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

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6 hours ago, DAVES89 said:

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.

 

Good to see you are still junkin. Not many people would drive that long in hopes of getting some parts. Glad to see you were able to get some good parts for your trouble.

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Thanks Ronnie. And I had a bit of time and the inclination so I installed a stereo that kdirk rebuilt for me and sorry to say I also just installed the compass mirror that you [Ronnie] rewired for me. This was for the 'vert. Took it out for a spin to calibrate the compass and check out the stereo. Sounds better then the old one and really sounds good with a Kicker powered sub woofer.

 Looks like I'm ready for summer driving!

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On 5/26/2019 at 9:07 PM, DAVES89 said:

sorry to say I also just installed the compass mirror that you [Ronnie] rewired for me.

Was it a self dimming mirror? I can't remember. I really like the self dimming mirrors and the compass in the mirror is nice too.

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It was the self dimming compass mirror. Also had "Onstar" and a temperature gauge [works through the dash] that were an option on the donor car I took it from. Can't use that part but I do like the dimming/compass feature. Also has map lights that are LED.

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Went into the '91 Reatta's vinyl igloo today to just sit and look at it because no cruise-ins today due to continued rain.  Will sit and just look at it again tomorrow because more rain is due...maybe Thursday will be OK?

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I feel your pain. I drove the 'vert twice since I got it out of storage. And one time was to drive it home...

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Just the opposite here guys.  No rain for over a week and not much forecast here for another week at least. It's been over 90 degrees here for several days.  I've been driving almost everyday but mostly in evening when it's cool. Too hot to sit in a parking lot at a cruise in.

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My Reatta and I took a 5 day, 730 mile road trip over the Memorial Day weekend.  To prepare the Reatta, I completed an oil change, a PA inspection, had the A/C charged and a new set of Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring tires installed.  

 

On Wednesday morning my wife and I left Fulton County, PA and drove to Westport, CT, a 320 mile first leg.  After attending our son's graduation on Friday, we left Saturday morning for Mantoloking, NJ one of the many beach towns along the Jersey shore.  Finally on Monday we returned home a 260 mile trip.  

 

The Reatta performed flawlessly throughout the long weekend and averaged over 26 mpg with spirited driving.  The photo below was taken in Mantoloking looking toward the bay.

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Good for you Nittany! Sounds like a fun trip. We need more stories like this about people driving their Reatta and having fun with it.

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Next time you park in front of my summer house be sure to stop in. We always welcome guests especially ones driving Reattas!

 

 

I wish it were mine...

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As I have aged I find that I never seem to have enough light to work by. I was over at a friend of mine's house to replace some parts on my daughter's car when he pulled out a "Headband Flashlight". He got his from Snap On as he is a mechanic. I bought mine off Amazon. The great thing is you now have "Hands Free" lighting that points right where you are looking. I have one at my camper and one in my junkin bag.

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Replaced my antenna again found out the fuse was bad. I thought I checked that first but whatever I now have the correct antenna rather than a reproduction one. Also discovered this wire under my drivers seat. I’m assuming it’s for the 16 way seats. 

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I have been trying to use my '90 as more of a daily driver so this weekend it was headed for the cottage. This is not a long drive, only 50 miles, but we finally had a bit of warm weather. I thought I could check a couple of things along the way, so this is more a story of what I didn't do. Leaving town, I noticed a couple of things; my gps wouldn't work, and the outside air temperature appeared to be off? First I discovered the lighter was apparently stuck in the down position, how it happened I do not know, but I would guess the fuse blew or something worse is wrong. The second thing was the temperature reading was 20*F too low, 67* to be exact, but when I engaged the a/c system, which I replaced last year, the reading suddenly corrected itself? This has never happened before to my knowledge, but I soon noticed the hvac control unit would not raise the temperature when the button was pushed. It would go down, but not up, so I went back to econ mode and sweat a bit 😛 The non-operational gps meant I couldn't check/compare the speedometer to the gps as I had planned. I had reprogrammed the pulse divider for the speedo readout when I did the chip for the present engine, and I wanted to double check I was close. I guess it's time to do a bit of exploration and repair.

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I had a lot weird things going on one time when the battery cable was loose. The cable was loose even though the bolt was tight.  You might want to check that if you've had the battery cable off.

