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  1. I will pay higher prices for gas in order to live in a near perfect climate. It is worth it
  2. steveskyhawk

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    Back when I lived in NY I went to a party called the "venison boogie". It was in the fall when the leaves had turned but the daytime temperatures were still warm. Really was pretty from the air. After spending the bulk of the day jumping (skydiving) from a C206 we were treated to a big banquet at a Bavarian resturaunt where they served venison 5 different ways. I liked 4 of the 5 dishes. If you have an airplane with no door it is pretty easy to get all the deer you want. Bon appetite
  3. When I restored my Select 60 I refinished the bumpers and put on NOS rub strips. When it came time to put on the front plate bracket I didn't have the heart to drill holes in that new rub strip. Additionally I hate the way a front plate looks on a Reatta and the minor possibility that a front plate impairs the air flow to my new radiator. I decided on the perfect solution. I "installed" an NOS license plate bracket (still in the box) in the trunk where the front plate resides also. So if someone wants to put the front plate on my Select 60 they can buy it from my wife (when I become worm food) and do whatever they like.
  4. Doing a clay bar treatment on a convertible shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. You only need to do the horizontal surfaces.
  5. Kit has it right. The 91 convertible is the pick of the litter. A 91 vert drives better than every other version of the car including 91 coupes. Seems heavier, more powerful, tracks better and even feels bigger in spite of the fact I know it is the same wheelbase. I find 91 verts for sale here in California all the time. They cost more than rust buckets but are well worth the money.
  6. 1990 Reatta convertibles were also offered with cloth tops and the pinstripe could be deleted at no extra cost.
  7. steveskyhawk

    RIP

    It's a shame about the car. After hearing what happened it is a miracle that Keith wasn't hurt more seriously. It isn't uncommon for a Reatta to be in a bad accident and bring the passengers home. These cars are very well built.
  8. Belated congratulations to Vincent. Question: Why did the Award come in the mail? All other car shows have an award ceremony towards the end of the show and it turns out to be a fun part of the event.
  9. Ervin Said: "Going back 20+ years, I can't understand how the brightest engineers at GM couldn't figure out how to solve (or greatly minimize) cowl shake. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but inner politics must have played a keyed role in why the problem couldn't be solved. Was the Reatta not meant to succeed? Did GM feel Allante sales (with its higher profit margin) would suffer? Didn't the Camaro/Firebird have a convertible that year (I'm sure people cross shopped these cars)?" I agree wholeheartedly. The potentential for funny stuff going on with cars and vins was signifigant. Bear in mind that DMV and company computers were not nearly as reliable as we have now. The temptation to save one of these beauties was probably on the minds of all involved. I dont believe in black and white. The truth is usually in the grey.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->
  10. So it appears to be a consensus among all convertible owners that "cowl shake" is common to all convertibles regardless of year or company of manufacture. Tires and tire pressure can change intensity of this problem. That I get. What i'm having a hard time with is trying to imagine is how bad was the so called "cowl shake" on the 91 Reatta Convertibles that were allegedly destroyed? I find it nearly impossible to believe that a group of cars that were built exaxtly like my 91 convertible were so bad that they needed to be destroyed. How could there be that much difference? I suspect that there were many people emotionally vested in this model and were upset with the abrupt decision to end the project. I sure would like to see some paperwork that indicated who, where and when these convertibles were destroyed. I'm guessing that some of them may have been reported scrapped but never made it to the crusher. It would have been a shame to destroy them because of their parts values alone. All things considered it is no wonder that the paper trail on this run of cars is incomplete and inaccurate. Cars missing, Vin numbers missing. I have the feeling we will never know the whole truth.
  11. Thanks to Barney for that. I really enjoy this type of conversation. Regardless of the conclusion we draw, the story isnt linear by any streach. I cant help but think that some of the engineering conclusions were influenced by the internal accounting/political forces within GM. It must have been heartbreaking to be so vested in this project and to have it terminated so abruptly. After owning multiple convertibles I dont see an objectional trait in either the 90 or 91. I prefer the ride and handling of the 91. I spoke on the phone with a guy (that claimed to be a Craft Centre engineer). He was selling some Reatta swag that he claimed there was an abundance of back in the day. I asked him about the dimples in the headlight doors and he knew exactly what I meant. He said these dimples in the pot metal covers was an issue but it was decided to tolorate this imperfection. The decision was made to use no body filler whatsoever in a Reatta. He said that if a "tub" AKA "BIW" or simply put a body with no doors etc was damaged it got scrapped. It was forbidden to use body filler to repair it. He went on to say that there was an investigation that alleged that the salvage company (contracted to destroy) was selling these bodies to be rebuilt by third parties. I dont even want to speculate how this effects the VIN sequence but the guy I talked to said there was an investigation by the FBI. After having 3 cars soda blasted I can verify that these 3 cars anyway did not have a tea spoon of filler. (not even where the quarter meets the roof) As a side note that same engineer I talked to had the "Reatta" flag that flew outside the Craft Centre. I didn't have the heart to ask him to sell it. This flag is representative of a man's career.
