ol' yeller

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  1. Convertible Reatta's were only offered in 1990 and 1991.
  2. It's always nice to know where the car is.
  3. That is a nice car. I am attaching a picture of my Dad's 1953 Special Riviera that he purchased new in 1953. I rode home from the hospital in it. He traded it in in 1959 on a Mercury Colony Park wagon. Pay no attention to the cute kid in the Heisman pose. His football career didn't pan out anyway. This picture was probably taken in 1956-57.
  4. Wow! there is something seriously broken on that Rivi's suspension!
  5. This was taken in 1969. My Dad's beloved Golden Streak was rear ended. He was at a complete stop, signaling a left turn when a stewardess in a Mustang plowed into the back end at 50 MPH. According to the Police there were no skid marks. It turned out very badly for her. Mom and Dad were pretty sore but walked away from the wreck The wagon did get repaired. A testament to how tough those old Buicks were. notice all the glass was still intact.
  6. Here's my contribution. This was my Dad's 1965 Sportwagon which he named the Golden Streak. He bought it new in 1965. This picture is how we were typically loaded for camping. Inside the wagon was everything we needed for 2 weeks of camping, 6 kids, my Mom and Dad, and an Irish Setter named Kelly. This was taken in Mount Rainier National Park probably around 1966. This was in the days before reservations for camping. I can remember my Dad passing campers and trailers on the way to the campground to be ahead of them so we would get a campsite. The bag on the luggage rack was a Buick accessory and had the tri shield emblem on the zippered flap. The old Sportwagon soldiered on until 1976 when my Dad passed away. It had around 180,000 miles on it but it was on its third motor and second transmission. It was pretty beat and tired when we sold it to a guy who said he was going to use it in a demolition derby.
  7. The "headlights suggested" prompt is triggered by the photocell up on the dash. When it senses not much ambient light, it sets the warning. If you place something on the dash over it, or if you have an ill fitting dash cover (which you appear to have), or if the photocell is defective, the warning is also triggered. I also strongly recommend a Factory Service Manual. Be sure Not to get the supplemental one which has red writing on the cover. It only details the changes between 1989 and 1990. It looks very similar to the real FSM. Nice car BTW
  8. I was editor of our BCA Chapter's newsletter for 5 years. I was never paid nor did I expect payment. In fact, There were times when I covered extra costs out of my own pocket for a feature or equipment for publishing the newsletter. As I was also a board member, I knew what the treasury looked like and realized that there no money for the newsletter outside of postage. I took the newsletter from a true cut and paste (real scissors, real paste) to an electronic version and color pictures. Subsequent editors (also non paid) have taken what I did and improved a lot upon my work. I still chuckle when the newsletter comes out and I recognized something (boilerplate) that I wrote probably 20 years ago.
  9. I know I'm going to get shown up here but I'll kick this off. Just for fun, please tell your age, how many cars you have owned in your lifetime and how many were Buicks. I'm 64, I have owned 63 cars and 1 RV. 12 of those were Buicks
  10. While things are never cut and dried when it comes to Reattas, it is most likely that that car came with a white top. I'll defer to Barney's opinion when he is able to answer.
  11. Ahhh the joy of working on old cars. Parts are sometimes hard to scrounge up. I'd suggest cultivating folks near to you and elsewhere that you can share and swap parts with. Joining your local BCA chapter and of course, the BCA are a great way to start. I am more partial to the '65 Skylarks but I understand the struggle. The parts we have in common with other more popular A bodies are readily available from aftermarket suppliers like OPGI and others. Parts that are specific to your car only are sometimes hard if not impossible to find. Sometimes the only way is buy a parts car that has the parts you need. There was a company that I know has changed hands and may not be around anymore, The Buick Farm (buickfarm.com). They offered mostly NOS stuff and had some of the more obscure parts. Their pricing wasn't too bad considering what they had. This information is years old as I haven't done business with them for a looong time. Good luck with your toy!
  12. Joel, I am very familiar with the 64-65 300's, not so much with the 67 but I suspect they are the same. In the earlier models, there is no dip stick tube, just a hole in the block between the spark plugs in the middle of the engine on the left (driver's side) into which the dipstick slides. If you are missing a dipstick, I have a good friend who might have one and I'd be happy to provide his email address in a PM. If the '67 300 has a tube then I'd stand corrected and withdraw my comments. Are you certain it is a 300 and not a 340?
  13. Me too Bernie. Unfortunately I was a school bus driver.
  14. Actually this is what I did eventually to cure my radio's ills. Best investment ever including new speakers.
  15. This is an excellent manual for the Reatta convertible top and not too expensive either. Not my auction.
  16. It has been years since I did this and I've destroyed too many brain cells since then but...the radio/tape deck does separate from each other. If you unplug the connection between the 2 parts (inside), the tape deck will no longer function but the radio will play. This will work until you can get the unit repaired or replaced.
  17. I generally don't engage with folks who "Knows someone who..." at car shows. There is no point in correcting them as they will swear they have documentation or knew the car from new. As long as they are just puffing and blowing smoke I figure they aren't causing any harm. Now if they are trying to sell me that car, they damn well better have good documentation to prove their claims which they seldom do.
  18. I wonder what this means to Buick as they have a couple of cars in their lineup that come from Opel.
  19. God Bless you Kingsley! You have been a good friend to us here in the Reatta community. Enjoy every day that you have been given. Greg
  20. ol' yeller

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    Possibly but often the plastic pockets of the door panels that hold the clips are broken too. You can repair it using epoxy. Once you get the panel off you can see what needs to be done. Pry carefully.
  21. Pete, I sent you a PM with a possible source. Good luck! Greg
  22. Pete, the '64 had the aluminum heads. Is this what is on your engine? If so you can only use '64 cast aluminum heads or have to change out both to the later cast iron head along with the Intake manifold.
  23. If you disassemble the unit you will find that the radio is one piece and the tape deck is a separate piece. First separate the 2 units. If you unplug the plug that connects the 2 (inside the tape deck) The radio should work but ,of course, the tape deck won't.