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  1. As in years past, I want to wish all Reatha forum members a very happy Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving started out a little odd. Part of my city had to be evacuated due to a chemical plant explosion. I’m currently spending the evening in a vacant house that a friend of mine owns. Hopefully I will be able to return back to my domicile tomorrow. (Fingers Crossed) Thankfully, they were no fatalities in the incident. However two complete towns around the explosion have been evacuated and part of my town. Anyway, So much for my drama. I’m here to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. Have a great holiday season! Don’t eat too much. Oh heck, eat all you want Thanksgiving comes but once a year!!
  2. I’ve come out of the woodwork to wish all members a Happy Thanksgiving. This yearly greeting has gone out ever since I’ve been a member of this grand forum. This Thanksgiving is an odd one for me. Part of my city is under A mandatory evacuation. A chemical plant near my home blew up early this morning and all persons living within a 4 mile radius of that location have been ordered by county officials to evacuate. Currently, I’m in a vacant house that belongs to a friend of mine. I hope I can make it home tomorrow. I am thankful that There were no fatalities. The main concern, is for additional explosions and air pollution. Anyway, so much for my drama, here’s wishing each and everyone of you a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Have a fantastic holiday season!!!
  3. I ran across this Reatta on Ebay. It has a Supercharged Crate engine. All the electronics on the dash seemed to function. The engine installation looks very stock!|1000|2500
  4. I feel your pain. I lost my 89 Reatta in 2008 after owning it for about 10 years. Rammed into at a service shop. Like yourself, I really enjoyed the vehicle. I've own many cars over the years, but the Reatta almost never failed to attract a comment or two while filling up. Usually, "Is that a Buick!" or "When did Buick come out with this?" Like yourself, I spent a considerable amount of money keeping it in good condition. Frankly, I did not realize how much I had spent till I cleaned out the glove compartment full of service receipts before the new owner brought a trailer to carry the car off. Even though I spent a fair amount of money on repairs, this forum and its members helped me do many of the repairs myself, which did save some "coin". Over the years, I thought I might get another Reatta, but I'm getting older as is the car, and at the moment I don't have the garage space. Alas, I don't think I will be a Reatta owner again. It was a ride to remember!! I still drop by the forum off and on, so like Ronnie stated, you can visit here without owning a car.
  5. Ronnie, you have not failed in any way, please don't feel that you have. I have been a member here for many years. I still visit, even though I've not owned a Reatta for about a decade. As another member pointed out, fewer and fewer Reattas are being used for daily transportation and as such, the demand for the forum is not as great. Hence, the membership/visit drop. Ronnie, please understand that the reduction in visits has nothing to do with you. There was a time I visited this forum everyday. I benefited so much from the information I was able to attain here. So many times members offered repair advice, so I was able to repair my Reatta myself. No only did that save me money, but also provided personal satisfaction in doing a successful repair myself. Over the years spent on the forum, with the knowledge I acquired, I was sometimes able to offer repair advice to my fellow Reatta owners. It was a sad day when my Reatta had a major engine problem followed by someone running into it. A fellow member purchased the car from me and there ended my 10 year ownership of a car that was my favorite and all the vehicles I've owned. Over the years I thought I would purchase another one, but that never happened. Frankly, I doubt I will ever own another. But from time to time (such as today) I visit to see what's going on and each Thanksgiving I offer greetings. On occasion, I might still be able to offer some help. Today, Ronnie I just want to tell you that you have not failed in anyway. Keep up the great work!
  6. Tomorrow, according to the calendar, the 4th Thursday in November will occur. In the US, that means it's Thanksgiving! As I've done for many years, I once again extended my heartfelt hope that all of you have a great day visiting with family and friends. While I've not owned a Reatta for some time, I still drop by the forum from time to time. It's nice to see old names and a few new one too, discussing the Buick Reatta. I belong to a number of auto forums, I still think the Reatta forum is the best! Eat wisely, and drive wisely this weekend.
  7. When my harmonic balancer failed and was replaced, my car's engine would sometimes stop running, even at highway speeds. It turned out that when the balancer was replaced, the Crankshaft Position Sensor was damaged during the install. If you do the replacement yourself, take care not the let the balancer come in contact with the sensor.
  8. Barney, thanks for posting the complete list. Very interesting!
  9. Barney, how many are currently registered in our home state of Texas?
  10. When I got my Reatta many years ago, I was doing that wash, clean, and polish that all of us do when we get a "new" used car. Under the drivers seat I found a Chevrolet lapel pin. Not really earth shattering or even funny, but I always wondered how it got there. It appeared to have been there for a considerable time.
  11. While I have not had my Reatta for many years, I still check in from time to time to view the forum. This time of year I always wish all of you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. This year I'm especially thankful to be alive. On August 30th, I lost my home, my car, and all of my belongings to 52" of rain caused by Hurricane Harvey. I had to be rescued from my house by boat. I was only able to escape with a few items that I could carry away in a plastic trash bag. Due to the kindness of some close friends, I'm sharing their house. Repairs are being currently done to my home, and perhaps by the end of the year, I can sleep in a bed that is mine. Be thankful for your health, your family, and your friends. They are more important than any physical possessions. Have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!
  12. Glad I was able to help. I was able to purchase some NOS latches many years ago. I don't think any such animals still exist. Jim Finn may have a used latch in the color you need. I would suggest that if you find any good latches, regardless of color, you should "latch" on to them. This is a part that fails regularly. It would be a good thing to have some extras sitting on your parts shelf.
  13. Several years ago I posted a procedure to open the glove box with a broken latch. Perhaps the following will help you get the door opened even if your latch handle is not broken. Word of warning, if your latch is not broken be careful pulling the handle out as described in my instructions: You will need a flashlight to see under the latch handle and a very small screwdriver. The kind used to fix eye glasses. It helps if you recline the passenger seat and move it forward so you can lay down on the seat while getting close to the glove box lock. Pull the handle out, don't worry about breaking it because it already is, till you see a little silver cylinder. With the screwdriver, try to rotate the cylinder toward the dash. You might "play" with that several minutes before you "hit" it just right. If you were as lucky as I was, the door will just pop open. The handle is toast and will have to be replaced. The problem, these latches should never have been made of plastic. They were pretty easy to break when they were new. Now, more that a decade old, they bite the dust very easily. I was lucky to find some new ones a few years ago. Hope this helped!
  14. Well, I've come out of the woodwork again to issue my annual Thanksgiving greeting. Hope all of you are doing well. I drop in from time to time to see whats going on in Reatta Land. This year I've noticed a change. There does not seem to be as many active threads as in years past. I guess some members, like myself, no long own a Reatta so they don't participate. As I've said many times, out of all the cars I've owned, my Reatta was my favorite. Will I get another one, probably not. However, I still enjoy the forum. Anyway, heres wishing all forum members, both new and old, a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Be thankful for your family and friends. Till next year. Regards, Howard
  15. Barney, glad to her you wife is recovering. Hope she is 100% very soon.