  12. We all know the approximate number of Reatta convertibles produced in 1990 and 1991. What a shame that production was cut so short. The GM employees that were assigned to the Reatta project must have been devastated. It is no wonder the record keeping was such a mess at the end. I have driven both 90 and 91 Reatta Convertibles and have found them to be nice driving cars. When passing over railroad tracks etc with a 90 I do notice some flexation commonly called "cowl shake" but I dont find this objectionable. With an aviation background I assume that if something dynamic doesn't bend it will break instead. Anybody that has ever flown on a transport category aircraft has seen dramatic wing flexation. I have also driven both 91 coupes and convertibles. All the Reattas I have ever owned have had a definite personality. Every one was different. The 91 convertible stands alone however. I get a false feeling that a 91 convertible is bigger and heavier than all the rest. It tracks better and to be honest feels much more rigid than even a coupe. I even get the sensation that the wheelbase is longer in spite of the fact i know this isn't true. The 91 vert is different. I talked to a GM engineer that worked on the Reatta project and he told me there were many structural changes made to the 91 which created a different (objectionable?) harmonic. Is it possible that the 90 had an unfavorable harmonic and in trying to fix this problem the car was made too rigid thus creating a more unfavorable harmonic? The big question is why were there seemingly no actionable problems with the 90 verts but the 91s were so bad that 2/3 of them didn't qualify for retail sales? I suspect emotions ran wild during the last days of Reatta production. Those vested in the project probably never saw the car equipped as they envisioned it. I suspect the "cowl shake problem" was overblown. With sales lagging and the potential for for huge tax incentives resulting from the all electric (EV1) development it seems probable that they just needed the building.
  13. Not that long ago we were told that were no Maui Blue Reattas with tan interior. We now know that there were. We were also told there were no Saphire blue Reattas with tan interior. We found that to be false also. It was once believed that cloth convertible tops were never factory installed on Reatta Convertibles. You guessed it, wrong again. Somebody said that the 1990 Select 60 Convertible never came with the special Select 60 hood ornament. Wouldn't you know it? There is an ad on eBay right now for a 4000 mile 1990 Select 60 Reatta convertible with the Special hood ornament right on the hood. Now we find a part listed specifically for a Green 91 Reatta Convertible and are told they are really made for a Corvette. What gives? Same source has told that there were no Green 1991 Reatta Convertibles made. I disagree. Evidence I have seen indicates that there were. We have been told by Craft Centre management that there were actually four. One of which went to MSU. I was told by another person (that bought a new 91 Reatta Convertible) that there was a green Reatta Convertible on on the showroom floor right next to the car he bought. He went on to say he thinks he knew the woman that bought it. I believe these people are telling the truth, thus my opinion. Credible eye witnesses trump all incomplete data. It is my sincere hope that somone that owns or had owned one of these green verts sees our debate on this forum and comes forward with the answers. In the mean time bear in mind that it took a long time to convince everyone that the world really wasn't flat. A couple centuries ago I would have been burned at the stake for my beliefs.
  14. This conversation is awsome. Pretty obvious the hard data available on completed cars is incomplete at best and in need of further study. The listing I included in the first post of this thread confirms a GM listing for a green 91 Reatta convertible specific part. While it doesn't prove any green convertibles were built, it does confirm GM intended to build them. Question: If a unit is listed as BIW or Body in White is it possible that the unit was destined to get a non standard color or color combination OR possibly be finished in a color OTHER than the color listed on standard documents?
  15. Barney said: "look at the database and you will find 34 convertible vin numbers that were assigned but not built, starting with 1G4EC33L8MB900624. There may or may not be any attribute data listed with the vin numbers listed in whatever document Barney is referring to. The assumption that these cars were "not built" is an opinion. It is possible these were non standard cars for which attribute codes didnt exist. (See the car in my signature) The Craft Centre could have easily produced this car with the color combination shown with parts off the shelf. We must never forget that the Craft Centre was designed to accomodate the production of "one off" cars. This non conventional assembly line lent itself to produce cars out of vin sequence. The goal was to make anything possible.
  16. Ronnie and all, This line of data was taken from a GENERAL MOTORS DATABASE. Discontinued simply means this part is no longer available exactly like the majority of Reatta specific parts. Any assumption that the car was never made is simply an opinion which everyone is entitled to as I am mine. When new hard evidence comes to light it isn't logical to end the discussion. I have spoken to Reatta experts that have seen a Green 1991 Reatta Convertible. Actually the most credible expert says there were four of them. Anyone who doesn't think this topic is worthwhile is free to ignore it. I personally find this topic fascinating. I would hope that anyone with first hand knowlege regarding GM production practices to chime in as Padgett has. I would hope he will define the GM term "body in white" which if I remember right has nothing to do with color.
