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  1. It is the same cover. The use of the elastic around the door handle is optional. I think John Allen tucked it under out of sight for the picture. Unlike other covers you can easily get into the car with the cover on which is another nice feature that John Allen demonstrated.
  2. Ranger Jim, I'll do my best to answer your questions. 1) Yes it can be used with the top down. I don't know about you but putting the top up and down on a Reatta convertible is kind of a chore and MUST be done on level ground. I plan to leave the top down when parked for 6-10 hours with the new cover on. Longer than that and the top goes up with cover on. I work real weird hours so I usually drive somthing else to work. 2) There are two chords that come out of the trailing edge which fit into the gap between the trunk lid and quarter panel. The chords come together and are either tied to
  3. All this talk about PROMS has got me curious. First, where is this PROM located? I'm thinking that it might not be a bad idea to reprogram my fans to come on at a lower temperature. My cars run beautifully but those real hot days are coming. More airfow through the condenser might make the A/C work better. Yes? I dont want to experiment with the PROMS in the cars now so where can I get a spare PROM for a 91? Also I lost one of the fake rivits on one of my wheels. Antbody have a trashed 91 wheel with that little plastic insert? THANKS,
  4. Darn, too bad the picture didn't work. I would have liked to see the picture of my car! The cover is almost there. The finished product will fit better than the prototype because the elastic will be sewn in. In addition to the obvious this cover may help keep water out of the tail lens. It covers most of the gap between the trunk lid and the quarter panel. I don't know how the water gets into the lens but I know where it comes from! (My coupe does it but my vert doesn't, go figure) John mentioned that there may be a color option also. We'll see! It would be nice to know how much demand
  5. A nice one that is complete is quite valuable. Does anybody know if the plastic key that came in the Reatta portfolio is common to other cars that year? If so we might be able to complete an otherwise incomplete portfolio if it were missing these keys. Guys, if you have an original Reatta flashlight take out the batteries before it is too late. The batteries eventually leak and trash the flashlight.
  6. "Not a sign of snow tires anywhere here in Syracuse!." Hey Bob, who are you kidding? I saw snow the second week in May when i lived in Schenectady years ago. Does anybody ever wonder (besides me) where all that salt that they put on the road in the winter goes? It is still there filtering into your car in dust form when it is dry (which is seldom) and flushing your pride and joy with salt water when it rains. It may be safe to bring out your pride and joy about August!
  7. I am looking forward to the final fitting of the prototype. With a new colth top on the way I will be in need of Mr Allan's product. Anybody that has read some of my previous posts knows that i'm not a real fan of car covers. This product of John Allen is different. The key differences are that it goes on and off quickly AND it has a self contained storage pouch. It is no more bulky than a loaf of bread when in the pouch. There is no real need to cover the entire car unless it is in long term storage. An ill fitting full cover on a car parked outdoors can do more harm than good if the
  8. It is in the high 80's here today without a cloud. Wind expected tonight.
  9. As i suspected it is important to torque the lug nuts. Now the question is how? Do i need to jack it up and take the weight off or just back them off and retorque to 100 ft-lbs. The wheels in question are on the back if that makes a difference. Can sombody explain how torqueing the lug nuts effects the rotors? It would seem to me that as long as they are not loose it wont hurt anything. Opinions please.
  10. Thre book says the lug nuts should be torqued to 100 ft-lbs. How important is it that the lug nuts be tightened with a torque wrench? The reason I ask is that I had tires installed today on my coupe and the guy at Big O simply used an impact wrench. Can this cause a problem? Should I loosen them up and retighten them with my torque wrench? Anybody had experience with this? Does it make a difference with cast aluminum vs steel?
  11. I find these tensioners last about 100K. They will then begin to make noise when cold in the AM. Time for a new one. They are easy to change so the used route is ok if you have the time. I put on new due to the time.
  12. It is not what you can see with the naked eye. Aircraft do what is called oil analysis which shows trends in the quantity of microscopic particles. Certain amounts of these compounds is normal. The pictures of the 351 are nice but inconclusive. Why was this engine pulled so soon? 150k is not high milage.
  13. "One thing to remember about synthetic oils. If you have a very small leak anywhere it will find it and your leak will become a problem." _________________________ So it is settled! If synthetics "find" leaks then they not only clean better they are also lubricating those hard to reach areas. I like Mobil 1.
  14. I don't think 4-5 K will get you near a Reatta convertible UNLESS it was wrecked. JMHO
  15. What is all this talk about cleaning the intake? Are you speaking of the intake manifold? That is the cleanest part of any car and should never need to be cleaned. Filtered air is the only thing that goes through there. This Seafoam stuff sounds like snakeoil. I've driven over a million miles and never needed Seafoam. Can somebody explain because I must be thinking of somthing totally different. My smog man told me that the oil from a K&N air filter can contaminate a MAF coil and make a cleaning necessary. Is this what you guys are using Seafoam for?
  16. What is all this talk about cleaning the intake? Are you speaking of the intake manifold? That is the cleanest part of any car and should never need to be cleaned. Filtered air is the only thing that goes through there. This Seafoam stuff sounds like snakeoil. I've driven over a million miles and never needed Seafoam. Can somebody explain because I must be thinking of somthing totally different. My smog man told me that the oil from a K&N air filter can contaminate a MAF coil and make a cleaning necessary. Is this what you guys are using Seafoam for?
  17. You mean that you are getting sattellite reception with the gps antenna inside the dash? That is amazing! Garmin makes the best GPS.
  18. Contact Mike at buickreattaparts.com Not only will he have it but it will be in the color you need.
  19. Which year is your wrecked car? How about some pictures of where the suspernsion broke so we know exactly where to look for the defect. Good luck with your recovery.
  20. I would have to take a bumper off to make it fit inside. Which is easier to remove, a front or a rear? Both my cars are white on white. If I had a white on white parts car the parts would eventually be used. As far as my wife goes i have 3 cars a pick up and a plane in addition to her truck. She probably wouldn't notice a parts car as long as it was the right color!
  21. I've been thinking about a parts car lately. One popped up on craigs list and was wondering how much a parts car is worth? Also if I do get this car do I dismantle it or leave it together untill specific parts are needed? My guess is just leave it alone. Both my cars are 91 models so i will have no use for the Teves hardware. How much is that stuff worth provided it is in good working order? I'm just trying to do the math. How much are the parts worth to me vs the expense to purchase/store it.
  22. Even if you are on the road all the time it is a rare occaision that you spot a Reatta. The ones i've seen on the road have been pretty ratty. I know Barney has the production database but is the data available on how many cars are registered and insured? Driven? Drivable?
  23. As a professional Reatta observer it should be tax deductable.
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