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About Nittany

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    '91 red convertible

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  1. My Reatta and I took a 5 day, 730 mile road trip over the Memorial Day weekend. To prepare the Reatta, I completed an oil change, a PA inspection, had the A/C charged and a new set of Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring tires installed. On Wednesday morning my wife and I left Fulton County, PA and drove to Westport, CT, a 320 mile first leg. After attending our son's graduation on Friday, we left Saturday morning for Mantoloking, NJ one of the many beach towns along the Jersey shore. Finally on Monday we returned home a 260 mile trip. The Reatta performed flawlessly throughout the long weekend and averaged over 26 mpg with spirited driving. The photo below was taken in Mantoloking looking toward the bay.
  2. If I had room for one more car, this would be the one!!!
  3. Ronnie, Great job done!! Move on to your next project knowing you gave your best on this one!! And THANK YOU for your time, talent and treasure contributed to all things Reatta!!!!!!!!! Jim Ifert (Nittany)
  4. Scott - I've never heard of and doubt very much that the vinyl tape pinstripes were added over the painted pinstripes at the factory. However, once the Reatta reached the dealership, most anything could and would be done to sell the car. How do I know? I worked as a sales manager for a Pontiac Buick GMC store during the Reatta's era 😜 Nittany
  5. David, I'll point out that my Reatta is "pinstripe - delete" from the factory. Kinda rare I'm told . . . does your Reatta have a pinstripe and if so what color? I am aware that some people have covered painted pinstripes with tape stripes if a change of color is desired. Nittany
  6. Hi, I finally responded to this this thread with a pic of a black roof with the black moldings. Sorry it took so long!! Jim (Nittany)
  7. Ronnie - That's a neat background for a beautiful Buick!! Also, seems like a great time to acknowledge your contribution (from someone that has been here 1500 days longer than you); I think darn near everyone who has ever searched the Internet for help on their cool little two seater from Buick has run into one of your posts, your Reatta Owners Journal or this forum. From the bottom of my heart and I think I speak for a majority of the other members, THANK YOU for the TIME you have put into all things Reatta related, THANK YOU for the TALENT you have demonstrated in combining all the collective solutions into one resource for us Reattaphiles, and THANK YOU for you generous contribution of TREASURE which is a funny way of saying that you have taken money out of your own pocket to build and maintain the ROJ. So Ronnie, thank you for all the Time Talent and Treasure you have contributed to the cause, it is greatly appreciated!!!
  8. Congrats to Jim and the new owner ... well bought and sold!
  9. Bob, i like your Reatta, very pretty color combo!! Regarding your instrument panel or IPC, I agree with Harry - odds are it's letting you know that it's on the way out. Your Reatta is very low miles but unfortunately the electronics are 28 years old . . . If you check at the top of the forum there is a sticky entitled Reatta Resources which lists information on who will rebuild your IPC or who will sell you a rebuilt unit. You will also find a link to which is a compilation of DIY fixes and you will learn how to remove the IPC. You will also learn how to clear your codes (the "h" following each code indicates history) and then how to read any current codes "c".
  10. Nic, Do you recall an effort on this forum a couple years back where we were encouraged to post using our real names instead of our self-chosen usernames? I'm thinking thats when you created the "Nic Walker" account . . . I do recall that you were in the thousands of posts!! I've been Nittany for so long that I sometimes forget my real name, at least online; of course I'm only at 220ish posts in well over 10 years of membership, so I tend to read a lot more than post ?
  11. Cargirl, You know I am biased, but when your car was optioned with "pinstripe delete" the black moldings provide the necessary contrast. Congratulations again on your purchase, you have one of the nicest and rarest Reatta in all the land!!
  12. Ronnie: The Reatta hood ornament is located to the left of the "preacher!" haha
  13. Sounds like a fun project! I look forward to seeing what you create!!
  14. I have used the kit from Northstar Performance and my son drove the car (1999 Cadillac STS) for three more years, including from Rhode Island to the state of Washington before trading the car in for a 2005 Cadillac CTS-V!! That car turned out to be even more fun as it came with 400 HP V-8 and 6-speed manual transmission that he drove from Washington back to the East Coast. The Northstar engine was improved in 2004-05 such that head gasket issues are no longer a concern. Can they still occur? Yes and they do but no more than any other engine unlike earlier model years. They were found in front wheel drive Cadillac DTS and higher end Buick Lucerne's, specifically those with the CXS and Super designations. Cadillac also used the Northstar engines with some rear wheel drive applications such as the STS and XLR, including the V Series with Supercharged Northstars!!
  15. Wow!!! That is a neat find!! We can interpret the meaning in different ways; personally, I choose to believe that the designer wanted the supercharged engine to be a part of the project from day one. Seems like when I save enough money to swap in the upgraded powertrain that rather than feeling guilty for changing the original, I can claim that I am simply converting to the designers' preferred engine. Haha Kudos to all those who have already swapped in a supercharged engine!! And yes, I am intentionally ignoring the rear wheel drive reference for now!