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What did you do to your Reatta today? <ongoing thread>

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Brake pump was groaning when running. Pulled the pump assembly and realized that the rubber bushing that fits in the rear of the pump was missing, so the vibration was being transmitted to the cabin. Now it is quiet again.

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No I didn't break up a cat fight, rollers in one headlight went to crumbs so needed a rebuild & lotsa sharp places. That was my last set, are rollers still available ?.

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On 3/24/2019 at 11:43 PM, padgett said:

No I didn't break up a cat fight, rollers in one headlight went to crumbs so needed a rebuild & lotsa sharp places. That was my last set, are rollers still available ?.

www.rodneydickman.com sells all headlight repair items including the delrin bushings. 

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First real sign of spring. I got the Red out. Will drive it after we get our first real rain which should be tomorrow. We are supposed to get about an inch over the next 24-36 hours which should wash the salt off the road.

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Well I couldn't wait so we took the Red out for supper and I do have to say that it rides better then the Black [quieter and more comfortable] and has more power thanks to the recent engine rebuild. Added somewhere about 30-40 HP and just goes so much nicer without overpowering the transmission.

 Thanks again to Hal and Ronnie for their input during the rebuild process. 

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Having a shed built large enough to store my car and other sundry items sort of backfired on me this spring. The storage itself was fine, but I wasn't expecting the late snow and very recent flooding on my access road, which a portion of was under two feet of water just last weekend. In any case, I had the opportunity to retrieve the '90 yesterday. It was reluctant to start, requiring help from a battery charger, even though the battery was pulled and stored at home where it received a charge once a month over winter. It was charging 14.0-14.2v on the fifty mile drive home but when the battery level was checked this morning, it was 11.2v, and failed to start. I was unhappy I needed to replace what I remember as a relatively new battery, until I found it was actually eleven years old. Oops🙄

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After a long struggle with back problems this Spring I was finally able to drive my Reatta for an extended period today.  I put about 250 miles on it cruising through the mountains of East TN. My intentions were to go to a car show about 60 miles away but the weather was nice, the dogwoods are in bloom and my back was feeling good so I passed up the car show and kept on going.  Just a perfect day for driving.  I'd much rather be behind the wheel of my Reatta than sitting in a lawnchair watching people eyeball my car. For a while I thought I might have to sell my Reatta due to my back problems. The Reatta isn't the best car to get in and out of for someone with a bad back.  The drive today gave me encouragement that I might not have to sell my Reatta after all.

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Not to "one up" you or anything but, try doing it after Open Heart Surgery. (Mitral valve repair and a coronary by-pass.)

 

John F.

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Good to hear from you John.  Sorry to hear that you had to go through so much.  A couple of bad discs is nothing compared to that.  Hope you are doing good now.

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8 hours ago, Machiner 55 said:

 

Not to "one up" you or anything but, try doing it after Open Heart Surgery. (Mitral valve repair and a coronary by-pass.)

 

John F.

Hey John glad you came back for a "visit". Glad you are back on the mend. I think when my kids were younger they weren't so sure I had one...

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Okay it looks like it will be warming up a bit so the 'vert will be coming out. The Black goes into storage but before that happens it gets both front tie rods and lower ball joints. As far as I know one ball joint and tie rod are original. Not bad for a car with 305,000 miles on it. Also got an alignment special [front only for $39.00 so the entire front end work [thanks Rock Auto] for less then $100.00 I know that the parts aren't "top shelf" but hey I probably won't drive the car 30,000 miles for the next two winters. And that should be the end for the Black other then as a parts car.

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Did the front end both ball joints and tie rods. Alignment on Thursday. Tie rods were easy ball joints not so much. One ball joint had already been replaced so it was just bolted in. The drivers side was original so the rivets had to be ground off then drilled out. Other interesting thing is that the ball; joint side that goes through the knuckle has to be cut off. Then the cotter pin hole has to be redrilled. That side was tough. Did it by my friend Bob's house who has a lot more tools then I. 

 Alignment on Thursday and then into storage as the 'vert comes out.

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Spent the afternoon w/Dave testing accumulators, motors and switches. Just a beautiful day that has been a long time coming so doing this semi-outdoors was a big plus. I did find I need to do a little refinement on the test rig, but did function as desired.

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That was fun Hal. A low pressure play around testing parts and then sitting in the driveway looking at our Reattas and shootin the breeze. Should do it more often.

