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

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12 hours ago, fordrodsteven said:

 

 

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

Yes, I couldn't believe it....seven Reattas at one local car show...was good to see.  I've only experienced that many together at a BCA National. 

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I don't even know what that is like to have a car with so few miles. Good for you to have such a low mileage car.

 All my cars were bought with over 100,000 miles on them.  The 'vert only has 129,000 miles, the RED has 287,000 and the Black has 305,000.

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Last night on Craigslist I found a set of 16" Cadillac 7 spoke Chrome Aluminum wheels that I run on the Red and the 'vert. Problem was is that they had 235/60/16 tires on them which are too big for the Reatta. So I turned my brother on to them. He bought them and said when the tire were worn out he would give me the rims for free. Pretty good deal I think. So in two years or so I will have a set of rims and at the right price too!

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Good find on the wheels Dave. I thought you would be on the road to OK now.

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Thanks Ronnie. I am leaving tomorrow as I want meet the Reatta group in Stroud Ok for supper on Thursday and then follow them back to Midwest City. It's about a 15 hour drive spo leaving about noon tomorrow is about right and maybe I can avoid the big rain front coming through Wisconsin by way of Iowa/Illinois/Missouri.

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Just now, Ronnie said:

Have a great time and be safe!

Dave...my sentiments, also...enjoy your trip.  Say "hello" to the Reatta folks from Ronnie and me.

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@DAVES89 I bought my 91 reatta as a classic so I was looking for one with low miles. Bought it with 46600. But I totally see why people like you get really up there in the mileage. It’s so damn fun to drive. I’m the second owner and the original owner bought it in November of 91. Only had 1000 miles on it in 1999. So I got lucky I guess. I’m fully planning on doing the full 3k a year my insurance allows though. So I got to put another 1500 on it by the end of July. 

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21 minutes ago, DShip said:

Dave...my sentiments, also...enjoy your trip.  Say "hello" to the Reatta folks from Ronnie and me.

My plan as I sit here is to head south west and then through Iowa to a little town I was born in called Fort Dodge. I'd like to see it again and hopefully avoid much of the rain heading our way. Then head south to Oklahoma. 

 Of course I will check the forcast again tomorrow and see what has changed.

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Changed my mind and went through St Louis instead. I am at the Best Western near the Reunion. Just rolled in. Made a "tourist" stop" in Springfield Il to see where President Lincoln is buried. Beautiful cemetery glad I stopped. Then supper at "The Cozy Dog" an original Route 66 diner. Had their original offering which is a deep fried corn dog with fries. Then off to see how much further I could get. Made it to Springfield Mo and stopped for the night. This was at 11:30 at night so I just stopped in a "Rest Area" and slept until I woke up. Then cleaned up a bit and hit the road about 6:00 am. Stopped for gas and that was it. Will take a short nap  and off to the Reunion.

 The Red turned 288,000 and not a single issue.  Hope that stays true for the rest of the trip!

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As I wrote on a different post the return trip with the Red was more eventful with me losing the serpentine belt at 10:30 at night. Fortunately I was in a well lit c-store parking lot 35 miles from home. Took a wrecker 2 hours to get to me, load me up and get me home. Turned out to be a water pump as well as the belt which I had replacements of both and was able to do the repairs the next morning. Also did a drain and fill on the anti freeze as well [Believe it or not that I had to go get].

 But looks like the cooling system wasn't done with me yet as just today about 75 miles from home I started smelling anti freeze so I pulled over [turned on a county road just off the highway]. Popped the hood and sure enough a pin hole leak on the upper radiator hose right next to the clamp closest to the engine. 

 That looked easy and was. Turned off the car and grabbed a screwdriver, pair of gloves and razor knife out of the junkin bag, loosened the radiator cap to reduce the pressure, removed the clamp, pulled off the hose, Cut the end off, slid it back on with the clamp, tightened it down and put the radiator cap back on. Fired up the Red and everything looked good, so off I went. With the gloves didn't get my hands dirty and took less then 10 minutes.

 Just now finished swapping in another upper hose, topped off the antifreeze and I am ready for the road tomorrow.

 Oh yeah, the Red turned 289,000 miles coming back from Oklahoma... 

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Just an update on my 1991 Vert. I have had trouble free service and the car is running great. I needed to add some freon this spring but it is holding a charge. Not sure how that happens. Summer in Arizona means a car cover and monthly warm-up around the neighborhood. I am looking forward to the fall!

