ol' yeller

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.    

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  3. 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.

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  4. 22 hours ago, Rusty_OToole said:

    What is unique about the braking system?

    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.

  5. 9 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:



    I have a feeling that this is the part that isn't true.  After all, none of us are getting any older. 😁

     Actually that part is true. It was the singularly most expensive $300 car I have ever owned. The restoration took place in 2003.


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  6. Years ago I was restoring a '69 Riviera. The gas tank had a huge dent in it so I wandered down to my parts car to check the condition of that one.  I found someone in the past had removed the trunk inspection plate and the sender but the tank was in good condition. I dropped the tank and walked it back to the shop.  As I carried the tank I heard something metallic and heavy rolling inside the trunk.  I got out my flexible gripper and fished out the remnants of a locking gas cap someone had pried off.  I also saw a piece of what looked like yarn so I grabbed it with my gripper and surprisingly it had some heft to it.  To my surprise it was a good sized rat soaked in gasoline.  Evidently he climbed through the access hole and couldn't get out.  My buddy came out of the shop and observed the rat. He nudged it with his toe and all of a sudden the rat jumped up and ran full tilt to the end of the driveway.  We ran to it and again he nudged it with his toe but this time he had no response.  "Is he dead?" my friend asked.  "Naw" I replied, "He's just run out of gas".  Some of this is true!

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  7. I'd like to add my voice to those in support of Ronnie.  My Reattas have been gone for several years but I still lurk here daily just to see if I can impart some wisdom where needed.  They are great cars and having this forum to keep them on the road is wonderful. Ronnie, you are doing a great job as moderator and I support you 100%.



  8. Marty, Reatta convertibles didn't come with a hard top.  There are some pictures floating of an aftermarket hardtop I think was made by ASC but no one has owned up to actually seeing one.


    Bill, an ad without a price is like a cake without icing.  I won't pursue ads without pricing because I assume that the seller is asking too much and doesn't think I woill notice.  It is a nice car but the advice about selling prices is a good one.  Reattas typically don't command high prices and less so if they are higher mileage or have problems.  The headlight fix is cheap and easy, you would be well advised to get it done rather than discount your price because of it.  Good luck with your sale but POST YOUR PRICE!














  9. Is this website now charging by the word for car ads?  If you really want to sell your car you need to be more specific in your ad.  Where is it, is a good starter.  The form sticky at the start of this thread is another.  What are the car's issues? If you can't do pictures then your option is the thousand words.

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  10. The front brake lines should be the same. Also the ones on the rear axle should be the same as well. The only one that might not be the same is the one that runs from front to back. I'm pretty sure the wheelbase is the same on a 2 door as a 4 door but I don't have access to a FSM to be sure.  If the wheelbase is the same, then you shouldn't have an issue.  The attachment is in the same locations all the way back to the junction block on the rear axle. I highly recommend changing to  a dual reservoir for safety.  It is easy to do and parts are readily available.  If you do that, you will need to get the front lines for a 67 or newer Special/Skylark as they had the dual setup.  

  11. $4,000 for that car is crazy low.  If the rear quarters and floors are in good shape (no rust or damage) it is easily worth well over $10,000.  It isn't just a '65 Skylark convertible, it is a '65 Gran Sport convertible.  It is a very rare car.  Among Buick and the smaller Buick GS population this is a very desirable car.  It isn't as valuable as other muscle cars like an SS 396 Chevelle despite being more expensive when new and a much better car overall, go figure.  If there is rust, then the price would drop accordingly.  The problem is that nobody makes exterior body panels for this model like they do for Chevelles or Mustangs.  That raises restoration costs above the return.  After all I think the car is in Massachusetts which has its share of rusty cars.  If you weren't so far away from me, I'd be a player.  Don't modify or dump it.  You have something that is very desirable to a select group of folks.  

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