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About Rawja

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  1. I'll let the powers that be know of your wishes.
  2. Careful with the pressure washer. I ruined the grey carpet from my '89 parts car by over-doing it. Carpet fibers were shed and it's not useable now.
  3. The Bugle (nice as it is) has a value approaching zero for me. I do a quick thumb-through and if nothing jumps out at me I toss it. This is the 21st century; there is no reason for there to be a snail-mailed hard copy of the Bugle in this day and age. Put it up as a PDF file (and include the reams and reams of additional material you have to edit out due to printing cost limitations) and be done with it. Scan all the back issues and members in good standing can peruse them at will. For the geriatric set or those who are unwilling to use a computer you can run off hard copy on a color laser
  4. Looks really nice. I'd use something less utilitarian for the marker/turn signal though, perhaps mounted below the headlights?
  5. On the subject of battery connections and weird Reatta behavior, it's worth pointing out that the cable itself has a tendency to corrode internally near the connection to the battery on the factory-original wire. My old '89 had this problem (dash would come and go along with sending the chime module into fits) cutting the cable back a couple inches to clean copper and re-connecting it with a new battery connector fixed it.
  6. Car Lust did a piece on the Nighthawk a coupla months ago. HERE
  7. I've had success using small needle nose pliers held in such a way that you maintain outward pressure in opposite corners of the inverted nut as you turn it. Comes right out.
  8. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">did the Riviera of the same time period have an ABS option? </div></div> Yep. As did the Seville, Eldorado & the Toronado/Trofeo. All E/K platform.
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Correct. From what's known, Teves was used because of the boost (which never quite made it) </div></div> ABS was put in for the obvious safety benefit that it imparts. The high-end European makes were putting them in in the mid-eighties, and as GM's premium platform, all 'E' (and 'K') platform vehicles had ABS as at least optional as part of the 1986 platform-switch.
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Well according to my research, Ford had anti-lock brakes in 1990. And they didn't use a pump, they used vacuum. </div></div> Correct. But our systems pre-date that by at least 5 years. GM brought out vacuum-powered ABS in 1990 as well, and the '91 Reatta has it instead of the pump-driven units used 88-90.
  11. At the time, the technology didn't exist for vacuum-powered antilock braking. All ABS-equipped vehicles at that time were electrical pump + accumulator designs, same as ours.
  12. Just read all the posts in this string for the first time today, and just wanted to compliment you on both the concept and execution of what looks to be an <span style="font-style: italic">AMAZING</span> Electra. Thanks for sharing the details of your project, although I gotta admit to being more than a little jealous.
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