ol' yeller

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  1. Interesting how a post about Skylark bucket seats evolved into an Oldsmobile tach/vacuum gauge discussion!
  2. I think every 2 door Skylark had this trim except the GS which had different trim. The options were White, same color as the car or vinyl. I don't recall seeing any factory colors other than white. I don't know what Buick called it but i have heard it referred to as "catbox" trim.
  3. The first 2 questions any buyer will ask are price and location? You left both out of your ad.
  4. It's easier to sell something when you tell us your price rather than make us guess. What mounts? Engine? Transmission? Struts? Body?
  5. Since no one else is chiming in i'm going to offer what my flawed memory retained. I think that the nylon bushing just interference fits into the nylon bushing in the center of the steering wheel. No spring or anything else. If memory serves (I'm old) it is not a firm fit but there is little to nothing pulling on the connection. Just make sure you press it in far enough to make a connection.
  6. I'm sure you could find a second dash radio surround for the 1964 Skylark. Once you have that you can experiment with trimming it to fit a Buick radio. If it were me, I'd prefer to have a second radio converted to AM/FM as well for internet or cell phone music. I'd keep the original working radio in case it was important for the next owner to have.
  7. Easiest way is to remove right fender. Access is then much easier. I have done it without removing the fender but it is a much easier job with the fender removed. I think one time I replaced one after just removing the inner fender. Make sure you note the number of shims at the bolt locations in the firewall.
  8. I agree with Y job fan. I know you have invested a lot in it but it doesn't mean someone else will see it that way. I love and have restored several '64 and 65 Skylarks. My favorite was also Bamboo Cream like yours but a hardtop. Sorry, but I don't think your expectations match reality.
  9. I returned mine. I wasn't happy with the quality.
  10. I bought a Gremlin new in 1971. It was pretty much a basic car. It was also a horrid beast. The 232CU inline 6 cylinder engine was very stout. The clutch was too small for the engine and didn't last. The '71 didn't have syncro in first gear with the 3 speed transmission. They also had vacuum wipers which everyone else had abandoned 10 years earlier. The hinges on the doors weren't the only problem. The hinges that held the rear glass were spot welded on chrome which would break if you closed the door with the window up. The seats in mine split in zero degree temps one winter the first year I owned it. The seat had a large screw that would strip and fall out making the seatback recline. If one shifted too fast, the shifter would slip between the shift rods requiring one to crawl under the car and work it back into place. My car required constant maintenence. My happiest day was the day when I traded it in as a "Push, Pull or Drag" promotion. It was unquestionably the worst car I ever owned. Soory OP this is getting off topic.
  11. A price and pictures would go much further in helping you sell this car.
  12. Not a Buick. That's an Oldsmobile!
  13. I've had 3, all 1990's, 2 coupes and 1 convertible. I don't have one now and I doubt I'll buy another. The problem with the desirable cars, those with less than 100K miles, is that the economics don't pencil out. Every one I have owned or considered had some issues due to age or miles. Most needed struts, $1,000, all needed AC recharge (which means a complete R134A change and a new compressor, $1000+, and then add in other stuff like ABS issues, new tires, a windshield, or weatherstripping that is not available and you are well into a car over your head. Then there is the issue that most folks don't understand what a unique car the Reatta is. While some are willing to pony up to a slightly inflated purchase price, they find the car either impossible to sell to get their money back when they tire of it or they take a bath and sell at what the market will bear. Even cars that are 1 of 1 because of a unique color combination or equipment don't get an added value because of this. There are some that will eventually become collectibles (like 1991 convertibles or 1990 Select 60's) but even those will be a tough sell. Please understand that I love the Reattas and I was ecstatic when I bought each of mine. Unfortunately they are just an interesting little car with a small cult like following.
  14. First thing you should do before spending a dime more is to get the title issue resolved. Some states are easy and others are impossible. If you can't get it titled/registered it is a parts car. The good news is that you can probably get your $25 back.
  15. Ya done good Lamar. Now get out there and enjoy your retirement. I pick up my RV in a few weeks so maybe I'll see you out there although primarily I am on the west coast. God Bless you Buddy! Greg
  16. I have found Ragg Topp products to work very well when used as directed for convertible top cleaning and maintenance.
  17. "See here, and here, and here? This is why you shouldn't use a hammer to put the hubcap on."
  18. While in this case the area code is correct for where the cars are, with number portability the area code could be anywhere.
  19. It would be nice to know where these cars are.
  20. Wow! Nice hidden headlights!
  21. It is one of the first ABS systems and it is controlled by computer technology from the late 1980's. Add in hard to find parts like accumulators and wear items like wheel sensors make servicing/repair problematic. Not impossible, just problematic.
  22. Actually that part is true. It was the singularly most expensive $300 car I have ever owned. The restoration took place in 2003.