pesky features. It also has the more base radio which, while it works well, it is slow to respond. Honestly my 1988 Reatta responds quicker. Nevertheless, we've been really happy with it. Bought it way under MSRP with 6800 miles (former dealer loaner car), and two weeks later drove it across the country and back for vacation. Very capable car and never gave us any issues. I hope you can get the issues solved on your car. I think you'll love it when it's all functioning right again
  10. Also I noticed on the bottom of mine it said "Made by Ian Pickering". A brief google search yielded this tidbit "In 1984 Ian produced a 1:32 Buick Reatta for Hawtal Whiting, a company who had designed and developed prototypes for General Motors of the full size car. He made 100 or so models to be produced and presented to various people involved in the development of this car. These were mounted on a base with the name of the recipient on them. Ian recalls the names changing as various people were sacked and others replaced them. It was of interest that joins in the brass body pattern mirrored those on the full size car; a detail pointed out to Ian by their engineering director"
  11. I recent acquired another of the Hawtal Whiting models from a guy who was also involved in the tooling side of the project pre-production. Unfortunately over the past 30+ years, mine has had it's mirrors liberated from the body, but it is otherwise complete and in good shape. I would love to find info on how many of these were produced, but like the pewter models, I fear we may never know the answer. He also had some other interesting items that I bought from him such as the Cross pen and pencil set, and some tie tacs that he had produced by the company that originally made the hood emblems. Very different from any other one I've seen.
  12. The last convertible production day was actually 3/11/91. I currently have two Reattas here built that day. 0621 my white/flame red convertible, and 0610 Frank Sinatra Jr's silver convertible. If I remember correctly there were three total built that day. Which begs the question, which Reatta convertible was really the last one to roll off the line? Back to the original topic at hand, the top can pretty easily be identified as an OEM top by the back window. In the lower RH corner of the glass, an OEM top will have a PPG logo. Also no stitching around the rear window, and the bottom corners of the window are not rounded like the top corners. The vinyl surrounding it will come to almost a right angle. There is also the possibility that the top has been dyed at some point in its life. Given the faded red, this would be my best guess if it is indeed an OEM top. Best way to tell that would be to look at the piping around the edge, and perhaps the inside of the top to see if maybe she has worn off to expose white underneath.
  13. They're covers for the subframe mounts. Only on the front two mounts on the engine subframe.
  14. I stopped there last year and tried to talk him in to selling me a car or two. Still no luck. I've been trying for years.
  15. I recently picked up a 91 Reatta that still has the 20lb dampener weights under the rear bumper. These were the subject of a service bulletin and most were removed. From my understanding, this was one of the many things they did to try to reduce vibration.
  16. Chuck, I am about 3.5 hours from there if you can't find anyone else to take a look at it. You might post it on the general Buick or general AACA forum as well.
  17. I had a white 89, several years ago that had a two tone painted stripe on red and grey. It appeared to be factory. Not sure where the car is now to check the service parts sticker.
  18. Interesting, I own 2 of the 3 1991 convertibles built on the last day of convertible production (3/11). I will also note that both of them have one odd thing in common - they both have two service parts stickers one placed right over the top of the other. Sadly I can't remove the top one without damaging the bottom one to figure out what the difference may be.
  19. I'll be at Hershey in RNG 8. Not sure what I'll be in. Thinking about trailering a Reatta but also thinking about just taking my '92 Park Avenue Ultra. Call me if you get up to Hershey. I may be leaving mid day on Friday.
  20. The ignition has to be on in order to open the give box on 88s
  21. I'm curious on judging when it comes to tires. Obviously, tires must be the correct size. But will having an incorrect white wall be a deduction? Or having something such as Vogue tires? Just wondering what procedure is. On both AACA and BCA for that matter. Thanks in advance!
  22. Correct. I had one customer who was dead set on doing this. He ordered an entire roof panel and sunroof assembly. He had a body shop remove the glass, cut his old roof off, reinstall new roof with sunroof assembly. Repaint, rewire, and reinstall glass. All said and done he had over $3500 tied up in this project. Plus having to repaint the rest of his car. Also assuming they don't break or damage your glass taking it out. Might be cheaper just to go find a Reatta with a sunroof and have two cars.
  23. Very nice cars, Anthony! I ended up with sequential polo green coupes. 1425 I bought in 2014 in Philadelphia PA. It was a parts car with 268,000 miles. 1426 I bought in 2018 in Abilene TX. That car I did up for this year's national meet. Even though they were sequential, one was a sunroof car with body color moldings, and the other was just a hard top with black. Both has standard seats and factory CD. Come to think of it, I also had green coupe 1154 (wrecked parts car with 16 ways, body color moldings, and CD player) and 1153 (13k mile car with sunroof, body color mouldings, standard seats and no CD) here at the same time as well last year.
  24. John is a good customer and friend of mine and has several 1991 convertibles at any given time. He has some pretty impeccable cars in his collection. I sold him a 1988 black coupe with 762 original miles on it several years ago. He's since sold that car, but is a die-hard Buick guy and has gotten the Reatta sickness bad. He bought a 1991 convertible last year that he ended up sending over here to me for some refresh work. I think the VIN on that car is 386.
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