  17. Here is the complete listing for the posters that cant find it or are confusing this part with a part for a Corvette. Clearly it is a part listed (with proper factory codes) for a GREEN 1991 BUICK REATTA CONVERTIBLE and nothing else. (one required) [TABLE=class: part_list] <TBODY>[TR=class: grayline] [TD=class: td1]039[/TD] [TD=class: td2]3530044[/TD] [TD=class: td3]LAMP,HIGH MT STOP(DK YELLOW GREEN METALLIC) (NOT AVAILABLE)[/TD] [TD=class: td4]E97(C05,48U)[/TD] [TD=class: td5]91[/TD] [TD=class: td6]01 [/TD] [/TR] </TBODY>[/TABLE]
  18. Keith and all, I was a little skeptical of the accuracy of this website also, so I verified that PN at the Dealer in person. It is a good GM PN and is indicating the exact same part verbatum. I have a very hard time believing that GM listed parts for cars never produced.
  19. In an effort to verify the correct part numbers for some NOS convertible parts I am selling I found a listing for a very interesting part. If you do a google search for GM 039 3530044 you will find a listing on www.gmpartsgiant.com that is for a 1991 Reatta convertible (high stop light) assembly in GREEN. It is listed as "not available" as is all the Reatta parts in this list. At the very least this is concrete evidence that GM had every intention of producing a Polo Green Convertible in 1991. This data asks the obvious rhetorical question; Why would GM have a replacement part for a car that it never produced?
  20. Up for sale is a brand new high stoplight lens socket with pigtail assembly that fits a variety of cars. In the late 80s early 90s federal law mandated that new car manufacturers include a high center mount stoplight on all cars designated for sale in the US. Consequently various manufactures scrambled to comply with this mandate and installed this unit on Buick Reatta, Porsche 968 and Avanti convertibles and even some hatchback Corvettes. I have done my best to determine what cars this part fits but it is the responsibility of the buyer to insure fitment to their car. I am certain this part fits BUICK REATTA CONVERTIBLES as that is my speciality. Price is $139.95 with free Priority Mail Shipping
  21. IF YOU ALWAYS WANTED 16 WAY ADJUSTABLE SEATS IN YOUR REATTA ON BOTH THE DRIVER'S AND PASSENGER'S SIDE, NOW YOU CAN! UP FOR SALE IS A MATCHING PAIR OF16 WAY SEAT BEZELS. IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR ORIGINAL BEZEL OR IF YOU WISH TO UPGRADE TO "STEREO" FACTORY 16 WAY SEATS, THESE BEZELS ARE ESSENTIAL. AS I'M SURE YOU ARE AWARE THE FANCY AND MORE COMFORTABLE 16 WAY DRIVER'S SEAT WAS AN OPTION IN THE BUICK REATTA BEGINNING IN 1988 AND ENDING WITH THE COMPLETION OF REATTA PRODUCTION IN 1991. IT IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT THESE SEATS WERE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER ON SELECTED MODELS. NOW YOU CAN HAVE THE OPTIONED CAR THAT THE DESIGNERS WANTED AND SOME CELEBRITIES REQUESTED. PREVIOUS TO NOW THE HARD PART OF DOING THIS UPGRADE WAS FINDING ONE OF THE RARE RIGHT SEAT SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH BEZELS. DOING THIS UPGRADE/CONVERSION IS EASY. IF YOUR CAR ALREADY HAS THE OPTIONAL 16 WAY SEAT ON THE DRIVERS SIDE ALL YOU NEED IS AN ADDITIONAL DRIVER'S SEAT BASE AND MY MATCHING SET OF NEW BEZELS. CALL ME IF YOU NEED THESE EXTRA PARTS OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS UPGRADE. NOTE: SEATS PICTURED ARE EQUIPPED WITH ORIGINAL OEM SEAT BEZELS. REPRODUCTIONS ARE VISIBLE IN PICTURE #1. CONSIDERABLE CARE WAS TAKEN DURING THE REPRODUCTION OF THESE BEZELS. THE DIMENSIONS, SHAPE, AND FONT ARE GUARANTEED TO BE EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINALS (SANS THE DENTS FROM THE SEATBELT BUCKLE) PRICE IS $139.95 WITH FREE PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING
  22. Sean and all, There is no objective way to determine the efficiency of an old radiator. There is external corrosion, damage, air blockage in addition to the internal corrosion and blockage. A radiator is the only way coolant heat can be dissapated. After 25 years they look fine but they arent. If you didn't buy your car new there is no way to know if Stop Leak was ever added. A new radiator is cheap. All of our cars were built to pass California emissions. They ran hot when they were new. If they dont run hot, then they dont run clean. If they dont run clean the owner will have ox sensor problems, idle problems etc. Re-engineering the car isnt necessary. Turning on the A/C will turn on the fans. If they come on and the car still has temp excursions then a radiator is in order. Keep it simple. I live where it is hot and have no problems.
  23. I think it is obvious that a radiator should be replaced every 25 years weather the car needs it or not. I live in Southern California where it is warmer than the majority of other places and I don't have any trouble with running hot. Maybe I'm just lucky?
  24. First verify the proper fan operation then put in a new radiator. Problem solved