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8 hours ago, Ronnie said:

Luck was on your side again Dave.

 

I was lucky it was a hole that was easily found and cut out. As you know Ronnie I try to keep everything clean and well detailed under the hood. The hose looked great but did feel and a bit soft when I filled the radiator after the water pump swap. But I thought it would be good, but I guess it was just bad on the inside. Just like the vacuum hoses on our cars when the cruise goes out. Looks good on the outside, but dry rotted inside.

 Running low on inventory. Only one extra water pump, upper and lower hose, serpentine belt, coil pack, starter and lower ball joint left. But alternators, dog bones, idler pulleys, and Teves pump and motors plenty of. Also extra tie rods, front and rear hub assemblies, and lots of electrical boxes and switches.

 Just yesterday I ordered a rear hub assembly and some close out rear strut mounts from Rock Auto.Don't have rear struts but am watching for a special from anyone. I like to buy cheap and that makes repairs more affordable.

 I will not be down with car issues if I can help it. I do like to drive these cars daily... 

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45 minutes ago, DAVES89 said:

The hose looked great but did feel and a bit soft when I filled the radiator after the water pump swap.

 

I don't have many problems out of my car. One of the reasons for that is when someone writes about having a problem I go out and check my car to see if I have any signs that I might have the same problem happening soon.  This is a good example. You had a hose go bad so I intend to go out today and check all my hoses. One of the good things about this forum is you can learn from other people's misfortune. :)

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Should have done this before I left for Oklahoma. I need a front driver's side wheel bearing. It was barely making a noise when I left, but is louder now...

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Went to my local cruise in night. As always the only Reatta. I did find out about a third one in my county. A guy who’s the mechanic for an old lady says she has a 88 or 89 that’s white and grey. 

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On 6/22/2019 at 8:06 PM, DAVES89 said:

Should have done this before I left for Oklahoma. I need a front driver's side wheel bearing. It was barely making a noise when I left, but is louder now...

 

Got the front hub replaced. I had done this one before about 80,000 miles ago. Driver's side still original. I swapped out a clamp on the upper hose and saw that the radiator has a hairline crack and is oozing just a bit of anti freeze.  Again?!? No extras have to order one [which I did] and will be in tomorrow about noon. Should go fairly quick as I bypassed the radiator transmission reservoir for a transmission cooler in front of the condenser.

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Radiator is swapped out and no leaks. Hopefully I am done for a while?

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There is a local drive in that has a "drive in" night every Tuesday. So my wife took the 'vert and me the Red and we drove over and met some friends close to this drive in. My buddy and his wife took the 'vert and my wife jumped in the car with me and we drove in. We were well received as people were interested in the cars, especially two teen age boys who were completely taken by the 'vert as they had only seen coupes before. Then I showed them the touch screen in the Red and they just couldn't believe it.

 Almost more excitement over the Reattas we brought there then anywhere else I have been.

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My daughter and I took a long drive through the mountains today. We had a great time although the weather was a little hot at 91 degrees.  About halfway through the trip my daughter seemed to answer her phone but I didn't hear it ring.  When she put the phone down I asked her who called thinking it might have been my wife.  She laughed and said it was the '80s calling and they wanted that wood-grain dash in my Reatta back.  :)Now she's got me thinking about going back to the black dash panels that were originally in my car.

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On 6/25/2019 at 3:03 PM, DAVES89 said:

Radiator is swapped out and no leaks. Hopefully I am done for a while?

Well I wasn't quite done with the leaks. Turned out the little "squeeze" clamp on the overflow tube at the radiator didn't hold tight enough so I had yet another leak. So I go out a hose clamp and put that on. Now I don't have any leaks...

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On 6/29/2019 at 2:02 PM, Ronnie said:

My daughter and I took a long drive through the mountains today. We had a great time although the weather was a little hot at 91 degrees.  About halfway through the trip my daughter seemed to answer her phone but I didn't hear it ring.  When she put the phone down I asked her who called thinking it might have been my wife.  She laughed and said it was the '80s calling and they wanted that wood-grain dash in my Reatta back.  :)Now she's got me thinking about going back to the black dash panels that were originally in my car.

 

 Well I still like the wood grain with a tan interior...

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9 hours ago, DAVES89 said:

 

 Well I still like the wood grain with a tan interior...

 

Me too. I don't have the full set that goes down to the console.  I just have the panels that go across the top.  You may have sent them to me.

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