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KDirk last won the day on November 19 2015

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  1. Not surprised. Virtually nothing save for consumables like filters and brake pads or things like alternators are still available through the dealer parts counter. I've found the same problem (lack of parts starting 6 or 7 years ago (shortly after I got into the Reatta) and realized that long term ownership of these cars was going to require me to start finding parts cars to tear down and stockpile many things that will be difficult to find otherwise. Since this iteration of the 3800 has been discontinued for nearly 25 years, expect many engine parts (as your coolant pipes) to be d
  2. Fiberglass hood? All four of mine (and the two I parted in the last 6 months) have steel hoods. The front fenders are thermoset plastic, TPO if I recall. Rest of the body is steel, the bumpers are aluminum. Does yours have a custom hood? The only factory fiberglass I know of on the Reatta is the carpeted rear storage bin unit in the coupes, and the vinyl upholstered tonneau cover inlay on the roadsters.
  3. Be advised the slider on the headlamp switch has a rather weak wiper finger contact and I've seen a few develop dead spots due to this contact being bent or otherwise misaligned to the carbon track on the circuit board internally. Kind of a poor design, really, and it surprises me that most still seem to work ok after nearly 3 decades. Also do not ignore the possibility [likelyhood actually] that the twilight photocell is bad. Very few original photocells in these cars are still giving correct readings and should be replaced for reliable operation. This will affect the nighttime di
  4. Except that it has been asserted here in the past that special builds might not be documented exactly as built. So, hypothetically, if a pink car was built it may have a build tag that shows white paint since no code existed for pink paint and the direction to paint it pink was made "outside the system" by now untraceable and unrecorded (handwritten, verbal?) change orders. Prior to the era of computerization of automakers operations, that might have happened. I don't buy that happening with the Reatta. The problem with selling this idea of off the books custom work is that if anything was p
  5. True enough, much of what I stated is speculation based on logical inference and anecdotal evidence. The difference? One, I'm not claiming the existence of cars having been made that has never once been supported by a single thread of satisfactory evidence. Two, my "speculation" is strongly supported simply by the abscence of proof to the contrary. After more than a decade of these arguments on this board, nobody claiming a fantastic special one off build done that way straight from the craft centre has ever backed up those claims with anything even remotely resembling the kind of proof that w
  6. Actually the craft centre used robotic paint booth(s) as several test bodies were allocated to setup and program the paint routine on the Reatta project. To add to the complexity of the build process, PPG ran the in-house paint operations at the craft centre. This created an arrangement in which GM "sold" the Reatta bodies in batches to PPG who had their personnel do the paint work on site. On inspection, once GM staff were satisfied with a painted body it was "sold" back to GM by PPG so that the car could be assembled. I'm sure there was some convoluted reason (union rules, liability, who kn
  7. I have one thing to add here. By my recollection it has been postulated here in the past that "many" custom cars were made but not accounted for in production data because these custom colors or features were not in the system. I maintain that is bogus. Looking Marck's example, the car is clearly spec'd as built by the SPID tag. And - oh look - even has a D60 override code there as would be expected for a non-standard build. I never doubted such cars could or did exist. I did doubt they would be built without their SPID tags reflecting their true content. In other words, it doesn't have a buil
  8. Keith, Well, it doesn't now really. But, as with most forums a thread is started and often runs amok diverging wildly from it's original premise; assuming the subject was ever germane to begin with. Looking back it was a general gripe about lack of etiquette and standards in posts to this forum. I share some culpability for threadjacking it, so if the mods would like to kill the thread or want me to delete my posts, I will do so without any argument. Of course, they can do either without consulting me which is fully their right within the terms of service. With that said, I will forego any fur
  9. Bob- Well looks like this thread is back for another round. I will say that since I broke down and purchased a smart phone (a couple of years ago now) I've begrudgingly come to use texting to a limited extent. It is useful in a few instances. Since I do service work I can have a jobsite address or phone number sent to me by text, which avoids transcription errors when getting it verbally. This is even more true if I am not immediately able to write something down (while driving, 20' up on a ladder, stuck inside a crawl space, etc.) It is also useful to send a quick picture of something so I c
  10. Well, I text only grudgingly. Being in business for myself I find that some people expect to be able to text me. Sometimes this is helpful if I need an address for a jobsite or some other information in writing. Generally however, I prefer spoken communication. And I concur with Mc, that texting is just a rehash of telegraphy. That its popularity started with teeneagers is no surprise. Teens are mostly a bunch of trend following drones, and when texting was made the new, cool thing by the phone makers, they mindlessly embraced the fad just as they were expected to. The millennials also seem
  11. Wow, another long dead thread resurrected. I'll reitrate what I said upthread from a few years back with one notable change: since then I finally caved in and bought a smart phone. Thus, I can no longer claim not to have sent a text. I do use proper spelling and punctuation in text messaging, prompting some to ask why I spend so much effort composing a text message. My reply: 4 u 2 read it bttr dufus. KDirk
  12. Guess I have another project for my two 88's when the weather gets decent again. Glad to see a solution to this, as I had exhausted any hope of finding a new part that could be used as a suitable replacement. Rather surprised that this worked, but I will not argue with a proven fix. I just wonder how long it will last. KDirk
  13. Handmedown, The only way to "fix" the distortion in the bumper trim is to completely remove it and use a heat gun (but not too aggressively) to return it to it's original shape. That plastic does have a memory and will straighten up nicely except for collision deformities by applying some heat. Also, when reinstalling, start from the center and work your way outward to the sides of the bumper. This will eliminate slack in the rub strip where it has to contour at the corners. Finally, do not over-tighten the nuts especially near the corners, or they will "dimple". Just my experience with them.
  14. Fox, A bit late in saying this, but you have done a simply outstanding restoration. I am still struggling with what to do with my bumpers, on all three cars. The 91 has a good front, rear is cloudy from years of exhaust on the driver side. The [first] 88 has a good rear, but two moderate scratches in the front. and Threatta has very light scratches both front and rear, and some light oxidation on the rear. So, I probably need to have two full sets done (I can feel my wallet burning already) and there is no one locally - or even reasonably close - I trust to do re-anodizing. Also, most places
  15. Nic has made an important observation true of any paintwork: When painting, humidity is your second biggest enemy (after air-borne impurities in the work area) so for many of us in parts of the country where humidity gets very high at certain times of year, we will be limited as to when we can do our own paintwork and expect good results. High ambient humidity (or improper work temperature) will cause improper flashing and curing of all solvent based paints, and particularly clear coats on machined wheels. I also am of the understanding that pro shops that do wheel refinishing are using some
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