TomW

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  1. <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> I have a 1990 Reatta with 80,000 miles that I want to get back on the road. It has been sitting in my unheated garage in Michigan for the last 5 years. It was not prepared for storage in any way. I stopped driving it due to having a bad back and its seating position not being comfortable for me. In the six years prior to that I had put 4,000 miles on it. I had the following work done during the six years I had it on the road: 3 LOF 2 New batteries Exhaust flange gasket replaced and converter welded Freon added Water pump replaced Crank sensor replaced Power steering line replaced from rack to cooler Prior to that it was owned by my mother since new. She kept it in their unheated garage in Michigan and kept it maintained by the Buick dealer. It set for a couple years after her passing. Unfortunately I don’t have her maintenance records but I am not aware of her having any major issues with it. I want to get it running and back on the road where I expect to drive it regularly but less than 5,000 miles a year. I know I have these issues to resolve: 1. Gas - It has about three quarters of a tank of gas that has been sitting for five years and I don’t know what to do with it. I tried to siphon but can’t get a hose down there. I do have two cans of Seafoam on hand. I also have a 1996 Suburban that I would probably rather run old gas through than the Reatta if I can. What would you do? 2. Maintenance - The first place the car will go is to a local garage for maintenance work. I think it needs a LOF and cooling flush and possibly transmission flush, brake flush and tune up. Advice regarding maintenance that should be performed on the Reatta in this situation is appreciated. 3. Tires – These are more than ten years old and haven’t moved an inch in five years. The left front has a very slow leak that I have filled a few times during the five years but it has sat flat for quite a while too. So a new set is required. Suggestions on tires appreciated, I am most interested in ride quality and will probably buy from TireRack. I appreciate any advice regarding the above and any other things that you would suggest in this situation. 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