steveskyhawk

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  1. I've got a couple of related air conditioning questions. 1) What does the heat temp rod behind the glove box actually do? I'm guessing that it controls a mix valve that directs air into the cabin that has been through the heater core or through the evaporator. Like barney I live where it is hot and I don't want any heat leaking into the cabin. 2) On a REATTA will the air conditioning go to MAX with the outside temperature being relatively cool? Mine doesn't have a MAX setting so I assume Barney means 60 degrees. To be clearer does the A/C modulate the cold air coming into the cabin when the preset temperature is reached? 3) On a hot day with the A/C on max what should the duct temperature be? My old (97) Chevy pick up which is 134a blows at 35 degrees. Best i've seen in my convertible which was converted to 134a is 40 degrees. Maybe it is too soon to tell. We haven't had a real hot day yet this year. With the duct temp between 40-45 degrees and the outside temp at 73 I'm freezing.
  2. I've got a couple of related air conditioning questions. 1) What does this rod actually do? I'm guessing that it controls a mix valve that directs air into the cabin that has been through the heater core or through the evaporator. Like barney I live where it is hot and I don't want any heat leaking into the cabin. 2) On a REATTA will the air conditioning go to MAX with the outside temperature being relatively cool? Mine doesn't have a MAX setting so I assume Barney means 60 degrees. To be clearer does the A/C modulate the cold air coming into the cabin when the preset temperature is reached? 3) On a hot day with the A/C on max what should the duct temperature be? My old (97) Chevy pick up which is 134a blows at 35 degrees. Best i've seen in my convertible which was converted to 134a is 40 degrees. Maybe it is too soon to tell. We haven't had a real hot day yet this year. With the duct temp between 40-45 degrees and the outside temp at 73 I'm freezing.
  3. On mine the original factory alarm was untouched and functional. I suggest you get rid of the Mr Goodwrench hardware once and for all. That may be the 100 pound difference in the 91's! only kidding Side note for those thinking of getting a Reatta. I bought my convertible from a prominant politition in Los Angeles. The man was in assisted care and I delt with his son inlaw who was very gracious. The car had been neglected for about the last year prior to the sale. It wouldn't run without a boost and continually stalled. I was told the door on the right side didn't lock. The left headlight winked and blinked, the alarm system didn't work and the a/c compressor would not rotate. Besides being real dirty it looked good. A new Interstate battery and it ran perfect, the doors locks worked, and the headlights worked perfect. A new battery in the factory remotes and the alarm worked as designed. I converted the air to 134a and cleaned the car from top to bottom. I had all the fluids changed etc and it is now a beauty. I would drive it anywhere without hesitation. These cars are sound.
  4. The siren was mounted to the drivers side shock tower on mine.
  5. Sounds like a Mr Goodwrench alarm system. I removed one from my convertible. Look for evidence of a siren mounted under the hood. Look for a little red light somewhere inside the car. Mine was mounted next to the fog light switch. Look under the steering column for a small pushbutton and a toggle switch. You may find only the holes that these switches were mounted in the knee bolster. I found a little brain box wire tied inside the console under the CD player. I chose to remove it all because it had an ignition kill feature i was afraid would act up. Why would sombody add an alarm to a car that had a factory alarm I'll never know. I found extended warrenty paperwork with my car's paperwork so the original owner bought everything. Loan paperwork indicated that he paid over 40k for his 91 drop top.
  6. I think you will be pleasantly suprised. A car that has been in Fresno CA since new will not have a particle of corrosion. Anything can be fixed except corrosion. Let us know how you did when it arrives. How about some info on the transportation costs/performance.
  7. I believe it is best to play with these plastic interior parts when it is warm as they are less likley to crack. Shouldn't be a problem in Florida. For parts call Mike at buickreattaparts.com 480 239 2788 He will have whatever you need.