 The saga on the Black's front end repairs continues. Took it to the repair shop that was offering a front end alignment for $39.95. Guy drives it on the ramp and 20 minutes later he's back saying on ball joint was loose [said we didn't tighten the three bolts down tight enough on the driver's side] and the inner tie rods on both sides were "loose" and he wouldn't be able to do an alignment. I was pretty steamed cause I knew the bolts were all tight and that there was nothing wrong with the inner tie rods. So without offering to pay for the time the guy spent with my car on the rack I left. I did get a quote from the manager for inner tie rods and an alignment for $310.00. So when I got home I knew the only thing wrong was the toe in so I went to YouTube and watched a couple of videos on how to do an alignment with string. I think I did good because the steering wheel is back in the correct position and the car tracks straight as it did before. I may take it to my regular alignment shop and see what they say, but that won't be until fall as the 'vert comes out tomorrow.  So the Black gets a wash and a wax and into storage it goes.

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I had a similar issue, also with a front end after strut replacement (different vehicle). I had replaced the struts myself, and brought it in to have the alignment done. I made it clear I had just eyeballed the camber and the strut to spindle bolts were just tight enough to drive in, which was only 4 blocks away. The tech came back after 15 minutes, "all done" he says. When asked if he torqued the strut bolts, I got a deer in the headlights look, and he hurried back out in the shop after saying the camber was within spec when brought in. I drove the car out and on the way home, noticed the steering wheel was off center. Rather than take it back, perhaps as I should have, I resolved to never go back, despite the shop being my go to place for tires, alignment  and other front end work for 35years. There was more to the story earlier in this same strut story I won't mention, but the point being, even the best relationship can be destroyed by simple mistakes.

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Noticed quite a few of the wire loom plastic covers were crumbling away in the engine compartment of my Reatta.  So, I bought a package of new black plastic loom covers ...the ones with the split running along them... on eBay for around $50.  It included 20 feet each of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", and 1"...think it was a good deal.  Went to work on as many wire bundles as I could reach, pulling/cutting off the old loom covers and replacing them with new.  Kind of a tedious job but a necessary one to protect the wire bundles.

 

Now, if it would only stop raining here (eastern MA) I might be able to attend more than the one cruise-in I've been able to go to so far this season! 

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Hey Ship, I know it's a long drive but are you coming to the BCA Reunion in Oklahoma? 

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No, I'm not attending.  I tend to drive only to BCA and ROA Nationals that are east of the Mississippi River.  I do plan on driving my '91 Reatta to the BCA 2020 in Ohio and the 2021 in North Carolina.  I sold my '92 Riviera last June, so I will drive my 2000 Eldorado to the ROA National in Gettysburg coming up shortly month-end June...was told to park it in the "visitors lot" and not anywhere near a Riviera!!  

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I'm not sure about next year. I don't have 2020 vision...

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Monday I went junkin... on my own car that is stored at a friend's house. Items grabbed were a headlight switch and shifter light panel. Both in great working order. Back light on the switch is like new [guessing because the inverter was bad and didn't wear on the back light]. The console back light is very good on all the shift points except for the "over drive" position. Still works good but "faded".

 Pretty much fun taking parts that I want to try and not worrying about any costs!

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I detailed the Reatta today and took it to a Cruise-in. As usual a couple lookers but not really sure what it is. Anyway. I got a flyer for a Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GM event coming up June 9th at the Budweiser plant in Merrimac, NH. I think I'll be attending that!

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Good for you fordrodsteven. You just keep hanging around. Thanks for that.

 Tomorrow I am taking a "road trip" to look for some Reatta parts at another junk yard. This one is near Antigo. They have some listed on car-part.com

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1 hour ago, fordrodsteven said:

I detailed the Reatta today and took it to a Cruise-in. As usual a couple lookers but not really sure what it is. Anyway. I got a flyer for a Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GM event coming up June 9th at the Budweiser plant in Merrimac, NH. I think I'll be attending that!

The BPOGM event on June 9th is hosted by my BCA Minuteman Chapter...we do it every year and added an invite to the Olds owners this year.  I will be driving my '91 Reatta to the event.

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On 5/22/2019 at 6:38 PM, DAVES89 said:

Good for you fordrodsteven. You just keep hanging around. Thanks for that.

 Tomorrow I am taking a "road trip" to look for some Reatta parts at another junk yard. This one is near Antigo. They have some listed on car-part.com

Actually the Reatta I went to "junk" was in Chicago a7.5 hour round trip. I got some things but someone had already beat me to it. The car was in the lot for 2 days and already the console lid, inner door panels [both sides] , CRT and Instrument Cluster. I got some things [ABS leads, Headlight Switch, real nice visors, and a like new mirror switch] and tires.

 So it was still worth while.

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