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9 hours ago, Ronnie said:

I had a lot weird things going on one time when the battery cable was loose. The cable was loose even though the bolt was tight.  You might want to check that if you've had the battery cable off.

10 4 on that. It hasn't been out of storage very long and the battery was replaced just a few weeks ago, but I didn't install. I will check that out. Thanks.

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Battery connections verified, and HVAC control head disassembled, cleaned contacts and replaced. Cigar lighter fuse and wiring are good and it appears the lack of power thru the socket is due to misc. debris buildup. I made a mistake (imagine that) and the lighter itself was not stuck in the down position🤔 I have a dim memory of a latte being spilled over the top of the console many moons ago, which apparently worked its way into areas previously undiscovered and little used. The upshot is the lighter socket has a lot of buildup in the bottom and difficult to clean, so replacement would be the best option, but that is proving difficult. I cannot get the large "nut" on the bottom of the lighter socket shell to rotate. The shell is located by a single plastic tab that extends through the shell but that seems too fragile for the amount of force required but perhaps I am looking at it incorrectly? It has been ages since I have installed a socket like this and would appreciate suggestions.

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As it turns out, a 1/4" socket to remove the central power stud nut is all that holds the entire lighter socket together. Ten or eleven pieces can be taken apart, cleaned and buffed, and reassembled. All good.

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Good for you 2seater. I would have offered advice but I have never taken my '90 console apart so have no advice. But as long as we are talking consoles, I did take the shifter panel out of the 1989 "parts" Reatta I bought last fall and installed it in the Red. It lights up perfectly, so I will be using that instead of the LED "upgrade" I did years ago. Unless of course someone wants to buy it. 

 I also have been detailing my car a bit. Vacuumed the carpet, wiped down the dash, treated the leather and cleaned up under the hood, detailed the rims/tires. I also use the "tire shine" type products on all the black trim [rocker panels, front and rear spoiler] and it really brings them back.

 Today I wash and wax the car and should be ready for the BCA Reunion next week in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

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Kendall [my mechanic friend] and I made a video on how to rebuild sensor leads. It is very chopped up and didn't turn out well. I think I'll just get another lead and try making a video again.

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I am an early riser and started in about 6:30 washing the Red. Took the dog for a walk, got side tracked by my wife for a couple of chores and just finished putting on a coat of wax.I also put together a "survival kit" unless something goes wrong out on the road. Extra parts and my junkin bag. Also bringing some odds and ends to sell.

  The Red is now ready for Midwest City Oklahoma.

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11 minutes ago, DAVES89 said:

I am an early riser and started in about 6:30 washing the Red. Took the dog for a walk, got side tracked by my wife for a couple of chores and just finished putting on a coat of wax.I also put together a "survival kit" unless something goes wrong out on the road. Extra parts and my junkin bag. Also bringing some odds and ends to sell.

  The Red is now ready for Midwest City Oklahoma.

 

Just a mere 14 hour drive.  About the same for me from TN. That's nothing for you Dave but anything over 3-4 hours and I'm worn out.  Google says your route might take you through Des Moines IA. You could connect up with Jake there and get a Reatta caravan going.

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I have been watching a couple of you pick sites for Reattas. If one shows up, that's the way I go. Besides last I heard Jake's not going. He wasn't elected...

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Went to my local cruise in night yesterday. Parked next to a 41 century and a 1990 Oldsmobile touring sedan. The owner of the olds also has a 89 reatta that he’s going to bring to this event once he sells his olds. I also got pulled over for having my period correct plates on. The cop was suprised to learn that my car was register and insured as a classic to those plates. So no ticket for me. 

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I attended my BCA Minuteman Chapter annual car show featuring Buick, Olds, Pontiac, and GMC's at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, NH 6/9/19.  Couldn't have asked for a better day...sunny and 75 degrees all day.

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2 hours ago, DShip said:

I attended my BCA Minuteman Chapter annual car show featuring Buick, Olds, Pontiac, and GMC's at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, NH 6/9/19.  Couldn't have asked for a better day...sunny and 75 degrees all day.

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There were seven of us there with our Reatta's and yes it was a beautiful day.

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