Retired w/Reatta

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About Retired w/Reatta

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  • Birthday 03/25/1945

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    Portland, Oregon, USA
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    Bonsai, My Cats, Hiking, Junking, Driving my Reatta

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  1. Great article. Thanks for sharing. Buicks are meant to be driven. Especially so for the Reatta. I can't wait to get back on the road again. These are may daily drivers.😊 I also agree with folks here re the Teves brake system; learn about them, simple to maintain and most important of all they stop the car on a dime.πŸš™
  2. Interesting. I hadn't thought of that. I took it to mean flames painted on the side of a car.πŸš—
  3. Karen, Not-A-Collector, told me if I put flames on either Reatta that it would be grounds for divorce, or a least couples' counseling!πŸ˜„
  4. I believe you will have to pull the seat to access the motors. Not too difficult; 2 bolts fore and 2 aft on the seat frame, 2 electrical connections underneath. Good time to clean out 30 years worth of junk under there too.😊
  5. That's OK. As Reatta owners we accept all who are lost.πŸ™ƒ
  6. Sorry to hear of your faithful companion's demise. 😒 Glad no one was hurt.☺️
  7. Different Buick models had the exact same steering wheel. Colors may be a bit different. Riviera -1990, 1991, 1992 Park Avenue - 1991 Century 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996 Probably other years of these models. The years listed are the ones I know for sure. PicknPull will charge about $20; four screws to remove from the back.☺️ Good luck!
  8. Anyone ever use this item?πŸ€”
  9. Beautiful ride, Brenda.πŸ˜€ May you enjoy the thrills of owning and driving such a classic!πŸ™ƒ
  10. Oh, those closeted-away restoration projects.πŸ˜‰
  11. So Karen and I went out for breakfast this morning. Right next door to the cafe is an antique automobile dealer, Matthew"s Memory Lane; nice cars and nice people. πŸ™‚ I was talking with their head salesman and asked if they would be interested in buying my 'vert. He knows my car and although he admitted it was very nice, albeit the high miles (just short of 190,000, 65,000 on the engine), he said Reattas are like Allantes: People really like them but few buy.😒 I told him about the spread in the new Bugle and he said he'd let me know if there was an uptick in interest, where's the stock market now?, or did he say not to hold my breath?πŸ€” Still great coverage for a great car!πŸ˜ƒ
  12. Thanks for the reply. I, too, thought it looked like a European-style car badge. I can't get the file to transfer here but I saw online badges from 1937 to 1959 that showed mammalian heads that very much appear to be deer's heads. 🦌 Even the '59 tri-shield showed heads with antlers. You're probably right; made to look close to original, but not too close.🐎
  13. πŸ€”I found this today at a local PnP. It was attached to the grill of an early '90's LeSabre. It appears to be a club-type badge. I've researched it online and can't seem to find much info. It has a diameter of about 3 1/2". Appears to have horse's heads on each colored section and a cross on the first red one.
  14. I think this is the definitive answer. Everyone who has reacted to this post realizes the value and fun of owning and driving these cars. πŸ˜ƒ I am not a rich guy. Yet I can afford two Reattas, albeit high mileage and in need of repairs/replacement parts. The 'vert is about to turn 190,000 miles while the coupe has 235,000. They are both reliable great drivers; I'd take them anywhere. πŸ™‚ I'm almost 75 years old and fairly comfortable in my retirement. I am not interested in resale value. I can still get parts for my cars in junk yards and I can still do most of my own work; that is certainly part of the mystique. What else am I going to drive/collect; Corvette, Jaguar, Porsche, Rx-7, Camaro, Mustang, Charger? Just not the same. Even though all great collectibles. I think DShip is right, "shhh!😊
  15. Many of us lament the fact that Reattas have not been given the respectability of other Buick models in terms of collectibility - read resale value.😒 So this weekend I'm reading the February 2020 issue of the Buick Bugle (still a great magazine) and in the "message from the board", BCA President John Steed (thank you John for your service) says "When I joined the BCA, the 1937-38 Buicks were most popular. Now the hobby has moved to the Reattas and Grand Nationals."πŸ˜ƒ So how come nobody told me?πŸ€”