ol' yeller

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  1. Keith, the top pins can be adjusted to make the 5th bow contact with the tonneau cover better. The pins are threaded into the 5th bow.
  2. Your car is named a Reatta, not a Regatta.
  3. Minor point but your engine is a 300 CID V8. It is also known as a Wildcat 355 which is the torque rating of the 4 barrel carb engine and is labeled so on the air cleaner, if it is still there. It is not a 350.
  4. I find it interesting that it is a Maui Blue car and an 89. I thought that Maui Blue was first introduced in 1990. In 89 the blue color offered was a darker blue. I could be wrong... The auction listing says 1990.
  5. My observation is that in 1968 fewer cars had the vinyl top option than in 1969. It seems most every '69 came with a vinyl top when I was restoring my old '69 years ago. It was almost impossible to find the cover at the base of the rear windshield that didn't have the embossed vinyl print pattern pressed into the metal. I agree that the vinyl top breaks up the lines of the car as I removed the vinyl top from mine when I restored the car. It looked very sharp and different.
  6. Congrats Ronnie! Even though I sold my convertible a couple of years ago, I still lurk around here and offer help when I think it is helpful. Greg
  7. He's not asking about the chrome topped bolts that most car manufacturers used in that era. He is asking about hidden bolts that slide into a slot on the backside of the bumper. They didn't go through the bumper. The "T" shape allowed the bolt to slide in the slot on the back of the bumper. I have seen them but I can't remember which car used them. I'm thinking they were used on the front bumper of the '64-65 Skylark/Special. I also restored a '69 Riviera so that might be the car I am thinking of. Sorry. I don't know where you could get them but I hope this narrows your search.
  8. Convertible Reatta's were only offered in 1990 and 1991.
  9. It's always nice to know where the car is.
  10. 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.
  11. Wow! there is something seriously broken on that Rivi's suspension!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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?
  20. Me too Bernie. Unfortunately I was a school bus driver.
  21. Actually this is what I did eventually to cure my radio's ills. Best investment ever including new speakers.