  8. A 91 has only two torque screws in the vents holding on the radio/hvac/IPC bezel. Remove those and pull it off very carefully as it is still held in place by push in style clips. You'll get it. Go slow
  9. The cover is designed for just that purpose. I believe the Reatta cover will come with elastic loops that will hook over the door handles to keep it in place. Anybody that has a convertible knows that putting the top up and down isn't as easy as we would like it to be. I'm not a big fan of covers as my previous posts have indicated. I do however look forward to getting this new California Pop Top cover because it goes on and off so quickly. I plan to leave my top down for long periods of time and when the top is up it will protect my new cloth top from bird droppings. This cover will also keep rainwater out of the tonneau area of convertibles.
  10. UPDATE: John Allen of California Pop Top came to my home today and tried some covers on my coupe and then my convertible. He concluded that he would need to modify an existing pattern to fit the Reatta. He then took measurements. It seems our cars are very wide and disproportionatly short. No surprise there. His product seem to be exactly what we need. I am impressed.
  11. White painted wheels on white 91 models.
  12. Hey is that Trofeo the car Bronson used in one of the latter Death Wish movies?
  13. Ronnie, It can be trucked. At $3000 the transportation bill is nothing. Where can you find a drivable car for that money reatta or not? Barring a previous bad accident and repair this car is a steal. Rust free guarenteed. If I didn't have two already i'd be on my way to "The NO". That's what they call Fresno here. Anybody that is really interested in this car first contact the seller, get the vin and do a carfax. Then contact me via PM. I'll go to Fresno for transportation costs. Look at my signature. I must have been from the Volunteer State in a previous life. I'm from NY and understand what you guys go through with rust bucket cars. There will come a day when I need a favor and at that time i hope to find a volunteer.
  14. I like the ones that indicate low pressure at a glance. Besides the original tires are unavailable so is it relavant what color your valve caps are if the tires happen to be Michilins? I'd rather be safe than original.
  15. "however not too much on the 91's" This is because they are good solid cars. The first thing I look at on a any Reatta is the pinstripe. If the pinstripe is the same all the way around it probably has never had a major repair. I look at the windshield for physical damage and UV damage. I could go on forever. The majority of Reatta owners don't have problems with their cars. I don't. Drive it and enjoy.
  16. I suspect about half of those rods break in one r&r.?
  17. Can the lower speaker grill be removed and replaced without removing the whole door panel?
  18. Has anybody inquired on any of these cars?
  19. When I caled John Allen i was actually looking for a shop to install my new top. I assumed he had an upolestry shop. This was not to be the case but after looking at his product on his website I thought I might want one of his small covers. The thought of bird doo on my new top was unthinkable and leaving the top down for long periods of time is doable here with good weather and multiple cars available to drive. He voulenteered to come to me which is about 80 miles one way so he is serious about producing a cover for Reatta.
  20. I called John Allen of California Pop Top and he does indeed seem like a stand up guy. He has tops that he believes may fit and will modify the pattern if necessary to suit the Reatta. I can't drive two cars at once so he took my information and plans to come to my home early next week and measure for coupe and convertible. I have both. His design is trick.
  21. Start it up before bed with heat on full blast. Go to bed. In the morning you can drive to work in your bathing suit. Cheaper than inthespot's solutions. I knew a guy in upstate NY that did this all the time. Saves time brushing off the snow too!
  22. I bought one small part that weighed a pound. S&H was $10.95. No biggie one part. I bought 11 of the same part and was charged 80.01 for S&H. What a gouge! Works out to the same as retail. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!
  23. Sounds good to me. A cover can cause as much damage as it prevents. When the wind blows it can beatup the paint. I wonder if it is good to cover a car at all unless the car is spotlessley clean as well as the cover.
  24. Stanley, If a cover is "waterproof" then it will hold moisture in as well as out. Condensation = trouble. Someone also mentioned the door ding problem which is partially solved by a full cover. The best thing to keep out the UV is a tree without birds in it.